Real Ale Price Watch (Nov 2017)

In common with all areas throughout the land we see quite a range of Real Ale prices in this Branch area (Shrewsbury & West Shropshire). To illustrate this, some of the extremes of the last year are listed below (price charged per pint, Real Ale only). If you think this is an issue, feel free to give your examples in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of the page and they will be added to the list where appropriate (please do not include use of discounts/vouchers/loyalty cards).

Wilfred Owen (Oswestry) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.85 (May 17)  
S’bury Hotel (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 1.99 (Nov 17)
Montgomerys T (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 1.99 (Nov 17)
Charles Darwin (S’bury) Salopian Lemon Dm 4.5% 1.99 (May 17) Wed only
Dog &Pheasant (S’bury) Brakspear Oxford G 4.0% 1.99 (Jun 17) Tue only
Bull’s Head (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 1.99 (Mar 17) Wed only
Olde Vaults (Oswestry) Offas Dyke Barley G 3.6% 2.00 (May 17)  
Loggerheads (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.20 (Sep 17) Mon only
Albion Vaults (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.25 (Nov 17)  
Last Orders (Whitchurch) Rowton Port Stout 4.5% 2.30 (Jun 16)
Crown (Coleham, S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.35 (Apr 17)
Coach & Horses (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.40 (May 17) Happy hr
Salopian (Shrewsbury) Stonehouse Ballst 4.4% 2.48 (Jan 17) Happy hr
Abbey (Shrewsbury) Mobberley Conct 23 4.7% 2.50 (Sep 17) Mon only
Hole in the Wall (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.50 (Aug 17)
Beacon (Shrewsbury) Salopian Lemon 4.5% 2.50 (Jul 17) Mon only
Cock/Greyhound (Whitch) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Nov 16)
Battlefield Brew’y (S’bury) Battlefield 1403 4.1% 2.50 (Oct 16)  Fri/Sat
Coracle (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.50 (Jul 16)
White Hart (Ellesmere) New Brew Nova Gld 3.8% 2.60 (Sep 17)  
Inn on the Green  (Sbury) Marston’s Saddle T 3.8% 2.60 (Aug 17)  
Plough (Oswestry) Tim Taylor Boltmakr 4.0% 2.60 (May 17)  
Barley Mow (Trefonen) Offas Dyke Talismn 4.0% 2.60 (Mar 17)
Rock& Fountain(S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.60 (Mar 17) Happy hr
Fox Inn (Wem) Ruddles Best 3.7% 2.65 (Dec 16)  
Stables (Craven Arms) Hobsons Best 3.8% 2.70 (Jun 17)
Bailey Head (Oswestry) Magpie 4 for a Boy 3.6% 2.70 (May 17)
Griffin (Oswestry) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 2.70 (Oct 16)
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Haughmond (U Magna) Thwaites Lancaster B 4.4% 3.40 (Nov 17)
Nag’s Head (S’bury) T Taylor Landlord 4.3% 3.40 (Oct 17)
Dolphin (Shrewsbury) Joules Kolkata 5.0% 3.40 (Oct 17)
Cross Foxes (S’bury) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.40 (Sep 17)
New Inn (Baschurch) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 3.40 (Sep 17)
Old Post Office (S’bury) Marston’s EPA 3.6% 3.40 (Jul 17)
Wheatsheaf (Whitch’ch) Spitting Feathers Sol 4.1% 3.40 (Jul 17)
King’s Head (S’bury) Marston’s Bass 4.4% 3.40 (Jun 17)
Feathers Hotel (Ludlow) Ludlow Boiling Well 4.7% 3.40 (Sep 16)  
White Horse (S’bury) Salopian Hop Twister 4.5% 3.45 (Jul 17)
Beacon (Shrewsbury) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 3.45 (Apr 17)  Exc Mon
Featherbed (S’bury) Marston’s Shipyard 5.0% 3.45 (Jul 16)
Rose & Crown (Ludlow) Joule’s Slumbering M 4.5% 3.49 (Jun 17)  
Warehouse (S’bury) Shrew Brew Pale Ale 4.5% 3.50 (Nov 17)  
Castle (Bishops Castle) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (Oct 17)  
Station Hotel (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (Oct 17)  
Chapel Bar (S’bury) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.50 (Sep 17)  
Three Fishes (S’bury) Fixed Wheel Century 4.8% 3.50 (Sep 17)
Red Barn (Shrewsbury) Fullers London Pride 4.1% 3.50 (Sep 17)
Wheatsheaf (C S’bury) Jennings Cckr Hoop 4.6% 3.50 (Aug 17)
Craven Arms Hotel (CA) Jennings Cumb’land 4.0% 3.50 (Jun 17)
Belle Vue Tavern (Sbury) Marston’s Bass 4.4% 3.50 (May 17)
Morgan’s (Shrewsbury) Sharp’s Doom Bar 4.0% 3.50 (Nov 16)
Henry Tudor (S’bury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 3.60 (Sep 17)
Queens Head (Q Head) Stonehouse Off Rails 4.8% 3.60 (Sep 17)
Housmans (Ch Stretton) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.60 (Aug 17)
Albert’s Shed (S’bury) Salopian Pale Ale 4.6% 3.60 (May 17)
Blue Boar (Ludlow) 3 Tuns Clerics Cure 5.0% 3.60 (Apr 17)
Riverbank (Shrewsbury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 3.60 (Dec 16)
Lion & Pheasant (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.60 (Dec 16)
Boathouse (Shrewsbury) Hardy/Hanson Rdlph 4.2% 3.60 (Dec 16)
Vaults (Whitchurch) Titanic Plum Porter 4.9% 3.60 (Dec 16)
Cromwell’s (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.70 (Aug 17)
Bucks Head (C Stretton) Marstons Shp Intake 4.0% 3.70 (Aug 17)
Vaults (Bishop’s Castle) Rat White Rat 4.0% 3.70 (Jul 17)
Beaten Track (S’bury) Sharp’s Atlantic 4.2% 3.70 (Feb 17)
Three Tuns (Bish Castle) 3 Tuns Old Scrooge 6.5% 3.70 (Dec 16)
Loopy Shrew (S’bury) Joules Slumbering 4.5% 3.70 (Jan 16)
House of Grain (S’bury) Howling Hops Pale 3.8% 3.75 (Jul 17)
Olive Tree (Shrewsbury) 3 Tuns Rantipole 3.6% 3.75 (May 17)
Green Dragn (Stretton) Sarah Hughes D R 6.0% 3.80 (Jun 17)
Church (Ludlow) Salopian Darwins O 4.3% 3.80 (Apr 17)
Armoury (Shrewsbury) Dark Star Expresso 4.2% 3.90 (Sep 17)
White Lion (Whittingtn) Wells Bombardier 4.1% 3.90 (Nov 17)
Lion Hotel (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.90 (Jun 17)
Inn at Grinshill (Grinshill) Hobsons Old Prickly 4.2% 4.00 (Dec 16)
Abel’s Harp (Bromlow) Sharp’s Doom Bar 4.0% 4.00 (Oct 16)
Lord Hill Hotel (S’bury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 4.10 (Feb 16)
Boathouse (Ellesmere) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.30 (Nov 17)
Alb (Shrewsbury) Sharp’s Wolf Rock 4.8% 4.50 (Nov 16)

