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Branch News Archive

Here is the archived news from the Branch area.

  • Nottingham pub Grade II listed Wednesday 1 April 2015

    The Embankment pub in Nottingham has been Grade II listed meaning that it cannot be altered or demolished without the approprite Government Department agreement.

  • Crown, Appleby - tenants to leave Friday 1 May 2015

    The tenants at The Crown, Appleby will be leaving in 3-4 weeks having failed to resolve the contract negotiations.

  • Hoylwell Inn - Planning permission turned down Thursday 4 June 2015

    Due to a successful campign by locals and the CAMRA branch, Planning permission for The Holywell was refused by H&BBC on 22 January 2016.

  • Crown, Appleby - tenants to leave Wednesday 1 July 2015

    The tenants at The Crown, Appleby will be leaving in 3-4 weeks having failed to resolve the contract negotiations.

  • Holywell Pub Preservation Wednesday 1 July 2015

    On Friday 22nd January H&BBC refused planning permission for the demolition of the Holywell Inn and erection of dwellings. We regard this as very good news and an excellent show of support by the Council for all supporters of the public house as an ACV. More details should appear in the Hinckley Times on Wednesday and more discussion will follow at this week's branch meeting.

    With many thanks to all of you who protested in whatever way.

  • Holywell Inn Friday 5 February 2016

    On Friday 22nd January H&BBC refused planning permission for the demolition of the Holywell Inn and erection of dwellings. We regard this as very good news and an excellent show of support by the Council for all supporters of the public house as an ACV.

    With many thanks to all of you who protested in whatever way.

    : Refused planning permission....
  • The Elbow Room Friday 5 February 2016

    The micropub Elbow Room Ale and Cider House, Hinckley offers live music every other Wednesday, the next being 24th Feb.

    Also as of Tuesday 9th Feb Pies, Pickles and Chutneys will be available to accompany your pints.

    : Adds Pies and Pickles to Pints....
  • The Elephant & Castle Friday 5 February 2016

    Tim and Lisa have given notice to leave the Elephant & Castle fairly soon.

    : Upcoming change of personnel....
  • The George & Dragon, Stoke Golding Friday 5 February 2016

    Alexandra Burton is the new licensee at The George & Dragon in Stoke Golding. She has been in place since October 2015.

    : New licensee....
  • The Star, Stoney Stanton Friday 5 February 2016

    The Star, Stoney Stanton, has a new landlord. Details will be provided when available.

    : New Landlord....
  • The Red Lion, Sapcote Sunday 7 February 2016

    The Red Lion in Sapcote has been listed as an 'Asset of Community Value' by the ‘Friends of the Red Lion’, a group set up by a Hinckley branch member.

    : Designated as an ACV....
  • The Salmon, Leicester Friday 12 February 2016

    Following a short closure this pub, made a 'must visit' venue by Steve Jackman, is re-opening as a Black Country Ales pub. There will be 3 Black Country ales + 9 further handpulls for guest ales and ciders. The new landlord is Nick who was previously at The Wagon & Horses, Halesowen.

    : Reopening after short closure....
  • Bird’s Brewery - Bromsgrove Tuesday 23 February 2016

    Following problems due to changes in the situation on their brewery site, Bird’s Brewery and shop will be closing at the end of March.

    : Closure at the end of March....
  • Sandford Park Alehouse, Cheltenham Thursday 25 February 2016

    The Sandford Park Alehouse, Cheltenham has just been named as the CAMRA National Pub of the Year, Congratulations!

    : New CAMRA National POTY....
  • Yorkshire Pub Walks Thursday 25 February 2016

    Pub and beer-loving walkers in Yorkshire can now be helped on their way with a new guide, Yorkshire Pub Walks, published by CAMRA.

    It is the first book in CAMRA’s popular series to be devoted to a single county and it also comes in a new design for this series of books.

    Published on 14 March, this is the sixth book in the Pub Walks series, produced by the publishing arm of CAMRA, with all the books written by Bob Steel.

    : New CAMRA guide for beer loving walkers....
  • Branch Pub/Club/Cider Pub of the Year Wednesday 2 March 2016

    At the Branch meeting on 1st March, the following winners for 2016 were announced:

    Pub of the Year (POTY)

    The Lime Kilns Inn, Burbage
    2nd Queens Head
    3rd New Plough

    Club of the Year (COTY)

    Burbage & District Constitutional Club
    2nd Earl Shilton Constitutional Club
    3rd Citizens Club

    Cider Pub of the Year (CPOTY)

    The Pestle & Mortar, Hinckley
    2nd Lime Kilns
    3rd Elbow Room

    : Winners of Hinckley and Bosworth Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year....
  • Cross Keys - Burbage Wednesday 2 March 2016

    It is reported that Barry from the Cross Keys Burbage is on 'Gardening Leave' and Jeff Parrat is currently running the venue.

    : Change of personnel....
  • Dog and Gun, Hinckley Wednesday 2 March 2016

    Update - from Hinckley Times -the pub was sold for a reported £136K +VAT to an, as yet, unknown buyer

    : Hinckley Times report on Marston's sale....
  • Tarro Lounge Open Monday 7 March 2016

    The Tarro Lounge now serves draught beers. When visited, they had Bath Ales Dark Star and Cruiser Atlantic Pale Ale, both keg.

    : The Tarro Lounge in the Crescent is now open and draught beers are available ......
  • The Crown, Appleby Monday 7 March 2016

    Update : There are now new tenants, Victoria and Terry Henwood who have previously been at the Bell Inn in Bloxwich.

    : Change of tenants....
  • The Hercules Revived Monday 7 March 2016

    The Hinckley Times recently reported a planning request from the Hercules Revived in Sutton Cheyney, for permission to expand at the rear of the Pub.

    : Hinckley Times report on planning request....
  • The Embankment, Nottingham Wednesday 9 March 2016

    The Embankment pub in Nottingham has been Grade II listed meaning that it cannot be altered or demolished without the appropriate Government Department agreement.

    : The Embankment pub in Nottingham has been Grade II listed....
  • Western Park Beer Festival, Leicester Wednesday 9 March 2016

    The Western Park Beer Festival, Leicester has been raising money to help replace the local St. Anne Church Hall. For the full story follow this link -- Western Park Beer Festival

    : The Western Park Beer Festival, Leicester has been raising money to help replace the local St. Anne Church Hall.....
  • Request the guest at the Railway Tuesday 15 March 2016

    Adam at the Railway is asking for suggestions from CAMRA members, for guest Beers for April from a list of Breweries he can now access. Here is the list, Railway Beer Choice - April but time is limited due to the dateline for ordering.

    His Guest list for March is already confirmed as below... Arriving in the Cellar in March are:

    Lymestone Brewery - Pounamu
    Downton Brewery - Mad Hare
    B&T - Mad Hatter
    Wold Top Brewery - Spring Fling
    Eight Sail - Flour Power
    Welbeck Abbey - Watermeadows
    Bad Co Brewery - Comfortably Numb
    Clarkshaw's - Gorgons Alive

    Also he will be having a special event for the Boat Race: In time for The Varsity Boat Race he has lined up a 'BEER Boat RACE' Oxford Vs Cambridge due to hit the bar on Wednesday 23rd - see Which Beer 'Sinks' the Quickest and Sails Out First.

    : Adam at the Railway is asking for guest beer suggestions from CAMRA members....
  • Beer tax freeze a missed opportunity Sunday 20 March 2016

    Beer tax freeze a missed opportunity, says CAMRA

    The Chancellor's decision not to cut beer tax is a missed opportunity, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). CAMRA, however, welcomed reductions in stamp duty and business rates* will help to keep small community pubs open.

    By failing to cut beer tax for a fourth year in a row, the Chancellor has missed an opportunity to support the ongoing revival of brewing in the UK.

    CAMRA had been pushing for a cut in beer tax which would have prompted additional investment in the industry, protected jobs and importantly, supported stable prices for customers.

    CAMRA Chief Executive, Tim Page, said: "A freeze in beer tax is an opportunity missed to back the continued revival of brewing in the UK. With UK drinkers paying the second highest rate of beer duty in Europe, a beer tax cut was needed to keep pubs open, boost the brewing sector and to keep the cost of a pint stable.

    "However, the sustainability of smaller community pubs has been boosted by welcome decisions to cut commercial stamp duty and the business rates paid by small businesses. The extension of small business rate relief will save publicans of smaller pubs thousands of pounds

    annually which will help keep community pubs as viable businesses and at the heart of community life. Likewise, cuts in commercial stamp duty will reduce the financial barriers faced by people looking to purchase small community pubs to keep them open and serving the needs of local people."

    *The reductions in stamp duty will only apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The business rates change only applies to England.

    : The Chancellor's decision not to cut beer tax is a missed opportunity, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)....
  • Iconic Pub in Halesowen re-opens. Friday 25 March 2016

    After a change of hands and refurbishment the the Waggon and Horses pub in Halesowen is re-opening.

    Landmark Halesowen real ale pub reopens after refurbishment!
  • Former Dolphin Pub site in Coventry to be housing. Wednesday 30 March 2016

    Developers plan to build 15 houses on the site of the former Dolphin Pub in Coventry,
    Wirral Group properties want to build the homes in Sheriff Avenue, Canley where the pub used to stand.
    The plans are for 15 three-storey, three-bedroomed houses.

    The Dolphin Pub was demolished in 2013 after closing down the previous year.

    Developers to demolish closed pub and build housing.
  • Melton Pub of the Year! Wednesday 30 March 2016

    Family run Stilton Cheese Inn (East Midlands POTY 2015) wins Melton Camra pub of the year award for second year running. !

    Family run pub wins again.
  • Sportsman's sold ! Wednesday 30 March 2016

    It appears that Steamin' Billy Brewing have acquired the Sportsman's.
    The pub should reopen in June resurrected as the White Bear.

    New owner and name
  • Gas Works now open (ex The Gravity) Tuesday 12 April 2016

    The Gravity has now been re-named as the Gas Works . They should have 2 changing real ales, however neither were on when visited at the end of March

    : Refurbished and re-opened....
  • New MicroPub in Melton Tuesday 12 April 2016

    Brewer Steve Plews plan's to open The Gas Tap micropub at the former Peckish sandwich shop in Burton Street, opposite St Mary’s Church have now come to fruition.
    Real ale (including Vardy's 11 in 11) and good old fashioned conversation are the order of the day as The Gas Tap has now opened its doors.

    New micropub now open in Melton on Burton Street.
  • Redditch Pub declared ACV Tuesday 12 April 2016

    The Seven Stars in Birchfield Road, Redditch declared ACV. The Seven Stars has been ring-fenced by the local Council after a campaign headed by Redditch & Bromsgrove Branch of CAMRA. The CAMRA Branch Chariman commented on the Charity and team events centered on the pub, despite it's closure for 3 months during 2014.
    They are now monitoring the threat to the White Lion in Astwood Bank, which appears to be under threat for Housing Development.
    For more information go to the Ledbury reporter item at ... Seven Stars now ACV

    Remember, clicking to Newspaper pages will probably be heavy on download and advertisments

  • Sportsman's bought by Steamin' Billy Tuesday 12 April 2016

    Steamin' Billy Brewing has acquired the Sportsman's from Marston’s.  The pub should open in June under its former name of The White Bear.
    It is understood that it is likely to be a 'Beer and Burger' establishment rather than a full blown restaurant as is their other pub in town, The Railway Inn.

    It is expected that it will revert to a previous identity as 'The White Bear'
  • The Thirsty 30; best eating and drinking pubs as defined by the Daily Telegraph Monday 18 April 2016

    The Thirsty 30: raise a toast to Britain's best pubs, by reading the Daily Telegraph article - 'Daily Telegraph, a toast to Britain's best pubs', at the link below.
    The top 5 pubs as determined by readers are:-

    1. The Hand and Heart, Nottingham 65-67 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5BA (0115 958 2456;   Hand and Heart, Nottingham)
    2. General Eliott, South Hinksey Oxfordshire OX1 5AS (01865 598068; thege.co.uk) No Real Ale
    3. The Cow, London W2 89 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH (020 7221 0021; The Cow, Bayswater, Lonon)
    4. Hail to the Ale, Wolverhampton Pendeford Avenue, Claregate, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 9EF (07846 562910; Hail to the Ale, Wolverhampton)  
    5. The Crown, Hastings 64-66 All Saints Street, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3BN (01424 465100; The Crown, Hastings)

    Other pubs from our area in the top 30 are...
    7. The Devonshire Arms, Burton on Trent 86 Station Street, Burton upon Trent DE14 1BT (01283 562392; Devonshire Arms, Burton upon Trent) 
    11. The Wellington, Birmingham 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN (0121 200 3115; The Wellington, Birmingham)   

     For the full list of pubs in places from Somerset to Aberdeen go to
    The Thirsty Thirty

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  • Elliswood Brewery Thursday 21 April 2016

    Elliswood Logs Update 21/04/2016 : Louise reports that all the legal documents are now finalised and the handover stocktake is underway.
    Tracy and Phil have sold the Elliswood Brewery to Darren & Louise Lavender, owners of the Greyhound Inn, Hinckley. Initially Tracy will give assistance to Darren who will eventually become the brewer. It is intended to re-locate the brewery to the rear of the Greyhound Inn. The brewery name and current range of beers will be retained, although new brews are bound to appear in due course.

    The branch wishes everyone involved the best of luck for the future.

  • Royal Oak, Kenilworth re-opens after refurb Tuesday 3 May 2016

    Following a major refurbishment by it's owners Punch Taverns, the Royal Oak, Kenilworth has now re-opened. This traditional Grade II listed, former POTY (2014) of the Coventry CAMRA Branch, is now open for business again.
    For further background go to the Leamington Courier item at ... Royal Oak re-opens

    Following a major refurbishment the Royal Oak, Kenilworth has re-opened.
  • Ashby Road Sports Club now has new Stewards. Wednesday 4 May 2016

    Ashby Road Sports Club – Ian and Carolyn left at the end of April, and had a leaving 'event' there on the 6th of May.
    The new stewards are Andrew & Chiquita

  • May - June Half Pint Wednesday 4 May 2016

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter has already hit the pubs, so look for it in a pub near you.
    Features include a report on the CAMRA AGM and Part 6 of the History of Beer

    For a full size image of the front page, click on one of the thumbnails.

    This is for the period May to July, so congratulations and thanks once again to David & Dianne who have edited each one.

    If you think you have ideas for content, then e-Mail Dave at

    : In a pub near you now....
  • H&B CAMRA embraces Cider and elects a Cider Representative Thursday 5 May 2016

    At the Branch meeting last night the subject of CIDER was discussed.

    In view of the overlap in establishments involved, the vote for a CPOTY - that's Cider Pub of the Year to those who cannot be bothered with acronyms, and the increased interest (especially among those less aged members), it was decided that it was time for the Branch to have a cider representative.

    The incumbent of the New post is already familiar as our 'Young Members' co-ordinator and is Sam Buswell.....

    So for any Cider related business he is now the man; and can be contacted at ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@mas.

  • Elephant and Castle licencees leaving date is 9th May Friday 6 May 2016

    Tim and Lisa Brotherhood and their family left the Elephant and Castle Thurlaston, on the 9th May. They have made this pub into one of the favourite venues in the Branch area, and have collected several awards there during their tenure, including Branch POTY in 2010, and 'Pub of the Month' in December 2009.

    Lisa's pies have gained widespread fame and the welcome they extended, together with their enthusiastic embracing of CAMRA and Beer Festivals, will mean that their successors will find the standard ('the bar?') set at a high level.

    The April Branch Meeting provided the opportunity to say farewell to Tim and Lisa, and for the presentation of a certificate to mark their eight years in charge.

    The new incumbents are Ady and Karen from Fleckney.

  • The Blue Pig in Wolvey changes hands - Steve and Fran move to Norfolk Friday 6 May 2016

    The Blue Pig in Wolvey changed hands on 4 May when Treena (who was previously a barmaid at the Prince of Wales) and Brian took over.
    Steve and Fran have bought a pub in Norfolk.

  • Daily Telegraph feature Ye Olde Red Lion, Market Bosworth Monday 23 May 2016

    In it’s ‘Pint to Pint’ series the 7th May edition of the Daily Telegraph featured ‘Ye Olde Red Lion’ in Market Bosworth. The author Chris Arnot postulates that, according to the manager Kelly Leach, parts of the pub may have been in existence as early as six years after the nearby Battle of Bosworth.

    There is also an explanation for a photo in the bar, of a fox peering over the edge of a roof. Apparently this particular fox took refuge on the roof of a nearby butcher’s shop, when being pursued by the Atherstone Hunt, sometime in 1984. It appears that the hunts men and women retired to the Red Lion bar, having given up trying to entice the fox down.

    In the article, Chris Arnot describes the current décor of the pub and details the food and real ales consumed during the visit.

    See The Thirsty Thirty for Daily Telegraph article on Britain's Best Pubs.

    Updated 10th May 2016
    The Red Lion features in the Daily Telegraph's 'Pint to Pint' series and speculates on the early existence of this pub ...
  • CAMRA Press release on alcohol consumption Tuesday 24 May 2016

    CAMRA Press Release – GPs disagree with GMO statement on alcohol

    The majority of GPs disagree with the Chief Medical Officers’ statement that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, according to research undertaken on behalf of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. A recent poll conducted by medeConnect showed that 60% of the GPs surveyed disagreed with the statement that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. It also found that almost two thirds (63%) of the GPs considered that moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle. The new alcohol guidance published by the Chief Medical Officer in January breaks with common international practice by providing the same guidelines for men and women; adopting a very low threshold of 14 units per week and stating that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. Numerous scientific studies have shown that moderate drinking can have a protective effect against various health problems including cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and certain forms of cancer. However, this is ignored in the new alcohol guidelines. CAMRA’s National Chairman, Colin Valentine said: “We made the observation when the new guidelines were published that the Chief Medical Officers had ignored evidence which showed that moderate drinking can have a beneficial effect. “Only recently, we commissioned a report from Oxford University ‘Friends on Tap’ which found that those who had frequented a local pub were happier, healthier and felt more integrated in their communities than those without. “Furthermore, research has shown that the mortality rate of moderate drinkers is lower than those who abstain altogether. “It therefore is no surprise that this survey has illustrated that GPs overwhelmingly believe that a moderate consumption of alcohol can be part of a good and healthy lifestyle.’ CAMRA are calling on the Department of Health to launch a full public consultation into whether the new alcohol health guidelines are fit for purpose and adequately supported by evidence.

    Research indicates that the majority of GPs disagree with the Chief Medical Officers’ statement that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption .......
  • Presentation to Carolyn & Ian marking their thirteen year tenure at the Ashby Road Sports Club Thursday 16 June 2016

    Carolyn was appointed as Steward at the Ashby Road Sports Club in 2013, with Ian as spouse to assist.

    At their June meeting the Hinckley & Bosworth Branch of CAMRA thanked the pair for hosting monthly meetings and more recently the AGM, and for the excellent buffets prepared by Carolyn and the imaginative choice of beers obtained by Ian. The Chairman David Finn said that it was very much down to Carolyn and Ian that the Ashby Road Sports Club has been the recipient of so many CAMRA awards – the Branch COTY for 2010 to 2013 and 2015 and also East Midlands COTY.

    The Branch wish them every happiness for the future in their retirement.

    The new stewards are Andrew & Chiquita

  • Purchase of Spirit Group by Greene King Monday 20 June 2016

    Purchase of Spirit Group by Greene King

    On 23 June 2015 (last year) Spirit Group was purchased by Greene King. The Spirit brands were: Flaming Grill, Fayre & Square, John Barras, Wacky Warehouse, Chef and Brewer and Goodnight Inns.

    In our area this affected the Hinckley Knight and the Wentworth Arms. At the Wentworth this is now reflected in their beer range - Abbot, IPA, Purple Reign and Pedigree.

    Updated 20th June 2016
    The purchase affects Hinckley Knight and Wentworth Arms .....
  • The Sportsman Inn reopened as The White Bear Monday 20 June 2016

    The Sportsman Inn reopened as The White Bear on 23rd June

    The Sportsman Inn on Coventry Road which has been closed since the end of May, reopened at 6pm on the 23rd June, after a significant £150,000 refurbishment by the new owner, ‘Steamin’ Billy’.

    The owners say that the pub will provide Steamin’ Billy style street food and craft ales and will feature a greatly revamped beer garden. There is to be a grand opening party on the 7th July for invited guests.

    Updated 27th June 2016
    Closed since the end of May for major refurbishment, the pub reopened on 23rd June ......
  • The Pestle & Mortar wins the 2016 East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year award Friday 1 July 2016

    The Pestle & Mortar wins the 2016 East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year award

    Chris Gascoyne, the East Midlands Regional Cider Coordinator has today advised the branch that the Pestle & Mortar has won the 2016 East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year award.

    Chris writes that there were 11 ciders available when visiting, and there was a nice varied selection of types including local ciders and was offered recommendation/taster without asking. Chris also states that the Pestle & Mortar is a micropub which also has beer available, and a separate area towards the back to relax away from the bustle of the main bar.

    The Runner-up for the 2016 East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year award is the Red Lion, Stickford.

    Updated 1st July 2016
    "11 ciders available when visiting, and there was a nice varied selection of types ....."
  • New Ale house and kitchen venture taking on the Prince of Wales Friday 29 July 2016

    New ale house and kitchen venture taking on the Prince of Wales

    The Leicester based Broood ale house and kitchen are taking over the Prince of Wales public house on Coventry Rd from 22nd August. They will be showcasing the XT range of beers together with micro brewery beers from across the whole UK.

    The intention is to have a beer festival shortly which is penciled in for the first weekend in September.

    Broood is a new venture which is also hoping to take on the lease for “Sloane’s Bar” on King Street, Leicester.

