Hand-Pumped news: pub roundup

By: JimOldfield

July 8th, 2016

The White Horse, in the tiny Lincolnshire village of Marshchapel, hosts its fourth annual beer and music festival this weekend.

The fest – in aid of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust – runs on Saturday and Sunday, with more than 1,000 people expected to turn up.

A total of 18 beers and ciders will be complemented by a hog roast on the Saturday evening. More details here

Rose & Crown pub in Ludlow

beerThe 400-year-old Rose and Crown in historic Ludlow, is set to reopen in after a six-month refurbishment.

The Grade-II listed pub, in Church St, has been updated by and will reopen on July 18, after closing its doors in December.

Features include new stained glass windows and a special “mouse bar” dedicated to famous oak-carver Robert Thompson.

That leaves drinkers free to find a total of seven mice and one beaver hidden in the woodwork, so don’t have too many!


beerLobster burgers and slow-cooked beef brisket are on ther menu at Hinckley’s White Bear, following its opening after a £150,000 refurb by new owners Steamin’ Billy. The former Sportsman Inn is now a beer and burger house, serving a range of its Melton-brewed real ales plus guest beers from micro brewers nationwide.

beerA landmark pub which was closed down by owners Stonegate, despite a petition to save it, is to be auctioned with a guide price of £375,000. The Abbey Hotel in Bearwood closed February, though 2,000 people fought to keep it open. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning department is handling all inquiries.

beerStaff at the Steamboat, in South Shields, were recently presented with a Pub Of The Season award by The Society For The Preservation of Beers From The Wood (SPBW), to mark its seven wooden cask ales. The award follows the Steamboat being named Sunderland and South Tyneside’s CAMRA Pub of the Year.

beerLandlord Carl Stout praised his staff after the Burton Bridge Inn at Burton-upon-Trent picked up a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence for customer experience. The award came after consistently good customer reviews… and after the pub had been named Burton and South Derbyshire Campaign for Real Ale’s pub of the year.