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The bi-monthly magazine of the Peterborough Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. Contains a preview of the massive Peterborough Beer Festival plus pub and brewery news.


<ul><li><p>FREEplease take one</p><p>Peterborough &amp; District Branch of CAMRA |</p><p>Also inside Pub News PBF 2013 PreviewGigs Guide Local Brewery Update and more!</p><p>Are you ready?Issue 172 | August / September 2013bae</p><p>Beer Around Ere</p></li><li><p>Third week in August, Embankment, beer,cider, wine, food and loads of happy faces.Whats this all about? Well unless youvebeen on the planet Venus for the last few years, itmeans the Peterborough Beer Festival has rolledinto town. All details regarding the Festival areincluded in this issue of BAE. Application formshaving been sent out to our members, the eagerband of unpaid volunteers are awaiting thestarting gun. Please note that we have introducedsome changes to the staffing conditions this yearand the deadline for registering applications isAugust 2nd. </p><p>It seems that CAMRA have upset the bigcheese at pubco, Enterprise Inns. A surveyconducted earlier this year by CAMRA foundthat more than half of lessees tied to buying beerfrom large national pub companies earn less thanthe minimum wage. Over 50 per cent earned lessthan 10,000 a year with only a minority makingover 45,000. The higher earners were mainlythose able to buy beer from any supplier. Boss ofEnterprise, Ted Tuppen, was none too pleasedthat the survey presented by CAMRA and the AllParty Parliamentary Save the Pub Groupappeared flawed, perhaps misrepresented informa-tion. Well he would of course. He stated thatprofit potential of an Enterprise pub was34,000 before taking into account the benefit offree living accommodation. He omitted tomention the fact that there was a huge gapbetween average profit potential and actualearnings. </p><p>Representations have been made to the government in order to implement a new code ofpractice and an adjudicator, to settle disputesbetween licensees and pub owners. This hascome about because in spite of four officialreports in a decade highlighting the problemsfaced by publicans, so called self -regulation wasnot working. The proposals are designed toensure tied pubs are no worse off than free-of -tie</p><p>pubs and allow them to sell a guest beer. CAMRAsays the reform was needed because the bigpubcos had failed to deliver effective self-regulation. </p><p>We have read over the last year or so about thethreat to one of Werringtons popular communitypubs. I refer to The Ploughman (or WerringtonCentral ) as its also tagged. Giant supermarketTesco wanted to flatten it so they can park acouple of their artic lorries overnight on the site.They also appear to want the land currently occu-pied by The Boro Bar (formally The Boys Head)on Oundle Road Woodston, and turn it into oneof their Tesco Express stores. Point 1; this appli-cation was kept very quiet from local residents.Point 2; is there a need for another supermarketin that area when, only a couple of hundred yardsdown the same road theres an extremely well runfamily store as big as any Tesco Express? In theother direction, less than a quarter of a mile sitsanother supermarket. Question. Why did ourlocal council not object to this proposal? Theyobviously dont care about the loss of yet anotherpub to the bulldozers! </p><p>So folks, start saving your pennies and comealong to the PBF starting on Tuesday 20thAugust. Who knows it may be dry for a change! </p><p>See you there. </p><p>David Murray - Branch Chairman. </p><p>Peterborough Branch Website |</p><p>Chairmans Corner | 3</p><p>Chairmans Corner </p><p>ARE YOU MISSING OUT?Only the beer-stained copy left?</p><p>Get Beer Around Ere delivered to your door!For a year (6 issues) send a 3.30 for second</p><p>class or 3.90 for 1st Class cheque/POpayable to Peterborough CAMRA and your</p><p>address to:-Daryl Ling, 19 Lidgate Close, OrtonLongueville Peterborough PE2 7ZA</p></li><li><p>Its that time of year again, Beer Festival time!But what to do when the Festival isnt open?How about visiting some of Peterboroughsfantastic real ale pubs. Here is a quick guide to aselected choice .</p><p>Charters, River Nene, PE1 1EHClosest Pub to the Festival open from midday.Large beer garden if the weather is kind. 12 realale Hand Pumps, normally 5 Oakham and 7guest beers. 3 Ciders or Perry also available.</p><p>The Cherry Tree, Oundle Rd, PE2 9PBA fantastic community pub with a large beergarden and covered area. Well-known forsupporting local music for decades. A very wellkept pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord on permanently with a rotating selection of LocAles. Food served lunchtimes.</p><p>Palmerston Arms, 82 Oundle Road, PE2 9PAOpening from 10am during the Festival. The pubwill have 18 real ales to choose from. The PubsUkulele Band will be playing at the Beer Festivalon Friday afternoon.</p><p>Coalheavers Arms, Park Street, PE2 9BHThe Pub will open from 11am during the Festival.8 real ales will be available with a split betweenMilton Beers and Guest Ales. Tom the Landlordhas also announced the dates for the nextCoalheavers Beer Festival which will be 19th 22nd of September.