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The April - May 2013 issue of the Peterborough and District Branch of CAMRA


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    Issue 170 | April - May 2013

    Inside: Pub of the Year2013 Award Presentation

    Peterborough & District Branch of CAMRA |

  • Here we go again! Yes Im referring to yetanother debate on the unfair practicesby the pubcos, which have resulted inthe closure of over 3000 pubs since 2009.

    Business secretary Vince Cable says he is goingto clamp down on the pubcos, who have notkept promises or made any progress towardschanging their behaviour, towards their publicensees. Cable said he had given them twoyears to make progress on a voluntary code andit was clear it was not doing enough. He haspromised licensees the help of an independentadjudicator to address unfair practices in theindustry. He also said he would introduce astatutory code governing the relationshipbetween pubcos and publicans. The code wouldbe enforceable by the new adjudicator. Abuse ofthe beer tie, which obliges publicans to sellparticular types of beer and then pay hiked-upprices for their supplies must stop. Excessiverents paid by licensees to these companiesshould be at the market rate and if they domanage to make a few bob, not to reward thelicensee with another hike in the rent.

    Now I know that weve heard a lot about thisbefore but, Im going to be optimistic and hopethat this time it will happen. Cable has been toldby some MPs to get this new statutory codeenshrined in law before the end of this year. Nowthat would be progress!

    From a local point of view we have lost severalpubs due to the very reasons that the pubcosare being hauled up about. Even now one of ourpopular local pubs near the city (I wont name itto save the licensee undue embarrassment), isunder threat of leaving the pub due to notice ofan unfair rent review meaning rise. Unless thesecodes are strictly enforced and the pubcosbrought to heel, some pubcos want todiscourage any potential publican from taking ona lease with any of them.

    Whilst the pub industry is going through itsworst period for years, its great to hear that anincrease in cask beer sales has been celebratedby some of the countys oldest brewers. TheIndependent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB)found that its 29 members grew cask sales by 2% to 47.7% of production. Brewers such asCharles Wells, Fullers and Hook Norton are afew of the names that have seen their cask alesales increase. So a small glimmer of good newscomes through the gloom.

    I would like to thank all our members who tookthe trouble to vote for the pubs that we haveselected as possible entries into the 2014 GoodBeer Guide. The surveys of the pubs thatreceived the most votes were carried out by oursmall band of volunteers. They have been passedon to the regional coordinators for scrutiny.

    By the time this issue of BAE is published thechancellor will have prepared and maybe deliv-ered his budget. As mentioned in our last issuewe have been vigorously campaigning for him toscrap the Duty Escalator on beer, which pushesthe tax up even more on our pints. Whether hehas listened to us or not will be revealed in hisbudget speech. If he has not, then the tax onyour pint will start rising to above one third ofthe total cost, resulting in even more drinkersabandoning their local pubs in favour of cheapersix packs from the supermarkets.

    We welcome our new Pubs Officer to ourteam, Neil Holmes has a vast experience of beer,brewers and of course pubs. So any news isalways welcome to him.

    Roll on the summer when we will hopefullyhave some cheerier news to look forward to!


    David Murray, Branch Chairman

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  • Welcome to pub news. First of all Iwould like to give my thanks to SteveWilliams for the many years of goodreading he has given to us. If my stuff is half asgood as Steves I will be happy.

    So, a bit about myself ? Those of you who doknow me will know I am passionate about my realales. I have been a CAMRA member for about 10years after joining at Peterborough Beer Fest. Ispend most of my weekends travelling around thecountry visiting various beer festivals and pubsand yes I have been known to tick the odd beer.Im also a keen home brewer and even have a barset up in my kitchen called The Drunken Duck. Ialso play cricket for the Peterborough CAMRACricket Club. But enough about me lets get tothe latest pub news.......

    Palmerston Arms on the RiseIf anybody has been in to the Palmerston Armsrecently they will have seen the pub is gettingback to its best! They held the first beer festival ofthe year from the 21st to the 27th of Januarywhich included celebrating Burns night. Overall 21beers were on offer with a number of Scottish alesavailable. Our very own chairman even did thetraditional speech and pipe in the haggis. A verygood start to the year which has continued onwith 12+ beers always available, with many new

    beers from mico-brewerys coming every week.Theme nights have continued as well with eventssuch as Vinyl night, Philosophy night, Polishnight, organised by Ewa the barmaid, and Ukulelenight. So if you havent been in for a while Isuggest a visit.