Archive of prices at end of 2016

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Beer Tickers & Scoopers Corner 2016

A selection of some of the guest beers seen in the SAWS area this year.( As reported via the CAMRA beer scoring system using WhatPub.) Hopefully it will give you a flavour of the pubs in which you may find these ‘rarer’ ales. If you have an interest in any particular beer or brewery, let us know via the comment box at the bottom of the page.

Brewery Beer Venue Name VenueTown Visit Date
Arkell’s Arkle Ale Masonic Arms Shrewsbury 04/05/2016
Backyard Lionheart Shrewsbury Hotel Shrewsbury 14/07/2016
Big Hand Pit Head Porter Butchers Arms Wern 25/11/2016
Black Brook Breakfast Bailey Head Oswestry 15/10/2016
Blakemere Old & Filthy Cock & Greyhound Whitchurch 28/02/2016
Brecon Brewing Ltd Goal Miners Arms Priest Weston 24/06/2016
Castle Combe Carols ’round the Cross Abbey Shrewsbury 30/12/2016
Chapel Brewery Angels Share Jack Mytton Inn Hindford 04/06/2016
Chapel Brewery Miracle Shrewsbury Hotel Shrewsbury 08/11/2016
Chapel Brewery Silver Chalice Montgomery’s Tower Shrewsbury 12/04/2016
Cheshire Brewhouse Hop Lab Amarillo Rye Bailey Head Oswestry 30/07/2016
Clark’s Crafty Dribbler Fox Inn Oswestry 26/06/2016
Clun Solar Dog Hangs Well Ludlow 10/11/2016
Coastal Hercules Bailey Head Oswestry 05/08/2016
Conwy Honey Porter Last Inn Hengoed 25/11/2016
Cottage Tiger Moth Plough Inn Weston Rhyn 26/05/2016
Cwrw Iâl Whipa Snapper Bailey Head Oswestry 30/07/2016
Derby Tutti Frutti Armoury Shrewsbury 05/07/2016
Elland Cyprium Fox Inn Oswestry 28/04/2016
Elland Twisted Pearl Woodman Shrewsbury 29/03/2016
Erddig Squires Best Wilfred Owen Oswestry 27/02/2016
Gorgeous Beer Co Golden Bitter Rose & Crown Ludlow 12/09/2016
Holden’s 101 Black Pale Ale Dolphin Shrewsbury 05/03/2016
Holden’s Red By Night Rose & Crown Ludlow 31/10/2016
Ness Ales Hoppyton Arp Black Horse Inn Maesbrook 25/02/2016
Isca Dawlish Bittter Bull in the Barne Shrewsbury 14/01/2016
Jennings Digadig Red Barn Shrewsbury 13/11/2016
Kelham Island Coffee Porter Rose & Crown Ludlow 29/09/2016
Leatherbritches Ginger Helmet Abbey Shrewsbury 11/07/2016
Liberation Golden Mild Masonic Arms Shrewsbury 14/10/2016
Mallinson’s Pacific Cascade Woodman Shrewsbury 20/02/2016
Muirhouse Chocolate & Orange Mild Dolphin Shrewsbury 07/05/2016
North Yorkshire Prior’s Ale Rose & Crown Ludlow 24/10/2016
New Brew APA Bricklayers (AF) Shrewsbury 29/12/2016
New Brew New India IPA Bricklayers (AF) Shrewsbury 24/12/2016
New Brew New India IPA White Hart Ellesmere 10/09/2016
New Brew Nova Gold Bricklayers (AF) Shrewsbury 24/12/2016
Pictish Alchemists Gold Three Fishes Shrewsbury 24/08/2016
Pictish Little Gem Woodman Shrewsbury 23/04/2016
Plassey Cwrw Tudno Wilfred Owen Oswestry 09/04/2016
Plassey Red Hop Poker Black Bear Whitchurch 27/05/2016