</p><p>The Drapers Arms, 29-31 Cowgate, PE1 1LZand College Arms, 40 Broadway, PE1 1RSWetherspoon pubs open from 9am to serve realale and breakfast. A wide selection of ales avail-able across both pubs. The Drapers is veryhandy for the Bus &amp; Train Stations.</p><p>The Ostrich, 17 North Street, PE1 2RAThe new Gold Award pub opens from 11am andhas 5 real ales available mainly from LocAle brew-</p><p>eries. Peterborough CAMRA members can get adiscount on Ales, just ask behind the bar fordetails.</p><p>Hand &amp; Heart, 12 Highbury Street, PE1 3BEA quick ride on the Citi 1 bus takes you to thisreal ale mecca! Opening at 11am on the Tuesdayof the Beer Festival and normal hours for theremainder of the Festival. The date for the nextHand &amp; Heart Beer and Music Festival has beenannounced and is from the 26th 30thSeptember, a must for your diary. </p><p>Other NewsIn the last issue of BAE it was reported that theLime Tree, Paston, had closed. This has nowreopened under the stewardship of Pauline Klein&amp; Mike Thomson. The Lime Tree is anEnterprise Inn pub and in the past has served noreal ale.</p><p>The Office on Oundle Road, also reportedclosed in the last issue of BAE, has been boughtby Enterprise Inns. It is still unclear when thepub will reopen.</p><p>The Boys Head, also on Oundle Road, looksset never to be a pub again. Strong rumours anda report in the Peterborough Telegraph suggestthat Tesco are planning to turn the pub into oneof its Express stores. </p><p>The Shoulder of Mutton at Weldon continuesto prosper. Landlords Bogdan and Rada (no,shes not an actress) have been there now for sixmonths and have converted the old backbar/games room into a smart new restaurant.Four real ales on offer from Potbelly, JulianChurch and other guest ales.</p><p>At Gretton there has been a change of licenseeat the Bluebell. Former landlord Jim Caulfieldsadly passed away late last year and until recentlythe pub has been run by regulars on a rota basis.</p><p>Pub News Around Ere</p><p></p></li><li><p>However Jims widow Barbara is now the landladyand a beachwear party to celebrate the grandreopening was held at the start of June. Three alesare on offer, all from the Greene King stable.</p><p>After a long period of closure the White Swanat Harringworth was due to reopen in mid-June.Details are a little on the sketchy side but it looksas though an awful lot of money has been spenton this splendid old inn, set in the shadow ofBritains longest viaduct. The Royal Oak inWalton has now been demolished.</p><p>The George Hotel, Whittlesey, held a Meet theBrewer night on the 27th of June with the Brewerfrom Adnams talking about real ale.</p><p>Residents in West Town are campaigning to stopthe transformation of the old Westwood Pub andturning it into shops and takeaways.</p><p>Neil Holmes - Pubs OfficerEmail:</p><p>Pub News| 5</p><p></p><p>Sharon and Jim Trevor of Jims Yard in Stamfordand The Beehive in Peterborough have recentlypurchased the freehold of the Six Bells inWitham-on-the Hill, between Stamford andBourne, from Punch. It needs a little TLC, sowont reopen until January at the earliest saidSharon. It will be first and foremost a warm andwelcoming pub, serving great local ales and a fairlysimple menu. It will have a casual atmosphere andwill include three letting rooms and an authenticwood burning oven she added. Business at theother two establishments will be unaffected.</p><p>The Bridge at Crowland reopened on June29th. Currently offering two changing real ales,this could increase depending on demand.Licencees Kev and Lez can be contacted on 01733</p><p>688232 or</p><p>The Ruddy Duck at Peakirk hold their annualone-day beer and music festival on August 10thfrom 2pm. Bands include the Rocket Dogs, TheNuggets and DB5.</p><p>A fortnightly Folk music club has been intro-duced at the Tobie Norris in Stamford. TheSunday night events alternate between acousticconcerts and jam sessions</p><p>The Five Horseshoes at Barholm haveannounced two summer Groovy Foods barbe-cues, on Saturday August 17th (with music from</p><p>Continued Overleaf </p><p>SOUTH LINCS NEWS</p><p>The White Horse, Baston</p><p>Inside the Five Horseshoes, Barholm</p><p>PLOUGHMAN SAVED ! Plans by Tesco to demolish The Ploughman pubin Werrington have been scrapped! The pub hasbeen under threat for the last four years. Tescomade the decision not to proceed with their plansdue to economical factors. Licensee of The Ploughman, Andy Simmonds was over themoon with the news and, can now look forwardto continuing his good work in turning this pubinto a true community venue for locals. </p></li><li><p>Pennyless) and Bank Holiday Monday, 26th(with The Collaborators).</p><p>The White Horse (formerly the Spinning Wheel)at Baston reopened as a freehouse on July 13th.New owner Mark Richardson has installed fivefull time and several part-time staff, and hope tomake it a great British pub at the centre of thecommunity. Four real ales are available includingtwo LocAles.</p><p>The Hare and Hounds at Greatford now offersan extensive lunchtime and evening food menu ona daily basis, including Sunday roasts. Dont tryto book a table though owner Steve Rigby saidwere a proper pub, not a restaurant. Just comealong find table and order at the bar. With anever-evolving range of 7 real ales available, theresno shortage of choice for something to wash it alldown with.