    Updated 29th July
    New Leicester venture Broood coming to Hinckley ......
  • The Hinckley Ale Trail – thoughts from Adam Crump of the Railway Monday 1 August 2016

    The Hinckley Ale Trail – thoughts from Adam Crump of the Railway

    The landlord of The Railway, Adam Crump suspects that a number of local CAMRA members and even those from other branches are undertaking the Hinckley Ale Trail. For any Groups due to visit Hinckley, Adam would like to extend some Steamin Billy hospitality (and possibly, a bit of Pork Pie).

    Where groups pre book or inform him of their schedule he will be more than happy to accommodate a group booking. Additionally, Adam has asked if other local Real Ale establishments want to collaborate and collectively invite other branches to the 'Heart of Hinckley' through CAMRA, he would be happy to be a part.

    Updated 1st August

    Making the most of the Hinckley Ale Trail .....
  • Appleby Inn 30th Anniversary Tuesday 2 August 2016

    The Appleby Inn hotel is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year by selling Appleby anniversary ale (AAA), a 4% hoppy bitter full of flavour, brewed by the recently refurbished Heritage Brewing Company (formerlly Bass Museum). it is expected to be on sale for most of the anniversary year.

    Updated 2nd August
    Specially brewed beer for the occasion ....
  • Latest Half Pint Newsletter out now Sunday 7 August 2016

    Latest Half Pint Newsletter out now

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. Features include details of the upcoming Hinckley Beer Festival and a very interesting mini travelogue written by the Chairman, entitled “The Fez, A Narrow Gauge Railway and The Potting Shed - A Kentish Sojourn”

    Please note that the Nottingham Beer Festival dates are 12th to 15th October, not 5th to 8th October, as stated under the Branch Diary in this edition of The Half Pint.

    For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

    This is for the period August to October. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

    If you think you have ideas for content, then e-Mail Dave at ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@rotidetnipflah

    Updated 7th August
    Get the latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter from local pubs/clubs ....
  • Roundup of August’s Pub News Sunday 7 August 2016

    Roundup of August’s Pub News

    • The Red Lion in Burbage (photos above) was refurbished in July with wooden flooring and new seating inside, and outside a revamped drinking and smoking area at the side of the pub. There is also now a choice of 4 hand pumps: Bass, Doom Bar and 2 guests. Everards Tiger may stay permanently.

    • A licensing application was listed in the Hinckley Times for a new bar to be called ‘Angelos’ at 7 Edwards Centre, Regent Street (formerly Harry’s Place).

    • The Woolly has reverted back to its original name of The Woolcomber and has been repainted outside.

    • The Elephant and Castle, Thurlaston will be holding a Beer festival from 8 to 10 September. Open Thursday 8 noon to 3pm and 5pm till midnight, 9 and 10, noon to midnight. Food will be served at all sessions.

    • The New Plough is having a Bank Holiday Guest Beer Festival from 25th to 31st August
    • Adam from The Railway has sent notice of some events they are running. First is a Collector Card for “Buy 8 Guest Beers and get the 9th free”. Saturday 10 September is a Last Night of the Proms meal followed by Opera singing. They are also holding a Beer Festival for Cask Ale Week from 22nd to 25th September, featuring 16 Beers (which are included in the Collector Card Promotion – Buy 8 Get 1 Free).

      CAMRA Members are invited to a Preview Evening on Thursday 22nd September with a buffet & Steamin’ Billy hospitality. Last is a Charity ‘CONKERS CHAMPIONSHIP’ on 8 October in aid of The Matt Hampson Foundation.

    • The Lime Kilns is holding a Beer festival from 9th to 11th September
    Updated 7th August
    This month's news from around the branch ......
  • East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 Presentation Friday 19 August 2016

    East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 Presentation

    The East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 Award will be presented to Sue Williams at the Pestle and Mortar at 2pm on Sunday 28th August. Please support this remarkable award for one of our Branch pubs if you can.

    Update 19th August
    Major award presentation to Sue Williams at the Pestle & Mortar .......
  • Roundup of September’s Pub News Sunday 11 September 2016

    • The Nags Head Stapleton changed hands on 8 August and is now being run by Jason and Emilia.

    • The Prince of Wales reopened on 24 August and will be holding an official opening and launch party on 13 September. They now also have a live online ‘Beer Board’ showing which beers are currently on

    • In Earl Shilton, The King William closed on 29 August. There are rumours that it is due for demolition for housing or a supermarket.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton closes for refurbishment on the 18 September for around one month. Lee will be leaving and there is sign up for a new licensee. The building is said to be in a poor condition and in need of significant investment.

    • The Dog & Gun, Earl Shilton. have been working to improve the pub and want to mark their 1st anniversary on 12 October with a small event. They are serving bar food again. The beer garden has been updated, with artificial grass, BBQ area and covered smoking area. The Tap Room bar is having 3 new hand pulls. The tiled floor in the Games Room is being restored, and they hope to complete the work by 12 September.

      They should have 2 guests and 4 regular beers, which will probably be Burton Bitter, Pedigree, Old Empire and Ringwood 49er.

    • The Stoneycroft Club plan to refurbish the club, and hope to complete this during October.

    • In Stoney Stanton, The Bulls Head is having some minor building work to improve the outside seating area.

    • Ellen is leaving The White Swan in Stoke Golding on Sunday 11 September, and will be going to the Stag & Pheasant in Hartshill. The pub is scheduled to be closed for 2 weeks, there is no replacement tenant at the moment but it looks like Everards want to keep it open.

    • The Belper Arms, Newton Burgoland is currently closed but is expected to re-open around 14 September with new tenants.

    • The tenants at the Black Horse Inn, Appleby Magna have given notice to leave by the end of April.

    • The Ex-Servicemen’s Club Hinckley is closed and for sale.

    • The Elbow Room will be celebrating their 1st year anniversary weekend with music and beer festival during 17th to 20th November.

    Thank you to our pubs officer, Jackie for this update

    Updated 11th September
    Latest Branch Pub and Club news for September, reopening, refurbishment and other changes ....
  • East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 - Part 2 Monday 12 September 2016

    Following on from The East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2016 Award for the Pestle and Mortar, the micropub has now been entered for CAMRA's National Pub Design Award 2016 (conversion to pub use category). Judging will be based on the taste and restraint utilised on both the inside and outside.

    Updated 12th September
    Yet more possible accolades for the Cider Pub of the Year ....
  • East Midlands Club of the Year 2016 Monday 19 September 2016

    The Burbage & District Constitutional Club has been awarded East Midlands CAMRA Club Of The Year 2016, making it the best of the best of all Clubs in the six counties. This wonderful achievement is being marked with a presentation by the CAMRA Regional Director, during the Branch AGM. This AGM has been relocated to the Burbage Constitutional Club in light of the award presentation.

    Updated 19th September
    Another very prestigious award within the Branch ....
  • Highly Successful 9th Hinckley Beer Festival Monday 19 September 2016

    The 9th Hinckley Beer Festival has turned out to be a huge success with many favourable comments and excellent publicity in the media including The Hinckley Times, Radio Leicester & Facebook. The entertainment was well received whilst both Superbad and Kate Field said that they had enjoyed the experience.

    Judging results of East Midlands Champion Beer of Britain - Stout Category were as follows:

    • Gold - Castle Rock Sherwood Reserve
    • Silver - Dancing Duck Dark Drake
    • Bronze - Totally Brewed Papa's Voodoo Stout

    9th Hinckley Beer Festival Champion Beer of the Festival

    By a small margin the beer with the most votes is Eight Arch Corbel, a 5.5% Best Bitter from Wimborne in Dorset. Closely followed by Gyle 59 Elderbeery Stout, a 7.3% Speciality Stout from Thornecombe, Dorset and Church End Bats In The Belfry, a 5.6% Wheat Beer from Ridge Lane near Nuneaton.

    The Eight Arch brewery will be presented with a certificate from the Branch in due course


    Numbers were very similar to previous years with visitors from London, Sheffield and a minibus from Birmingham. One visitor who makes a point of coming to Market Bosworth and Hinckley every year lives in Bilbao, Spain


    In total 16 new members were signed up including 6 couples with 11 of the new members living within the Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA branch area.

    Thanks to the Hinckley Beer Festival Organiser, Chris James for this update, and to Alan Cooke for the photos. A full report will be prepared for the October Branch Meeting

    Updated 19th September
    Roundup of another successful Beer Festival ....
  • Roundup of October’s Pub News Tuesday 11 October 2016

    • The White Swan, Stoke Golding is due to re-open around 19 October after Everards have carried out essential maintenance work. The new tenant, Jamie, comes from Leicester and this will be his first time running a pub.

    • The Countryman, Sharnford closed on 1st October and was due to re-open on 7 October with new owners.

    • The Belper Arms, Newton Burgoland re-opened on 14th September with a new tenant, Diane O'Donnell.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update

    Updated 11th October
    Pub and Club news from around the Branch ...
  • Dog and Gun, Hinckley reopens under new management Tuesday 1 November 2016

    The Dog and Gun in Hinckley has been refurbished by the new landlord, Shane West, and was due to reopen as a freehouse on Saturday 29 October at noon. They will have 2 cask ales - initially Sharp's Doom Bar and Wells Bombardier.

    Updated 1st November
    Refurbishment by new landlord . . . . .
  • Black Horse at Walcote due to reopen next month Tuesday 22 November 2016

    The Black Horse at Walcote will re-open as a community pub on Friiday 2nd December at 7pm.

    The new landlord is Nathan Miles.

    Updated 22nd November
    Saved by the community . . . . .
  • East Midlands Club of the Year Presentation Tuesday 22 November 2016

    The Burbage & District Constitutional Club Chairman Dave Banks was presented with the East Midlands Club of the Year award by Regional Director, Carl Brett.

    Dave thanked Carl and the branch on behalf of his staff saying “Please keep coming and we’ll keep providing the good beer!”

    Updated 22nd November
    Presented by Regional Director, Carl Brett . . . .
  • Latest Half Pint Newsletter out now Wednesday 14 December 2016

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. Introducing the Elbow Room micro-pub and family, as the first anniversary is celebrated. There is also the report from this year's Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival, a further installment of "The History of Beer" by David Finn and details of an interesting circular pub walk which can be commenced at the Lime Kilns.

    For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

    This is for the period November 2016 to January 2017. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

  • Round up of December’s Pub News Wednesday 14 December 2016

    • The Dog & Gun, Hinckley was re-opened on 29 October by Shane, the new owner and landlord. They have 2 cask ales - Doombar and Wells Bombardier

    • At The Wentworth Arms the new landlord took over last week and is still offering the 10% CAMRA discount. He is hoping for some investment in the form of decoration and new lighting.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton closed for refurbishment in October. Planning permission for the alterations was granted on 30 November.

    • The former NatWest bank in Earl Shilton has opened as a Wine/Cocktail bar called The Bank.

      And just outside our area …….

    • In November, Tracy and Kevin celebrated five years at the Pig in Muck, Claybrooke Magna. Bar alterations and new handpumps were made in early November.

    • In November, Tollgate Brewery opened a new micropub in Ashby-de-la-Zouch called Tap at No 76.

    • The Black Horse in Walcote re-opened as a community run pub on Friday 2 December. They had 5 handpumps – 2 Langton Brewery, 2 Dowbridge and Sharp’s Doom Bar. Further details at ACVs.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update

    Updated 14th December
  • New Brewery in Leicester Monday 16 January 2017

    The Framework Brewery has recently opened at the Old City Depot, Friday Street, Leicester. For further details see the website Framework Brewery and the Facebook page Framework Brewery Facebook

    Updated 16th January 2017
    Craft beers . . . . .
  • New Brewery in Market Bosworth Monday 16 January 2017

    The new Market Bosworth Brewery is run by John Skinner. Their beers have been served at the Prince of Wales and the new Broood pub on King St Leicester, formerly Out of the Vaults. For further details contact Les Coddrington, the Brewery Liaison Officer for the Market Bosworth Brewery.

    Updated 16th January 2017
    Beers now available . . . .
  • Round up of January's Pub News Monday 16 January 2017

    • Attempts by Alan Tingley from the Globe at Snarestone, to take on the lease of the Black Horse in Appleby Magna failed and it closed on 8th December.

    • The Blue Bell in Stoney Stanton is advertised on the Everards website as being to let.

    • The Red Lion at Pinwall is subject to a planning application for the conversion into five houses. The pub has been closed for several years.

    • The lease for the Black Horse at Sheepy Magna has been put up for sale by the landlord.
    Updated 16th January 2017
  • How to Register for Discourse Tuesday 31 January 2017

    It has been announced in What's Brewing that Discourse has been adopted as CAMRA's future forum service, replacing many Yahoo groups. Discourse will become CAMRA's place to discuss campaigning, pubs, beer and cider. To register to use Discourse, please go to discourse.camra.org.uk, and Sign Up, using your membership number and password You will also need to have an e-mail address registered with CAMRA on the membership system.

    To register an e-mail address: Login to the CAMRA National website. Go to My Membership and click the @Edit Your Membership Information’ button. Click Edit and make required changes, then Save.

    Updated 31st January 2017
    It has been announced in What's Brewing that Discourse has been adopted as CAMRA's future forum service . . . . . .
  • Why I’m looking forward to Bournemouth 2017 Tuesday 31 January 2017

    This April, I will be joining CAMRA members from across the UK in the seaside resort of Bournemouth for CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend, which includes our National AGM and Conference.

    I have been attending the CAMRA Members’ Weekend for almost 30 years, well before I was active nationally, never mind National Chairman. Those of you who were in Norwich in 2013 may remember that I still have my glass from my first AGM weekend, as they were then called, in Norwich in 1990. Even prior to becoming Chairman, I always made an effort to travel to whichever corner of the country the weekend was held and have only missed one since then - and was even organiser in Edinburgh in 1998. It has always been, and still is, an opportunity to meet with old friends, make new acquaintances and socialise with other CAMRA members from across the country.

    Most importantly, the Members’ Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for any member across the organisation – whether you have just joined, been a member for 20+ years, active or inactive – to shape the future direction and purpose of CAMRA.

    As Chairman, I now have the great responsibility of making sure that the AGM and Conference part of the Members’ Weekend is run successfully and open to every single one of our 185,000 members. This year, that responsibility is even greater than ever before.

    Following 50 consultation meetings across the UK and three national surveys, we have now seen the proposals that were put forward by the Revitalisation Project Steering Committee on CAMRA’s future. Whether you agree or disagree with the proposals, took part in the consultation events or stayed at home, the Members’ Weekend will be the opportunity to discuss them inside and out ahead of a decision next year.

    Over the weekend, members will be able to consider the Revitalisation Project and proposals on the future of CAMRA in a series of discussion groups. It will be your chance to have a say on the Revitalisation Project’s findings and represent your views in the debate. A final decision on the proposals will then be taken at the Members’ Weekend in 2018.

    I am proud to chair an organisation that is a true democracy – where every member has the opportunity to feed into our policies, direction and future. I never forget that without our huge membership base and dedicated volunteers; there simply would not be a CAMRA.

    I hope you will consider joining us in Bournemouth this year. The closing date for registration is Friday 17th March 2017. For more information simply visit CAMRA AGM website.

    Updated 31st January 2017
    Colin Valentine's address before AGM . . . . .
  • Latest Half Pint Newsletter is out now Friday 17 February 2017

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. This edition provides an update on the Three Brewers Project which is gaining significant momentum. There is also the report from a recent Hinckley Times article relating to the women in top positions within Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA, and a further installment of "The History of Beer" by David Finn.

    For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

    This is for the period February to April 2017. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

    Updated 17th February
    This edition provides an update on the Three Brewers Project . . . .
  • Roundup of February's Pub News Friday 17 February 2017

    • Admiral are again looking for new tenants at the Red Lion Barwell.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton was due to reopen on 13th Feb after a refurbishment by Punch.

    • The Francis Arms in Stoney Stanton closed on 4th January when the landlord left, nothing else is known.

    • The Black Horse at Appleby Magna remains closed until Marston’s can find a new tenant.

    • The new licensee at the Elephant & Castle did a mail shot to all the villagers including a free pint for all who came in to say hello. Apparently they had a good response!

    • This week The Countryman in Sharnford will be renamed the Bricklayers and be re-launched. They are interested in joining the Discount Scheme giving 30p off a pint to members, and have plans to extend the pub.

    • The Dog & Gun, Hinckley has applied for planning permission to extend at the back and to convert the 1st floor into a restaurant. Their first 2 beers were Bombardier and Doom Bar and they are now looking to vary these - possibly including Salopian Oracle.

    • In January we visited the Bank in Earl Shilton and although they do not have any real ale at the moment, they do serve 4 real ciders. If trade warrants it they may serve real ale in the future.

    • News from just out of our area - The Rugby Tap Room has just been voted Pub of the Year 2016 by Rugby CAMRA for the second year running. It is the town’s only micropub and opened in 2014 serving beers straight from the barrel.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update

    Updated 17th February

    Admiral are looking for new tenants at the Red Lion, Barwell . . . . .
  • POTY, CPOTY and COTY Winners for2017 Wednesday 8 March 2017

    Following the Branch meeting held on 7th March, the following results from the voting for the 2017 Pub of the Year, The Cider Pub of the Year and the Club of the Year were announced:-

    Pub of the Year (POTY) – The Queen’s Head, Hinckley

    Cider Pub of the Year (CPOTY) – The Pestle & Mortar

    Club of the Year (COTY) – The Burbage & District Constitutional Club

    The presentations to the respective licensees will be made on the following dates:-
    POTY – 10th May at 8pm
    CPOTY – 4th May at 8pm
    COTY – 16th May at 8pm

    Results of the votes in each category for 2017 . . . . .
  • Roundup of March's Pub News Sunday 12 March 2017
    • The Clarendon, Hinckley is reported to have stopped selling cask ales. Last Tuesday there was a fire possibly started by an electrical fault, and the pub is temporarily shut for repairs.

    • The Elephant & Castle had a new landlord in January. Paul and Lisa now have a new food menu, and Everards are redecorating and renovating the toilets.

    • Alan Tingey from the Globe at Snarestone, finally took over the lease of the Black Horse in Appleby Magna towards the end of February.

    • The Red Lion, Barwell changed hands again in February 2017 – the new landlord is Del Clifford.

    • The Red Lion, Earl Shilton reopened in February after major refurbishments by Punch. The new landlord is Phil Hughes and he is offering CAMRA members 20p off a pint of cask ale on production of a membership card. He also hopes to hold some mini beer festivals for the summer.

    • The Chequers in Burbage has refurbished the garden, patio and smoking areas.

    • Wetherspoon’s Baron will be holding their Spring Real-Ale festival from 22 March until 2 April with 30 festival beers from 30 breweries, of which 25 are in the UK and 5 are overseas. The festival line-up also includes new, seasonal and specialty beers, many of which have been brewed exclusively for them.

    • Burbage Community Arts Festival ‘music in the pubs’ will be held on 3 May from 8pm in the village pubs

    Updated 12th March
    The Elephant & Castle had a new landlord in January . . . .
  • Roundup of April's Pub News Wednesday 12 April 2017

    • The Clarendon on Coventry Road is still closed, as is the Black Horse at Appleby Magna.

    • The Anchor in Burbage has revamped the smoking shelter and terraced area.

    • The Union in Hinckley has a new landlord.

    • Sue from the Red Lion in Burbage has also taken on the Blue Bell in Stoney Stanton and has put in managers to run it.

    • Burbage Community Arts Festival will be holding the annual "music in the pubs" night from 8pm on 3 May.
    Updated 12th April
    The Union in Hinckley has a new landlord . . . .
  • Sweet Mild O'mine - Leicester CAMRA Mild Trail Thursday 20 April 2017

    Leicester CAMRA is supporting ‘Mild in May’ by running a Mild Trail across Leicester and Leicestershire from 29th April to 3rd June. There will be an opportunity to enjoy both the Mild and perhaps visit some pubs new to you.

    The Mild Trail involves collecting stickers by visiting as many of the listed pubs as you can and ordering a pint (or half) of cask mild, then obtaining a trail sticker for your chart. The April/May edition of the Leicester Drinker features a centrespread of participating venues on a chart, or the same can be downloaded from the Leicester Branch web page Leicester CAMRA Mild Trail.

    Everyone collecting 12 or more different pub stickers will have the chance to receive a unique limited edition ”Sweet Child of Mine” Leicester Mild Trail 2017 T-Shirt.

    The organised crawls are:

    • Saturday 29th April Coach trip to launch Mild in May, visiting Cow & Plough Stoughton, Beerhouse Market Harborough (also incorporating Pub of The Year presentation), Chandlers Arms Shearsby, Plough Bruntingthorpe, Queens Arms Leire and General Elliott Willoughby Waterleys. Contact socials@leicester.camra.org.uk to book a seat.
    • Tuesday 16th May A late afternoon and evening trip by train and bus to Sileby, Syston & Barkby.
    • Saturday 20th May A day out visiting the Mild Trail pubs in Hinckley. Travel by bus or train.
      Updated 20th April
    Leicester CAMRA is supporting ‘Mild in May’ . . . .
  • Presentation of the 2017 Cider Pub of the Year Award Friday 5 May 2017

    David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2017 award to Sue Williams of the Pestle & Mortar, on 4th May. This remarkable achievement follows on from last year's Cider Pub of the Year awards for this 18 month old pub, at both Hinckley & Bosworth and East Midlands level.