Plassey Red Hop Poker Dickin Arms Loppington 19/08/2016
Plassey Ruddy Rudolf Sun Inn Welshampton 05/01/2016
Robinsons Robin Bitter Olde Boote Inn Whittington 10/01/2016
Rowton 1966 Prince Of Wales Shrewsbury 05/11/2016
Rowton Area 51 Wheatsheaf (Frankwell) Shrewsbury 15/07/2016
Rowton Atlas Fox & Hounds Shawbury 10/11/2016
Rowton High Pheasant Fox & Hounds Shawbury 11/01/2016
Rowton Hookers Tackle Tilley Raven Tilley 18/03/2016
Rowton Hookers Tackle Fox & Hounds Shawbury 26/02/2016
Rowton Hookers Tackle Dog Hangs Well Ludlow 17/03/2016
Rowton Mother Plucking Turkey Prince of Wales Shrewsbury 24/12/2016
Rowton Rowton Galaxy Silverton Hotel Shrewsbury 17/04/2016
Rowton Rowton Galaxy Wheatsheaf Whitchurch 13/08/2016
Rowton Shropshire Star White Hart Ellesmere 16/04/2016
Rowton Shropshire Star Fox & Hounds Shawbury 26/09/2016
Rowton Space Walk Cross Foxes Shrewsbury 30/03/2016
Rowton Star Light Corbet Arms Uffington 03/07/2016
Rowton Star Light Stiperstones Inn Stiperstones 05/07/2016
Rowton Star Light Green Dragon Little Stretton 12/08/2016
Rowton Star Light Old Three Pigeons Nesscliffe 25/02/2016
Salopian Minds Eye Three Fishes Shrewsbury 31/12/2016
Salopian Orbital Three Fishes Shrewsbury 30/12/2016
Six Bells Back To Basics Nag’s Head Pontesbury 11/04/2016
Six Bells Detox Fox & Hounds Shawbury 15/01/2016
Six Bells Revive Admiral Benbow Shrewsbury 31/05/2016
Six Bells ZB Prince Of Wales Shrewsbury 28/05/2016
Slater’s Ultra Montgomery’s Tower Shrewsbury 01/12/2016
Stonehouse Polar Express Witbeer Bailey Head Oswestry 28/10/2016
Stonehouse Ballast Porter Griffin Oswestry 22/12/2016
Stonehouse Ballast Porter Vaults Shrewsbury 24/12/2016
Swan Brewery Cygneture Ale Green Dragon Little Stretton 16/08/2016
Swan Brewery Cygneture Ale Charlton Arms Ludlow 04/06/2016
Swan Brewery Gold Crown & Anchor Vaults Bishop’s Castle 09/07/2016
Target Brewery David Hopperfield Dog Hangs Well Ludlow 30/07/2016
Target Brewery Haughmond Hop Prince Of Wales Shrewsbury 13/08/2016
Target Brewery Wrekin Giant Prince Of Wales Shrewsbury 03/09/2016
Three Tuns Faust Banana Bailey Head Oswestry 17/07/2016
Thwaites Mr John Red Lion Ellesmere 29/06/2016
Waen Lemon Drizzle Bailey Head Oswestry 16/07/2016
Waen Pamplemousse Bailey Head Oswestry 16/07/2016
Wentworth Brewer’s Blonde Crown Inn Newcastle-on-Clun 02/04/2016
Wentworth Flip Flop Coach & Horses Shrewsbury 15/06/2016
Wentworth Hop & Glory Crown Inn Newcastle-on-Clun 02/04/2016
White Rose Hopping Mad Woodman Shrewsbury 16/07/2016
White Rose Ice Maiden Woodman Shrewsbury 14/01/2016
White Rose Yorkshire Rose Woodman Shrewsbury 20/04/2016
White Rose Ziggy Gecko and the beers from Mars Woodman Shrewsbury 28/01/2016
Wood Rebbling Navigation Inn Maesbury Marsh 27/11/2016
Wood Rebbling Abbey Shrewsbury 05/12/2016
Wood Rebbling Prince of Wales Shrewsbury 07/12/2016
Wood Jonnack Dog Hangs Well Ludlow 24/09/2016