    Real Ale back on the menuIf you had been in the Carpenters Arms inStanground over the last year or so you wouldhave seen no real ale on offer, but not any more!New Landlord Wayne Baxter and his Aunt Anniehave brought real ale back to the pub. Slowlybuilding up from one beer engine to two there arenow plans to install a third pump. The pub is amember of the Oakham Ales Oakademy ofExcellence and JHB is the permanent ale. Theother two pumps will constantly change usinglocal and national brewers such as Grainstore,Oakham Ales, Tydd Steam and Greene King.

    New Brewery on the cards?The Jolly Brewer in Stamford has plans outlinedto add a microbrewery on the premises. Itshoped to have the work completed and brewingstarted by late summer. The first new brewery inStamford for many a year.

    It pays to be a CAMRAmember...Over the last couple of monthsit has certainly been a benefitto be a CAMRA member inthese difficult financial times.As well as receiving 20 worthof Wetherspoon vouchers whenyou join, a number of local pubs and clubs aregiving CAMRA members some incentives. TheCrown, on Lincoln Road, held a winter sale inFebruary with CAMRA members receiving a 50pdiscount on all real ale. The Burghley Club hadspecial rates for CAMRA members re-joining inJanuary. The Ostrich on North Street is still

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    giving Peterborough CAMRA member the chanceto get their 20 discount cards, with 50p off apint. Just pop in with your membership card andpick up yours.

    Congratulations to Si Fitch and his wife Kay ofthe Prince of Wales Feathers, Castor. They wererecently awarded by Peterborough CAMRA inrecognition of ten consecutive years in the GoodBeer Guide. Well done!

    News from RamseyThe Jolly Sailor in Ramsey has increased theirrange of beers to include several beers from localbreweries. With the pub getting a bit morefreedom from the pubco Punch Taverns, licenseePaul tells us that his regulars have been enjoyingthe likes of Digfield, Tydd Steam and Nene Valleyto name a few.

    The George in the centre of Ramsey hasreopened (on 22 Feb 2013) after a 6 week,200,000 refit by Punch Taverns. It is aiming tocater for the whole community with refurbishedbars, a restaurant, coffee shop and function room.It currently sports 3 hand pumps with St AustellTribute and Adnams Southwold on two of themand plans for a regularly changing guest beer onthe third.

    The Hawk, a street corner bar overlooking theAbbey Green, which previously sold no real ale,has been closed since the autumn and is now upfor sale.

    The Cross Keys in Upwood is up for leasefrom Enterprise Inns. The pub is still trading andis the only pub in the village. It is probably themost south-westerly pub in the branch area.

    Pub ClosuresThe Westwood Herald Club, formerly the LordWestwood, closed down on the 18th of February.Not to be confused with the Westwood onMayors Walk, which closed some time ago. Aplanning application to turn the Westwood HotelPub into flats and shops was refused by a plan-ning committee on the 19th of February. Reportshave come through that the Great Escape inStamford has closed.

    The Wildfowler at Gedney Drove End hasbeen put up for sale and the Red Lion at GedneyHill will be losing its licensees shortly and thetenancy will be vacant.

    Travelling from Pub to Pub in PeterboroughFor those of you who use public transport regu-larly like me will know all about the new busroutes and bus times. But for those of you whomay only use them occasionally on say maybe apub crawl might be in for a surprise or a longwait. An example would be if you used to get thenumber 7 or 8 to the Coalheavers Arms youwould now need to get the number 5 or 6. Thiswebsite will give you all the new timetables, mapsand information you need. Peterborough BusTimes

    Oaka open first London pubOaka, the pub companywhich owns Charters,Brewery Tap and theBartons Arms inBirmingham has recently

    opened its first London venture. The pub, calledOaka at The Mansion House was a former pubon Kennington Park Road and has been totallyrefurbished, with great care taken to preserve thebuildings many original features. Aside from thelarge restaurant area and bar, Oaka at TheMansion House will also feature a spaciousoutside terrace. Oakhams award-winning brewsJHB, Citra, Inferno and Bishops Farewell, will beavailable on tap alongside freshly prepared dishesfrom Thailand, Japan, Korea and China.Oaka is also using the pioneering GeoBAR HeatRecovery System in its cellar, designed to savearound seven tonnes of carbon a year. If any

  • readers are in the area, please report back withyou comments and photos.