</p><p>The Grimsthorpe Festival to be held in thecastle grounds on August Bank Holiday Monday</p><p>will include a beer festival concentrating on localmicro-breweries. Commencing 10am, the eventalso features up to 100 bands on five stages,classic cars and a fly past by the memorial flight.Music and bar starts at 11. Theres an 8 entry fee(6 concessions, 4 kids) but parking is free.</p><p>RIP SectionBatemans have been given planning permission toturn the Hit or Miss in Foundry Road, Stamfordinto a four-bedroom house, and build a furtherthree houses on the car park.</p><p>North of Bourne, the long-closed Kings Headat Morton is to be demolished to make way for asupermarket. The building is situated within aconservation area but is not listed, and was seri-ously damaged in an arson attack several yearsago. The developers have promised to design thenew building in a style to respect the history andcharacter of the area</p><p>Chris Shilling</p><p>6 | Pub News - continued</p><p>SOUTH LINCS NEWS - CONTINUED </p><p>Traditional East Anglian cider</p><p>Handcrafted cider, perry and applejuices - made using local Huntingdonshire apples</p><p>Available from selected local retailersand pubs, farmers markets and at local</p><p>country fairs and events</p><p>Olivers Choice </p><p>Best East Anglian </p><p>Bottled Cider </p><p>Cambridge CAMRA </p><p>2009- 2010</p><p>Olivers Choice </p><p>Cider of the </p><p>FestivalCambridge CA</p><p>MRA </p><p>2013</p></li><li><p>The latest instalment of The Coalheaversnational quest to find beer heaven onceagain took us to West Yorkshire. Thistime it was Wakefield. I didn`t really know what toexpect from Wakefield, my image of it was a placewhere they talk funny, love Tetley Bitter and playthe wrong sort of rugby. I`m happy to say we wereall very much taken with Wakefield. Great pubs,people and beer. Its only 16 on the train and isonly a 70 minute journey.</p><p>Pub number one was two miles out of Wakefieldbut it had been recommended so a quick taxi rideand we were at The Kings Arms in Heath. This isa great Ossett owned pub with eight beers on,four Ossetts, Tetley Bitter of course and threeguests. The smallish bar is covered in oakpanelling and there is a nice smell in the pubcoming from the gas lighting that is still used here.</p><p>Pub number two was The Black Rock in centralWakefield. I liked this pub, a typical town centreboozer, but in a good way. The Good Beer Guidesays they have three beers on but there were actu-ally four, which was a bonus. Unfortunately thechoice wasn`t great. Tetley, Adnams Bitter,Kelham Island Pale Rider and Oakham BishopsFarewell. They get everywhere don`t they ? This isa former Tetley house and anyone from up North</p><p>will tell you the Tetley around there is muchbetter than anywhere else. To test this theorymyself and Urch decided to try a pint, and doyou know what? It was just as bland and boringas any other Tetley bitter I`ve had anywhere else. Ifyou ever visit this pub, go while still fairly sober asthe steps down to the gents toilet are really steepand there is even a danger sign at the top.</p><p>The next pub was possibly the best pub of theday. It was the Wakefield Labour Club, locallyknown as The Red Shed, and for obviousreasons. It is a large wooden shed and it ispainted bright red. It looks quite big from outsidebut a third of it is cellar, kitchens and toilets,another third is the function room and the rest isthe bar. A small bar yes but well armed with fivebeers only 1 of which I had come across before. I would tell you what the others were but I lostmy notes. Again. All I can remember is Geevesand Five Towns and all the beers were top notch.The people in there were very friendly and thelandlord came from behind the bar and had a longchat with us about beers and pubs locally andgenerally. One of the locals, slightly worse for wearwas trying to direct us to a bar with 10 beersalways on. He couldn`t remember what it was</p><p></p><p>Coalies crew go north | 7</p><p>Continued Overleaf </p><p>Wakey, Wakey!! Coalies go to West Yorkshire (Again)</p><p>The Red Shed</p></li><li><p>called but gave us directions and then he gave usthe directions again and then again. So off wewent and came across The Fernandes BreweryTap. His directions were spot on all three times,though I didn`t have the heart to tell him that wasour next destination anyway.</p><p>The Fernendes Brewery Tap was excellent andhad 10 beers on. There were four Fernandes beerson, a couple from Ossett, an Orkney, a Fullersand a couple more. You have to go up two flightsof stairs to get to the bar which is quite dark witha wooden floor but is quite spacious and isadorned with old local pub signs, some of whichwere huge. The first floor of this pub was a lagerand continental beers bar but didnt open untilthe evening so we missed it.</p><p>Next stop was a quick walk to The Bull andFairhouse. I`m sure the name has some historicalmeaning. This was an ok pub. There were notmany people in so there was not much of anatmosphere but the beer was okay. This pub isthe brew...</p></li></ul>