    Updated 5th May 2017

    David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2017 award . . . .
  • Roundup of May's Pub News Monday 8 May 2017
    • The Three Tuns in Barlestone has a new landlady - Julie Bowen

    • The Sycamores in Burbage has virtually completed the revamped patio and children's play area

    • There is no change yet at the Black Horse, Appleby Magna and it remains closed

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

    Updated on 8th May
  • Latest Half Pint Newsletter out now Wednesday 10 May 2017

    The latest edition of our free Half Pint newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. This edition provides an update on the planned Three Brewers celebrations which have now been formalised. The centrefold of the newsletter contains the associated Bass Ale Trail guide which maps the local pubs that are taking part in the scheme, along with a sheet for collecting the stickers. There is also a report from the recent branch visit to the Isle of Man Beer Festival, and the last installment of "The History of Beer" by David Finn.

    For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

    This is for the period May to July 2017. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

    look for the Half Pint in a pub or club near you. . . .
  • Presentations of the 2017 Pub of the Year Award Tuesday 16 May 2017

    David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017 award to Phil and Dawn Jackson of the Queen's Head, on 10th May. This year's success follows previous Pub of The Year awards received by the Queen's Head in 2013, 2014 and Jointly with the Railway in 2015.

    Updated 16th May 2017
    David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth<i> CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017</i> award . . . .
  • Pig in Muck 10th Anniversary Reopening Festival Saturday 20 May 2017

    The Pig in Muck at Claybrooke Magna celebrated the 10th Anniversary of reopening after a major fire, with a Brewery Open Day along with a selection of real ales and ciders.

    Photos courtesy of Alan Cooke

    Updated 20th May 2017
    Pig in Muck</b> at Claybrooke Magna celebrated the 10th Anniversary . . . .

    David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Club of the Year 2017 award to Dave Banks of the Burbage & District Constitutional Club, on 16th May. This year's success follows the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Club of The Year 2016 award and The East Midlands CAMRA Club of the Year 2016 award.

    Updated 29th May 2017
    David Finn, the Branch Chairman presents the Hinckley & Bosworth<i> CAMRA Club of the Year 2017. . . .

    Blue plaques were unveiled in Hinckley on Saturday 3rd June, in honour of two brewing greats connected to the town.

    The first unveiling was at the top of Castle Street at 11.30am then moving to The Greyhound pub on New Buildings. The blue plaques commemorate the history and 300th birthday of William Bass, who grew up the town, and William Butler, who was born in Hinckley.

    Guests of honour included Jennifer, Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, who led the unveiling, along with the mayors of Hinckley and Bosworth and Burton upon Trent, Cllrs Ozzy O’Shea and Simon Gaskin, the chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Janice Richards, and heritage brewer Steve Wellington.

    Lady Gretton’s is a direct descendant through her late husband’s family which was in business with Bass, under the partnership known as Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton.

    A 90 year old Bass delivery lorry, provided by the Bass Museum was also on display in Castle Street whilst Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA members, Chris, Robin and Colin were dressed in period costume to add to the history of the occasion.

    It is not known exactly where Bass lived in Hinckley, but there is evidence that the family home was in Castle End, now Castle Street. The plaque has been mounted on a building of appropriate age, by permission of its owners Martina and Timothy Payne.

    The plaque to William Butler of Mitchell’s and Butler brewery, was unveiled at The Greyhound pub in New Buildings, opposite where he was born in a cottage (which no longer exists) in 1843.

    Later in the year there will be a similar Blue plaque unveiling at Orton on the Hill to celebrate the life of a third local brewer, William Worthington.

    An exhibition, All Hail the Ale, celebrating the lives of the three great brewers is on display at Hinckley and District Museum in collaboration with the National Brewery Centre in Burton.

    It includes Bass family material not seen in Hinckley for more than 250 years.

    Additional information:-

    Hinckley & District Museum
    BBC News
    Hinckley Times

    Photos courtesy Graham Lancaster
    Blue plaques were unveiled in Hinckley on Saturday 3rd June . . . .
  • ROUNDUP OF JUNE'S PUB NEWS Monday 12 June 2017


    • The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland now has 5 regular beers and one changing beer which are all selling well. They have also recently passed the Cask Marque inspection.

    • The Gate Hangs Well at Carlton has been redecorated.

    • The Red Lion, Barwell had another new licensee at the end of May.

    • Having announced his intention to leave, the landlord of The Black Horse, Sheepy Magna has found a potential buyer for the lease.

    • At the Greyhound, Hinckley, the 2 front bars have been painted and refurbished with new lights, carpets, seats reupholstered and tables re-varnished.

    • The Clarendon, Coventry Road is still closed while they wait for the insurance to be sorted out. The fire was at the back so the whole building is closed.

    • The White Swan in Stoke Golding will be holding a beer festival on 16, 17 and 18 June 2017. Live music on Friday night will be with The Craic - very popular Irish band, Saturday night is an acoustic set from James Edgar and Sunday lunchtime there is a bouncy castle to keep the kids busy while dads are trying the beer on Father's Day!

    And news from neighbouring Leicester CAMRA Branch:-

    • The Real Ale Classroom in Leicester opened a second pub on Station Road in Lutterworth on Saturday 3 June. It is a three roomed pub in a similar style to their first pub with the beers listed on a blackboard and served direct from casks in a cooler behind the bar. They also have a garden and smoking shelter.

    • According to this month’s Leicester Drinker, The Blue Boar will be opening its second pub in June. The Ale Stone will be on Aylestone Road, Aylestone near the Co-op.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • CAMRA HQ Campaigns News Friday 7 July 2017

    Festivals that Celebrate our Railways

    Stay on the right track with beer festivals that celebrate our railways - here's an event that offers the chance to do both!

    Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival

    21-23 July 2017

    Eight years ago the first Rail Ale Festival was held in the Shackerstone Station, but has now grown into an official CAMRA beer festival running alongside a vintage rally.

    The event takes place in and around the Goods Shed at Market Bosworth Station with ales also served from the Griddle Car bar on the trains.

    Visitors can expect to see an eclectic mix of historic vehicles, including 10 live steam road locomotives, miniature traction engines and vintage commercial vehicles, with trains in operation on the Friday afternoon.

    Family friendly during the daytime, the festival also boasts a children's bouncy castle, fairground organ and entertainment.

  • Hinckley Rugby Club joins CAM Friday 7 July 2017


    Hinckley Rugby Football Club (HRFC) has agreed to admit CAMRA members into the club free of charge on production of their valid CAMRA membership card.

    HRFC are also offering members a 10p reduction in price per pint of bitter bought in the club, again on production of their CAMRA card.

  • Roundup of July's Pub News Thursday 20 July 2017

    34 Windsor Street closed suddenly on Thursday 15 June 2017. The remaining 6 years of the lease is for sale by Punch

    The Woolcomber, Burbage opened an Indian restaurant on 18 May 2017 also serving pub food and takeaway

    The Chequers in Burbage is now serving 2 ciders from Westons in addition to the two beers

    The Crown in Appleby Magna changed hands recently. The lease has been taken over by Phil and Emma who also have the Bull & Lion in Packington.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Rail Ale Festival Update Friday 21 July 2017

    The Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival got off to a steaming start yesterday 21st July, with plenty of beers on offer, supplemented by good food, fruit wines and Pimms. There are a number of magnificent working steam engines on display, along with other attractions. There is also the opportunity to take a trip on the steam train with a selection of real ales being served on board. The festival continues today and tomorrow with a range of activities, including live music on both days. For further details see Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2019.

    Last updated 21 July 2017
  • Branch ‘Pub of Distinction’ Awarded to the Elbow Room Monday 7 August 2017

    Every so often, certain pubs within the branch are nominated for this award based on members’ recommendations. In this instance, there were three pubs nominated and following a membership vote, The Elbow Room was adjudged a 'Pub of Distinction’, within the branch. The presentation of the award will take place at a date yet to be arranged.

    Last updated 7 August 2017
  • Warwickshire Brewery's Beer named Supreme Champion at GBBF Wednesday 16 August 2017

    Church End Brewery's "Goats Milk" has been named Supreme Champion at the Great British Beer Festival. The beer is described as golden yellow and produced from pale barley, crystal malt and oats, lightly supplemented with aromatic hops.

    GBBF is continuing until Saturday 12th August, For details see: Great British Beer Festival 2017

  • Roundup of August's Pub News Monday 21 August 2017

    Tina retired on 29 July 2017 and Cafe Latino is now closed

    Cafe Español closed at The Atkins Building on 29 July and will be relocating later in August to the vacated Cafe Latino’s premises on Castle Street

    Praha closed 5 August, the premises may become an Italian restaurant

    Work has been going on at Black Horse in Appleby Magna in July and it may be re-opening sometime in August

    The Cross Keys Burbage closed suddenly Sunday 6 August. It is listed on Marston’s website for potential lease assignment. Marston's appear to want to get someone in as soon as possible

    And news from neighbouring Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth CAMRA Branch:-

    The Queens Head at Newton Regis has closed suddenly early August until further notice

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Unveiling of the William Worthington Blue Plaque Saturday 26 August 2017

    CHURCH BELLS RING FOR GREAT BREWER. The bells of St Edith’s Parish Church rang out as a Blue Plaque honouring the life of William Worthington was unveiled in the village of Orton-on-the-Hill. Worthington was born in the village in the Borough of Hinckley & Bosworth and went on to become one of the three great brewers who all came from the Hinckley area.

    The Blue Plaque event took place at the village’s Unicorn Inn and was jointly arranged by Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA and Hinckley & District Museum supported by the Borough Council.

    Special guests included the Deputy Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth Jan Kirby, Councillor Stanley Rooney who is responsible for Heritage, and County Councillor Ivan Ould who represents the area. Carl Brett, CAMRA’s Regional Director for the East Midlands also attended. Colin Goss the landlord of the Unicorn and his wife were present.

    As well, a vintage brewery vehicle had been driven down from the National Brewery Centre Burton-on-Trent made an excellent backdrop to the event. It has the enviable number plate of ALE 1. The main guest of honour was Steve Wellington, with his wife Carolyn, who unveiled the plaque. Steve is well known within the industry as a beer champion and an award winning master brewer.He also has a passion for microbreweries, for brewing history and for re-creating long lost brands of beer. As Head Brewer at the Worthington Brewery in Burton-on-Trent there could be no one more fitting than Steve to unveil the plaque in honour of William Worthington.

    On a perfect summer’s evening some 55 people gathered in front of the Unicorn for the ceremony. After a welcome by Richard Lewin of CAMRA, Gregory Drozdz of Hinckley Museum gave an interesting and informative talk about the history behind this event. Steve Wellington’s speech followed and the church bells rang out as he unveiled the Blue Plaque commemorating William Worthington.

    The bell-ringing was significant as Worthington himself was a bell ringer. Graham Titley, St Edith’s Church Tower Captain said “He was an accomplished and enthusiastic ringer who went on to use his wealth to endow many churches in the Burton area with bells”. The bell ringing itself was an attractive addition but was further enhanced by the presence of Worthington’s great grandson as one of the bell ringers.

    Finally the party moved indoors to toast the life of William Worthington and enjoy a buffet. St Edith's Church Orton on the Hill where on 22nd August 2017 a quarter peal of bells rang out for William Worthington.

    The above review was provided by Richard Lewin, Three Brewers Committee

    newsletter is out now, so look for it in a pub or club near you. This edition provides details of the upcoming 10th Hinckley Beer Festival and an update on continuing Three Brewers celebrations. The centre fold of the newsletter contains the associated Bass Ale Trail guide which maps the local pubs that are taking part in the scheme, along with a sheet for collecting the stickers.

    For a full size representation of the front page, click on the image.

    This is for the period August to October 2017. As always, congratulations and thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

  • Roundup of September's Pub News Wednesday 6 September 2017

    Praha closed on 5 August and is to become an Italian restaurant called Inferno

    The Cross Keys, Burbage closed on Sunday 6 August. The lease assignment is now for sale at £35,000. Latest: Has reopened under a temporary manager

    Just out of our area, The Queens Head at Newton Regis also closed suddenly until further notice

    A notice has appeared on the Clarendon building dated 15 August 2017 stating that an application has been made by the owners TTG Inns Ltd to the council to demolish the property on 1 November 2017 as it is now unsafe.

    There have been more changes at the Red Lion in Barwell. The previous tenant has departed and James Boyle is temporarily holding the fort and has started doing food again. A permanent replacement is due on 11th September. Paul Casey is coming from Dorchester but was originally from this area.

    The Black Horse in Appleby Magna is now fully open. The regular beer is Pedigree, plus two guests from the Marston’s list.

    The Black Horse at Sheepy Magna has new tenants: Paul Harris & Dean Painter were formerly at the Crows Nest in Nuneaton. The beers are Pedigree, Hobgoblin and one guest. Food is served at lunchtime and evenings and on Sunday lunches.

    Adie’s contract ended on 2 September and he left the Holywell after holding a leaving party on Friday night. It has reopened this week, no details are known but it is rumoured to be the old landlord from the Woolcomber for 3 months.

    The Lime Kilns is renovating the downstairs room and hopes to expand the brewery having acquired the old Pig Brewery kit.

    Kevin from the Pig in Muck is looking at reopening the Wood Farm brewery and visitors centre.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armachtrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • The 10th Hinckley Beer Festival 2017 - Initial Report Friday 8 September 2017

    Another successful festival supported by residents of the town and tourists from as far as Surrey, West Sussex, London and Yorkshire. This included the champion “ ticker” of Great Britain, Brian Moore of Sheffield, who had travelled to Hinckley to sample 20 beers that he had not tasted before to add to his collection of over 63000 beers! He doesn’t drink them, he takes them home. After visiting our festival he was intending to follow our new, revised, Hinckley Ale Trail when I advised him of more new beers on offer in the town’s pubs.

    Our claim to be a small, friendly CAMRA festival certainly seems to have been upheld, thanks to our branch volunteers. In total we had over 1600 visitors who consumed over 4000 pints of beer and 1000 pints of cider along with traditional beer festival food.

    Everyone I spoke to was captivated by their visit to the museum to view the “All Hail the Ale” tribute to the Three Brewers exhibition and enjoyed splendid hospitality from the staff.

    The Bass Pubs Trail that ran for 6 weeks between Market Bosworth Rail Ale festival and Hinckley Beer festival was well supported and a number of entrants had enjoyed travelling to most of the 15 participating pubs in the area, which, in their words, “ Gave us a an opportunity to visit some of the villages around the area.”

    The entertainment in the marquee was well received and the opening ceremony with distinguished guests was especially well attended.

    Our judging of East Midlands Champion Beer of Britain – Strong Bitters category was won by Blue Monkey Ape Ale a 5.4% strong bitter.

    Personally, I received several favourable comments about the organisation of the festival and the varied selection of beers and ciders.

    It now seems a long time to wait until Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA’s next festival, the Market Bosworth Rail Ale festival in July 2018.

    Chris James, Hinckley Beer Festival Organiser

    For more information on the 2017 Hinckley Beer Festival, see Hinckley Beer Festival

  • Pub of Distinction Award Tuesday 26 September 2017

    The award of a "Pub of Distinction" certificate was presented to Tim and Wendy of the Elbow Room by David Finn, on Tuesday 26th September

  • Roundup of October/November Pub News Tuesday 7 November 2017

    The Black Horse in Sheepy Magna has new leaseholders, Paul Harris & Dean Painter, who were formerly at the Crows Nest in Nuneaton. The current beers are Pedigree, Hobgoblin and one guest. Food is served daily. New pumps and cooling were installed in October and they plan to have a more varied range of guest beers including from Burton Bridge. They also have plans to extend the patio area and convert an outbuilding next spring.

    The Red Lion, Barwell has had several temporary managers over the last year, but finally a permanent replacement arrived in 11 September. Paul Casey is originally from this area and has previously run pubs in Hinckley and most recently in Dorset. Food is served Tuesday to Saturday, and a roast on Sunday lunchtimes. The regular beers are Pedigree and Marston’s Saddle Tank plus a guest beer, and a real cider (currently Rosie Pig).

    The Railway closed for a week in October for refurbishment of both bars and the kitchen area. The entrance lobby has been opened up and a new fireplace installed in the bar.<

    The Lime Kilns has renovated and restored the downstairs room with a wood burner stove and country style armchairs and 3 piece suite. The new room will be dog friendly and will have food service.

    Wood Farm Brewery in Willey reopened on 4 November as The Barn Pub and Restaurant. Owned by brothers Mark and Thomas O'Neill. Thomas also owns the Blue Bear in Nuneaton. They will also have a 5 barrel brewing plant set up by Kevin from the Pig in Muck.

    The Cross Keys, Burbage closed suddenly Sunday 6 August and the lease was put up for sale by Marston’s. It was reopened on 13 September by Daniel Keicher and David Leith, who also run several pubs in the south west, and the pub manager Darren Ryn. The pub had been freshened up with a change of decor and the sports TV in the back room. Food is being served every day. The 6 hand pumps are all in use with 1 real cider, 1 guest beer and 4 regular beers (Pedigree, Saddle Tank, Hobgoblin and Wainwright). They plan to hold beer festivals in February and August.

    The Harvester restaurant at the Three Pots is going to be refurbished by M&B and re-branded as a Miller & Carter Steakhouse.

    Many thanks to pubs officer Jackie for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Jackie on:- ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • New Branch Appointments Friday 8 December 2017

    Jackie Wallis has agreed to take on the role of Hinckley Beer Festival Organiser with Adrian Wallis then accepting the position of Pubs Officer. Very best wishes to both, in their new roles within the branch.

  • Roundup of December's Pub News Friday 8 December 2017
    • Demolition has started at The Clarendon. Last week the front bar area had gone.

    • Another planning application has been submitted for the Red Lion at Pinwall. This time to convert the pub into a house and put 4 new houses on the site of the outbuildings. It closed as a pub in 2012.

    • In mid November the former Praha bar reopened as Italian restaurant bar, called Inferno

    • Voodoo Lounge seems to have reopened as the Ice Bar and Quartz Nightclub, with opening times of Friday & Saturday 9pm till 3-4am.
    • The Bulls Head, Stoney Stanton has recently been sold to someone who owns several other pubs, and who is also involved with Elmesthorpe Brewery.

      According to its Facebook page the brewery opened in June 2017 and currently sells its 3 beers at the Clifton Inn, Rugby.

    • The manager at the Cross Keys in Burbage, (Darren Ryn) left on 8 November; there has been no replacement yet.

    • The Lime Kilns is now officially a brewpub and the downstairs room is open for use.

    • The Chequers in Burbage closed on 23 October for alterations and was relaunched last Saturday 2 December with new kitchen, cellar and extended restaurant.

    • The Red Lion in Sapcote closed on 25 November and is due to re-open on Friday 8 December after a refurbishment which includes a new serving area and bar, new seating in the bar and lounge, new flooring throughout, an overhaul of the toilets, a new kitchen, and new paving, seating and heaters in the garden area.

    • The Three Pots is going to be rebranded by M&B from a Harvester to a “Miller & Carter Steakhouse”.

    • The Longshoot was closed for 3 weeks in November while Greene King altered and rebranded it as a “Pub & Carvery”.

    • Steamin’ Billy opened a new pub on 26 October. The White Horse on Long Street, Atherstone and is being run by Chris Allingham who used to have the Railway.

    • Some of you may have seen in the Hinckley Times that The Baron has been given a Platinum Loo of The Year award for the quality of its toilets. Platinum is the highest award category.

    • As part of the Leicester Comedy Festival there is an Everards Comedy Beer Tour on 17 February 2018. Starting from Glenfield and visiting 5 pubs including the Elephant & Castle, Thurlaston and the Swan in Newbold Verdon.
    • From Les: The Kismet Indian Restaurant in Barlestone has been converted back into the Red Lion pub.

    Many thanks to our newly appointed pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:- ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • NH Sporting Challenge 2018 Thursday 21 December 2017

    4th Annual inter Branch Competition between

    Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA
    Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA

    On 23rd January 2018 at 8pm
    At the Earl Shilton Constitutional Club Ltd, 75 Station Rd, Earl Shilton, Leicester LE9 7GE, UK
    There are regular service buses to/from Hinckley available to end of Station Road

    All CAMRA Branch members are welcome to attend either as participants or as spectators

  • Roundup of January's Pub News Friday 5 January 2018
    • Ashby Road Sports Club is no longer offering a CAMRA discount

    • The Hollybush, Hinckley is subject to a change of use to offices and a flat

    • An application has been made to convert the Red Lion Pinwall into a new home and four other dwellings

    • The Union Inn, Hinckley has a refurbished beer garden, new plants, benches and a covered seating area. An all day pup grub and a carvery is also planned

    • Praha in Hinckley has now become the Inferno restaurant

    • The Clarendon Club, Hinckley has now been demolished after the fire they had in February

    • The Harvester is still the Harvester and yet to be rebranded as a Miller & Carter steakhouse

    • The Cross Keys, Burbage has closed. The landlord thanked everyone for their support but says unfortunately they have to close. Marston’s are looking for a new tenant

    Many thanks to our newly appointed pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Beer of the Festival Presentation Tuesday 23 January 2018

    On Tuesday 16th January, Market Bosworth Brewery were presented with an award certificate for their Hinckley Beer Festival winner Parma Violet Porter, a 5.0% Speciality Beer. The presentation took place at the Gate Hangs Well, Carlton. The presentation was made by David and Chris to Jon Skinner and Richard Brine of Market Bosworth Brewery. Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • Latest Copy of the Half Pint out now Saturday 10 February 2018

    The February - April version of the Half Pint is now available in a pub/club near you. This quarter's edition includes an update on the visit to the Manchester Beer Festival, details of the Rising Sun's 30th anniversary along with a history of the family's ownership of this Shackerstone pub. There is also an excellent article written by the Branch Chairman David Finn, on the Kentish home of the micro-pub. Within the pages, you will also find both the latest Local and National news.

    As alway, thanks go to David & Dianne Bates who have edited this edition.

