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Magazine of the Peterborough & District Branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. Issue 182, April-May 2015.

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  • Ten Real Ales from 2.00 a pint

    Permanent range of ales

    Four Real CidersLive Sky Sports

    Live Entertainment

    Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5-7pm

    P ETERBOROUGH CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2014 & 2011

    CAMRA Gold award 2013

    The Ploughman Staniland Way, Werrington Centre Tel: 01733 327696

    The Dragon Hodgson Centre, Hodgson Ave PE4 5EG Tel: 01733 578088

    Six Real Ales from 2.50 a pint

    Proud supporter of

    Live Sky Sports

    Live Entertainment

    Cash Quiz every Sunday from 8pm

    P ETERBOROUGH CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2014 Runner Up

    CAMRA Gold award 2013

    Both pubs are in the CAMRA GOOD BEER GUIDE 2015!

    Simmospoonspubs have raised

    over 45,000 for charity in

    ve years!

  • Editor: Jane Brownbae-editor@real-ale.org.uk

    Published by: Peterborough & DistrictBranch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

    Produced on behalf of CAMRA by:Orchard House Media LtdSuite 30 Eventus, Sunderland Rd,Market Deeping. Tel: 01778 382758

    Magazine Design & Production: Daniel Speed daniel.speed@orchardhousemedia.co.uk

    Advertising Sales Manager:Jane Michelsonjane@orchardhousemedia.co.ukTel: 01778 382718

    Distribution:David Murraychairman@real-ale.org.uk

    Proof Reading:Bob Melville - 07941 246693

    Printed By:Precision Colour Print LtdHaldane, Telford, Shropshire TF7 4QQ

    Circulation: 7,000 copies distributed topubs, clubs and members throughout thePeterborough and District CAMRABranch area. A digital version of thismagazine is available to view and download at issuu.com

    Cover Image:Illustration by Daniel Speed

    Editors ramblings |3

    Beer Around Ere is publishedby the Peterborough & DistrictBranch of CAMRA Copyright 2015, The Campaign forReal Ale Ltd.

    Views or comments expressedin this publication may not necessarily bethose of the Editor or of CAMRA.

    The next issue of Beer Around Ere will beavailable on the 28th May. We must have your stories, news and advertisements by 3rd May. Please sendyour stories and other copy to the editor,Jane Brown.

    Greetings! Annual Pie Night at Letter B,Whittlesey has been and goneand as usual was a very enjoy-able evening. Good food andale, what more could you askfor! Now we have the localbeer festivals to look forward

    to. Spring must be on the way!

    April is Community Pubs month and I have readrecently that apparently 40% of people no longervisit a pub and only 14% of adults visit the pubonce a week or more. In independent research,published by CAMRA in January 2015, 23% ofpub goers said that they visit the pub less often thanthey did 12 months ago. Therefore, we should beencouraging people to visit their local pub and doit soon! Please support your local in CommunityPubs month and/or join us on the CommunityPubs Month Pub Crawl on Saturday 18th April.For further information on this and other socialevents see Diary Dates page 27 or visit the websitehttp://peterborough-camra.org.uk/

    Pubs really do need you to survive. They are notjust places to drink, they are places to meet peopleand to socialise. A press release in early Marchfrom the Department for Communities and LocalGovernment, Kris Hopkins MP and StephenWilliams MP stated that 23rd March would be a

    national celebration day for the hundreds of pubslisted as assets of community value. It also statesthat due to the passion demonstrated for pubs,ministers are in the process of changing the law togive communities a say in the planning processwhen changes are proposed to the use of theirlisted locals. A step in the right direction? Lets keep up the good work.

    Cheers JB

    IN THIS ISSUEWelcome from the editor 3

    Chairmans corner 5

    Pub news 711

    Shoulder of Mutton 1213

    Brewery news 1417

    Richard Boston remembered 1819

    Pub angels 21

    Cider in May 23

    Disappearing boozers

    of Stamford part two 2425

    Gig guide 26

    Diary dates 27

    Membership matters 28

    Contacts 30

    Visit our web site for up-to-date news: www.real-ale.org.uk APRIL / MAY 2015 |BEER AROUND ERE

  • BEER AROUND ERE | APRIL / MAY 2015 Visit our web site for up-to-date news: www.real-ale.org.uk

    4 | Please support our advertisers

    Home cooked Sunday lunchesMeals served Tues - Fri lunchtime &evening and on Saturdays 2 - 5pm

    Bands & Discos at weekendsFunctions & parties catered for

    Conference room available for business useFour real ales, Three changing regularly

    Six draught lagersLarge beer garden with childrens play area

    Large car parkSky & BT Sports (Two TVs)

    Pool and Darts

    Blue Boar, Eye blueboareyet. 01780 755141 w. jollybrewer.comFoundry Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2PP

    Food Served Daily 12-3pm Monday - Sunday6-9pm Friday & SaturdaySunday Roasts 12-3pm

    Brewery coming soon

  • Chairmans corner |5

    Hey-ho here we are again at the start of anothersilly season but I dont mean the annual festiveone. Every four or five years we have to endure thepolitical elite within our society babbling on aboutwhat they will promise to do, if elected, to improveour daily lives. The word promise features quiteprominently in their speeches.

