Branch Cider Pub of the YearThe branch is pleased to announce that the Queens Head, at Allens Green is teh Branch Cider Pub of the Year
On 1st November, members of HEB went to the Queen’s Head, Allens Green, to present the first Cider Pub Certificate. The Queen’s Head had its second annual cider festival throughout October, with 14 ciders and perries available. Normally the pub has six to choose from. I was talking to a regular cider drinker, who said she suggested to Cliff, when the pub first opened, that they should sell real cider, which was hard to find in those days. She and her partner are regular visitors, as the choice in most local pubs is boring or non-existent. When presenting the certificate, Brendan Sothcott, Branch Chairman, said, “This is the first time ever that cider has been so much featured by CAMRA, I hope the other counties will all join in next year. Well done Allens Green!” Cliff Caswell, the licensee said that more and more locals are drinking cider, so the range has been extended. He praised Richard Thirlow, the manager, for searching out unusual ciders, many local to our area. “We could not have put on such a good range of ciders without his hard work!” he enthused. We were all very pleased to hear that the Queen’s Head came out second in Hertfordshire in the branch judging. For a little village pub this is brilliant!
Beer Festival Announced at The New Inn RoydonHave been advised that the New Inn Roydon is holding a Beer Festival from Fri 11th to Sun 13th October. Hog Roast on the Saturday. This is a non-Camra event - posted here for info only. Further details from the pub 01279 792225 or New Inn Website
12 Sept 2013 - 2014 Good Beer Guide LauncedThe latest edition of the famous Good Beer Guide was launched today. The ultimate pub and beer guide, this is the only guide where the pubs are selected by ordinary CAMRA members, and CAMRA makes no charge for entries. Lists the best ale selling pubs in the country as well as a very usful guide to all UK brewers and beers.
RRP is £15.99, but can be purchased online for £12.99 (CAMRA members £10.00) from the CAMRA Bookshop
12 September 2013 - East Anglia Pub of the Year AnnouncedAndrea Briers today announced thatthe Pub of the Year for East Anglia was the Dove in Bury St Edmonds. This was voted the Pub of the Year by CAMRA members in East Anglia from six finalists.
Change of Ownership at Prince of Wales, Green TyeJune saw a change of ownership of the Prince of Wales Pub, Green Tye. After nearly two decades, Gary & Jenny Whelan decided it was time to retire. The Prince of Wales is a very traditional pub, in a remote rural location, with no restaurant to bring in food sales, so is heavily reliant in drink sales. News of it being put up for sale did bring some fears for the locals about it becoming a possible ‘Lost Pub’. The story has a happy ending though. Rob & Jane Osbourne were looking for a traditional country pub to take on, and found the Prince of Wales to be the perfect match. Regulars have found the pub is continuing to be their ideal pub, and more than happy with the change of ownership. Rob said “We have never run a pub before and are looking forward to the challenges that it will no doubt throw at us now that we are. We have moved here from north London with our two young girls, Jane was a nurse before our children arrived & I am continuing in my career in logistics at Heathrow for the time being. The pub has been a favourite place of ours for many many years and we intend to carry it on in a similar way, obviously with a few changes here and there but nothing too drastic”. The Green Tye Brewery, situated in the pub car park, is continuing to brew, following a May/June with some technical issues with the brew kit The brewery is now back in full production. The regular Union Jack and Hadham Gold beers are available, with third regular new beer is about to be launched imminently. Green Tye beers off course feature in the pub, with guests.
Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend - Pub Beer Festivals
Two pub Beer Festivals we have been informed of. NOT CAMRA Events, so we cannot endorse them, but Good Pubs so worth looking at.Bricklayers Arms Bishops Stortford starts it's Festival Midday Friday 24th May, and runs all weekend. 16 Beers from Mighty Oak, Nethergate (Growler Brewery) & Colchester Brewery. Live band Friday eve.
Queens Head Allens Green starts it's festival 5.30pm Friday 24th May and also runs all weekend. 23 beers from Banks & Taylor, Colchester, Cottage, Crouch Vale, Elgoods, Farmers, Idle Mauldons, Nelson, Nethergate, Old Cannon & Wolf breweries.
3rd to 6th May 2013 Green Tye Beer FestivalAnother non-CAMRA beer festival, but run by the Prince of Wales Green Tye. Now in it's 20th year, has gained a reputation as one of the first and best pub run festivals in the area, for beer, atmosphere and music.
19th to 21th April 2013 Pub Beer Festival at Queens Head Allens GreenWe have been advised that the Queens Head Allens Green is holding a mini beer festival 19-21 April. Not a CAMRA beer festival - info here is just for information, but the follwoing beers will be on sale:-
London Fields Black Path Porter 4.2 : Hackney Hopster 4.2 : Love not War 4.2 : - Shoreditch Triangle 6.0
Mighty Oak Dragons Bane 4.0 : Maldon Gold 4.0
Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5
13th to 17th August 2013 The Great British Festival - London Olympia
29th March 2013 Half Moon, Bishops Stortford Announces Discounts to CAMRA MembersThe Half Moon is the latest pub to offer discounts to card carrying members, Charles Wells Bombardier & Caledonian Deuchars IPA have 15p off, while all other Real ales have 35p off. Valid CAMRA membership card must be shown to gain the discounts. The Half Moon is located at the North end of North Street, Bishops Stortford, handy for the Town Centre. Open all day every day. There are two bars, remember to check the beers available on the blackboards, in case the ale of your choice is in the other bar.
25th March 2013 Branch Pub of the Year Presentation to The Rising Sun at High Wych
Monday 25 March saw Branch Chairman Brendan Sothcott present Garry, Sharon and Daughter Lauren the Branch Pub of the Year Award. The pub has been in every edition of the Good Beer Guide except the first, (CAMRA did not cover this area then). It has always only served real ale on gravity, and never used a hand-pump. Always has been a great Real Ale pub, which also serves as a valuable community asset. Long may it continue!!
20th March 2013 George Osborne Today proved that not all Politicans are evil all the time
The branch are pleased to announce their Pub of the year as follows:-
1st Place - Rising Sun High Wych
2nd Place - Queens Head Allens Green
3rd Place - Woodbine Inn Waltham Abbey
15th to 17th March 2013 - Mini Beer Festival at Allens Green
Sawbridgeworth have launched a new beer called Gold Extra and ABV of 4.5%. Believed to be a stronger version of their popular Sawbridgeworth Gold. We await comments back from those who have tried it.
22nd March 2013 - Evening starting about 6.00pm
Herts &Essex Borders Branch Meeting at the Woodbine Inn Waltham Abbey. All Welcome to this meeting, where we try and keep the formalities short and the social bit long. At this meeting the Branch will be selecting our annual Pub of the Year. Votong on the Pub of the Year is for members only and a membership card is required to vote, but others welcome to watch.
3rd March 2013 - 7.30-11.00pm
CAMRA announces 25 Years of Campaigning for Real Cider & Perry
|As well as Promoting Real Beer CAMRA has for the last 25 Years promoted real Cider & Perry, with this once almost extinct drink now ever growing in popularity.|
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