  • Voting for the Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year 2018 Tuesday 13 February 2018

    You are invited to vote in this years competition for Pub, Club and Cider Pub of the Year 2018
    Please return the attached POTY, CPOTY COTY Voting Form to the Secretary by Wednesday 21st February

  • Branch Awards for 2018 Wednesday 14 March 2018

    Following an election amongst Branch members, the following awards were announced at the March Meeting:-

    Elbow Cask & Craft
    Pestle & Mortar
    Burbage & District Constitutional Club
  • Roundup of March's Pub News Wednesday 14 March 2018

    The Harvester has been rebranded as a Miller & Carter House and opened on the 9th March

    The Black Horse at Walcote has a beer festival from 4-7 May, with beer, cider, food and live music

    The White Bear won the Steaming Billy "Team of the Year" award

    Steve Thatcher has left Broood at the Prince of Wales and it has opened with a new landlady

    The Red Lion in Earl Shilton is temporarily closed

    The licencees of the Wharf are celebrating being there for 12 years

    The Bulls Head at Nailstone is to become a community pub

  • Roundup of April's Pub News Wednesday 4 April 2018

    The Prince of Wales has a new licensee, Jackie who was previously at the Chequers, with the pub no longer being tied to XT

    The Belper Arms, which was a Punch Tavern has now been transferred to Heineken, with the food menu changing at the same time

    The Union is being painted outside

    Just outside our area, the Black Horse at Walcote is having a beer festival from 4th to 7th May, with beers, ciders, food and live music on the Friday

    The Red Lion in Earl Shilton is still closed, and the landlord is reported to have left

    The King William in Earl Shilton is unlikely to ever re-open as a pub and is probably going to disappear

    The Star in Stoney Stanton had a new licensee 2 weeks ago

    The Stoneycroft Club has been redecorated

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Roundup for May's Pub News Wednesday 2 May 2018

    The Nags Head at Stapleton appears to be closed. The place looks to be locked up with no-one at home. Certainly it doesn't look to be trading

    On Wednesday 9th May, the Burbage Community Arts Festival are having the Music in the Pubs night

    The Star in Stoney Stanton is said to have changed hands recently

    Weatherspoons are getting rid of all social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

    The Ashby Tavern, a Punch Tavern, has a “To Let” sign outside. The landlord Pete has given notice and will be moving in July

    The Belper Arms, Newton Burgoland has been rebranded from a Punch Tavern to a Heineken Pub

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Pub of the Year Award 2018 Wednesday 6 June 2018

    The award for branch Pub of the Year 2018 was presented by the Chairman David Finn to Tim Arnold of The Elbow Room Ale & Cider House. Congratulations!

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke
  • Saturday 9 June 2018

    The award for branch Cider Pub of the Year 2018 was presented by the Chairman David Finn to Sue Summerill of The Pestle & Mortar. Congratulations!

    Photo courtesy of Graham Lancaster
  • Roundup of June's Pub News Wednesday 13 June 2018

    The long-term tenant at The Blacksmiths , Barwell has left. There's a temp in at the moment and it is expected that someone is to take the place over shortly, on a permanent basis

    Angie at The Weavers is now free of tie with Marston’s and is apparently the only pub in Hinckley to be in this situation. This means that they now just rent the building from Marston’s and can source beer etc from elsewhere

    The Nags Head, Stapleton is still closed. Both directors, Jason Sealey and Mark John Horner of the company running the pub resigned in March 2018

    There are plans to demolish The Prince of Wales, Hinckley and build 12 apartments. The council Conservation officer (Paul Grundy) along with CAMRA are objecting to this. The landlady, Jackie, believes that the pub is a viable business

    The Red Lion, Earl Shilton is still closed

    Golden Duck Brewery are opening a cellar bar at The Sir John Moore Foundation school next door

    The Ashby Tavern has a “to let” sign. The lease is for sale for £35,000, if it is not let then a manager will be put in

    The Black Horse at Sheepy Magna is also trying to become free of tie.

    The Bulls Head, Nailstone is due to get a new landlady at the end of July

    John and Sue from the Pestle & Mortar are taking on The Bank in Earl Shilton and will open it as a micropub called Shilton Vaults in August. The Bank has been closed for about a month.

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • 40 Years at the New Inn, Peggs Green Friday 20 July 2018

    Chairman David presented this award in recognition of the New Inn at Peggs Green being in the McKeefrey/ Kell family for 40 years, with daughter Tina the current landlady. The New Inn is a three roomed pub and a real gem, with draught Bass in the jug available from the cellar.

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • Long Service Award to Jim Bartlette of Bull's Head, Nailstone Friday 20 July 2018

    Jim Bartlette, licensee of the Bulls Head in Nailstone is retiring at the end of July, and David Finn as Chairman of Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA presented Jim with an award in recognition of his eighteen years at the pub.

    This was Jim’s first and only pub and followed forty years working in accountancy.

    In the early days of the Branch, some of the monthly meetings were held at the pub, when attendances were then only around twelve to fifteen members. Jim was also one of the first landlords to advertise in our magazine, the Half Pint, when it began publication and he remained a loyal contributor until very recently.

    Very best wishes for the future from Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • Roundup of July's Pub News Saturday 28 July 2018

    The Cross Keys in Burbage closed on Thursday 28 June for 2 weeks. After a bit of work by Marston’s it should have reopened on 16 July with Bob Conley, Aden and Alex as managers

    The Nags Head, Stapleton, is still closed

    The Red Lion in Earl Shilton has reopened but the manager has not run a pub before and is finding her feet. The people with the lease run the Bell in Husbands Bosworth, and she's moved in with her family to manage it. Beer selection is Doombar and Pedigree. No Bass, Abbot or Broadside

    There is proposal to sell the King William in Earl Shilton town centre and build 11 flats. It's currently in the planning system

    The Weavers, Hinckley, are now not using plastic straws, in order to be more environmentally friendly

    The Pestle & Mortar will be opening a new micropub in Earl Shilton, to be called the Shilton Vaults

    The Black Horse, Appleby has been closed for 2 weeks for refurbishment

    The Black Horse, Sheepy, is now free of its tie

    The White Swan, Stoke Golding, is “to let” according to the Everards website

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Roundup of August's Pub News Wednesday 8 August 2018

    The Cross Keys, Burbage has advertised for a new manager and it is still closed at the moment

    There is a new landlady at Holywell, Charlotte Ellis, she has 2 regular cask ales Doombar and Jennings Cumberland, with 1 guest ale every week

    The Pestle and Mortar , Hinckley, is to celebrate its 3rd anniversary at the Bank Holiday weekend

    The Shilton Vaults is to open at the end of August or early September

    The Chequers Inn, Burbage, has a new chef

    The Landlady at the Belper Arms is to leave by October. Heineken fixed the flood in the cellar, but the cause is still a mystery. It re-opened in early June

    The Nags Head in Stapleton will be re-opening soon

    Jim at the Bulls Head, Nailstone retired on 31 July so there is a new Landlady there now

    The Elbow Room in Hinckley, the Needle and Pin in Loughborough and the Classroom in Leicester have got together to organise a tour round the respective micropubs on 22 October at £20 per head with 2.5 hours in each pub with food included. This will include a free first drink in each pub too!

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Country Pub of the Year 2018 - Voting Thursday 6 September 2018

    It is time to vote for the "Country Pub of the Year 2018".

    The following eleven pubs have been nominated by members:-
    Elephant & Castle
    Rising Sun
    George & Dragon
    LimeKilns Burbage
    Dog & Hedgehog
    Black Horse
    Bird in Hand
    Gate Hangs Well
    Cock Inn
    Blue Lion

    Please could you vote for one pub only, using the Voting Form for Country Pub of the Year 2018 attached.

    To help your selection please read the CAMRA guidelines. You may wish to visit some of the pubs before deciding on your vote.

    Forms should be returned to secretary@hinckleyandbosworth.camra.org.uk by Monday 24th September 2018

  • Roundup of September's Pub News Sunday 9 September 2018

    Black Horse, Hinckley The pub has a new deal with Marston's.
    It includes a partial renovation and cheaper beer.
    Some beers will sell at £2.60 a pint.

    Nags Head, Stapleton It reopened on 19th August.
    The new tenant's name is Jane Elton.
    Jane is from Hinckley and this is her first time running a pub.
    Both the Saddle Tank and Pedigree are £3.20 a pint.
    At the moment, they are the only ales on sale
    Basic food menu at sensible prices - new large kitchen
    Still settling in. They haven't got their ‘phone line sorted yet so no WiFi, card machines etc.

    The White Swan, Stoke Golding Has a change of landlord from Monday 3rd September.
    The new tenants are Andy and Deb.

    The Red lion, Earl Shilton Is displaying a 'To Let' sign.
    The lease appears to have been sold and the pub could be under new management late next month.

    The Ashby Tavern is still displaying a "To Let" sign.

    The Holywell is still displaying a “To Let” sign

    The Prince of Wales Planning permission for demolition and rebuilding as flats, has been refused.

    The Cross Keys in Burbage is due to reopen this week providing Marston’s have completed the planned work. Eoin will be the new manager.

    The Shilton Vaults is due to open this month.

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Country Pub of the Year 2018 - The Rising Sun Wednesday 3 October 2018

    Following voting by the branch membership, the Rising Sun at Shackerstone has been declared the winner of the inaugural "Country Pub of the Year" for 2018. The Rising Sun is a traditional pub, located in the centre of Shackerstone village near the Ashby Canal and the preserved Battlefield Railway. It has a wood panelled bar serving traditional ales and a restaurant serving good pub food. In 2012 the landlord was presented with an award by the local CAMRA branch to mark 25 years service. The "Country Pub of the Year" award will be presented on the evening of 20th November and there will be a mini bus running from Hinckley. Contact Robin via ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@pihsrebmem or 07454 217315 to book seats on the mini bus.

  • Latest Branch Micropub - Shilton Vaults Wednesday 3 October 2018

    The Shilton Vaults of Earl Shilton, opened it's doors for the first time on Saturday 29th September and is now the third micropub to be established within the Hinckley & Bosworth area. The micropub has been converted from the former NatWest Bank in the centre of Earl Shilton and is a sister pub to the Pestle & Mortar in Hinckley. There are three rooms, consisting of a main bar, a centre room and one in the original bank vault. There are up to 9 real ales along with craft lagers, 8 traditional ciders and a selection of wines and gins.

  • Presentations of the Good Beer Guide to our 2019 entries Monday 15 October 2018

    The Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated every year with details of more than 4,500 pubs across the country serving the best real ale.

    From country inns to urban style bars and backstreet boozers, all selected and reviewed by over 170,000 CAMRA members, this is your definitive guide to finding the perfect pint.

    Complete entries for over 4,500 urban and rural pubs, giving details of food, opening hours, beer gardens, accommodation, transport links, pub history, disabled access and facilities for families.

    Informative features section, with articles on pubs, beer and brewing, as well as beer festival listings from around the country.

    All pubs are nominated, evaluated and reviewed by local CAMRA volunteers and we never charge for entries

    Unique brewery section listing all the breweries in the UK - micro, regional and national - that brew real ale, with tasting notes for hundreds of their beers written by a trained CAMRA tasting panel.

    Seven pubs and one club from Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA have entries in the current guide. The respective licensees were congratulated and presented with their copy of the 2019 Good Beer Guide by the Chairman David Finn following a series of visits over the last few weeks. The Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA entries and the recipients are listed below:-


    Burbage & District Constitutional Club
    Kevin Scattergood, Claire Jones, Gladys Smith, David Bailey and Gina Hayes

    George & Dragon
    Mark Picker and Lucy Godsmark

    Lime Kilns
    Gary Buswell

    The New Plough Inn
    Louise Lavender

    The Rising Sun
    Simon Clough, Ann Clough, Danny and Sam

    The Queens Head
    Phil Jackson

    The Pestle & Mortar
    John & Sue Summerill

    The Elbow Room Ale & Cider House
    Tim Arnold

  • 1st CAMRA Quiz Night Monday 22 October 2018

    A very successful, first ever Quiz Night was held at The Greyhound on Wednesday 10th October. The event was organised by our Young Member Contact; Jodie Smith, with team "Camra Obscura" taking the winners prize. There were some restrained calls of "Fix", as the winning team included our Chairman, David! However everything was above board really, and all of the teams entered into the spirit of this social event. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future. Thanks very much Jodie, for all of your hard work in organising this very enjoyable evening.

  • Roundup of October's Pub News Monday 22 October 2018

    The Odfellows Arms at Higham on the Hill remains closed following the departure of the landlord

    The Shilton Vaults - Earl Shilton's first micropub opened it's doors on 29th September

    The Red Lion in Earl Shilton is currently operating with a caretaker manager

    The Holywell is still open, but the pub being advertised as "To Let"

    The Black Horse at Sheepy Magna is now free of tie

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Presentation of the Club of the Year Award 2018 Wednesday 28 November 2018

    At our AGM on Tuesday 13th November, the Regional Director Carl Brett presented the CAMRA EM Club of the Year Award to Claire Jones on behalf of the Burbage & District Constitutional Club. This was the third annual award in a row for the Club.

    Photo courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • Roundup of November and December's Pub News Tuesday 11 December 2018

    The Cross Keys closed on 22 October for repairs and alterations by Marston’s. It re-opened on Friday 9 November. The bar on the right has been opened up and a door put in to allow access to the back room. New seating and comfy chairs have been put in. There are 3 beers which Eoin plans to change monthly. Food may be served in the new year.

    The Holywell has been closed on and off for a few months. It appears from their facebook page that they have had some problems and one of the landlords has left. Dan is now running it himself and it sounds as though it is back to normal.

    The Elbow Room celebrated its 3rd anniversary 15-18 November

    It has been reported that the Baron will close next year in September. It has been suggested that it may move across the road to one of the old bank buildings, as part of Wetherspoon's plan to move away from leasehold properties where possible. However, this possibility has not been officially confirmed.

    The Red Lion at Barwell is still serving Sunday lunches but have otherwise given up on food. Instead they have live music on Fridays and a disco each Saturday. Of interest is that Paul Casey plans to start a microbrewery at the pub and the initial capacity will be 4 x 100 litres.

    The Flintlock has been closed for refurbishment following its sale by Milton Pubs to Marston’s and is due to re-open on 11 December.

    As a result of a national agreement by CAMRA with Greene King, there are now discounts on production of a Camra membership card of 10% off real ales at the following pubs in our area:- Hansom Cab, The Wentworth and at Millers Hotel in Sibson.

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • New Steward appointed at the Ashby Road Sports Club Sunday 6 January 2019

    Steve Mustin, the Chairman of the Ashby Road Sports Club has requested a revision to the club listing (see below) along with some minor changes to the opening hours. The new Steward is Sheralee Kenney, has been appointed and CAMRA members are very welcome, as are accompanied non-CAMRA members on payment of a pound signing-in fee. The large bar area has a pool table, dart board and dominos available. There is also weekly entertainment on a Friday night within the bar area and Bingo is played every Saturday from 9pm. The Club also has a large function room which is available for hire and sits on six acres of land where our football and cricket teams play. Cask Marque beers include Doom Bar which is served all week and at least one guest beer available. The Club is easily accessible with a large car park. It is situated close to three bus routes which are 158, 48 and 10.

    Revised opening hours:
    Monday - 7pm to 10pm
    Tuesday - CLOSED
    Wednesday - 5pm to 11pm
    Thursday - 5pm to 11 pm
    Friday - 5pm to 11:30pm
    Saturday - 12 to 11:30pm
    Sunday - 12 to 11pm

    The Ashby Road Sports Club has been both a previous branch Club of the Year and a Good Beer Guide featured club.

  • Round up of January's Pub News Thursday 31 January 2019

    The Flintlock closed for refurbishment following its sale by Milton Pubs to Marston’s and re-opened on 15 December with a relief manager, Bob Morton. There are now 3 beers – Pedigree plus 2 guests from the Marston’s list. Both bars have been refurbished and the pub now has level access throughout and a disabled toilet/baby changing room. Food is served in the lounge bar 12 till 9pm every day, and sports TV is shown in the bar only. The front has been improved with plenty of outside seating.

    Rich and Mandy at the Chequers, Burbage. held a leaving party on Saturday 29 December and left on 5 January. Charles Wells are now advertising for a new tenant although there are rumours that the pub will re-open in February.

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Hinckley & Bosworth win back the NH Trophy Thursday 21 February 2019

    The Annual pub games trophy match between Hinckley & Bosworth and Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA was held at The Rose Inn, Nuneaton on 22nd January. The games consisted of pool, darts, dominoes etc. After being on the losing side for the last two years Hinckley & Bosworth won the cup back. The photo is of Ray Buckler, Nuneaton CAMRA, handing the trophy over to Norman Hall.

    Big thanks to Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA for hosting this year's Challenge Cup.

  • General News Wednesday 3 April 2019

    There is to be a LOCALE Beer Festival at the Greyhound, Botcheston on 3rd to 6th May. Although this pub is not in the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA area, however the beers are being supplied by Market Bosworth Brewery and Buswells Brewery which are in our branch.

    The Leicestershire Mild in May event will be running from 27th April to 4 June with a number of our pubs within the branch taking part. They include The Greyhound, The Pestle & Mortar, the Lime Kilns and the Shilton Vaults.

    The Spring National Young Members Forum is due to take place on 25 May in Cambridge.

    The event is open to all CAMRA members, particularly those who are young or young at heart. This year it will be hosted at Cambridge Summer Beer Festival. It is the longest running CAMRA beer festival and attracts 40,000 beer, cider and perry lovers from all over the world.

    The festival always carries a strong theme, and this year is no different. 2019 marks fifty years since mankind first landed on the Moon. With the theme in mind the National Young Members Forum promises to be out of this world!

    The forum is a timely but informal meeting where young members and the young at heart come together to discuss topics and issues in CAMRA. The event is also a fantastic chance to meet like-minded people and experience first-hand the benefits of being a CAMRA member. After the forum is over there will be a pub tour of Cambridge led by a local guide.

    The forum itself will start at 12:30 on Saturday 25 May in the Garden Room at the Cambridge Beer Festival. The festival is located on Jesus Green just outside of the city centre and the number one bus runs there directly from Cambridge railway station. Walking from the railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Once through the main entrance head towards the marquee and to the right into the Garden Room, where glasses will be supplied.

    The Branch Young Member Contact is Jodie Smith. Email: ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@idoj

  • Roundup of March's Pub News Wednesday 3 April 2019

    The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland is still closed while Heineken find a new landlord.

    The Chequers in Burbage reopened 8 February with a relief manager. The new landlords are said to be Dave and Sue from the Red Lion.

    Elmesthorpe brewery have withdrawn their interest in acquiring the Oddfellows at Higham. The villagers had a meeting to discuss buying the pub. They know that the owner has already turned down an offer for it and hope that H&BBC will refuse the change of use as it is the last pub in the village.

    The Baron of Hinckley will close in September and you have probably seen in the press that the site will be taken over by the Elmesthorpe Brewery. After refurbishment, it will re-open with a new range of beers. There is no further information about Wetherspoons moving to other premises in Hinckley.

    Ade Lucas at the Cross Keys, Barwell was due to leave at the end of March and is giving up the pub trade. There should be a replacement licensee, Jess, who was due to take over on the 1 April.

    The Dog & Gun, Hinckley has closed and it is said that it will reopen under new management, following refurbishment.

    The lease for the Three Tuns in Barlestone has been renegotiated.

    Also Burbage Community Arts Festival will be holding its usual "Music in the Pubs" night around Burbage on Wednesday 8 May. www.bcaf.net

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • The Club of The Year 2019 Award Wednesday 24 April 2019

    Peter Mustin, Chairman of The Citizens Club, Hinckley was presented with the 2019 Club of the Year Award by Chris James, Clubs Officer. This is the first time that the award has been given to the Citizens Club and is based on votes cast by the Branch membership.

    Photo Courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • The Pub and The Cider Pub of the Year Awards 2019 Thursday 2 May 2019

    Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar receiving both the Pub of the Year Award and the Cider Pub of the Year Award for 2019. The presentations were made by David Finn, Chairman and Alban Fellows, Cider Officer at the Pestle & Mortar on 2nd May.

    This is the fourth consecutive year that the Pestle & Mortar has been awarded Cider Pub of the Year and the first time it has been given the Pub of the Year award. It is also the first time that a pub within this branch has held both awards for the same year. Congratulations.

    Photos courtesy of Alan Cooke

  • Roundup of April's Pub News Sunday 19 May 2019

    The Cross Keys in Burbage has changed food provider from 1 May to The House Kitchen.

    Jesse Middleton, the new landlord at the Cross Keys, Barwell has introduced a Locale and will be having some live music.

    Topps in Barwell closed in April. Local opinion is that it is being refurbished and will be shut for about 3 months.

    The Blacksmiths Arms is no longer doing any food.

    The Chequers in Burbage was due to get permanent licensees at the end of April.

    The Dog & Gun, Hinckley is still closed but is due to reopen under new management.

    The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland shut for essential maintenance work after the temporary managers left in January, and according to the Leicester Mercury, new licensees have been found and it should re-open in the next few weeks.

    It is not yet known what the outcome is for Tim Arnold’s premises licence application for 95 Church Street, Burbage (The Crafty Elbow).

    The Elephant & Castle held a beer festival from 16 to 18 May including a family fun day on the Saturday.

    Burbage Community Arts Festival will be holding its usual Music in the Pubs night around Burbage from 8pm on Wednesday 8 May. www.bcaf.net

  • Country Pub of The Year - Voting open Thursday 6 June 2019

    Voting for our Country Pub of the Year 2019 is now open, with details shown on the downloadable form below. There are 10 country pubs to choose from with all six guidelines, as indicated, being important but Beer/Cider Quality and Community Focus carry most weight.