NOTE: 

The local Brewery taps are not included in this list, they are always likely to have their rarer beers on offer. Such pubs include:

Battlefield – Battlefield Brewery Shop (Shrewsbury)
Clun – White Horse (Clun)
Ludlow – Railway Shed (Ludlow)
Ness Ales – Old Three Pigeons (Nesscliffe)
Offa’s Dyke – Barley Mow (Trefonen) & Olde Vaults (Oswestry)
Salopian – Salopian Brewery Shop (Hadnall)
Six Bells – Six Bells (Bishop’s Castle)
Stonehouse – Stonehouse Brewery Shop (Weston, Oswestry)
The Shropshire Brewer – Red Lion (Longden Common)
Three Tuns – Three Tuns (Bishop’s Castle)
Wood – Plough Inn (Wistanstow)

Armoury (Shrewsbury) Beer Festival 2016

BEER FESTIVAL BEER list 2016     Fri Oct 14th – Sun Oct 16th

Hobsons – Green Hop 4.2%

Big Hand – Telekinesis 6.9%

Big Hand – Pit head porter 4.3%

Salopian – Vortex 4%

Three Tuns – xxx 4.3%

Backyard – Navy 4.7%

Big shed – Engineers best 4.2%

Monty’s – Maple 4.6%

Ludlow – Boling well 4.7%

Titanic – Plum porter 4.9%

Stonehouse – station bitter 3.9%

Bingham’s – vanilla stout (champion beer 2016)

Tiny rebel – Cwtch 4.6% (champion beer 2015)

Heavy industry – 77 – 4.9% (champion strong beer 2016)

Purple moose – ysgawen (elderflower beer) 4%

Hawkshead – NZPA 6%

Dark star – hophead 3.8%

Waen – Rudi-mental 5.5%

Beartown – peach melbear 4.4%

Grey trees – Diggers gold 4% (champion golden ale)

Sadler’s – Peaky Blinder (black ipa) 4.6%

Purity – XPA (new brew) 3.5%

Purity – UBU 4.5%

Pub of the Year Presentations 2016

Prince of Wales (Shrewsbury) 2016

Overall winner for 2016 is the Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury

Having also won the Marches competition, the Prince had the accolade of appearing in the West Midlands Regional final (the 2016 winner eventually being the Earl Grey Inn, Leek).

Pictured is Vicki with the new certificate, joining the 2015 winners certificate on their wall of honour.

 

The two runners-up (and also joint Market Town Pubs of the Year) were:

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Black Lion, Oswestry –  Presentation of the award for Branch Pub of the Year runners up and also the joint award for the Branch Market Town Pub of the Year by Dave Roll to Claire and Terry. Well deserved, awarded for the hard work and dedication in running a true community pub appreciated by loyal locals and not so locals alike. Congratulations.

 

Black Bear, Whitchurch – Similarly awarded certificates for Branch Pub of the Year runner up and joint Market Town Pub of the Year. Here’s what the Bear said:

“The Bear team are sooooo…. chuffed to receive these amazing awards for our ale.
Thanks Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Camra and all the clever brewers.”

Rural Pub of the Year:

Mytton Arms, Habberley 2016

Mytton Arms, Habberley

 

 

 

 

Green Dragon, Little Stretton 2016

 

(Runners up:   the Crown, Clunton and the Green Dragon, Little Stretton – pictured left)

 

 

Club of the Year:

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Oswestry Cricket Club – SAWS Club of the Year 2016 presentation by Dave Roll to Jane and Hugh on a busy night with a hall full on a Quiz Night and a youth match on the pitch outside.  A well deserved award to a true community asset  that also does a fine pint of local ale!

 

Comrades Club, Ellesmere

(Runner up: the Comrades Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere)

 

 

 

 

Honourable mentions go to the Coach & Horses and the Three Fishes, runners up in the Shrewsbury pub category, and the Six Bells, Bishop’s Castle, runners up in the Market Town pub category.

White Lion (Ash Magna) 1997

 

See here for the full list of winners and also winners from previous years.

Connections – Pubs & Shrewsbury Town FC

The connection between the local football team and pubs goes all the way back to the founding of the club in May 1886. However there appears to be some confusion as to the exact circumstances. The Eddowes Shropshire Journal reported that the club was formed during a meeting at the Lion Hotel, but the Shrewsbury Chronicle then reported that the event took place at the Turf Hotel, Claremont Hill (which closed in 1930).

1955

Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury

Turf Hotel, Shrewsbury (closed 1930)

Turf Hotel, Shrewsbury (closed 1930)

The best theory seems to be that both premises were actually visited that night. The Shropshire FA held their meetings at the Lion, while many local sides used the Turf as their base. So probably what happened was the proposal put forward by the Committee at the Lion was confirmed later at the Turf with the players (or they just fancied a pub-crawl!).

