Bit of History
As a change from recent pub and brewery news, here’s an interesting Shropshire Star article from 1st May 1974 about the forming of the Shrewsbury branch of CAMRA, and a look at the work of the organisation in those early days.
A recent visit to Clun by branch members gave an opportunity to present a number of awards to Clun Brewery:
- Winner of Shropshire Brewer’s Cup 2022 – best beer of the Shrewsbury Beer Festival, voted for by a tasting panel
- Joint winner of Beer of the Festival 2022 – best beer of the Shrewsbury Beer Festival, voted for by members of the public
- Winner of Octoberfest Beer of the Year 2022 – voted for by members of the public
White Horse, Shrewsbury
The White Horse Inn near the Column in Shrewsbury is now open for business after an extensive refurbishment by Joules.
Blood Bay, Ludlow
The Blood Bay on the High Street in Ludlow has re-opened under new management. They have on offer a pale ale, a bitter and a cider.
The Old Eagles, Whitchurch
The Old Eagles in Whitchurch has re-opened following some structural repairs at the rear, and a refurb by Marston’s. Currently they only have Pedigree on.
Oswestry Night Bus
A new Oswestry bus service running on Friday and Saturday nights has been introduced by Oswestry Town Council, enabling easier access to pubs and nightlife. Buses will be currently be running a circular route round town between 7:30pm and 12:45am, and a route around outlying villages between 6pm and 12:45am. Click here for the latest timetable.
Coach and Horses, Shrewsbury
The Coach and Horses on Swan Hill, Shrewsbury has been put up for sale as the owner is looking to retire.
The Bastion Alehouse closed down on 1st May. No indication as yet of what may happen to it.
The White Lion at Llynclys re-opened on the 2nd May. Currently, two ales available – Shropshire Gold and Station Bitter.
New Joule’s Brewery Taphouses in Shrewsbury
The Henry Tudor House in Barracks Passage, just off Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury, has changed hands and will become another Joule’s Brewery taphouse. Joule’s say they will be doing some minor refurbishments, which will probably take place in January or February next year.
The White Horse Inn up by the Column is currently undergoing refurbishment by Joule’s and is due to open sometime in June this year. According to Joule’s, the pub is going to end up looking a “little bit funkier” than is usual for the company’s pubs.
Golden Cross, Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury’s oldest licensed public house, The Golden Cross Hotel on Princess Street, is up for sale due to the owner retiring.
Records have been found showing that it was an inn way back in 1428, although it’s current name was not mentioned until 1780.
Cock Inn, Brockton
The grade II listed Cock Inn at Brockton, Worthen is up for sale freehold. If you’re interested in taking this on, the details can be found here.
The Old Coppers Malthouse in Church Stretton has now re-opened with White Rat, Landlord and Rev James available at the moment.
Horseshoes Country Pub and Grill, Uckington
The Horseshoes Country Pub and Grill in Uckington is re-opening on the 4th April after a total renovation. The pub is now part of the Staffordshire and Cheshire Leisure Group.
Cambrian Heritage Railways is due to re-open an old section of line between Oswestry and Stonehouse Brewery at Weston Wharf. Tickets will be available to the general public from the 2nd of April. Tickets can be pre-booked here.
Whitchurch Pub Closures
The Old Eagles pub on Watergate has been closed, as apparently it needs major structural repairs. It may be quite a while before it is open again.
The Wheatsheaf on Green End has closed after the previous tenants left for pastures new, and the owners have now advertised it for sale as a pub.
The Dodington Lodge has been sold and has closed it’s doors for possibly the last time as a pub and hotel.
Wood’s Brewery at Wistanstow near Craven Arms has closed down after 42 years, due to “unfavourable trading conditions”. The two pubs that are on the brewery site, the Plough and the Brewery Tap, are apparently still open.
Apple Tree, Onibury
The Apple Tree in Onibury is having it’s Annual Beer Festival on the Jubilee weekend of Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th of June.
They are planning on having 12 guest ales and live entertainment.
Leaking Tap, Cockshutt
The Leaking Tap in Cockshutt near Ellesmere has reopened and now has a new name – the Woodcock Inn, chosen by the villagers.
There was a risk that the pub could have been converted into flats but after a Save our Pub campaign, the pub has been bought by a local couple and is now up and running again with new tenants.
Just south of our area, Swan Brewery from Leominster has announced they are closing down in the Spring this year. Rising costs and the continuing knock-on effects from Covid-19 have had too much of an impact.
Swan are continiung to brew beer until the Spring and will have what will probably be their last tasting day on 1st April, where their farewell brew, Swan Song 4.4% will be available
Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer Festival
This year’s Shrewsbury CAMRA beer festival is now booked for the 7th – 10th September at St. Mary’s church.
After having to cancel last year’s beer festival due to Covid-19, we are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this year.
If any CAMRA members would like to help out with the beer festival, please fill out the volunteering form and send it to Becky.
Any further festival information can be found on the Festival page.
The Stables, Craven Arms
As of December 1st, 2021 the Stables in Craven Arms has re-opened.
There’s one real ale available at the moment, which is Wye Valley Butty Bach. An additional guest ale is planned for the near future.