    Country Pub of the Year 2019 - Voting Form

  • Roundup of May's Pub News Friday 14 June 2019

    The Chequers, Burbage, was reopened on Friday 24th May by Sue & Dave who also have the Red Lion, Burbage and the Blue Bell in Stoney Stanton. There are currently 3 Beers – Bombardier, Eagle & Directors. One will change depending on how well they sell. There is no food at the moment as they are waiting to appoint a chef.

    The Gate Hangs Well, Carlton will be holding a gin, rum and beer festival on 21-23 June. The village will also be holding a scarecrow trail that weekend.

    The premises licence for The Crafty Elbow was passed by Hinckley & Bosworth council, however Burbage Parish Council are not in favour and will be objecting when the change of use application is submitted.

  • Thyme Bar & Kitchen - Market Bosworth Thursday 11 July 2019

    The Thyme Bar and Kitchen in Market Bosworth now features a windowed beer cellar on the shop floor, and a bar with three cask lines and four keg lines. Regarded as the only true Free House in Market Bosworth, the Thyme Bar and Kitchen features a constantly changing line up of craft cask and keg beers on offer. There will always be a Church End beer available amongst the line up.

  • Pestle & Mortar's 4th Birthday Wednesday 7 August 2019

    This coming August Bank Holiday (24th - 26th) is the Pestle & Mortar's 4th Birthday when there will be beers favoured by branch members, with all nine pumps being in operation. Bodgers Mate will be performing on Sunday 25th.

  • 10 year Award for Louise and Darren Saturday 10 August 2019

    Louise and Darren Lavender being presented with an award from the Chairman David Finn, in recognition of their 10 year tenure at the New Plough Inn, Hinckley. Congratulations to Louise and Darren for providing excellent beers and for their much appreciated support for the CAMRA Branch.

  • Country Pub of the Year -2019 Saturday 10 August 2019

    The George and Dragon, Stoke Golding has been awarded the Country Pub of the Year - 2019 following a ballot by members of the Branch. The George and Dragon is a village local serving eight real ales from the Church End Brewery range and a real cider. Home cooked lunches using local produce and bar snacks made on the premises are always available.

    The presentation date will be announced in due course.

  • Roundup of September's Pub News Friday 6 September 2019

    The Belper Arms, Newtown Burgoland, reopened on 1st July as a food led Heineken pub with a pizza oven. Heineken wanted them to have 6 beers; at the moment they have 3.

    The Black Horse, Appleby Magna, closed again on 15 th July, but reopened after 5 days with only one beer.

    The Crafty Elbow, 83-103 Church Street, Burbage, change of use – planning had been deferred, with 52 letters of support and 12 objections received by 12th July. Subsequently, planning permission has been refused.

    34 Windsor Street, Burbage, closed on 15th June 2017. Partial demolition proposed, with change of use to 2 dwellings plus 4 more dwellings to the rear, with 12 parking spaces..

    The lease of the Red Lion, Sapcote is currently being advertised on Marston’s web site.

    The Elbow Room have a Tiny Rebel Tap take over on 14/15 September

    The Black Horse, Bond Street has a sign up saying it is to let and may be closed as the licensees may have already left.

    The Wentworth closes for refurbishment on the 30th September and reopens on 10th October.

    The Baron will be closed by Wetherspoons on 22 September. Elmesthorpe Brewery get the keys and expect to reopen it soon after. They have brewed 2 new beers: Baron Best Bitter & Hinca Ale.

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Roundup of October's Pub News Monday 7 October 2019

    The New Baron of Hinckley is set to reopen later this month after having been closed since 22nd September. The pub was closed by Wetherspoon's but has now been taken on by Nirad and Payal Solanki who intend to adopt the Wetherspoon concept of high turnover and low prices, where possible.

    Nirad also owns the Elmesthorpe Brewery and along with Payal, owns the Dog House bar in Braunstone Gate, Leicester , and The Bulls Head in Stoney Stanton. They also have pubs in Rugby and Gloucestershire and two bars in the Czech Republic.

    Two new Elmesthorpe beers have been launched for the opening and all cask ales, including the resident Bass at the New Baron will be £1.99 every Monday.

    Many thanks to our pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Beer brewed in recognition of Ada Lovelace the Computing Countess Monday 21 October 2019

    An Ada Lovelace beer brewed by Castle Brewery will be available at The Greyhound and Pestle and Mortar later this week. This is part of the celebration of the life of Ada Lovelace, daughter of English poet Lord Byron who spent her childhood years at Kirkby Mallory, Hinckley, where she was encouraged to develop a love of science and mathematics.

    Ada is considered to be one of the first computer programmers, following her work with Charles Babbage's Difference Engine, which is a calculating machine requiring a written program to carry out complex calculations.

  • Branch Vacancies ahead of next month's AGM Monday 21 October 2019

    Vacancies for Branch Committee Officers:-

    • Pubs Officer
    • Publicity Officer
    • Social Media Co-ordinator
    • Public Affairs & Campaigns

    Job Descriptions are on the CAMRA website.
    To view log on and click Volunteer Opportunities or contact Richard the Secretary and one will be sent to you.
    All volunteers will be helped in their new jobs and given advice and training if needs be.
    To show an interest, ask questions or apply by contacting David; ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc

  • The New Baron is now open Monday 21 October 2019

  • Elephant & Castle Beer Festival Friday 25 October 2019

    The Elephant and Castle

    The Elephant & Castle, Thurlaston is holding a Beer and Sausage Festival between the 7th and 10th November. There will be a range of up to 13 beers available over the Festival period which can be purchased via a voucher system. See Elephant & Castle Beer Festival for more detailed information.

  • End of an era Tuesday 12 November 2019

    Secretary Treasurer

    The Chairman; David Finn, the Secretary; Richard Lewin and the Treasurer; Bethan Moore are all retiring at the AGM on 12th November, after up to 15 years serving the Branch.

    There are other officials stepping down at the same time after varying lengths of service.

    During this 15 year era, the CAMRA Branch has operated around 20 beer festivals in Hinckley and Market Bosworth. Around 86 pubs and clubs and six local breweries have benefited from support and encouragement.


  • Cock Inn ceases trading Monday 18 November 2019

    The Cock Inn, Sibson

    It appears that the Cock at Sibson has ceased trading. There is a notice of regret on the door from former licensees Lee and Trudi. Only 3 years ago it was refurbished by Punch at just under £500,000 and re-opened by the local MP.

  • Roundup of November's Pub News Saturday 30 November 2019

    The Wentworth Arms reopened on 11 October after extensive refurbishment by pub owners Greene King. They are now serving 5 real ales – Greene King IPA, Abbot and 3 guests.

    At the Sycamores, there have been changes to the food provided. Restaurant Twenty-Six finished on 1 August, they were replaced by the Sycamores Kitchen and from 20 October two chefs who had previously worked for Restaurant Twenty-Six, have returned and there is now a new menu.

    After repairs and refurbishment, the New Baron of Hinckley reopened 20 October. The New Baron is still a free house which serves Elmesthorpe beers, guest beers, and reasonably priced food.

    Andy suddenly ended the temporary lease agreement at The Belper Arms and having decided not to take on the long-term lease, he left on 9 October.

    As reported earlier, the Cock Inn at Sibson closed suddenly on 13 November. A note pinned to the door said that Lee, Trudi and David had ceased trading and left after 13 years.

    The Holywell was closed for around a month and seems to have reopened Friday 22 November. The lease sign is still being displayed.

    The Dog & Gun, Hinckley is still closed.

    The Black Horse, Bond Street has a to let sign displayed.

    The Red Lion in Sapcote has a to let sign displayed.

    Many thanks to our acting pubs officer Adrian for the update. Note: If anyone has pub or club news that may be of interest to the Branch, please contact Adrian on:-
    ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@reciffosbup or 01455 610932

  • Roger Protz visits Hinckley Wednesday 12 February 2020

    After expressing interest in Hinckley's association with the three brewers, William Bass, William Butler and William Worthington, the esteemed beer writer Roger Protz was invited to see for himself some of the related local history . Roger's visit took place on 11th February with members of the Three Brewers team present along with a number of committee members.

    With a principle interest in Bass, Roger was taken to Upper Castle Street, the area of the town where William Bass lived and worked during his 60 years in Hinckley. It is here that a particular building (marked by a blue plaque), may have been his home, workplace and old brewery where he would have learnt to brew beer. This was followed by a trip to the Pestle & Mortar, holder of the 2019 Pub of the Year award, where Bass is always available.

    The party then moved to The Greyhound in New Buildings where another blue plaque commemorating the birth of William Butler, is located. It is believed that the Butler family lived in a now demolished cottage on the opposite side of the road.

    The Roger Protz article from his website can be viewed here Roger Protz visit. This article may well feature in a future copy of the CAMRA "Beer" magazine. Also see The Three Brewers for details of the Branch activities celebrating the links with these famous brewers.

  • Roundup of January's Pub News Saturday 29 February 2020

    The Chequers in Burbage has been painted outside and its Sunday lunches are proving popular.

    In November, Cliff Morgan left The Red Lion in Sapcote after many years in charge. The new landlords, Lewis and Wayne, took over on 9 December 2019. They are currently refurbishing the 3 letting rooms, the bars were refurbished around a year ago. There are three beers: Pedigree, Ringwood’s Boon Doggle and a guest from the Marston’s list.

    The Black Horse on Bond Street, Hinckley re-opened on 12 January with a new landlady, who was previously at the Tin Hat in Hinckley. Pork & Stuffing cobs etc are available.

    The front bar at Ashby Road Sports Club has been refurbished.

    The Flintlock now does 10% off real ales on production of Camra card, and has 1 real cider.

  • Branch Awards 2020 Tuesday 24 March 2020

    The following Branch Awards for 2020 have been made, following voting by Branch members in February and March:-

    Pub of the Year 2020

    1st: The Pestle and Mortar

    2nd: The Queens Head
    3rd: (jointly): The Shilton Vaults and The George & Dragon

    Cider Pub of the Year 2020

    1st: Pestle and Mortar

    2nd: Lime Kilns
    3rd: The Shilton Vaults

    Club of the Year 2020

    1st: Citizens Club, Hinckley

    2nd: Earl Shilton Conservative Club
    3rd: Burbage Constitutional Club

  • Market Bosworth Brewery suspends production Tuesday 31 March 2020

    News has reached the branch, that Market Bosworth Brewery has suspended production.

  • Latest on Branch pubs under threat Tuesday 7 April 2020

    The Oddfellows Arms at Higham on the Hill was sold to a developer, despite locals wanting to buy the pub. However on 3rd April, the planning application from this developer was withdrawn.

    The planning application for redevelopment of the Prince of Wales, Coventry Road was refused in 2019. The pub does have ACV status, but the subsequent moratorium finished on 25th February.

    The planning application for land behind the White Swan, Stoke Golding has been withdrawn following a major archaelogical and historical objection. The development may well have impinged on the Bosworth battlefield site.

  • Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival Postponed to 2021 Tuesday 19 May 2020

    Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Battlefield Line and Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA feel that they have no alternative, but to postpone the Rail Ale Festival until 2021. This is an extremely disappointing decision, but the Battlefield Line and the CAMRA branch believe this is right and responsible.

    However, the Battlefield Line still has standing costs to service including those for the rail ale site at Market Bosworth. If you would like to assist them by making a donation and help ensure rail ale returns - please go to https://www.battlefieldline.co.uk/

    A note from our Festival Organiser

    This year’s Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival has now been officially cancelled. This follows the guidance from the government, and also from CAMRA that all beer festivals nationwide are cancelled until at least August and probably beyond. Without other guidelines to follow, we have to assume that some form of social distancing will still be required for many months.

    The festival depends on many people coming together, in close proximity to one another, in a social and enjoyable environment. It would be virtually impossible for the volunteer staff to observe the increased standards of hygiene and security that are essential to maintain a safe environment. We know how disappointed you will be at this decision, but the priority has to be to take the correct decision now to ensure that all of you will be fit and well and able to attend the 2021 Festival. Thanks to all of the Camra and Battlefield Line volunteers who helped with the planning, and to those intending to volunteer or visit the festival.


  • Pubs and Breweries “Pulling Together” in our area Sunday 7 June 2020

    The following breweries and pubs in our area are providing takeaway beers, and in some cases deliveries. The up to date list can be found under "Pulling Together" on the Home page. Refer to the individual Facebook pages for the latest information on each brewery or pub as details may change.

    • Golden Duck Brewery Orders taken for ‘Safe' home deliveries, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Delivery within 15 mile radius of brewery, but will include CAMRA members in the H&B area.
    • George & Dragon Operating an 'Off Licence' real ale service. All their beers are £3 a pint and payment is contactless if possible.
    • Church End Brewery Off-sales only. Every day except Tuesday. You can order 4 pint beer bags, 18 or 36 pint polypins, and bottles for local delivery.
    • Framework Brewery Hopefully starting Monday 1st June will start brewing again and will soon have bottles and mini kegs available. Located within Leicester CAMRA branch.
    • Shilton Vaults/Pestle & Mortar Delivery in Earl Shilton from 4pm to 7pm each day and delivery in HInckley from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday. A range of beers and ciders available.
    • Poacher's Brasserie Takeaway and delivery food menu available from Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm to 8:30pm and on Sunday Lunch from 12 to 3:30 pm.
    • Elbow Room Ale & Cider Pub Takeaway service for Ales and Cider. Available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Pig Pub Brewing Bottled beers are on sale at Ullesthorpe Post Office & General Store.
    • Market Bosworth Brewery Local Ales direct. Open Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 13:00. Local delivery may be available.
    • Elephant & Castle POP UP BEER SHOP available on Saturday between 1pm - 3pm at the wooden gates at the side of the pub.
  • Prince of Wales Planning Application Monday 15 June 2020

    A message and update from Chris Merriman, Pubs Protection Officer, regarding the Prince of Wales Planning Application:-

    You may recall that this planning application was refused by the Borough Council at the beginning of November last year and I reported the fact to a Branch meeting, pointing out the applicant has the right to appeal the Council's decision to the Secretary of State within 6 months of the decision date.

    I have now been notified by the Borough Council that an appeal has been lodged ( 3 days before the deadline!) and inviting any further comments to be addressed to the Government Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. Any objections to the original planning application will be forwarded to the Inspector and taken into account in his/her deliberations, but I shall, on behalf of the Branch, be making further representations and any other members who wish to do the same should do so through the Appeals Casework Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or by emailing ku.vog.etarotcepsnigninnalp@1tsae

    Appeal documents are available forinspection on the Borough Council's website using the link hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/online-applications and entering 19/00892/OUT into the search box. All representations to the Planning Inspectorate must be received by 9th July 2020.

    Members are urged to voice their objections to the loss of this important community pub so that the Inspector is in no doubt that he/she should reject the appeal.

    Chris Merriman
    Pubs Protection Officer

  • New landlords at the Red Lion, Sapcote Friday 19 June 2020

    Whitney Wright and Alexander L. Carpenter have taken on The Red Lion as of 18th June, and are looking forward to serving customers as soon as possible.

  • Oddfellows Arms - Pub Protection Tuesday 30 June 2020

    The local action group, The Oddies, have thanked the nearly 100 objectors to the recent planning application, which hopefully, included many of our members. They feel this was instrumental in the applicants, Cartwright Homes, withdrawing the application before determination and has prompted the company to ask the community if they were still interested in the pub.

    With this in mind it is hoped to create a Community Benefit Society with share options available to purchase, which would allow the group to show the level of support they have when progressing the bid and seeking funding from other sources.

    Contributions are still being welcomed to help with fees and other costs via a 'GoFundMe' page, https://www.gofundme.com/f/to-reopen-the-oddfellows-higham-on-the-hill Any communications with the local group can be made to moc.liamg@seiddoeht.yraterces

    Chris Merriman - Pubs Protection Officer

  • Odd House, Snarestone Thursday 15 October 2020

    The Old Crown Inn at Bosworth Road Snarestone DE12 7DQ is holding a mini beer festival on 31st October which will be open from 12 to 8 pm. There will be 6 or 7 local beers from the Golden Duck, Leatherbritches and Elliswood breweries. Jacqui of the Odd House advises that there will be full compliance with Covid rules and social distancing.

    The beers are ;

    Two beers from Leatherbritches;

    • Hairy helmet golden 4.7
    • Spitting feathers brown 4.8

    One from New Buildings brewery in Hinckley

    • Manor House 4.8%

    And three (plus one if needed) from Golden Duck our very local brewery based in our neighbouring village of Appleby Magna.

    • Tinners tipple light golden 4.1
    • Extra pale 4.2
    • Rev green 5.5 IPA

    And the Taylor made 5.4 chestnut as a reserve.

    There is also a Meet the Head Brewer (Harry Lunn Golden Duck Brewery) session between 1 and 3 pm (exact timings to be confirmed) for people to ask questions about the beers/the process etc.

  • New Buildings Brewery Friday 30 October 2020

    Darren and Loiuse Lavender have decided to rebrand Elliswood Brewery as New Buildings Brewery and have introduced a new range of real ales as part of the process. See Local Breweries

  • Very Sad Loss Sunday 6 December 2020

    We have been advised that Les Codrington, a long serving, much loved stalwart of the branch and Market Bosworth Brewery BLO, passed away on 3rd December. Les will be fondly remembered by fellow branch members, and our thoughts are with his wife Pam.

  • Update on Oddfellows Arms - Higham Thursday 10 December 2020

    Following on from the news published earlier on 20th June, it has been advised that the "Oddies" campaign Group made an offer to Cartwright Homes, to buy the Oddfellows Arms, but this was rejected. Negotiations are now continuing, but housing development is still a possibility as indicated by a leaflet drop suggesting a revised planning application is being prepared.

    See https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop/blog for the latest information regarding the campaign.

    Update provided by Darren Statham

  • Prince of Wales Planning Application latest Friday 22 January 2021

    The Appeal against the Borough Council's decision to refuse the planning application at the Prince of Wales has just been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

    Although the principle issues considered by the Inspector mainly relate to the historic aspects of the building he did take into account local representations made regarding the importance of the pub in the community and its ACV designation, which our branch was instrumental in having placed on it.

    Perhaps you would be kind enough to thank all our members who objected to the application in the first place and made representations on the appeal, which clearly had some influence on this excellent outcome. A bit of good news in these dark days. The battle now shifts to The Oddfellows Arms (Website Coordinator: which is subject to an undecided planning application)

    Chris Merriman - Pubs Protection Officer

  • Branch in Crisis - Chairman's message Sunday 31 January 2021

    Gwilym's message:-

    "I know that it’s been a while, but there’s not been a lot to talk to you about thanks to the lockdown.

    I am sending this message in the hope that it will trigger a favourable response to the request for a new Secretary as Kelvyn is unable to continue in his role beyond the end of February. I have asked for a volunteer before, but I’ve had no response.

    I also regret to inform you all that I will be stepping down from my role as Chairman in a similar timeframe.

    If you know someone who is willing to take on either of these duties, please contact me on ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc so we can arrange a timely handover after an online AGM vote to confirm the positions.

    I completely understand that these are trying times and there is a great deal of uncertainty about the future, but if there is no response by the 21st of February, I will notify CAMRA head office to begin the process of winding down the branch.

    If you know any branch members who do not get the branch mailouts, please pass on the message as without a new Chair or Secretary, we will be folded back into the Leicester branch and we would lose most of our Good Beer Guide entries. I feel that would be a big loss for the area.

    Thank you all for the time you have given to the branch."

    Kindest Regards,
    Gwilym Smith

    Outgoing Chairman, Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA

    Website Coordinator note: Shawn Collier, the Chair of the Leicester CAMRA branch has also indicated his intention to stand down, at their next AGM

  • Chris Davies Sunday 21 February 2021

    Sadly, the branch has learned that Chris Davies passed away on 16th February. Chris was a founder member of the Hinckley & Bosworth Branch and contributed a good deal to it's early success and growth. Chris was a former Pubs Officer and at the early beer festivals he served as a bar manager. Always willing to help set up and serve at both Hinckley and Market Bosworth beer festivals, Chris is going to be greatly missed by his CAMRA colleagues.

  • Paul Green Wednesday 3 March 2021

    Sadly our member Paul Green passed away on 2nd March. Paul was a good branch member who attended a lot of meetings, beer festivals and supported our local pubs and clubs.

    Our thoughts are with Paul's family.

  • Gwilym Smith is stepping down as Chairman Wednesday 10 March 2021

    Gwilym Smith is stepping down as Chairman and called for nominations so that a successor can be elected in accordance with the rules of our Branch Constitution.

    One nomination for Chairman has been recieved which means that the Branch can proceed with the election. With respect to the nomination, the current Treasurer Darren Statham is willing to stand for the position of Branch Chairman.

    Darren's nomination has been formally proposed by Richard Lewin and seconded by David Finn

    In view of the pandemic rules, the Branch is unable to hold a conventional Annual General Meeting where this election would normally take place. An online meeting could be called, but as the nominee is unopposed, Darren Statham will quite simply be appointed as the new Chairman.

    To give time for the changeover, Darren will therefore take over in two week's time.

  • Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2021 cancelled until 2022 Friday 26 March 2021

    It was agreed between Jackie Wallis, our beer festival organiser and Adrian Lock of the Battlefield Line, that under the current circumstances it would be best if the Rail Ale Festival was postponed again, until July 2022.

    The lock down relaxation dates in the Government Road Map mean that it is not really feasible to plan a festival, as the May 17th rules for indoor venues are still too restrictive with social distancing, half capacity and table service. The festival depends on many people coming together, in close proximity to one another, in a social and enjoyable environment. It would be virtually impossible for the volunteer staff to observe the increased standards of hygiene and security that are essential to maintain a safe environment.

    Here's to next year, and a successful festival.

  • April update from new Chairman Friday 7 May 2021

    Update from Darren Statham who has taken over as Chairman

    Hope this email finds you well now that the restrictions have started to ease & we can at least get to a pub!