 

1897

Unicorn Hotel 1897

 

An amateur club when founded, it so happened that the decision to pay some players for the first time was taken during a meeting at another pub, the Unicorn, Wyle Cop (closed as a pub in 1983), in August 1896. Not as handy for the ground as you may think, at the time the club played at the Barrack’s Ground, Copthorne, moving to Gay Meadow near the Unicorn in 1910.

 

 

Little knowing the trend he would start, the centre-half of the Welsh Cup winning team of 1891, Jack Davies, would become the landlord of the Criterion (Shrewsbury) from 1906 to 1907.

Then 1920s full-back Harry ‘Happy’ Sheldon became a very popular local Landlord, running the Coach & Horses from 1925 to 1936 and the nearby Admiral Benbow from 1936 until his death in 1957.

1955

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury 1955

 

Indeed it was not just the players running pubs. In 1937 the trainer at the club, Sam Powell, took over at the Old Post Office, where he would be landlord for the next 28 years.

 

 

Tommy Seymour played for Shrewsbury from 1936 to 1939. After the war he became the club’s trainer for many years, while also running the Royal Vaults, Wyle Cop from 1947 to 1954. The Vaults closed permanently in 1958 and is now an Indian restaurant.

Since joining the Football League in 1950 a steady stream of former players have gone on to be associated with the licensing trade, below are listed some of them: (the dates are their time at Shrewsbury Town)

Ted Gorin (1951-52) – Only played a few times for Shrewsbury Town, he returned to his hometown of Cardiff where he later ran 3 pubs, the Big Windsor, the Bird in Hand and the Romilly.

Jimmy Bannister (1952-58) – Played over 200 games for Shrewsbury, eventually ending up as Landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton (Barton-under-Needwood)

Maurice Candlin (1953-55) – After two seasons at Shrewsbury he joined Wellingborough Town, later running the nearby Old Swan (Earls Barton)

Norman Hobson (1954-62) – Played over 200 games for Shrewsbury. At the end of his career in 1967 he briefly became player/manager of Oswestry Town while running the nearby Admiral Duncan (Baschurch), before later emigrating to Australia.

Joe Wallace (1954-62) – Became the first to play over 300 Football League games for the club in 1961. He ran the Nag’s Head and later the Mardol Vaults (now closed) around 1987 (Thanks Deborah Curtis)

Tommy Dunne (1956-57) – Won the Irish FA Cup with Shamrock Rovers in 1948, but only played 4 times for Shrewsbury. Ended up in Southport where he ran the Guest House, Hoghton and Masons Arms.

Gerry Bridgwood (1969-73) – Joined Shrewsbury Town from First Division Stoke City. When his playing career ended he became a pub landlord, owning the Greyhound (Yarlet Bank, Stafford) and the Crown (Goostrey) where he died in 2012.

1999

Red Lion, Bomere Heath 1999

 

Ricky Moir (1969-74) – After over 150 appearances for Shrewsbury, Ricky left to play a few games for Halifax Town. But he was soon back in Shrewsbury where he managed the London Apprentice (which closed in 2009) from 1975-92 then the Red Lion (Bomere Heath).

 

 

Jim Holton (1971-72) – After an impressive season and a half at Shrewsbury the 21 year old centre half was snapped up by Manchester United and within 6 months had earned the first of his 15 Scotland caps. After finishing his football career at Coventry City he went on to run two pubs in the Coventry area, the Stag and the Rising Sun.

Ken Mulhearn (1971-80) – Long serving Shrewsbury goalkeeper, signed from Manchester City where he gained a League Championship winners medal in 1968. After ending his football career at Crewe, he returned to Shrewsbury where he managed the Exchange (now Morgans) 1982-84, the Springfield (demolished in 1990s) 1984-87 and the Saddlers 1987-94.

Mike Kearney (1973-77) – Signed by Manager Maurice Evans, he ended up at Reading having been signed once again by Evans. For a time after that he ran the Horse & Jockey and then the Royals Rendezvous, a supporters bar by the Reading ground.

1976

1976. Possibly the golden era of licensed trade involvement. Four future Publicans, four future football managers, and Jake King (both).

John ‘Jake’ King (1973-82) – During his time as a player Shrewsbury earned two promotions and twice reached the FA Cup Quarter Finals. Once his playing career ended Jake started his involvement in the licensing trade with a spell at Cromwells. However he was tempted back into football and went on to manage Shrewsbury Town for two years (1997-99) in between two spells as manager of nearby Telford United. Since then he has returned to his involvement in pubs with the Plume of Feathers (Harley) 2003-07 and the Smoke Stop (Ford).

