27TH MARCH 2017 - NEW MICRO PUB OPENS IN MINNIS BAY

Old Bay Alehouse, 137 Minnis Road, Birchington-on-Sea CT7 9NS

Opened Friday 24th March. Phil and Kirsty have done a great job kitting the place out.

Good choice of beers. I visited Saturday and it was busy but there was plenty of space to stand or sit. I was only stopping for one or two and ended up staying for four..!!

Monday - Closed all day except Bank Holidays

Tue - Thur 12-2 & 5.30-9.30

Fri - Sat 12-2 & 5.30-10.30

Sun 12-4 -ish


23RD MARCH 2017 - KENT WINNERS OF PUB OF THE YEAR BY BRANCH

SUB-REGION - EAST KENT

AF&RM - Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh - https://whatpub.com/pubs/ASH/3973/bowl-inn-hastingleigh

CHB&W - New Inn Canterbury - https://whatpub.com/pubs/CAN/4195/new-inn-canterbury

DDS - The Lanes, Dover - https://whatpub.com/pubs/DDS/0238/lanes-dover

SWALE - The Paper Mill, Sittingbourne - https://whatpub.com/pubs/SWA/4556/paper-mill-sittingbourne

THANET - London Tavern, Margate - https://whatpub.com/pubs/THA/030/london-tavern-margate

SUB-REGION - WEST KENT

G&DV - Queen, South Darenth - https://whatpub.com/pubs/GRA/0175/queen-south-darenth

M&MK - Flower Pot, Maidstone - https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAI/144/flower-pot-maidstone

MEDWAY - Past and Present, Gillingham - https://whatpub.com/pubs/MED/11867/past-present-gillingham

T&TW - Fuggles Beer Cafe, Tunbridge Wells - https://whatpub.com/pubs/TTW/239/fuggles-beer-cafe-tunbridge-wells

AFFILIATED TO KENT BUT GOING FORWARD TO BATTLE IN LONDON

BEXLEY - Penny Farthing, Crayford - https://whatpub.com/pubs/BEX/103/penny-farthing-crayford

Good luck in the next round to all the winners (especially our London Tavern!!)


15TH MARCH 2017 - THANET CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2017

Congratulations to the LONDON TAVERN who have been chosen as Thanet CAMRA’s PUB OF THE YEAR for 2017.

 2nd Place went to BAKE AND ALEHOUSE And 3rd place went to MONTEFIORE ARMS


15TH MARCH 2017 - THANET CAMRA CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2017

MIND THE GAP is Thanet CAMRA’s CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR for 2017. They saw off stiff competition from YARD OF ALE and HAIR OF THE DOG who are joint second.

 

10TH MARCH 2017 - NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ELECTION

Votes to be cast by 23:59 Friday 24th March - candidates details


 10TH MARCH 2017 - KENT BEER OF THE YEAR AWARDED

Romney Amber Ale named as KENT BEER OF THE YEAR at last nights Taste Of Kent Awards


9TH MARCH 2017 - GADDS' RAMSGATE BREWERY I DREAM OF APRICOTS

Independent on-line celebrated International Women's Day by featuring 7 fantastic beers brewed by women.

And Sue Fisher of Gadds' Ramsgate Brewery was selected as BEST BUY for her perfectly balanced and juicy ale I Dream of Apricots.


 

3RD MARCH 2017 - NATIONAL PUB OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED

 

Co-operative pub takes CAMRA Pub of the Year crown

 

A small village pub which was saved from closure by the local community has won CAMRA's National Pub of the Year award – one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.

 

When the GEORGE & DRAGON pub in HUDSWELL closed in 2008 it left the small North Yorkshire village with no other facilities for its residents apart from a village hall. Within two years, the community banded together to form the Hudswell Community Pub Ltd group and bought back the pub, re-opening in June 2010 after extensive renovations.

 

The community was determined that the George & Dragon would offer far more than a traditional pub. As well as acting as a meeting place and venue, it is also home to the village library, a local shop staffed by volunteers, community allotments and free internet access for its patrons.

 

CAMRA was particularly impressed with the pub's warm and welcoming atmosphere and strong community ethos. The homely multi-roomed country inn has a large beer terrace offering fantastic panoramic views over the Swale Valley just a few miles from the market town of Richmond. In addition, the current landlord has shown a great passion for quality beer, greatly extending the range of real ales and cider available.

 

The pub will be presented with a plaque by CAMRA's National Executive representative Ken Davies to commemorate the award at an event open to the media on the 3rd March 2017 at 1pm.

 

Paul Ainsworth, CAMRA's Pub of the Year Finalist Coordinator says: "The George & Dragon is a great example of how a pub has been resurrected as a true community asset. To go from closed doors to winning national Pub of the Year in just a few short years is a fantastic achievement for any pub – and all the more impressive for one that is cooperatively owned.

 

The story of the George & Dragon goes to show that in the right hands a closed pub can become viable and successful. We are very impressed with the work the community group has undertaken to save their local and hope that other communities are encouraged by the example when faced with an ongoing battle to save their own local."

 

Stu Miller, Landlord of the George & Dragon says: "We are truly thrilled to have been recognised by CAMRA with this award, it shows that hard work, good beer and the support of the community can help you achieve goals that seemed impossible only a short while ago.

 

"Since we took over the George & Dragon in 2014 we've strived to achieve our vision for the pub... a small friendly Dales village pub serving first rate beers and wholesome food. To be appreciated for these goals by our customers and CAMRA is extremely satisfying and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

 

"We're a small Yorkshire Dales pub, owned by the community and run by me and my family, I'm extremely proud of what our little pub has achieved."

 

James Alcock, General Manager at Plunkett Foundation, which provided support and funding for the George & Dragon, says: "Community-owned pubs such as The George & Dragon are an exceptional example of how a community can succeed in running an enterprise. Within a short space of time, a community has rallied together in order to save a vital village resource and have now been rewarded for all their hard work. Let this award be a credit to all who are involved with the project and we wish all at The George & Dragon success for the future."

 

The CAMRA Pub of the Year competition is run with the simple aim of finding the best pubs in the country. Pubs are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer. All nominated pubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.

 

Runners up in the competition are the Salutation Inn in Ham, Gloucestershire, the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft, Norfolk and the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire.

2ND MARCH 2017 - CAMRA REAL ALE DISCOUNT SCHEME - NEW OUTLETS ADDED

The Corkscrew Off Licence in Westgate-on-Sea and The Bottleshop Off Licence in Birchington will give 10% off real ale and cider purchases for an initial 3 month trial.