    It's not perfect. Some pubs like the Pestle & Mortar, our Pub of the Year, cannot feasibly open due to having limited/no outside space. But it's a start.

    There have been some changes to the branch over the past couple of weeks. I have somehow become the Chairperson (Dad's Army fans may be quoting Private Frasier's "We're doomed" at this point).

    This means I will be vacating the position as Treasurer. I am pleased to report that we have had a volunteer step forward for this role.

    That leaves us with the role of Branch Secretary as vacant. To date, we have not had anyone step forward to take this on.

    To be clear, we need to fill this vacant committee position if we are to viably continue as a branch.

    I appreciate that standing up & speaking in front of lots of people can also be daunting. However, no one would stand alone & the rest assured that anyone wishing to volunteer will receive support from the rest of the committee as well as the wider branch. Remember, without someone volunteering for this role - there is no branch.

    Also, there is the possibility that the role could be shared if you are a couple, for example.

    Thirdly, I would say that you also do not need to be a real ale 'connoisseur'. One or two of the committee (i.e. Me) know very little on the subject.

    Please, if you are interested in the role, please contact myself by return email to ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@rerusaert (I am having some issues with the Chairman email at present & will notify everyone once this has been resolved).

    A description of the role can be provided upon request. You will also receive a free pint of beer courtesy of myself.

    On to some positive news, the Good Beer Guide 2022 is going ahead as usual (Despite the pubs being closed for most of last year). The consensus amongst CAMRA hq has been that branches run with their full allocation of previous entries.

    That left us with a dilemma of how do we survey the pubs to check that last year's information is still relevant & correct?

    I am pleased to report that our minutes secretary, Michelle Tyrtania, volunteered for the task of ringing round all our GBG candidates & conducted a telephone survey. As a result, our 8 entries & 2 reserves, have been checked & submitted to the GBG team at CAMRA hq.

    Now on to another negative...

    You'll probably have seen the update on the website that the beer festival has once again been postponed. Due to the timetable for easing of restrictions, we felt that it was not viable to schedule a beer festival within such a short time period. What we didn't want to happen was to order a load of beer only for it to be disposed of if the government's roadmap changed. Also, we felt that taking trade away from pubs at this critical time was counter productive. I can only apologise to you all. I am sure that everyone is keen to resume some sort of normality after a year's worth of restrictions & enjoy a long awaited beer festival.

    On that note, we have some stock left over from the 2019 Rail Ale of Tynt Meadow, a 7.4% English Trappist Ale, brewed at Mount At Bernard's abbey, just outside of Whitwick. Details on the beer can be found on the website:


    2 dozen or so bottles are available (330ml). They are £2.75 each & all money will go to the branch.

    Unfortunately, the best before date on them is 7 May, on/after this they will have to be disposed of.

    If you are interested, please email our beer festival organiser, Jackie Wallis at ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@ofb

    On that note, I'll end on a positive. Hopefully there will be more to follow in the coming weeks.

    Stay safe

    Cheers & Kind Regards Darren Statham

  • No food service at the White Swan, Stoke Golding Tuesday 18 May 2021

    There is no food service and opening times have been limited at the White Swan, Stoke Golding as the chef has moved to pastures new.

  • Over 40 Branch pubs have signed up to Ask for Angela scheme Wednesday 26 May 2021

    Over 40 pubs in our area have signed up to the "Ask for Angela" scheme in the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough area following the branch suggesting it to the Council.

    The following extract is taken from the Leicestershire County Council website:-

    "Going out this weekend? Planning a date? As well as thinking about what to wear, make sure you also take some time to consider the venue.

    It’s important that you feel safe when out and about, that’s why various pubs and bars across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are taking part in the "Ask for Angela" initiative, which provides assistance should you find yourself in a difficult or intimidating situation.

    So, if you don’t feel safe, if your date isn’t who they said they were, or if things just don’t feel quite right, go to the bar and ask for Angela.

    Staff at participating venues have been trained to recognise the discrete safe word, ‘Angela’, alerting them to a problem. The member of staff can then offer to call a taxi for you, provide a safe place for you to contact a friend, or help you to leave the venue if you are feeling unsafe due to someone else’s actions, words or behaviour."

    Venues currently part of the initiative can be found listed by locality, below:

    The https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-safety/ask-for-angela

  • Two site Beer Festival Tuesday 6 July 2021


    The Elephant and Castle in Thurlaston and the New Inn, Enderby are working in partnership to hold a two site beer festival from Friday 23 rd July – Sunday 25 th July. As well as over 20 different beers across both sites there will be FREE transport provided between the two pubs on Friday evening and Saturday (all day). Different “pop-up” food will be available with selections at each site with food pairing notes and well as tasting notes for the beers on offer. Further details to be announced on their respective webpages:



    Public transport to Enderby is possible by catching the 158 into Leicester and then changing over to arriva service 50. Alternatively, the X55 goes from Hinckley to Thurlaston and Enderby via Burbage, Sapcote, Sharnford and Stoney Stanton. See bus timetables below:-


  • Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year Awards 2020 Tuesday 13 July 2021


    The overdue 2020 Pub of the Year Award was presented to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar on 22nd June along with the 2020 Cider Pub of the Year Award. Darren as Branch Chair presented the Pub of the Year Award, whilst Alban as Cider Officer presented the Cider Pub of the Year Award. This is the second year running that Sue and the Pestle have received the Pub of the Year, and the fifth succesive year for the Cider Pub of the Year.

    Photos courtesy of Ian May

  • The Queens Head, Hinckley has reopened Wednesday 21 July 2021

    The Queens Head re-opened on 21st July following the lockdown period, during which refurbishment has been carried out, including turning the front room into a snug.

  • Hinckley Pub Walkabout - 6th August Wednesday 28 July 2021


    The Branch walkabout will commence on Friday 6th August at 5pm, starting with The Queen's Head. The list of pubs to be visited in order will be:-

    • Queen's Head *Cash only
    • New Plough
    • Greyhound
    • Pestle & Mortar
    • Elbow Room
    • Railway

    The planned route may have to be managed on the night, especially if there are large numbers attending. Some members could be asked to start at the Railway rather than the Queen's Head. If on arrival at a pub which is particularly full, then the group will move to the next location. The walkabout is not a formal event, but a way of supporting local pubs and for the branch members to start socialising again. Please feel free to join and leave at any stage.

    Although no longer mandatory, it is recommended everyone bring masks with them. The Queens have asked if customers can wear masks and maintain distancing where possible.

  • Reminder: Branch Walkabout - tonight 6th August Friday 6 August 2021

    A reminder that the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA branch walkabout takes place tonight (6th August).

    The start is at the Queens Head (Upper Bond Street) from 5pm. It is cash only in the Queens Head.

    Just to confirm the list of pubs we will be visiting for the walkabout will be the following in order of attendance:

    1) Queens Head
    2) New Plough Inn

    Beer list: Marston's Pedigree (4.5%), Directors (4.8%), 61 Deep (3.8%), Hobgoblin Gold (4.2%), Reverend James (4.5%), Brains SA Gold (4.3%)

    3) Greyhound

    Beer list: Marston's Pedigree (4.5%), Bass (4.1%), Market Bosworth Marmalade IPA (4.2%), New Buildings Brewery - Test House (4.1%)

    3) Pestle & Mortar
    4) Elbow Room
    5) The Railway

  • Pestle & Mortar celebrates 6th Birthday Thursday 26 August 2021

    The Pestle & Mortar celebrates it's 6th birthday this weekend (26th - 30th August). There will be a large range of ciders and cask ales available throughout the weekend, along with food such as cobs and pork pies. the cider and ale list is:-



    Rosie Pig Rhubarb

    Rosie Pig Raspberry

    Rosie Pig Strawberry

    Farmer Jim Pineapple

    Snails Bank Damson in a Dress

    Medium 4.5% to 6%

    Perbeck Pirate

    Lilly the Pink

    Pheasant Plucker

    Welsh Warrior

    Farmhouse Scrumpy

    Dry 6%

    Abrahalls AD 6%




    Purity pure Gold 3,8%

    Abbeydale Absolution 5.3%

    Church End Hop Gun 4.1%

    Tydd steam Iron Brew 4.2%

    Church End What the Foxs Hat 4.2%

    Front Row 99 Willie John Call 4.4%

    Limestone Foundation Stone 4.3%

    Market Bosworth Rum Porter 5.3%

    Beartown Creme Beatles 4.8%

    Bass will be on all the time

    Plus 24 Rums

  • Golden Duck Brewery mini Beer Festival Friday 27 August 2021

    The Golden Duck Tap at Appleby Magna is holding a mini beer festival tonight (27th August), with a range of ales and accompanying live music.

  • New Plough Mini Beer Festival Friday 27 August 2021

    The New Plough is holding a mini Beer Festival this weekend. The available beers is listed below:-

    • Tribute
    • SA Brains
    • Black Sheep
    • Doombar
    • Butcombe
    • Directors
    • Big smoke brewery- underworld
    • Lazy Blonde
  • Branch Member Tony Ashley Saturday 28 August 2021

    Sadly our member Tony Ashley passed away on 7 August 2021. Tony was a long time branch member attending many meetings and beer festivals. He was regularly seen in the Elbow Room where a commemorative tankard has been displayed.

    The Funeral Notice is: Tony ASHLEY passed away at Leicester Royal Infirmary on 7th August 2021, aged 79. Widower of Sheila and lovingly remembered by his son Stephen, daughter Karen, brother, grandchildren and extended family. He lived his life to the fullest, Morris dancing and enjoying real ale. Originally from Bolton, he worked as a radiographer and hospital manager at Walsgrave Hospital. The funeral will take place at Markfield Natural Burial Ground on 3rd September 2021 at 11 a.m.

  • Ashby Tavern tenants leaving Monday 30 August 2021

    The tenants at the Ashby Tavern are due to leave in September and will be having a leaving party on the 18th.

  • Hinckley to get a Wetherspoons again? Monday 30 August 2021

    Tim Martin, the boss of Wetherspoons has indicated that he is on the "look out" for new premises in Hinckley, following the closure of The Baron in 2019. This was subsequently replaced by the New Baron, run by Nirad Solanki of Elmesthorpe Brewery.

  • Holywell reopening Monday 30 August 2021

    The Holywell has re-opened this summer with new tenants and a degree of refurbishment.

  • Princes Feathers reopening Monday 30 August 2021

    The Princes Feathers have re-opened after a 10k refurbishment.

  • Wider Hinckley Pub Walk on Saturday 25th September Tuesday 21 September 2021

    A pub walk is planned for Saturday 25th September, starting at The Railway at 11:15. See map below:-

  • September's Pub update Monday 27 September 2021

    Prince of Wales changed name to The Last Roadhouse June 2020

    Royal Arms Sutton Cheney. The owners have applied for planning permission to convert the buildings into 9 new homes, a community building, green open space, retaining the pub under it's former name of The Greyhound Inn

    As of 17th June 2020, the Red Lion Sapcote has new landlords Alex and Whitney

    The Dog & Gun Earl Shilton has new landlords from August 2020.

    The Boot Inn Ibstock has new landlords from October 2020.

    The Nags Head Stapleton has new tenants JP and Sam from November 2020.

    The Barwell Sports Bar - The Barn Barwell closed January 2021 due to Covid pandemic, has reopened with new landlords March 2021.

    The Holywell Inn Hinckley has new landlords from 25 June 2021, after Hawthorn Leisure removed previous tenants on 13 May.

    The Princes Feathers Hinckley changed hands in July 2021 following major refurbishment inside and out. They now have 2 cask ales.

    The Thyme Bar & Kitchen Market Bosworth does not appear to be reopening after lock down

    The Bulls Head Nailstone closed due to Covid-19 lockdown. Landlords due to leave July 2020, new landlords awaited

    The Oddfellows Arms Higham on the Hill closed mid August 2018 when the landlord left. Single room village pub, with large separate dining room. Subject to contested planning permission for housing.

    The Dog & Gun Hinckley is currently closed

    Lee and Trudi left the Cock Inn Sibson on 13th November 2019. New landlords are awaited with the owners planning a major refurbishment.

    The Four Corners Barwell (Formerly Topps) closed on 1st January 2020.

  • Urgent need to fill the role of Treasurer Thursday 30 September 2021

    Please help the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Branch to continue successfully.

    The following committee positions are vacant:

    • Treasurer
    • Minutes Secretary
    • Social Media Coordinator
    • Pubs Campaigning Co-ordinator
    • Young Member Contact

    The Treasurer’s role is constitutionally vital for us to continue as a CAMRA branch. Without a Treasurer the Hinckley & Bosworth Branch might be at risk of dissolution.

    Previous Treasurers and committee members will offer advice and support. A description of the roles can be provided.

    If you wish to meet and discuss any of these positions please contact:

    - Interim Branch Chairman Darren Statham at ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc


    - Interim Branch Secretary John Moyes at ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@yraterces

  • Win a pint by guessing the picture location Sunday 10 October 2021


    This picture hangs in a pub within the Branch. The first person to name that pub correctly can claim a pint from the Chair at an upcoming branch meeting or event. Contact Darren, by e-mail at:- ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@namriahc

    This quiz is open to Branch Members only

  • Elbow Room celebrates 6th Anniversary Saturday 13 November 2021

    From Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st November, the Elbow Room Ale & Cider House celebrates their 6th Anniversary of opening with a Brew York Tap Takeover, live music on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and Friday's Christmas lights switch on.

  • November Pub News Saturday 20 November 2021

    Gareth from the Bird in Hand, Austrey got in touch to say that in July, the pub became free of tie and up to October he has had over 40 different beers from 15 different breweries. He would love to see us there.

    The White Swan in Stoke Golding had new tenants in early October. They should be there at least until the planning application is resolved and currently have Tiger, plus 1 guest but are hoping to add a 3rd beer. No food at the moment. Open Thursday to Sunday.

    There is a new landlord at the Railway; open from Wednesday to Sunday. Adam Crump has moved on to another Steamin Billy pub: the Cow & Plough in Oadby.

    Feedback received from WhatPub: The Bounty has no real ale. It is not known if this is permanent. Does anyone know?

    Update provided by Jackie & Adrian

  • Latest pub news Tuesday 21 December 2021

    The Union is selling Marston's Pedigree at £2 a pint on Wednesdays.

    The Thyme Bar has now been converted into a shop and no longer sells beer.

    The 4 Corners, Barwell has reopened as the Rumour Mill, but does not sell real ale.

    The White Swan at Stoke Golding is now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with two Everards beers, Wainwright and a guest.

    The Black Horse, Hinckley is now only serving Wainwright in cask.

  • Nuneaton Branch - CAMRA 50th Anniversary Social Event Tuesday 21 December 2021

    The Nuneaton and Bedworth branch are holding a social event on 26th March 2022 at the Rose Inn, celebrating the 50th anniversary of CAMRA's first AGM. All Hinckley and Bosworth branch members are invited.

  • MP's response to a Darren Statham Wednesday 22 December 2021

    Following Darren Statham's very successful meeting with Dr Luke Evans MP on Tuesday 21st December, please find below the message sent to the Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA Branch:

    From: Dr Luke Evans MP
    Date: 21 Dec 2021 17:39
    Subject: £1 billion support for Hospitality Businesses
    To: darren.j.statham@xxxxx

    Dear Darren

    I apologies for the short message, but given the changing nature of COVID and the Omicron variant, I wanted to update you with new information I received today. As you are a strong supporter of our local hospitality sector, I thought it was pertinent to share with you the recent announcement by the Chancellor for an additional £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by the new Omicron variant. My office have just been made aware of the announcement, and are awaiting further details, though you can find out more here: £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) I thought it was important to let you know that funding will be made available imminently as I recognise at what is often their most profitable time of year, many local pubs and restaurants have seen cancellations and reduced footfall as people have responded to the rise in cases ahead of Christmas. Around 200,000 businesses will be eligible for business grants which will be administered by local authorities and will be available in the coming weeks:

    Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises. More than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses, such as those who supply the hospitality and leisure sectors through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). This is on top of the £250 million of previously allocated funding that remains with local authorities. The Government will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized employers across the UK.

    As the funding will be allocated and distributed by local authorities, please contact the council when applications open and if you have any queries: Contact us | Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk) You can find further help and support here: Help and advice for businesses | Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk) Please pass on to anyone who you believe this may be helpful to. As I have done throughout the pandemic, I will continue to make representations to the Government for support for businesses significantly affected by the pandemic, such as the night-time economy, hospitality sector, retail, travel and transport industry. As before, I hope to monitor the progress of the rollout and raise as appropriate. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.

    All the best,


    Dr Luke Evans MP | Member of Parliament for Bosworth House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA w: drlukeevans.org.uk t: constituency: 01455 635741 parliament: 0207 219 4250 office mobile: 07920 619812 twitter: @drlukeevans Instagram: drlukeevans

  • Borough Council - Extra Support Grant Thursday 6 January 2022

    Hospitality, tourism, events and recreational businesses across the borough that have seen their trade hit by coronavirus may be eligible to apply for a new Extra Support Grant of up to £10,000.

    The Extra Support Grant, just launched by the Borough Council, aims to provide financial support for businesses to help them meet their on-going fixed business costs whilst trade is severely impacted by customer cancellations and low customer demand as a direct result of COVID concerns.

    Grant amounts are expected to be between £1,000 and £10,000, depending on business costs and the impact on the business, however the council retains discretion to award lower or higher grants as it sees fit. Funding is limited, so grants will be paid on a first come first served basis, as long as all necessary information is supplied.

    Hospitality, tourism, events and recreational (including creative) businesses who have previously received a COVID support grant from the Borough Council are being contacted and invited to check if they are eligible to apply as soon as possible, however affected businesses are urged to check the criteria to see if they are eligible for a grant.

    Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said:

    This discretionary grant scheme will allow us to provide much needed support for smaller businesses in the borough, who have not been eligible for other government schemes, to help protect people’s jobs for the future.

    Whilst I welcome this extra funding I would urge businesses to make their application immediately as it is most likely, there will be more businesses needing support than can be provided by the allocation provided.

    Applications can be made from Wednesday 5 January 2022 and the grant scheme closes at midnight on Monday 31 January 2022. Payments will be paid before mid-March 2022.

    For further information and how to apply see the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough website link below:-


  • Post Christmas Social & Meal Tuesday 11 January 2022

    Join us on Tuesday 18th January, for a post Christmas Social and Meal event, starting at the Elbow Room for 19:00 . . . . . .

    Then moving on to the Pestle & Mortar at 20:00 . . . . . .

    Followed by dining at the Bangla Pride, New Buildings for 21:00

  • January's Pub News Monday 17 January 2022

    The Gate at Ratcliffe Culey, changed hands on 30 November 2021 and is being run by Kim and Paul. The pub is open 12 to late, with food served daily from 12 to 7pm and breakfast from 9 to 11 on Saturdays and Sundays. There are 3 changing real ales available.

    The Nag's Head, Stapleton has a "To Let" sign and appears to be closed currently. The pub is listed on the Admiral Taverns website.

    Thank you to Jackie for providing this month's update

  • February's Pub, Club and Brewery News Monday 7 February 2022

    Jackie Wallis reported that The Black Horse at Market Bosworth is now serving real ales with Doom Bar and a Church End brewery offering.

    The Flintlock is still offering a CAMRA discount while the Queens Head and Elbow Room no longer offer discount.

    The White Swan in Stoke Golding is offering £2.50 a pint on Tiger, Wainwright and Sunchaser on Sundays.

    Chris James reported that the Hinckley Rugby Club offers a wide range of beers including Green King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Milestone New World Bitter.

    Steve Barker reported that Darren Lavender from the New Buildings Brewery has purchased brewing equipment from the Bosworth Brewery. New Buildings Windmill cask is being served at the Greyhound pub.

  • Re-opening of the Belper Arms Tuesday 15 February 2022

    The Belper Arms at Newton Burgoland, regarded as the oldest pub in Leicestershire, circa 1290 is reopening this Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th February.

    The pub is opening for drinks only 4pm -10pm. The Restaurant will be opening at the weekend, and the Landlord is very keen to reintroduce the village pub as it should be, serving Cask Ale & Good Pub Food

  • New combined branch magazine Sunday 20 February 2022

    The Half Pint branch magazine has not been published since 2019 due to lockdown pub closures and financial restraints. However, it has now been agreed that Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA will join with the Leicester, Loughborough and Melton Branches to contribute to a new county wide magazine called the Leicestershire Drinker, due to be published in early May

    "It is hoped that around 10,000 copies will be distributed around Leicestershire and Rutland every quarter as well as being available on line. "The Leicestershire Drinker will be an attractive, lively, and informative magazine, filled with news, views, and information about beer styles and types, festivals, campaigning, awards, breweries, pubs and bars, cider, and perry" states Clive Gamble of the Leicester Branch.

    Contributors are being sought to provide news, articles and items of interest by accessing www.leicsdrinker.camra.org.uk or by contacting ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@rotidetnipflah

    We are also looking for new advertisers, so if you work in a business that would be interested in supporting the new magazine and benefit from its wide distribution, please go to https://leicsdrinker.camra.org.uk/advertise/ for more information.

