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Pub/Brewery News Update - Early Summer 2007

The Royal Oak at South Brent are holding a “Meet The Brewer” evening on 14th July 2007. So far there are seven confirmed brewers: Teignworthy, Red Rock, Summerskills, Quercus, Bays, Princetown and Otter plus Thatchers and Addlestones cidermakers. Almost confirmed (just need to check dates but up for it!) South Hams. They have only had one turndown - from O’Hanlons who were bitterly disappointed that they are otherwise engaged – have asked if they can do the next one!!!

All the brewers will be bringing along some things that we sell raffle tickets for – probably a good chance it will be ale but they haven’t told us yet!!! The charge will be £17.50 per head for the night to include a traditional pub buffet and live music (excellent jazz trio) playing some lively little numbers around the brewers little chats (explaining how they made their particular brews and why.) Obviously some ale will be included – at least eight different halves! Any ale left after the chats will be sold at 75p a half pint/£1.50 a pint with all proceeds going to our chosen charities – Dartmoor Rescue and Devon Air Ambulance. Mini bus or long suffering non drinking partner recommended for this night!!!!! Already great deal of interest so should be a good night for all.

News from the Maltsters Arms, Tuckenhay, Nr Totnes:
Our "Brilliant Blue Grass Band" have agreed to a regular gig here. Starting on 10 June they will be playing here every second Sunday evening in the month i.e.10 JUNE ; 15 JULY ;12 AUGUST; 9 SEPT etc. They will start about eightish and play for a couple of hours. Not to be missed! Also not to be missed is our Beer Festival 14-17 June inc. with live music every day.

Their is going to be new owners of The Tower, Slapton on Monday 11 June. The present incumbents ( Andrew and Annette Hammett) are pouring their last pint on Sunday (10) night and leaving the pub trade after running The Tower for 3 and a half years. I have not got the name of the new licensee yet but when I do I will let you know.

The Globe,Frogmore reopened after an expensive facelift at the end of April. It is a non-smoking pub. It is only open at lunchtimes over the weekend. It now has 2 car parks. No more info on this pub at present.

Congratulations to Nick Rout, Manager of The Sandy Park Inn at Chagford. Les Routiers have announced that Sandy Park has been voted Regional Winner in their category of Inn of the Year. Les Routiers is identified by the famous red and blue symbol found outside establishments known for their hospitality, comfort and great value for money. Sandy Park is a regular entry in the annual CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has come second two years running in the South Devon CAMRA Pub of the Year competition. At my last visit they were serving St Austell's Tribute, O'Hanlon's Yellow Hammer, Wessex Best and the Otter. All very drinkable.

Changes at the The Rising Sun at Woodland. Paul and Louise Cheakley are the new managers. Paul has been the head chef at The Rising Sun for the last five years and intends to maintain the popular Pie Nights. He is also planning various theme nights. Yet another regular entrant in the annual CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Its looking up in Bovey Tracey. A new bar & restaurant has opened close to the Cromwell. Its named De-Tracey's and was the old Conservative Club premises. Air conditioned and non-smoking throughout it consists of a bar on the ground floor and a restaurant upstairs. On hand pump was Fullers London Pride, De Tracey's own named brew @ 4% from the Carn-Brea Brewery and a changing guest ale which at the time of my visit was an excellent Reverend James @ 4.5% from Brains. There were also an assorted collection of locally sourced bottled ales from Celtic and other breweries. The only cloud on the horizon is that it may become a members only club. See web site www.detraceys.co.uk. The Old Thatched Inn in Station Road Bovey Tracey has been refurbished and is now a free house. The Managers Paul and Gina Pratt bought the pub from the brewery and have installed a new bar and restaurant area and thrown out the pool table and juke box. Four real ales now on sale including the ever-popular Princetown's Jail Ale

Carol (Royal Oak), Tina Hemmings, Colin Staines and Colin Moore - 05/06/2007 revised 21/06/07


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