The Blue Monkey brewery, Giltbrook, Notts, has just aquired the Horse & Gears on Portland Street in Newark. No other details are known yet, but as the brewery already has pubs in Nottingham and Loughborough, both called the Organ Grinder, we think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see a change of pub name. More news as it comes in.
The traditional Christmas holiday ramble has again been organised and will take place on Friday, December 30th. Bus from Castlegate at 10.35 (Premier Travel No. 54) Ramble route approximately 8 miles with 3 pub stops: Boot & Shoe – Flintham (Manager opening at 11.30 to accommodate us. Dogs welcome in designated area). Chequers – Elston (Dogs welcome, food available) Rose & Crown – Farndon (Festive menu available (pre-booking advisable (01636 704334). Expect to arrive (imbibing permitted!) between 4-5 p.m. Dogs […]
Work is gathering pace on the Just Beer Micro pub since the keys were finally handed over last week. All the internal walls and fittings have now been removed, with just the ceiling t0 come down over the next couple of days. The builders start on Monday putting it all back together and bringing the vision to a realisation. Internal fitting and decoration will then follow with the pub hopefully opening mid to late June. I can taste the beer […]
I’ve just had the privilege of having the first pint to be drawn from the bar of the Prince Rupert (one of the perks of being a reporter). It was Abbeydale Absolution(5.3%). Other beers ready on the bar were: Maypole Flannagan’s Extra Stout (4.5%), Ufford Golden Drop (4.3%), Lancaster Amber (3.7%) and Adnams Gunhill (4.0%). Also on hand pump, Weston’s Vintage Organic cider at 7.3%. I was then given a quick tour around the pub and I must say the […]
To celebrate the refurb, Val and Daz are having an opening night on Saturday 21st of November (when all the seat covers and drapes, curtain will have been done). There will be a free buffet and a live band As well as refurbishing the pub, the menus have had a makeover as well. All food is cooked in the Pub’s kitchen, including the sweets, with ingredients all bought from local suppliers. Sunday lunches are proving very popular as are the […]
We had a walk into town last night for a bite to eat and a few beers. Those that know me won’t be surprised to hear that the first port of call was Wetherspoons for a pint and a curry. Chicken Jalfrezi, rice, 2 pops with a pickle and a nan bread and a good pint of Directors, all for £4.99 – unbeatable value! Very busy – no surprise. After a second pint of Directors we went to the Fox […]
I’ve just returned from a short trip to Long Bennington (Nottingham post codes, Lincolnshire council, Newark CAMRA zone), arguably one of the most quintessentially English villages in our region. Wide main street, good local facilities, and 3 pubs which in the past have catered for the different tastes and pockets of the residents and visitors. Time to get controversial:- The Wheatsheaf – Guest ales off, barrel behind the bar under blanket pressure hadn’t “got anything in it yet”(!?!?!?), John Smith’s […]