  • Invitation to Nuneaton CAMRA historic 50th anniversary celebrations Monday 7 March 2022

    All CAMRA members are invited to The Rose Inn in Nuneaton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organisation’s very first national Annual General Meeting of the Nuneaton CAMRA Branch. Barry Everitt, Chair of the Nuneaton and Bedworth CAMRA branch said, “We hope local CAMRA members will be able to join us and celebrate this historic anniversary at one of our branch’s local pubs. To boast such a historic connection to the founding of CAMRA is quite an achievement with so many pubs under threat of closure. We hope the Rose Inn can continue to host CAMRA meetings for another 50 years to come.” The event will be held: on Saturday 26th March starting at around 12:00 noon at the Rose Inn, Coton Road, Nuneaton. The pub crawl afterwards, will include the Lord Hop, Wetherspoons, Blue Bear, Silk Mill and Black Swan in Hand. To celebrate, CAMRA members from across the West Midlands will descend onto the pub 50 years to the day for a social event on 26 March 2022, raising a glass to CAMRA’s four founders and the pub which helped make history happen. The Rose Inn hosted founding members including Bill Mellor, Graham Lees, Michael Hardman and Jim Makin on 26 March 1972, when a historic meeting cemented the future of the Campaigning organisation. The pub was previously presented with a bronze plaque to commemorate its role in hosting CAMRA’s first ever AGM. It was also nominated by the community as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in 2017 and was tastefully refurbished in 2021, retaining most of its original character.

  • Branch Awards 2022 Tuesday 8 March 2022

    The following Branch Awards for 2022 have been made, following voting by Branch members in February and March:- The New Plough Inn The Pestle & Mortar Hinckley Rugby Football Club Sapcote Club

    Pub of the Year 2022

    The New Plough Inn

    Cider Pub of the Year 2022

    Pestle and Mortar

    Club of the Year 2022

    Joint Winners: Hinckley Rugby Club & Sapcote Club

  • Latest news around the Branch Tuesday 8 March 2022

    Jackie Wallis reported that Dawn and Phil Jackson have now retired but retain ownership of the Queens Head in Hinckley and handed over the management to new landlords – Sue and Dave.

    Becky left the Flintlock in Hinckley on 27th February to manage a pub in Northamptonshire.

    The developers planning application for the White Swan in Stoke Golding has been rejected by the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

    The Nags Head in Stapleton has the windows boarded up. Chris Merriman advised that developers might sometimes have “security” move into empty pub premises as a ploy to say the building has been occupied as a residence. If occupied as a residence or 4 years a pub may lose its planning status. Any evidence of occupation of a closed pub should be reported to the Local Planning Authority.

    Chris James has provided confirmation that the Burbage and District Constitutional Club welcomes CAMRA members. For access, the advice is to ring the outside door bell and the door will be unlocked from behind the bar. If staff are busy there may be a short delay. Be prepared to show your CAMRA membership card at the bar. If you are intending to visit twice a week, every week, it would be appreciated if you would join as a member of the club! The new Steward, Thomas is concentrating on LocAles.

    Steve Barker has advised that Darren Lavender of New Buildings Brewery has bought some equipment from the closed Bosworth Brewery and is looking to brew some of the old Bosworth recipes. Marmalade IPA will be produced but marketed under a different name.

    New Buildings Windmill best bitter is being served at the New Plough Inn

    Alban Fellows has advised that Sue and John Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar have made a trip to the south of England and returned with a van full on new real Ciders, to be on available over the next few weeks.

  • Pub of the Year 2022 Presentation Saturday 16 April 2022

    On Wednesday 13th April, the Pub of the Year 2022 award was presented to Louise Lavender by local MP Dr Luke Evans and our Chairperson Darren.

    The New Plough is a double fronted building dating back to 1901 with wooden settles, and has a traditional town pub ambience.

    Louise and husband Darren run a charity pub quiz on the last Thursday of the month and both were congratulated by Dr Evans on raising over £100,000 for a large number of deserving causes.

    Previously, the New Plough Inn has been Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011, 2012 and Marston's Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2014 (South Region).

  • Latest Branch News - April Sunday 24 April 2022

    The White Swan, Stoke Golding is now also open on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Cask ale night is on Wednesday and is £2.90/pint.

    The Queens Head, Upper Bond Street has a new licencee called Sam who used to work at the Dog & Hedgehog in Daddlington. It is intended that the Queen's Head will be accepting card payments in the near future.

    The Dog & Gun, Earl Shilton has new tenants and on Wednesdays beer is £2.50 a pint.

    The Dixie Arms, Market Bosworth featured in an episode of Channel 4's "Four in a bed". A show that features four B&B owners who stay at each other’s premises through the week, with the best host chosen by the contestants after all stays have been completed. Licencee Alex McDonald wowed the other competitors with her passion for her pub, where she has worked for more than 15 years, becoming the manager and eventually buying the venture from the previous owners in 2012. The Dixie Arms went on to win the competition. The episode can be watched by clicking the link below:

    The Shilton Vaults held an inaugural charity pub quiz, supported by CAMRA members. The event was a success, with plenty of banter between the teams whilst raising over £100 in the process, which is to be donated in support of the victims of the war in Ukraine. It is hoped that Sue will be able to host a similar event in future!

    The Red Lion, Barwell had a new temporary landlord at the beginning of March.

    The Red Lion, Barlestone is still closed. The car park is now coned off and it has a "To Let" sign outside.

    The Bulls Head, Nailstone has been closed since lockdown in March 2020, however fresh plans have been submitted to renovate it by replacing the front entrance, front windows and roof rafters, and to create a two-storey extension to the rear with a new private entrance and stairwell for the upstairs accommodation.

  • Wetherspoons returning to Hinckley? Tuesday 26 April 2022

    The Leicester Mercury, amongst other publications has reported that Wetherspoons are looking to develop a currently vacant retail unit in Hinckley's Crescent shopping complex.

    Planning documents appear to have been lodged with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, indicating that Wetherspoons wish to turn the retail unit into a new pub.

    It is anticipated that the 8,773 sq ft space would be able to hold a capacity of 840 customers, with the hope that 80 people will be employed, both full and part time.

    Hinckley’s former Wetherspoons pub, The Baron of Hinckley, closed on September 22, 2019, which was then taken on by Nirad and Payal Solanki and renamed the "New Baron".

  • Cider Pub of the Year 2022 - Presentation Friday 27 May 2022

    The 2022 Cider Pub of the Year Award was presented by our Cider Officer Alban Fellows, to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar on Monday 17th May. This is the 6th year in succession that the award has been presented to Sue at the "Pestle", since it was inaugurated in 2016. The Pestle & Mortar was also the East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year in 2016 and the Pub of the Year in 2019.

    This extremely popular micro pub regularly features over 15 ciders along with a large selection of cask ales and craft lagers.

    images courtesy of Mike Broadhurst

  • Latest Planning news for the Branch Thursday 23 June 2022

    Dog & Gun, Hinckley – Chris Merriman, Pubs Protection Officer, advised that he has raised an objection with the Council Planners on a proposal by the developers to change the plans from a pub on the ground floor, to a Flat.

    The Oddfellows Arms, Higham – The Developer Cartwright Homes have submitted a new planning application for 9 new houses at the rear of the pub site, without affecting the pub building and retaining some carpark. It is believed that the developer has started negotiation with the Higham Local Community to sell the pub. CAMRA members can support the local residents ”Save the Oddies” campaign through their website: https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop

    Wetherspoons – The planning application for Crescent Hinckley next to Sainsburys has been submitted. The Branch Meeting agreed to stand aside from the planning process. Former Yorkshire Bank / 5 Market Place Hinckley – A planning application has been submitted for a Bar/ café on the ground and a entertainment space / bar on the second floor.

    The Bulls Head at Nailstone – the proposed purchaser / developer has withdrawn

  • Alex Burton – Challenges of being Landlady and Manager of the George and Dragon Sunday 14 August 2022

    George and Dragon - Stoke Golding

    Alex has been running the George and Dragon for 8 years during which time she now has a 2½ year old child. Life is all about balancing managing the pub, her working week (banking, cashing up, cleaning, gardening, kitchen, relief chef etc) and bringing up a child in a working environment. The George and Dragon is owned by Church End Brewery. Alex has a very close relationship with the Church End Brewery Family Team of Stewart, Rosemary and Katie Elliott.

    Prior to joining Church End Brewery Alex managed the Cottage in Fillongley operated by Enterprise Taverns – which was a very different experience being in a tied public house. Alex was invited to join Church End by her old school friend Katie Elliott. Alex already had connections with Stoke Golding through her grandparents living in the village, and had been a regular of the George and Dragon prior to Church End acquisition.

    Alex related her experiences during the uncertainty of COVID lockdowns. During the first and second lockdowns the George and Dragon was able to provide take away beer and food to support her locals. It was over the Christmas lockdown they were only allowed to supply takeaway meals to pre booked time slots – but no beer!

    When reopening in April the outside marquee and garden proved a great success in helping to build up the business with the support of the locals, all helped by food offering and new summer beers.

    Question: What changes have been seen post COVID? April opening was very nervous. The outside space proved very popular. Reflecting the new economic conditions customers were staying for 1 or 2 drinks where previously maybe 3 or 4.

    Question: Compare working for a PubCo (Enterprise Taverns) vs. Church End? The Cottage was rented from the PubCo and was tied to their drinks supply – at prices above the free distributors. Church End own the George and Dragon and it is a free house with no brewery ties. The Church End Beers are very popular and there is always a good selection available. Alex is free to source guest beers. Alex has a very close relationship with the Church End Brewery Family Team of Stewart, Rosemary and Katie Elliott.

    Question: Which are the most popular beers? Presently the summer ales have proved popular. Overall Goats Milk and Fallen Angel are always in demand.

    Question:What are your Food Offerings? The George and Dragon provides a lunch menu Tuesday to Saturday with monthly Steak Nights and Sunday Lunch. During evening customers are invited to bring their own buffet – especially on quiz nights. Alex has introduced “Pop-up Restaurant” nights – inviting food vans to the garden area twice a month. These included Greek, BBQ, burgers, and smokehouse menus. There is a charity evening scheduled for 14 August which previously raised over £3,500. Alex thanked all of her local customers for their continuing support.

  • Latest Branch News - July Sunday 14 August 2022

    Golden Duck at Appleby Magna have the bar open each Friday evening. They are also planning a beer festival in October.

    Buswells Brewery, Burbage. There is no brewing this month. The Buswells Festival Special was the first to sell out at the RailAle Festival.

    Pig Brewery, Claybrook Magna. Kev Featherstone, has reported that he has "solved" the craft keg issue, unfiltered, unpasteurised and clear. Carbonating takes place on site, producing a bright beer keg with 3/4 week shelf life. The current beers include Barn Owl nitro creamflow on hand pump. All the Pig beers are on pumps including Chinook, and next will be a pilsner. The Brewery now has a bottling plant in house (can do filtered or not by request) for Christmas. Kev also expressed his disappointment at not being invited to supply beers for The Rail Ale Festival, was this just an oversight ?

    Hinckley Rugby Club Summer Festival 20 August at 12:30 with 40 ciders, 20 summer ales and rare gins. Sausages, live music, DJ and 2 rugby matches provide entertainment. The rugby club run a free vintage bus transport from and to Hinckley town centre

    The Sapcote Club Joint COTY presentation will be on Thursday 25th August at 20:00 – all members are invited. The club has also been booked for Branch Meeting and AGM on 1st November.

    The Stoke Golding Club is booked for the Branch Meeting on Thursday 6th October.

  • New real ale bar and coffee shop - The Clarence Saturday 15 October 2022

    Planning permission has been granted for a new real ale bar and coffee shop in Hinckley town centre. The new bar is opening in the former Yorkshire Bank and will be called The Clarence, after the name of a former venue in an adjacent building. It is intended that The Clarence will be a coffee shop by day, and a real ale bar by night. During the day, from around 9am until 3pm, it will be a coffee shop, and then the bar will open from 4pm until close. There are also plans to add a rooftop bar next summer. The venue is due to open at the end of October.

  • Planning permission granted for new Wetherspoons Sunday 16 October 2022

    Wetherspoons have now received approval for the development of a new pub in the Crescent located within the units occupied previously by Poundland. Having obtained permission for the development, Wetherspoons are in the process of applying for a premises licence in order to be able to serve alcoholic drinks.

    It is proposed that the new pub will be able to accommodate up to 840 customers with booth style seating with the intention is to also provide pavement seating outside. Possible trading times are set for 8am – 12am Monday to Saturday and 8am – 1am on Sunday. On the grant of a premises licence, it is expected that the physical development will start in early 2023.

    The original Hinckley Wetherspoons pub called ‘The Baron’ located in Regent Street was closed in September 2019, with the premises being taken over by the Elmesthorpe pub group and renamed the ‘New Baron’.

  • New date and venue for the AGM Tuesday 18 October 2022

    The AGM will now be held at the Greyhound, Hinckley on Tuesday 6th December rather than at the Sapcote Club on the 1st November.

  • November news update Friday 4 November 2022

    The Nags Head in Stapleton is due to reopen on 5th November. They have a new facebook page which says that they will be open daily, serving hot and cold food, although no times are listed. The landlords are believed to be Vicky and Katherine

    Limekilns – update to opening hours – closing at 6pm on Sundays over the winter

    The Ashby Tavern had a new manager, Shelley Spencer, in mid September and is now serving 2 cask ales. Dog friendly but no food or sports TV

    The Clarence opening date is now expected to be 11 November

    West End Brewery in Leicester will be closing 31 December 2022

  • December Club and Pub news Tuesday 20 December 2022

    The Nags Head, Stapleton is now open and serving one cask beer. Breakfasts are currently available but the food offering will be expanded when a chef joins the pub at the end of January 2023.

    Emily took over as the new manager of the Stoke Golding Club from 14th November.

    The Clarence

    The Clarence opened on 3rd December with the hours 8am to 4pm for café and cakes and from 2pm serving one regular ale and two changing ales. A discount of 20p per pint is being offered on production of a CAMRA card.

    David and Sue are leaving the Red Lion, Burbage after 7 years. A new team is scheduled to take over.

    The Baron, Hinckley is no longer serving food

    The Bird in Hand Austrey

    The Bird in Hand, Austrey is one of Hinckley and Bosworth Branch’s most outlying pubs and is in fact in Warwickshire. The Tamworth CAMRA Branch have approached the Committee to request the pub be returned to their branch. The Bird in Hand was originally allocated from Tamworth Branch on the formation of the Hinckley and Bosworth sub-Branch. Tamworth Branch already have other pubs in Warwickshire and are allocated nominations in the Good Beer Guide for Warwickshire pubs. The Committee recommended that the Bird in Hand be transferred to Tamworth Branch. The Members present raised no objections.

    The Earl Shilton Constitutional Club, has a new Steward, Mark and the club is currently serving three cask ales: Timothy Taylor Dark, Woodford Pure Gold and Bass. There are three other cask ales conditioning in the Cellar. Mark commented that he has few visits from Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA Members who are always welcome

  • Red Lion, Burbage has changed hands Wednesday 28 December 2022

    Red Lion

    Sue and Dave Hillyard left the Red Lion, Burbage on the 19th December. The new licencees are Nick and H along with their team.

  • Tin Hat Monday Cask Club Promotion Wednesday 4 January 2023

    Tin Hat

    The Tin Hat is promoting cask ales at a very special price on Mondays. This promotion applies to all cask ales provided on Mondays with the exception of Bank Holidays. Please be aware that the offer can be withdrawn by the licensee without notice.

  • Hinckley to Coalville 159 bus service to cease Sunday 8 January 2023

    In a statement on its website, Roberts Coaches said: “It is with regret that we must inform you that after Saturday, February 25, the 159 bus service between Hinckley and Coalville will no longer be in service. We have been notified by Leicestershire County Council that they are withdrawing the financial subsidy that supports this service.

    The 159 bus route detailed below will no longer exist after 25th February:-

    Market Bosworth
    Newbold Verdon

  • Closed Nailstone pub planned for refurbishment Friday 13 January 2023

    According to the Leicester Mercury, new plans have been lodged to renovate the former Bull's Head pub in Nailstone.

    The pub, dating back to the 1830s has been closed for about two years, but a scheme has been lodged to undertake significant renovation and create a two-storey rear extension. Part of the refurbishment plan will cover replacing the current toilets including facilities for disabled customers.

    The planning documents state that the renovated pub will be a “valuable community asset”for the village of Nailstone.

  • January Pub and Club news Sunday 15 January 2023

    Red Lion Barwell

    Jamie took over the tenancy of the Red Lion, Barwell in September 2022 and is believed to be serving Bass and Pedigree.

    Work is well underway in converting the Dog & Gun into flats and will not be reopening as a pub.

    Black Horse Hinckley

    Jo and Tom are leaving the Black Horse, Hinckley with Tina and family taking over on 30th January.

    The Olde Red Lion, Market Bosworth is to let and looking for new landlords. This pub in the picturesque town of Market Bosworth is in need of a new business owner. Ye Olde Red Lion is described as a "wonderful 16th Century coaching inn" by owner Marston's, which is looking for a self-employed pub business partner to take on the premises.

    The Ashby Tavern, Hinckley has changed hands and reopened in January 2023.

    The Red Lion in Barlestone has reopened under new management.

    Stoke Golding Club

    The Stoke Golding Club is now serving 2 real ales: one Church End plus a guest. They are hoping to add a third beer soon.

  • Stoke Golding Club Real Ale Initiative Friday 20 January 2023

    As reported by branch member Nick Robinson, the Stoke Golding Club will have Jaipur on tap as of Tuesday next week (24 January) for a limited period. Moreover, for CAMRA members on production of a members card, it will be at the special price of £3.50 a pint. Their regular real ale, Church End's 'Foxes Hat', will also be on at £3.20 a pint, again on production of a CAMRA members card

    This is part of an initiative to encourage more real ale drinkers to attend the Club and they are hoping that in time that they will be able to offer three or even four real ales at any one time (apparently they do have four hand pumps rather than the three reported at the last meeting), and as implied in an earlier news item.

  • February's Branch Meeting Wednesday 8 February 2023

    Gathering in the Dungeon! Branch recognising Alex's achievement Darren's in trouble!

    The basement of the Dixie Arms Hotel was the rather unusual venue for the latest Branch Meeting. The vaulted ceilings, candlelight and wrought ironwork provided a rather surreal setting for the business of the day. In addition to the published agenda items, there was a special presentation to Alex McDonald on winning Channel 4's "Four in a bed" competition for the Dixie Arms. The Dixie Arms episode is available on Catch Up TV, Channel 4 Series 16, Episode 72.

  • The Cock Inn planned renovation Thursday 16 February 2023

    Cock Inn - Sibson

    Following a local campaign, the owners of the Cock Inn at Sibson, Star Pubs and Bars, have confirmed that they will renovate, refurbish and reopen the pub. The Cock Inn was closed in 2019 and is one of the oldest pubs in the country, dating back 750 years. Dick Turpin is reputed to have sought refuge from the authorities here. It is no surprise that the building is listed, and requires extensive and sympathetic renovation work, prior to the refurbishment and eventual reopening.

  • Branch award winners for 2023 Saturday 25 March 2023

    Congratulations to the 2023 branch award winners for Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and Club of the Year. The awards are based on members votes, both postal and at the February branch meeting. Click on the images for details of the respective pubs and club.

    The New Plough - Pub of the Year 2023

    The Pestle & Mortar - Cider Pub of the Year 2023

    The Sapcote Club - Club of the Year 2023

  • Darren Statham will standown as Chair at AGM Thursday 30 March 2023

    Darren Statham has announced that he will not stand as Chair at the December AGM. Darren has a new job demanding increased responsibilities and travel commitments. The branch is seeking early enquires for position as Chair.

    Any member who might consider taking on the role, please talk with Darren or any Committee Member. Candidates will receive the full support of all Committee Members. Early engagement will allow for any coaching, ensuring a smooth transition and handover

  • Good Beer Guide 2024 Submissions Thursday 30 March 2023

    Having confirmed that the 2023 Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and the Club of the Year would automatically be submitted for the 2024 Good Beer Guide, three teams surveyed the remaining top nine pubs and clubs based on the branch beer scores. Each survey team then went to six establishments. The scoring was based on quality of the beer, cleanliness, welcome, décor, community involvement and adherence to CAMRA aims. The subsequent average scores were consistent between the three teams. This process has produced the following GBG submissions for 2024 based on the combined scores;-

    • New Plough
    • Pestle & Mortar
    • Sapcote Club
    • George and Dragon
    • Shilton Vaults
    • Queens Head (Hinckley)
    • Gate Hangs Well
    • Elbow Room

    The reserves are Lime Kilns and Weavers. Additional reserves if required are Rising Sun and White Swan


  • Joint Pub Beer Fest Thursday 13 April 2023

    Pestle&Mortar       Shilton Vaults

    There is to be a joint Beer Fest between the Pestle & Mortar and the Shilton Vaults on the 4th to 8th May to coincide with the coronation of King Charles. Between the two micropubs, there are plans to include the following:-

    • 15 guest ales

    • 19 Ciders

    • 10 Key Kegs

    Sue and John have made the offer that anyone having purchased eight pints during this period will be able to claim the next pint free!

    In addition, The Pestle & Mortar will be closed from Sunday 6pm 23rd to Tuesday 3pm 25th April for some "interesting" modifications. Watch this space!!

  • POTY 2023 The New Plough Award Friday 5 May 2023

    The New Plough Inn

    The 2023 Pub of the Year Award for the New Plough Inn will be presented to Louise and Darren Lavender at the Branch Meeting on 10th May.

    The event will commence with arrival at 6pm followed by the presentation at 6.30pm after which there will be a celebration and buffet from 7.30pm. The scheduled Branch meeting will start at 8pm.

    Louise and Darren Lavender are welcoming everyone to The New Plough Inn to join this Pub of the Year celebration and to enjoy a new selection of beers from the Marston's “Beer Flex Trial”.

  • POTY 2023 Presentation Thursday 11 May 2023

    The Pub of the Year 2023 Award being presented to Louise and Darren of the New Plough Inn

    Award presented to Louise and Darren by the CAMRA National Chair - Nik Antona and Branch Chair - Darren Latham

    For the second year in succession the award was presented to Louise and Darren Lavender last night. On this occasion, the CAMRA National Chair was available to present the certificate to Louise and Darren, congatulating them both and commending them for raising over £100,000 for charities in recent years.

