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Pub/Brewery News Update - Autumn 2006


Red Rock Brewery has produced a new beer.  It’s a clean satisfying bitter with citrus flavours and called Ploughman’s Ale 4.3abv. Strangely I first tried it in The Weary Ploughman, Churston!  The brewery aims to make a dark beer for bottling purposes.

Heather, landlady of The Ship in Kingswear had a significant birthday in November.  The pub rocked to Southern Comfort and droves of customers turned out to celebrate with her.

The Rugglestone at Widecombe has recently changed hands. The beer quality was as good as ever when I went in there last week and the new couple who have taken over are looking to have a local guest beer.

The Palk Arms at Hennock – the current landlord and landlady will be leaving there on 6th January 2007. The future of the pub is unknown as yet.

The Carpenters Arms at Ilsington has recently changed hands. This pub used to be a regular GBG entry and hopefully the new landlord will raise standards again. At a recent visit very nice Otter Ale on gravity was available. We will report in due course.

The Rising Sun at Woodland has a no smoking policy from 1 November.

Betty Stoggs and Blackawton Original in very nice condition were sampled at the Church House Inn, Harberton recently.

The Buccaneer at Babbacombe has recently won a Beautiful Beer award. This award recognises excellence in beer quality and is awarded through the British Beer & Pub Association.

South Hams Pub News

Rumours Wine Bar, Totnes a regular entrant in the Good Beer Guide has been sold.

New owners at the Kingsbridge Inn, Totnes are making encouraging improvements in beer quality and service

The 14th century Tower Inn at Slapton is for sale through Bettesworth, the freehold asking price is £850,000

The Normandy Arms, Blackawton has re-opened as a gastropub, with rather more emphasis on the first half of the word that the last half. In fact their restaurant is very successful and their tables are fully booked most nights. Try it and you will immediately see why.

The George, Blackawton is sadly closed temporarily because the tenants weren't making a decent job of it and then allegedly defaulted on the rent. The owner Vic Hall will be opening the pub on a few evenings next month, and hopefully he has found a new tenant who will be taking over in December. There is plenty of room in the village for both pubs, and we look forward to the George re-opening under new management, with much the same emphasis as it had when Vic used to run it himself.

30/11/2006.

 

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