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Market Bosworth Brewery suspends production   31st March 2020

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

Roger Protz visit to Hinckley   February 12th 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 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 if 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   29th 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.

Roundup of November's Pub News   30th 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

Cock Inn ceases trading   18th November 2019

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.

End of an Era   12th November 2019

    David Finn
 Richard Lewin
 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.


Elephant & Castle Beer Festival   25th October 2019

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.

Branch Vacancies ahead of next month's AGM   21st 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

Beer brewed in recognition of Ada Lovelace the Computing Countess   21st 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.

The New Baron is now open   21st October 2019

Roundup of October's Pub News   7th 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

Roundup of September's Pub News   6th 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

Country Pub of the Year -2019   10th 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.

10 year Award for Louise and Darren   10th 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.

Pestle & Mortar's 4th Birthday   7th 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.

Thyme Bar & Kitchen - Market Bosworth   11th 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.