    News from Chris Imbibers enjoying the delightful surroundings ofMelbourn Bros Brewery in Stamford finally havea real ale available to them. Sadly not brewed onthe premises, its regular Old Brewery Bitter fromSam Smiths other site in Tadcaster. On the plusside its priced at just 1.89

    The Grade 2 listed Angel Hotel bar in North St,Bourne wont be familiar to many our readers as ithasnt served real ale in living memory this looksunlikely to change as a lack of trade has encour-aged the owners to lease it out as a womensclothes shop!

    The Bull Hotel in the Market Place in MarketDeeping, known as the birthplace ofPeterborough CAMRA, passed another signifi-cant milestone recently when landlord BertMurray and wife Eileen celebrated 20 years at thepub. The former Chelsea and Posh footballer alsosimultaneously celebrated his 70th birthday.Berts always happy to talk about his footballingdays mixing with the likes of Venables, Osgoodand Chopper Harris while dispensing well-keptpints of Everards Tiger, Old Original plus guestbeers.

    JD Wetherspoon have announced their contro-versial plans for a new pub in Stamford, with a 1million development of the current StamfordMercury building. The plans can be viewed /planning.

    Just over the border in Rutland, the White Horsein Empingham has been bought by husband andwife team Steve and Claire Glencross. TheNorthwick Arms in Ketton also has new tenantsin the shape of Marcus Welford and Tim Luff,formerly of the nationally acclaimed Olive Branchat Clipsham.

    Easter Fund Raising EventFor those who are unaware Tydd Steam Breweryare running a promotion to raise money for

    Breast Cancer Care, this is a subject close totheir heart at the moment. Will at Tydd hasbrewed a special beer to raise money for thischarity; White Rabbit is a new beer and not a re-hash of an existing ale.

    The Letter B at Whittlesey (PeterboroughCAMRA and Cambridgeshire Pub of the year2012) are running an event over Easter weekend toraise money for this worthwhile cause. On EasterSunday, from lunchtime through to close, in addition to Tydds donation Bruce and Denisewill also pledge 10p per pint served to this worthycause. As a bonus there will be a raffle with prizesranging from a meal for 4 to a flight over thePeterborough area. There will also be a HogRoast with Richard from Fenland Roasterdonating to the charity and entertainment in theevening from Wheres the Dog. There will alsobe at least 8 real ales on offer over the course ofthe weekend.

    If anybody has any pub news they would like toshare please feel free to send it to me.

    Neil Holmes - Pubs OfficerEmail:

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    The Blue Bell wins RutlandCAMRA Pub of the Year

    The Blue Bell Inn, in Shepherds Walk,Belmesthorpe has been crowned the 2013 RutlandCamra Pub of the Year. Graham Proud, branchchairman of the campaign group, presented theaward to pub landlord and landlady AubreyJohnson and Caroline Graziano.

  • You might have been out lately having apint or two (or three) and noticed a newpump clip with a LocAle designation onit. If you have, more than likely it is one ofPeterborough Districts newest breweries: Mile Tree.

    Richard Matthews is the owner and brewer atMile Tree brewery, which is located at the pictur-esque location of the Secret Garden Touring Parkjust outside Wisbech. With over 25 years ofhome brewing experience, Richard knows how tomake good beer. His first beer produced,Adventurer, was a 4% session bitter that has gonedown well with not only the locals but also withthose attending the Ely Beerfest and theCambridge Winter Ales Festival. He has justbrewed a second beer called Wellstream which is a4.9% full-bodied premium ale which is sure toplease the masses.

    The dream of starting a brewery began 3 yearsago with a simple conversation between Richard,his wife Karen, and their friends Neil and LesleyPollington - owners of the Secret Garden TouringPark. Following that fateful conversation, muchtime and effort from themselves and family andfriends was put into transforming a stable blockinto what is now the brewery. Applications weremade to, and granted by the Rural DevelopmentProgramme England to help finance the purchaseof a...