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Branch News Archive

Here is the archived news from the Branch area.

  • 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 . . . .
  • PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD Saturday 27 May 2017

    PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD


    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. . . .
  • 300 YEARS OF BREWING HISTORY IN HINCKLEY & BOSWORTH BRANCH Tuesday 6 June 2017

    300 YEARS OF BREWING HISTORY IN HINCKLEY & BOSWORTH BRANCH




    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

    ROUNDUP OF JUNE'S PUB NEWS

    • 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





  • Hinckley Rugby Club joins CAM Friday 7 July 2017

    HINCKLEY RUGBY CLUB JOINS THE CAMRA SCHEME



    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.


  • 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

  • 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

        David Finn
    Secretary
     Richard Lewin
    Treasurer
     Bethan Moore

    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.

    THANK YOU TO THE OUTGOING CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY, TREASURER AND THE OTHER OFFICIALS FOR ALL OF YOUR VERY MUCH APPRECIATED EFFORTS, ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Market Bosworth Brewery suspends production Tuesday 31 March 2020



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