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Pub News Update - Autumn 2005

A quick trip around Dartmouth revealed that the well known GBG entry Cherub had Sharps Glory, Sharps Doombar and their own Cherubs Best Bitter (from Summerskill’s) on sale at £2.20 - £2.60 a pint with Adelstones Cloudy cider at £2.80. More expensive beers were found in another GBG entry the Windjammer Inn with O'Hanlons Royal Oak, the ubiquitous Bass and Princetown’s Dartmoor IPA priced from £2.25 to £2.70 Adelstones cider was £2.60p What was exciting about that visit was discovering their range of bottled fermented beers from Teignworthy and O'Hanlons. If only more pubs stocked such bottles supping ale would be far more interesting. The landlord of the Ship in Dock in Ridge Hill had a hammer in his hand when visited but it was aimed at an interior wall which he was attacking with some gusto. Typical for a Punch Tavern pub he had three hand pumped real ales, Banks, Gales and Hobgoblin on sale at £2.35 - £2.50p. The last one visited was the Market House Inn. It normally has 3 real ales on sale during the summer but drops back to two during the winter to ensure they keep them perfectly. Just our luck they had taken the third off the day before our visit. On sale were Flowers IPA (£2) and Spitfire (£2.40).

Colin Moore - 18/10/2005

It was a freezing cold saturday night with patches of snow laying across the countryside when I visited the Palk Arms at Hennock. There was the usual warm welcome from the blazing log fire in its cavernous hearth place. ( The logs are supplied by local Nick le Messurier who offers special prices to CAMRA members. ) Their Jail Ale @ £2.40p a pint was in excellent condition and appears to becoming a fixed feature such is the demand for it.. The other ever changing guest ale was Branscombe’s Hells Belles 4.8% at the same price which is only brewed in the winter and is guaranteed to bring a glow to your cheeks. What with that and live music it was all a buzz. Fi behind the bar was also equally welcoming reminding those wearing wellington boots to leave them at the door as she has just paid out a three figure sum on having the carpet cleaned. Judging by the number of socks holes on view there is a need for a seamstress in the village. She stressed the pub was still dog friendly and there was no need to clean their paws. It reminded me of a pub in Ghent where I ordered a Pauuwel Kwak 8% which came poured in a smaller edition of a yard of ale type glass sat inside a wooden cradle. Before handing it over I was told it was a rule of the house for customers to take one shoe off and place it in a basket which was lowered from the high vaulted ceiling. To get my shoe back I had to return the glass. I looked around and saw I was not alone so I handed my shoe over. As the licensee explained it was the only way he could reduce the pilfering of these special glasses. The beer was superb, it is described in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide Belgium by Tim Webb price £12.99 ‘as an amber ale rounded by a three malt mash then browned off and sweetened by candy sugar.’ Not for the faint heartened, it can be purchased at Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot. The Guide is a must for anyone visiting Belgium or buying their beers.

Colin Moore - 30/11/2005


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