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.

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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.


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

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.