    Now CAMRA has no alignment to or with anyof the political parties. We do however continuallylobby MPs on our main campaigns to protect thetraditional drinking culture of our country. Thisincludes pubs, breweries and real ale. The previousgovernment were a disaster for the pub and drinksindustry on the whole. The present governmenthave in some ways eased the pressure on the pubindustry by, for example, scrapping the hated dutyescalator and reducing the duty again in last yearsbudget. We have evidence that those two movesresulted in over 1000 pubs being saved fromclosure and pub beer prices may have increased,but by far less than if these measures had not beenimplemented. This comes from a report by theCentre of Economic and Business Research (Cebr)produced for CAMRA. With this evidence in ourgrasp we are calling on the Chancellor, GeorgeOsborne, to make it three George with anotherduty cut.

    There are still a lot of pieces of the jigsaw to beinserted to make a level playing field, forexample, the pubs versus supermarket disparity.This is a subject close to the heart of Tim Martin,chairman of the Wetherspoon chain. He has beenquoted as saying these frustrations are par for thecourse in a democracy, and would criticism such asmine be tolerated in several other so called demo-cratic countries. So we can be thankful that wecan make these comments about our rulers andnot get slung in prison for doing so.

    So having got our point across to the politicians, I now make a plea to you. I am aware that manypeople dislike politicians and yes some may appearto look down on us mere mortals with little regardand maybe, in some cases, with contempt. I dontcare who you cast your vote for, The RavingLooney Party, The Left Handed Bottle OpenerParty, The Beer is Nectar Party or even one of themain contenders just go out and VOTE! No vote no complaining, right. End of electioneering!

    One of our local spoons pubs has just celebratedits ten year anniversary. The Drapers Arms inCowgate, Peterborough, was opened on the 9thMarch 2005, having previously been The OldMonk and before that a drapers and carpet shop.They had sold over 100 different real ales frombeginning January this year to the end of Februaryand are continually in the top ten of thecompanys pubs selling the most real ale. Anotherone of their pubs in the Branch area, The Hippo-drome in March, Cambs has opened a hotelalongside the pub. The former cinema and bingohall now has 13 bedrooms, comprising of 10doubles and three family rooms, one being acces-sible for those with disabilities. You can read a lotmore about our local pub scene in the pubs newspage from our Pubs Officer, John Temple, (seepages 7-11).

    Thats it for now folks. Please do make the effortto vote in the election.

    David Murray Branch Chairman

    Chairmans Corner

    Visit our web site for up-to-date news: www.real-ale.org.uk APRIL / MAY 2015 |BEER AROUND ERE

    Hey-ho here we are again at the start of another silly seasonbut I dont mean the annual festive one.

  • 12 Highbury Street, Millfield, Peterborough PE1 3BE01733 564653 www.thehandandheart.com

    This Art Deco, backstreet local is a well kept secretjust one mile from Peterborough City Centre!

    Citi One Stagecoach Bus stops on Lincoln Road, just 150 yards from the pub.

    Umpteen years in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide including 2015!

    The only pub within Cambridgeshire to be listed in CAMRAs National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

    70+ Real Ales (including festival specials from LocAle breweries)

    Opening Hours for FestThursday 23rd & Sunday 26th - noon - 11:30pmFriday & Saturday 24th & 25th - noon - midnight

    Live music all evenings on the stage

    Presentation of Pub of the Year 2015 Award at 8:30pm on 23rd April

    Home cooked food available all sessions Fri-Sun

    In support of Help for Heroes & Coming HomeFriends of theHand & Heart

  • Pub news |7

    April is the cruelest month said the poet. Not forme, for this is the time of the year when beer festivals resurface like spring flowers: Charters,Green Man (Stamford) April 3rd-6th, Coal-heavers Arms, Hand and Heart, April23rd-26th. If you are lucky enough to live inCastor you can follow the host of golden daffodilsalong Loves Hill to the Prince of WalesFeathers. Simon and Kay are promising yetanother of their festivals on the 14th-17th May,many of which I have recollected in sobriety. Thetheme this time will be the two hundredth anniver-sary of the Battle of Waterloo. Me