 

 

Sammy Irvine (1974-78) – Signed from Shrewsbury by Stoke City, where a promising career was ended at age 24 by injuries sustained in a car crash. He returned to Shrewsbury where he managed the Wheatsheaf 1982-84

Carleton Leonard (1975-83) – After a successful career at Shrewsbury where he won a Third Division Championship winners medal in 1979, he returned to his hometown of Oswestry where he has since managed the Oak, the Pedigree (demolished 2015) and until 2016 the Bell.

Jimmy Lindsay (1977-81) – Started his football career at First Division West Ham before later winning Third Division titles with both Hereford (1976) and Shrewsbury (1979). Ending his football career at Shrewsbury he was soon in charge of a local pub, the Masonic Arms 1981-85. Since then he has also managed the Exchange (now Morgans) 1985-89 and later the Canal Tavern (closed 2009)

Sammy Chapman (1978-80) – Spent most of his time at Notts Forest, but had a very successful two season spell at Shrewsbury at the end of his career. Ran a pub near Nottingham, the Cuckoo Bush (Gotham).

Ross MacLaren (1980-85) – After leaving Shrewsbury he went on to play top flight football with both Derby County and Swindon Town. He later returned to the Derby area to run the Bluebell (Kirk Langley).

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John McGinlay (1989-90) – After being given his Football League chance with Shrewsbury, he went on to play in the Premiership with Bolton Wanderers and represent Scotland 13 times. During his playing days he took over a Bolton pub, re-inventing it as a sports bar called McGinlay’s, though it didn’t last long. After a spell in football management he returned to the Bolton area to run the Old Original Bay Horse (Horwich) in 2014.

Robbie Turner (1993) – Played for more than a dozen clubs, including a spell in the First Division with Wimbledon and a 9 game loan spell with Shrewsbury. Ended up in non-league football in the West Country, where he helped his brother run the Dog & Duck (Torquay).

Ben Smith (2010-11) – Goalkeeper who played in the first 11 games of the 2011-12 season when Shrewsbury won promotion from League 2.  He opened the St Nicholas Cafe Bar (Shrewsbury) in 2014.

No doubt there are others. It is known that Joe Wallace (Coton Hill?), Willie O’Donnell (Glasgow?), Terry Matthias (Australia?) & Billy Askew (Hull?) have had some involvement in the licensed trade, but details of which pubs they were at are not known at present. If you have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Some former Shrewsbury Town shirt sponsors:

Wem Brewery 1988

Wem Ales 1986-88

Davenports Brewery 1988

Davenports 1988-90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some commemorative beers:

2009

2001 Wood Brewery Goal King (to mark achievements of Arthur Rowley, one of a Shropshire Heroes & Legends series of beers)

2004 Wood Brewery Blue & Amber Nectar (to celebrate Shrewsbury reaching the League 2 play-offs)

2007 Wood Brewery  Meadow Brew (marking end of Shrewsbury’s time at their old Gay Meadow ground)

2009 Wood Brewery Celebration Beer (celebrating Shrewsbury’s return to the League 2 play-offs, 30 years after one of their finest achievements in gaining promotion to the Championship as it is now)

 

2012 Wood Brewery Up Town (marking promotion to League 1)

 

 

2014  Marston’s Brewery Micky Mellon’s Barmy Army (one-off Charles Darwin house beer marking arrival of new Manager Micky Mellon)

2014

 

 

2014 Wood Brewery  Blues & Amber (marking Shrewsbury’s home tie with Premier League giants Chelsea in the 4th round of the League Cup)

 

 

2015 Salopian Brewery Mellon Dream (Prince of Wales occasional house beer in honour of Shrewsbury Town Manager Micky Mellon)

 

Thanks to Kevin Davies, Leigh Edwards & Mike Jones, resident Shrewsbury Town historians & stattos, for their pointers in match-day programmes throughout the years.

 

The Moon Under Water

Today is the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s essay on the perfect pub “The Moon Under Water” in the London Evening Standard (9 February 1946). Here’s a link to the full text, which is short and ell worth a read. http://theorwellprize.co.uk/…/essays-…/the-moon-under-water/

The briefest possible summary of Orwell’s prescription is good ale, good conversation, friendly staff and different areas for different purposes. As pubs continue to close at the rate of 27 per week, how many of them are closing because they lack one or more of these key characteristics?

Orwell admits his perfect pub didn’t exist even then. What’s your recipe for the perfect pub, and which Shropshire pub comes closest to it?

Real Ale Price Watch 2016

In common with all areas throughout the land we see quite a range of Real Ale prices in this Branch area (Shrewsbury & West Shropshire). To illustrate this, some of the extremes of the last year are listed below (price charged per pint, Real Ale only). If you think this is an issue, feel free to give your examples in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of the page and they will be added to the list where appropriate (please do not include use of discounts/vouchers/loyalty cards).