    The event was very well attended with CAMRA members and regular customers, whilst Louise thanked all those, including staff that helped to make The New Plough Inn, Pub of the Year 2023.

    Apart from the regular Marston's beers, including Bass Mild and a selection of ciders there was also a range of Byatts ales provided under the "beer flex" trial, on offer.

  • Cider Pub of the Year 2023 Presentation Saturday 1 July 2023

    Presentation of the Cider Pub of the Year to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar

    The Cider Pub of the Year 2023 award was presented to Sue Summerill of the Pestle & Mortar on the 15th June. The presentation was made by Tracy Ellis as acting Chair for the HInckley and Bosworth branch of CAMRA. Range of ales and ciders on tap - courtesy of the Pestle & Mortar

    This charming one roomed micropub opened in August 2015, in a former chemists shop. Draught Bass is the regular beer with a varying number of guest ales, including both Cask and Key Keg, along with between 15 and 22 ciders. Remarkably, this is the 7th consecutive Cider Pub of the Year award for the Pestle & Mortar.

  • Government matched funding to help save The Oddfellows Arms Wednesday 5 July 2023

    The Oddfellows Arms - Higham on the Hill

    Following the announcement that the Oddfellows Arms Community Benefit Society have been awarded £156,000 matched funding from the Government Community Ownership Fund, the following statement was posted on the The Oddfellows - Higham on the Hill facebook page:-

    ""Many of you have already heard but we are very pleased to announce that we succeeded in our bid for the Government Community Ownership Fund and have been awarded £156,000 matched funding. This is based on our current share pledges and other funding. This is really positive as it shows the faith that the funders have in the project. We still need your support though to see the project through! Here’s link to Luke Evans press release that he shared on the Higham Facebook page: https://www.drlukeevans.org.uk/.../oddfellows-arms... He and the borough councillors have been very supportive throughout. If you are in the parish you will be getting a leaflet from the Parish Council, inviting you to a consultation meeting on the 17th July and outlining the proposals for a Public Works Loan (PWL) to purchase the pub for the community. This approach is a tried and tested method for community groups. The Higham CBS and STOP team will also be there to help answer questions you might have about the project. The Community Benefit Society is a cooperative, so anyone who buys shares in the company can contribute to the planning and projects we develop. We are working on our shareholders pack and will be giving you more information very soon on how it works and how to buy shares but in the meantime keep pledging so we can show the community support we have. Join the 200 supporters already signed up to be part of the CBS! Find out more here https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop/support""

    Congratulations to all those involved in the campaign and fund raising to support this vital community asset.

  • August pub updates Sunday 13 August 2023

    The New Plough Inn
    The New Plough Inn is continuing to provide a range of beers under the Marstons Flex scheme, with the latest selection originating from the Derby Brewing Company. Previously beers from Brewsters and Byatts have been on tap. This arrangement means that the pub can have up to nine cask ales on at any one time.

    The Belper Arms
    The Belper Arms is being run by new landlords and is open from 12:00 to 23:00 daily with food being served for lunch and dinner.

    Ye Olde Red Lion
    The new cellar is now operational at the Ye Olde red Lion following the flooding in July, with real ales back on tap. Additionally, after changes to the beer garden were made with the demolition of a wall and erection of a fence, a retrospective planning application has had to be raised.

  • Latest Planning Update Sunday 13 August 2023

    The current situation regarding planning activities within the Hinckley and Bosworth branch were presented by Chris Merriman, Pubs Protection Officer, to the August Branch Meeting:-

    • Oddfellows Arms, Higham on the Hill Update from Kate Phillips, Secretary to “Save the Oddies” confirmed that they have not yet acquired the Pub. The £156,000 from the Government Community Ownership Fund needs to be matched with local funding. A Public Works Loan application has been pursued with the Parish Council. Shares in the pub will be offered to the local community to match the funding by the end of the summer. Negotiations are ongoing for the sale of the pub by Cartwright’s. The final planning permission for housing on the site still has to be determined.

    • The Cock Inn, Sibson Listed building consent was given in December 2022. In July 2023 Heineken submitted some plan details to comply with the consent to the Local Council. Negotiations are ongoing for the work to start.

    • Royal Arms, Sutton Cheyney In July planning permission was given to convert the premises into 9 residences, retaining a very small area at the front for a pub. Representations made by Chris to the Planning Authority were not included in the assessment report. Chris has raised concerns that the area allocated to the pub will later be declared by the developer as “non-viable” and seek to remove the planned pub, as was the case with the Dog & Gun in Hinckley.

    • The Wharf, Hinckley There was a failure to secure a listing as a pub with historic interior, due to insufficient resources being available at English Heritage.

    • White Swan, Stoke Golding The Parish Council has declined to apply for an Asset of Community Value, citing two other pubs and the club in the village. Individuals may apply for an AVC providing more than 20 residents submit the application.

    • The Clarence, Hinckley Submitted an application for conversion of the roof area into a bar and five units of accommodation; some to be used as “entertainment pods”
    • Barwell Constitutional Club Submitted an application to build four bungalows on the existing beer garden site. The Branch advises raising an objection for loss of amenity.

  • Tracy Ellis elected as Branch Chair Tuesday 29 August 2023

    At the July EGM, the Branch Secretary advised that the purpose of this meeting was to elect a Branch Chair in accordance with the CAMRA and Branch Constitution. Formal notice was issued on 21st June for nominations for the role. By the closing date on 28th July only one nomination had been received from Mr Tracy Ellis. Therefore Tracy is duly elected as the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Branch Chair. Congratulations!

  • Beer Festival Volunteers Trip Sunday 17 September 2023

    The coach trip took place on Saturday 10th September and was organised as a Thankyou to volunteers at this year's Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival. The locations for the visit included Hook Norton and Banbury.

  • 200th Hinckley CAMRA Branch Meeting Wednesday 11 October 2023

    The 2nd October Branch Meeting was held at the Bricklayers Arms, Sharnford. This marked the 200th meeting of the Hinckley & Bosworth branch since the formation as a sub branch of Leicester CAMRA in 2005.

    The initial 2005 meeting was held on the 7th September at the Black Horse in Hinckley. David Miller was able to read out minutes from this and the second sub branch meeting, along with the names of the attendees, who effectively became founder members. It is interesting to note that the subjects under discussion were very much as they are today. Amongst the founder members were David Finn, Norman Hall, Mitch Irving, Bernard Timpson and Geoff Targett. See a copy of the minutes below.

    David Bates was also able to describe and distribute copies of the early branch magazines, including the one advertising the very first Hinckley Beer Festival located at the Green Rooms in town.

    A very nice buffet was provided by The Bricklayers Arms at the end of the meeting, which, incidentally, was the first held at this location.

    Minutes of First Hinckley & Bosworth Branch Meeting in 2005

    Hinckley Sub – Branch Meeting 001 - Minutes
    Time: 2030hrs
    Day: Wednesday
    Date: 7th September
    Venue: Black Horse (back room), Hinckley
    Attendees: Nigel Moore (Chair), Philip Tiplady (Leicester branch Secretary), Celia Ashton, Bill Smith, Chris Davies, David Miller, Alan Cooke, David Finn, Richard Lewin, Andrea Hall, Les Codrington, Mike Batte, Mitch Irving, Geoff Targett, Bernard Timson Apologies: Steve Colbourne, Yvonne Hughes, Frank Kendrick (Everard brewery), Martin Mellor

    1. Introduction of new "probation" Chairman, Nigel Moore It was agreed by those in attendance, Nigel Moore's 3 month probationary period as sub branch Chairman should commence from 7th September 2005

    2. Group discussion on other sub-branch roles where we, as a branch, feel representation is necessary (plus appointments, if possible) The matter was discussed with Geoff Targett volunteering to fill the role of Sub Branch Treasurer for the same probationary period as Nigel in his position as Chairman. Both positions to be reviewed at the end of the 3-month period

    3. Gain a clearer understanding of the geographical area / boundaries of sub - branch responsibility - Philip Tiplady (Leicester branch Secretary) attending with more detail Philip Tiplady attended giving all attending a clearer picture / understanding of our geographical area of responsibility, with the use of maps provided by himself. The branch felt Snarestone would benefit from the inclusion into our boundaries as there is reported to be CAMRA interest there but on the extremities of the Leicester branch jurisdiction. Action Nigel Moore: Nigel (Chair) to discuss the inclusion of Snarestone within Hinckley Sub Branch boundaries with Julian Hough (Regional Director)

    4. Appoint "owner" to organise, with branch support, presentation of "Regional Club Of The Year 2005" award to the Burbage Constitutional Club Norman Hall volunteered to organise presentation of "regional club of the year" to the Burbage Constitutional Club. A provisional date of Tuesday 1st November was agreed by all present Action Norman Hall: Norman to liaise with the Burbage Constitutional Club to finalise details of presentation. Action Nigel Moore: Nigel to speak to Julian Hough to confirm his availability for attendance at the presentation.

    5. Diary Next meeting = 2030hrs, Tuesday 11th October, Black Horse November meeting / regional club of the year presentation = 2030hrs, Tuesday 1st November – TBC

    6. Email address confirmation for future correspondence (sub - branch minutes etc) All parties present were asked to supply email addresses for future correspondence. Page 5 of 5

    7. AOB · It was suggested the sub branch compile a list of all pubs within our area. To be discussed further at subsequent meetings · The matter of the sub branch name was perhaps not entirely reflective on the area covered Action ALL: Suggestions of alternative names to be forwarded to Nigel prior to next meeting for discussion / decision to be made. · Bernard Timson and Mitch Irving kindly offered their assistance to help publicise future CAMRA / sub branch events etc Approx. 12 members present expressed an interest in purchasing next year’s GBG from the branch. Action Nigel Moore: Nigel to order 12 GBG's from Keith Williams (Leicester branch Chairman)

    1. Apologies
    2. Minutes (acceptance/correction)
    3. Action update
    4. Discussion / decision to be made on sub branch name
    5. Correspondence
    6. Diary
    7. A.O.B.

  • October's Pub News Thursday 19 October 2023

    The Elbow Cask & Craft report that they have finally had two new Awnings installed and equipped with heaters just in time for the change in weather.

    The Public Spirit, Edwards Centre, Regent Street, is a new bar which has opened in premises that were formerly occupied by nightclub Out Out. It is unlikely to be offering real ale.

    The Clarence kitchen has been revamped and is now offering a new food menu, and has agreed to serve beers from Church End.

    The Railway is undergoing a £250k refurbishment and is due to reopen on the 10th November.

    Wetherspoons has confirmed it is no longer looking for a site in Hinckley.

  • The Railway changes hands Sunday 29 October 2023

    The former Steamin' Billy pub, The Railway, has been taken over by the Birmingham based pub company, Valiant. The pub is currently closed and is undergoing complete refurbishment, inside and outside.

    The new General Manager is Sam Lee who has stated that the pub is being modernised with a new look, a new kitchen and new food and drink menus.

    Amongst the cask beers being proposed will be Sharpes Doombar or Atlantic, which can be rotated with Hobgoblin Gold, Wainwright, the micro brewery's Sunbeam, or Pedigree. Wye Valley's Butty Bach will also be be available. Amongst the Lagers will be San Miguel and Carling.

    The Railway is due to be opened on Friday 10th November with a party from 5pm, and live music from 8pm, with Darren Craven. A Grand reopening is scheduled for the Saturday 11th November.

    Once the pub is up and running, there will be a range of deals on offer from Monday to Thursday. A Burger and a Pint for £15 on Mondays, a Pie and a Pint for £15 on Tuesdays, a curry and a pint for £14.50 on Wednesdays and a Kebab and a Pint for £15 on Thursdays.

    The Valiant Pub Company was set up by Gerry Carroll and Mark McGinty in Deccember 2021.

  • Olde Red Lion has new landlords Tuesday 7 November 2023

    Olde Red Lion - Market Bosworth

    Tom Roberts and Jo Hankins have taken over the Olde Red Lion at Market Bosworth. There are three regular beers including Wytchwood Hobgoblin Gold, Bank's Amber and Marston's Pedigree. The kitchen is undergoing refurbishment but is due to open soon.

  • Save the Oddies Campaign Tuesday 7 November 2023

    Briefing on Save the Oddies Campaign

    Kate Phillips – Secretary to STOP & Higham Community Benefit Society
    Martin Phillips – Chair of Higham Community Benefit Society

    ‘Save the Oddies Pub’ (STOP) community group are campaigning to save the last remaining pub in Higham on the Hill from being redeveloped into housing. The previous owner closed the pub in August 2018.

    The Parish Council obtained an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV) on the pub. Cartwright Homes of Nuneaton bought the pub and land in 2019 and sought planning permission from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council: 1st application – Demolish the pub and 20 to 25 houses on the whole site. 2nd application – Convert the pub into flats while retaining the façade. And build 20-25 houses behind 3rd application – most recent version was amended to build 9 houses and separate the pub and most of the car park from the area of the application. 1st and 2nd applications were rejected by the Planning Officers / Council 3rd application is still in progress and being considered by the Planning Officers / Council it’s a delegated determination so done by Planning Officer.

    STOP has made several offers to buy the pub and car park – but has not received any reasonable response from Cartwrights, who refuse to set a sales price. We’ve had responses but nothing that we can negotiate further on. Since 2018 the Oddfellows Arms has been vacant / vandalised / flooded – leaving the building in a state requiring urgent repair.

    ‘Save the Oddies Pub’ (STOP) have worked with the Plunkett Foundation who provide practical advice, business support and training to help communities establish and run innovative and inclusive community businesses that make a positive impact for local people.

    On advice STOP has now set up a Community Benefit Society known as Higham Community Benefit Society Limited. Higham Community Benefit Society Limited will be able to raise finance though public sale of shares to fund refurbishment of the pub buildings and establishment of a community hub. They are also able to apply for grants. The current business plan is:

    • Higham Parish Council plan to obtain a loan from Public Works Loan Board (a statutory body of the UK Government that provided loans to public bodies) to buy the pub / carpark and lease back to Higham Community Benefit Society Limited.
    • Higham Community Benefit Society Limited will manage and run the pub with a blend of paid staff and volunteers.
    • Revenues raised will fund operating costs and repayment of the loan. The community have agreed that the Parish Council can raise the Parish Precept to cover the repayment of the loan, which means that Higham CBS will pay a peppercorn rent so that we can plough profits back into the community hub and business
    • Government Community Ownership Fund and have been awarded a grant of £156,000 matched funding to put towards our refurbishment of the site.
    • Public share sales will raise £250,000 at £50 each to match the refurbishment grant and provide working capital.
      Note: The business plan cannot be enacted, or the sale of shares begin until Cartwrights offer a sales price / agree to sell.

      HCBS will be doing the share offer soon - to ensure they can get going asap once the sale is agreed. The HBBC are reticent to consider a Compulsory Purchase Order. The frustrated dialogue between Higham Community Benefit Society Limited, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council / Planning Officers and Cartwrights is ongoing. HBBC have facilitated meetings between all parties to try to move dialogue on. HVBS are frustrated by lack of movement by Cartwrights! The Planning Report (available on the HBBC portal) recommends refusal. If this is the decision made by the H&B Council, it is likely to appealed by Cartwrights. It will be weeks or months before any clear resolution and the business plan put into action. More information can be found on the Save the Oddies Pub website:

      https://savetheoddiespub.wixsite.com/stop/about You may contact Kate Phillips on email at moc.liamg@seiddoeht.yraterces

  • Great Loss Friday 15 December 2023

    Dianne Bates     Colin Scott

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of two of the very valued Branch stalwarts in Dianne Bates and Colin Scott.

    Dianne has been an active member almost since the creation of the Hinckley and Bosworth Branch of CAMRA in 2005. An ever present at the Hinckley Beer Festivals and the Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festivals, taking on many roles for the duration of these events.

    In the past Dianne has acted as one of the accounts auditors as well as providing support to her husband David, in producing the Branch magazine.

    Dianne has been the the face of the Branch in welcoming new members at their first meeting, and of relieving us all of money for monthly raffle tickets! A constant at all of the social events, Dianne will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are now with David and family.

    Colin has also been a long standing active member of the Branch and was the Membership Secretary up to this year's AGM. Notably, stepping in to help the previous Branch Chair during the Covid pandemic, taking on the role of Deputy Chair providing welcome assitance at a very difficult time.

    Colin also has been a great supporter of the Branch beer festivals, not just as Membership Secretary (signing up the local MP and one of the Borough Councillors, amongst others), but assisting in all areas.

    As part of the Three Brewers celebration within the branch, Colin typically volunteered to act out the role of William Butler, dressed accordingly for the occasion.

    Again a fantastic supporter of the branch social events. Colin will also be sadly missed and our thoughts are with Michelle.

  • Dog & Hedgehog to close Tuesday 9 January 2024

    Dog & Hedgehog - Daddlington
    The Dog and Hedgehog, Daddlington is set to close on 4th February as the proprietor of this popular pub and restaurant, Bill Reinking is retiring after 48 years in the hospitality trade. Running retaurants in New York, London and Oxford before taking on the Dog and Hedgehog 13 years ago.

    The pub, restaurant and two adjoining houses with land, are due to be sold after the closure.

  • January Pub and Club News Sunday 21 January 2024

    Dog & Gun - Earl Shilton
    A new steward has been appointed to the Stoke Golding Club. A couple have taken over as landlords of the Dog & Gun, Earl Shilton, although this may be a temporary move in advance of a new encumbant. One of Gary Buswell's final brews at the Lime Kilns will be on soon, called Bill’s Brown. On leaving the Lime Kilns, which may be the subject of an ACV, Gary is looking at a new brewery / tap premises in Melton Mowbray. New Buildings Brewery is brewing a winter special at 5.3%.

  • Earl Shilton Pub Walkabout Thursday 8 February 2024

    Gathering at The Dog & Gun - Earl Shilton Walkabout

    CAMRA members took part in a pub walkabout in Earl Shilton on the 23rd January. The first pub to be visited was the Dog & Gun on Keats Lane, followed by the Red Lion on High Street and finishing at the Shilton Vaults in the Hollow.

  • The Ashby Tavern to reopen as a "Proper Pub" Tuesday 27 February 2024

    The Ashby Tavern is due to reopen on Thursday 29th February. This is being launched as an Admiral Taverns mid market pub concept, within the Proper Pubs initiative. The reopening follows a £265,00 refurbishment including new fixtures and fittings and fairly extensive improvements to the beer garden.

  • CPOTY presentation to Pestle & Mortar Tuesday 2 April 2024

    The Cider Pub of the Year 2024 award was presented to Sue Summerill of the Pestle and Mortar, Hinckley. The presentation was made by Councillor Scott Gibbens, Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth. This is the 8th year onthe trot that this award has been made to the Pestle and Mortar, which carries a huge range of traditional ciders and perries, along with an ever changing selection of cask and keg ales.

  • POTY Presentation for The New Plough Inn Saturday 13 April 2024

    The 2024 Pub of the Year award was presented to Louise and Darren at The New Plough by Dr Luke Evans MP for Bosworth. This is the third year in succession that the New Plough have achieved Pub of the Year.

    Comments from Dr Luke Evans:-

    “A very big well done and congratulations to THE NEW PLOUGH INN for winning Hinckley and Bosworth Camra (Campaign for Real Ale)‘s award for Pub of the Year 2024!

    Louise, Darren and the team are a real credit to the community spirit we have here in Hinckley and Bosworth and it was a pleasure to present them with this award in front of a pub full of regulars who know and appreciate all the hard work that goes into running a good local pub.

    Congratulations everyone - keep up the great work! “

  • URGENT Save the Oddies Campaign Saturday 13 April 2024

    Pub Preservation Officer, Chris Merriman urges members to register their objections to the planning application, which involves the conversion of the Oddfellows Arms into two residential units and the construction of 5 new houses to the side and rear.

    Members need to set out their objections clearly. The email does not need to be long, but it does need to explain the grounds on which they are objecting.

    You have until Friday 19th April to submit your objections.

    Reasons for objection may include: The fact that The Oddfellows Arms is the last community facility in the village and there are adopted Local Plan policies which protect such facilities from being lost or redeveloped.

    There is a local community group who are willing to acquire the pub and operate it as a hub for the expanding village, which is entirely in line with the ideals of The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Localism Act.

    The whole area of the pub buildings and car park are designated an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and the pub designated a community facility under DM25 of the HBBC planning policy and according to criteria in the HBBC Local Plan, should be preserved

    Email your Objections: Make sure they identify planning application reference and address of the application in the subject box: Objections to Planning App. No: 24/00229/FUL, Oddfellows Arms, 25, Main Street, Higham On The Hill

    Give your name and address at the end of the communication. You must give your name and address at the end of the communication, otherwise the objection will not be accepted.

    Emails should be sent to ku.vog.htrowsob-yelkcnih@wenredlofgninnalp

    Hopefully we can raise a storm of objections.

    Chris Merriman
    Email: ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@noitavreserpbup

  • White Bear no longer a Steamin’ Billy pub Sunday 14 April 2024

    As of Monday 15th April, the White Bear will no longer be operating as part of the Steamin’ Billy chain. However, it will continue to operate as normal.

    The White Bear will now be open 7 days a week
    Monday-Thursday 12:00-23:00
    Friday and Saturday 12:00-01:00
    Sunday 12:00-23:00

  • Tuesday 14 May 2024

  • Pop Up Pub at Gopsall Hall Farm Tuesday 14 May 2024

    The Gopsall Inn on Gopsall Hall Farm, near Gongerstone, is open on Saturdays, with live music, draft beer, and street food. This micro pub serves ales from the Church End Brewery and often includes Fox's Hat and Goat's Milk.