The Haughmond, Upton Magna 2015

The Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA Beer Bus visited the Haughmond, along with other real ale pubs east and north-east of Shrewsbury, on 24 April.  For more information on the Beer Bus and other beer quality monitoring trips, visit Pub Trip Treats.

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In the article you can get to following this link One Year On…. the new(ish) licensees describe their experiences in the first year since they opened and their plans for the future.  As well as restoring a shop to the village, they’ve just about finished a very pleasant beer garden (although the view from the beer garden is of the Wrekin rather than Haughmond Hill, which can be seen from the front of the pub).

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Mild In May 2016

Our Mild in May Month starts on Sunday 1st of May with 76 pubs throughout the county taking part. Find a local that is displaying our poster (see list of pubs below) and ask for a passport listing all the pubs that are joining in this Tour of Traditional Milds .

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Shropshire Mild Passport 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Corrections:

Bridgnorth – Hare & Hounds (10)           Currently closed

Ludlow – Church (34)                             Currently closed

Oswestry – Black Lion (37)                    No longer participating

Shifnal – Jaspers (42)                             No longer participating

Wellington – Pheasant (64)                     No longer participating

Burnhill Green – Dartmouth (74)             No longer participating

Some examples of reported Milds:

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Bishop’s Castle – Three Tuns (6)  Three Tuns Mild
Clun – Sun (23)  Three Tuns Mild
Shrewsbury – Coach & Horses (47)  Three Tuns Mild
 Rowton Moonstruck
Shrewsbury – Dolphin (48)  Muirhouse Choc & Orange Mild
Shrewsbury – Montgomery’s Tower (49)  Great Newsome Holderness Dark
 Nethergate Mary’s Ruby Mild
Shrewsbury – Nags Head (50)  Hobsons Mild
 Salopian Divine Comedy
Shrewsbury – Prince of Wales (51)  Three Tuns Mild
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Hotel (52)  Lymestone Stonefish Mild
Shrewsbury – Vaults (53)  Hobsons Mild
 Rowton Moonstruck
Whitchurch – Black Bear (70)  Spitting Feathers Dark Velvet
Whitchurch – Old Town Hall Vaults (71)  Burton Bridge Moorish Mild
Hengoed – Last Inn (BONUS)  Salopian Divine Comedy
Ludlow – Queens (BONUS)  Hobsons Mild
Oswestry – Bailey Head (BONUS)  Three Tuns Mild
 Crouch Vale Blackwater Mild
 Kissingate Black Cherry Mild
 Shrewsbury – Abbey (BONUS)  Salopian Divine Comedy

Market Town Pub of The Year Presentation 2015

The Black Bear in Whitchurch has a double reason to celebrate, having won both Market Town Pub of the Year and Runner-up in the overall competition.  Here at Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA, we hope these awards bring even more dedicated fans for this superb pub.

Thanks to Mark, Ellie, Phil and the rest of the team for a superb welcome on Tuesday, and congratulations on your richly deserved success.

Mark, Phil and Ellie receive the certificates for Market Town PoTY and Runner-up in the overall competition

Mark, Phil and Ellie receive the certificates for Market Town PoTY and Runner-up in the overall competition

The Black Bear sits in Whitchurch’s High Street, just across from the eponymous white church (St Alkmund’s – white not longer, alas…)  The WhatPub entry is Black Bear, Whtchurch

Bill Bainbridge Trophy Presentation 2015

We’re pleased to announce that AtWill Pubs are the first recipients of the Bill Bainbridge Trophy for the preservation of real ale in Shrewsbury and West Shropshire.  The trophy was awarded in recognition of AtWill’s rescue and refurbishment of the Cock and Greyhound in Bargates, Whitchurch, which had been empty for some time and was heading for dereliction, a fate which has sadly befallen the Horse and Jockey on the other side of St Alkmund’s church.

AtWill not only rescued the building, they have installed a new and enthusiastic team, and keep a good range of ales.

Ed Atkinson (Manging Director) and Sophie Bartley (Manager, Cock & Greyhound) receiving the Bill Bainbridge Trophy certificate with CAMRA members

Ed Atkinson (Manging Director) and Sophie Bartley (Manager, Cock & Greyhound) receiving the Bill Bainbridge Trophy certificate with CAMRA members

The refurbishment includes one of the most quirky pub ceilings in Shropshire, composed entirely of old doors, and a wonderful new rear patio.

A ceiling of doors!

A ceiling of doors!

The Cock and Greyhound from its new patio

The Cock and Greyhound from its new patio

Bill Bainbridge was a semi retired lawyer who rescued the Three Tuns Brewery in Bishops Castle.  When Bill died last year, Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA and Three Tuns Brewery created the Bill Bainbridge Trophy to celebrate organisations and individuals who, like Bill, are committed to saving traditional British ales for the nation.

Shrewsbury Beer Festival Poppy Appeal Presentation 2015

During the 2014 Shrewsbury Beer Festival, we raffled beer donated by Wood Brewery for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. On Wednesday past we handed over the cheque in The Square in Shrewsbury.  Thanks to Ed and James for donating the beer, Digby, Judith and Becky for selling tickets (and Becky for making the arrangements for the presentation), and the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal for all the wonderful work they do.

Oswestry’s Black Lion wins Runner Up in Market Towns Pub of The Year 2015

Members of the branch visited The Black Lion in Oswestry to present licensee Terry with the certificate for achieving Runner Up in the Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA Market Town Pub of The Year Competition.

CAMRA members nominate their favourite pubs in three categories, Shrewsbury Pub, Rural Pub and Market Town Pub, selecting only nine in total from amongst the 280+ in our half of the county.  The top three in each category are then judged by independent judges according to CAMRA national judging criteria, with awards being made for each category and for overall winner.

The pub came under new management in May 2013.  It’s great to see a relatively new team rewarded for their enthusiasm and commitment in such a short time, and reflects Terry’s dedication to service and to real ale.  The pub not only serves great beer, it serves as a community hub.  Look out for their Brewery of the Month promotion.

The WhatPub entry for The Black Lion is http://whatpub.com/pubs/SHR/4563/black-lion-oswestry and if you’re planning a visit to Oswestry you can look at some of the nearby pubs from the same page.

Stonehouse Brewery Visit 2015

Thanks to Shane and Alison Parr, who invited us, Becky Ransley, who organised the bus and sorted names and finance, and Ollie and Kyle who looked after us on the night, Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Branch  visited Stonehouse Brewery on Friday, 17 April.

As always, we were made very welcome and had a great time.  It’s particularly nice to see the outside areas developing, with the new orchard trees becoming more established.  Speaking of which, it was the first visit with new ciders were on the bar.  They are well worth seeking out. Available in medium and dry, although to my palette I would have said medium sweet and medium dry, they are both 6.2% ABV with good condition.  This batch was produced with apples bought in from commercial producers and pressed on site.  The first batch from home produced apples will be available in three years from now, or possibly two with luck.

Both ciders have a clean refreshing taste, neither as challenging nor as complicated as some other local producers.  I think they would make a great introduction to real cider for those currently limited to fizzy keg muck.  Which is also true of Stonehouse’s other keystone product, Station Bitter – great for weaning drinkers off nitro-keg and onto the good stuff.

Stonehouse Brewery hospitality suite is open to the public most Fridays until 7pm, and products can be purchased direct from the brewery almost every day.  Best to check by phone  first, though.