Dog &Pheasant (S’bury) Brakspear Oxford 4.0% 1.99 (Dec 2016) Tues only
Charles Darwin (S’bury) Salopian Golden T 5.0% 1.99 (Nov 2016) Wed only
Bull’s Head (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 1.99 (Jun 2016) Wed only
Olde Vaults (Oswestry) Offas Dyke Grim 5.0% 2.00 (Aug 2016)
S’bury Hotel (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.05 (Nov 2016)
Montgmrys Twr (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.05 (Nov 2016)  
Wilfred Owen (Oswestry) Erdigg Squires 4.2% 2.09 (Feb 2016)  
Albion Vaults (S’bury) Banks’s Bitter 3.8% 2.25 (Sep 2016)  
Last Orders (Whitchurch) Rowton Port Stout 4.5% 2.30 (Jun 2016)
Coach & Horses (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.30 (Oct 2016) Happy hour
Rock& Fountain(S’bury) Banks’s Bitter 3.8% 2.35 (Dec 2016) Happy hr
Hole in the Wall (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.45 (Dec 2016)
Loggerheads (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.45 (Sep 2016)
Salopian (Shrewsbury) Hobsons Twisted 3.6% 2.48 (Nov 2016) Happy hour
Oxon Priory (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.49 (Oct 2016)
Abbey (Shrewsbury) Wood Shrop Lad 4.5% 2.50 (Dec 2016) Mon only
Cock/Greyhd (Whitc’ch) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Nov 2016)
Beacon (Shrewsbury) Salopian Lemon 4.5% 2.50 (Oct 2016) Mon only
Battlefield Bry (S’bury) Battlefield 1403 4.1% 2.50 (Oct 2016)  Fri/Sat
Coracle (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.50 (Jul 2016)
Dolphin (Shrewsbury) Muirhouse Choc 4.0% 2.50 (May 2016) Happy Hour
Stables (Craven Arms) Hobsons Best 3.8% 2.50 (Apr 2016)
Royal Oak (Shrewsbury) Sharp’s Doom Bar 4.0% 2.50 (Feb 2016)
Railway (Yorton) Stonehouse Statn 3.9% 2.60 (Jul 2016)  
White Hart (Ellesmere) Salopian Shrop Gld 3.8% 2.60 (Apr 2016)  
Fox Inn (Wem) Ruddles Best 3.7% 2.65 (Dec 2016)  
Inn on the Green  (S’bury) Banks’s Mild 3.5% 2.65 (Jun 2016)  
Plough (Oswestry) Wye Vally Butty B 4.5% 2.65 (Apr 2016)  
Highwayman (Oswestry) Banks’s Mild 3.5% 2.65 (Sep 2015)
Griffin (Oswestry) Stonehouse Statn 3.9% 2.70 (Oct 2016)
Bailey Head (Oswestry) Oakham Citra 4.2% 2.70 (Oct 2016)
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Crown (AF Shrewsbury) Wells Bombardier 4.1% 3.30 (Oct 2016)
Bricklayers Arms (S’bury) Gower Colliers Gold 4.2% 3.30 (Oct 2016)  
Baron (Bucknell) Wye Valley Butty B 4.5% 3.30 (Sep 2016)  
Dun Cow (Shrewsbury) Salopian Shrop Gld 3.8% 3.30 (Sep 2016)  
Grove (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Sunbeam 4.2% 3.30 (Aug 2016)  
New Inn (Baschurch) Hobson’s Best 3.8% 3.30 (Aug 2016)
OPO (Shrewsbury) Marston’s EPA 3.6% 3.30 (Aug 2016)  
Hole in the Wall (S’bury) Purity UBU 4.5% 3.30 (Jul 2016)
Blue Boar (Ludlow) 3 Tuns Cleric’s Cure 5.0% 3.30 (Jul 2016)  
Red Lion (Shrewsbury) Purity Mad Goose 4.2% 3.30 (Jul 2016)  
Abbey (Shrewsbury) Titanic Plum Porter 4.9% 3.35 (Nov 2016) Exc Mon
Nags Head (Shrewsbury) Tim Taylor Landlord 4.3% 3.40 (Dec 2016)
Belle Vue Tavern (Sbury) Marston’s Bass 4.4% 3.40 (Dec 2016)
Feathers Hotel (Ludlow) Ludlow Boiling Well 4.7% 3.40 (Sep 2016)  
Rose & Crown (Ludlow) Joule’s Slumbering 4.5% 3.40 (Sep 2016)  
Featherbed (Shrewsbury) Marston’s Shipyard 5.0% 3.45 (Jul 2016)
Morgan’s (Shrewsbury) Sharp’s Doom Bar 4.0% 3.50 (Nov 2016)
Chapel Bar (Shrewsbury) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.50 (Oct 2016)  
Castle (Bishop’s Castle) 3 Tuns Rantipole 3.6% 3.50 (Oct 2016)  
Wheatsheaf (Cen S’bury) T Taylor Gold Best 3.5% 3.50 (Sep 2016)
Housmans (C Stretton) Ludlow Gold 4.2% 3.50 (Sep 2016)
Henry Tudor (S’bury) HTH Bitter 3.9% 3.50 (Sep 2016)
Three Fishes (S’bury) Exmoor Export Gold 5.5% 3.50 (Jul 2016)
Olive Tree (Shrewsbury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (Feb 2016)
Riverbank (Shrewsbury) Salopian Shrop Gld 3.8% 3.60 (Dec 2016)
Lion Hotel (Shrewsbury Salopian Shrop Gld 3.8% 3.60 (Dec 2016)
Lion & Pheasant (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.60 (Dec 2016)
Boathouse (S’bury) Hardy/Hns Rudolph 4.2% 3.60 (Dec 2016)
Vaults (Whitchurch) Titanic Plum Porter 4.9% 3.60 (Dec 2016)
Beaten Track (S’bury) Sharp’s Atlantic 4.2% 3.60 (Dec 2016)
Cromwell’s (Shrewsbury) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.60 (Aug 2016)
Loopy Shrew (S’bury) Joules Slumbering 4.5% 3.70 (Jan 2016)
Armoury (Shrewsbury) Everards Tiger 4.2% 3.80 (Jun 2016)
Abel’s Harp (Bromlow) Sharp’s Doom Bar 4.0% 4.00 (Oct 2016)
Lord Hill Hotel (S’bury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 4.10 (Feb 2016)
Alb (Shrewsbury) Sharp’s Wolf Rock 4.8% 4.50 (Nov 2016)

 

Pub of the Year Presentation 2015

Bank Holiday Saturday, the start of the Prince Of Wales, Shrewsbury, Spring and Summer Beer Festival, and the presentation of the certificates for Branch Pub of the Year and Shrewsbury Pub of the Year to licensees Ian Payne and Vicki Price and the team (unfortunately Vicki was unwell and unable to join us).

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit this wonderful pub soon if you haven’t done so already.  It’s a great place, particularly in the summer when it’s rear terrace Overlooking the bowling green) comes into its own.

Ian Payne receiving the certificates, with staff, regulars and CAMRA volunteers

Ian Payne receiving the certificates, with staff, regulars and CAMRA volunteers

Ian Payne with the certificates

Ian Payne with the certificates

Ian and Kerry Williams, of Tanners (Tanners helped the Prince of Wales buy out their tie).

Ian and Kerry Williams, of Tanners (Tanners helped the Prince of Wales buy out their tie).

Well I would, WOODn’t you? 2015

Friday 15 May, and the intrepid CAMRA bus headed off to Wood Brewery in Wistanstow to celebrate 35 years of brewing, and for the first tour of the brewery for some time.

James Owens, Ed Wood, and Sam Hale from Wood Brewery

James Owens, Ed Wood, and Sam Hale from Wood Brewery

After a warm welcome by James Owens, Ed Wood (head brewer) and Same Hale (Assistant Brewer) we inspected first the equipment, and then the product!

The equipment has been assembled and extended in several stages, as is normal with smaller artisan breweries.  The boil uses stem heating.  The brewery produces a stable range of traditional beers which are well known in Shropshire and occasionally beyond as they sometimes supply Wetherspoons, and have a full offering of seasonal beers.  They are keen to use British hops including newer and even experimental hops as in their latest offering, Sheer Folly.

The product inspected in the brewery consisted f two new beers, Chestnut Mild (the official 35 years brew) and the aforementioned Sheer Folly (named after and providing funds to nearby Flounders Folly).  The Branch were more than happy to raise a glass to our hosts.

Members of Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA raising a glass to Wood Brewery in thanks for a great tour

Members of Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA raising a glass to Wood Brewery in thanks for a great tour

We then adjourned to the adjacent Plough Inn, where we were served a further selection of Wood beers and some wonderful (no pun intended) food.  Well worth a visit on its own, even if Ed and co. are too busy to show you round.

Wood beers can be bought direct from the brewery or through their website http://www.woodbrewery.co.uk/

Pub of the Year 2015

Shrewsbury and West Shropshire’s Pub of The Year to Receive Certificates as Beer Festival Opens

Prince of Wales (1 of 3)

The Prince of Wales in Bynner Street

The Prince of Wales, in Bynner Street, Shrewsbury will be presented with its certificates for Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Pub of the Year and Shrewsbury Pub of the Year on Saturday 23 May.

The presentation will take place at 1pm, and will mark the start of the Prince of Wales’ Spring into Summer beer festival.

Prince of Wales (3 of 3)

All involved are looking forward to popular landlady Vicki joining partner Ian, David and all the team as she has been poorly recently and is currently in hospital.  Vicki is pictured here with former Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA Branch Chair, Keith Davies, at an earlier festival in the pub.

The Spring into Summer Festival will continue on Sunday and Monday of the late Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.  There will be more than 20 real ales (all on handpull) and ciders from Shropshire and across the country, including some of the pub’s favourites and some surprises.

If you haven’t been to the Prince of Wales before, you will be astounded at the warm welcome, good ale, community spirit, and the stupendous outdoor area including terrace and crown bowling green.  It will certainly repay your visit many times over.  More details of the pub can be found on WhatPub, CAMRA’s national database of pubs, hotels and clubs.  Link to WhatPub – Prince of  Wales  The pub’s website is here and will shortly have details of the festival beer list.