- Our first “Lockdown Hero” is awarded
Tuesday 22 December 2020
At Cornwall CAMRA we have decided to give recognition to Pubs, Licensees and their staff who have gone the extra mile to serve their communities through the various restrictions that have been imposed during the COVID19 pandemic. We do not just recognise those who have continued to provide delicious real ale but also those who have helped their localities with much, much more. The pub is, after all the beating heart of many towns and villages, acting as a social hub and being a vital part in the wellbeing of all who use them.
Our first award of “Lockdown Hero” is made to the White Hart at Chilsworthy in East Cornwall. Amy and Ian Durnall only took on the pub in September 2017 and already it has just become CAMRA Cornwall Pub of the Year for the second year running.
As recently seen by many on the BBC TV show Tom Kerridge – Saving Britain’s Pubs, Amy and Ian had invested in building alterations and opened a pub shop (the only one in the village) just before lockdown hit.
Ian has always worked full time as a gas engineer and to help play her part Amy was tempted to return to work for the NHS but decided the role she and the pub could play serving the local community would be at least as important. Throughout lockdown they provided take away and deliveries of meals and beer to local residents as well as expanding the range of goods in the shop. This also meant that they could continue to employ their staff and give their chef an apprenticeship.
So raise a glass to all at the White Hart as they become Cornwall CAMRA’s first Lockdown Hero……And watch this space as there will be more “heroes” coming soon.
- Clint O'Connor pays tribute to Roger Ryman
Sunday 31 May 2020
Cornwall CAMRA is very sad to have heard that Roger Ryman, Brewing Director, St Austell Brewery, passed away last week, at the age of 52, after a brave battle with cancer.
When Roger was appointed Head Brewer in 1999, St Austell Brewery was a moribund local brewery, producing mediocre beers, and reliant on its near monopoly of pubs in Cornwall.
However, newly appointed Chairman and CEO James Staughton knew that the brewery had to expand and diversify if wasn’t to gradually fade into obscurity.
Step 1, appoint a new Head Brewer. At the interview, the young Roger, from Maclay and Co in Alloa, Scotland impressed James with his enthusiasm and integrity, being honest enough to say he didn’t think much of Tinners, St Austell’s flagship beer!
To quote James Staughton, “The job of Head Brewer was already effectively his, right there and then - we need not have seen anyone else. He was the breath of fresh air our brewery so desperately needed at the time.”
Roger’s first new brew was “DAYLIGHT ROBBERY” brewed to celebrate the total eclipse of the Sun, visible from Cornwall that year (1999). Originally intended as a seasonal brew, it was immediately so successful, that it continued to be brewed, until eventually it was renamed “TRIBUTE”, and became St Austell’s flagship ale.
There then followed a string of successful ales, including PROPER JOB, TRELAWNEY, KOREV CORNISH LAGER, MENA DHU, ADMIRALS ALE (very, very sadly no longer brewed) and CORNISH BEST, creating an entirely new portfolio for St Austell brewery. These beers took the brewery from strength to strength, and St Austell became a major national brewery.
Roger travelled the country and the world to work with and learn from other brewers, bringing back hops, malts and recipes from all over.
At the brewery he created a unique team of young brewers dedicated to brewing ales of the highest quality.
In many ways the quality he created was his most important, but mainly unsung achievement, no longer “St Awful”, a bad pint of St Austell in a pub is now very rare event indeed.
Roger persuaded the brewery to invest in new plant to improve quality and capacity, and also to build a new Small Batch Plant, with a capacity of 10 brewer’s barrels. This gave his team of brewers the opportunity to experiment, and to create new beers. From the Small Batch Plant came the “Small Batch Club”, thirty outlets, both free and tied trade who would each take and sell a firkin (9 gallons) of the beers produced. This enabled the drinking public to share the tastes and delights of new and very different ales from the brewery on a regular basis.
Roger was a very good friend to CAMRA, supporting our festivals and events, with ales and through his colleagues, with financial help. He was always ready to help, advise and support other small brewers in Cornwall.
No tribute to Roger would be complete without mentioning the “Celtic Beer Festival”, held at the brewery in November each year. The first was held in 1999, after Roger had been at the brewery for just six months, providing a showcase not just for St Austell beers, but for beers from all Celtic regions, including, of course, many local beers. Last year’s festival was the 21st, but of course, with Corona Virus, we do not know if it will be held this year. This festival has achieved an outstanding reputation throughout the nation as one of the best beer festivals in the country, (to me it is the best, but then, I am biased.)
Finally on behalf of Cornwall CAMRA can I pass on to Toni, his wife, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues in the brewing industry our most sincere condolences.
- Roger Ryman
Saturday 30 May 2020
It is with enormous regret that we announce the untimely death of St.Austell Brewing Director Roger Ryman. There is a fitting obituary on the St.Austell Brewery web site.
- Thursday 7 May 2020
- Falmouth Beer Festival 2020
Sunday 19 April 2020
We regret to announce that the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival for 2020 is cancelled. We hope to hold an event in 2021
- LOSTWITHIEL BEER FESTIVAL
Friday 13 March 2020
Lostwithiel Community Centre
Fri. 13th. March 7-11pm. Local Real Ale - Craft Gin & Vodka, with music from The Kenny Barnes’ Gang
Sat. 14th.March 11.00am-10.00pm. Local Real Ale with live Six Nations Rugby
- The Forgotten Corner of Cornwall Pub Tour
Friday 6 March 2020
Leap year Saturday the 29 February was the occasion of a grand pub tour in the Forgotten Corner of Cornwall for 33 CAMRA members. Most of us arrived at St Germans station, much to the surprise of the train manager who had never seen so many people get off at this quiet station in the winter.
Our coach took us the short hop to our first pub, the newly reopened Halfway House at Polbathic. We were welcomed by Lloyd the landlord, who had Bath Ales Prophecy, South Hams Eddystone and Dartmoor Dragon’s Breath on handpump plus a local cider on gravity. We indulged in a pleasant pint or two in this comfortable pub at the gateway to the peninsula.
Tearing ourselves away for our next pub, we headed east to Wilcove. The Wilcove Inn overlooks the Royal Naval Dockyard on the English side of the Tamar a mile and a half away across the Hamoaze reach of the River Tamar.
This pub is owned by the Antony Estate and was closed for six months in 2019, refurbished and re-opened in July with Gemma as licensee. The Wilcove also had Prophecy plus St Austell Tribute and Draught Bass on handpump. The Bass was a whoopsie but quickly replaced by Exeter Ferryman in excellent condition.
Again the timetable called, but we nearly didn’t make it beyond Wilcove as the coach couldn’t get up the hill! Lucky it was low tide so we could back up. On the third run up, we surmounted the hill and headed south west to the historic little port of St John.
The village is situated at the head of St John's Lake, a large inlet of the Hamoaze. It centres around the medieval church which can be traced back through 1490, 1150 to an original Norman church of 1080. The St John Inn is a lovely village pub run by Rob and Gill and carries the emblem of the Cross of St John, which refers to the Order of St John which is an Order of Chivalry of the Crown and first came into being around 1080 when a hospital was established in Jerusalem by Benedictine monks to provide care for pilgrims, hence the then Knights Hospitallers and, yes, right down to today’s St John Ambulance. The pub cares for pilgrims of a different sort, who usually arrive by coach or car! Libations on offer were Draught Bass, Cornish Crown Porter and Black Sheep Ram Tackle. We also enjoyed a good value lunch. The various rooms of this cosy stone pub are adorned with pewter plate, military artefacts, horse brasses and many pictures. I even spotted a Devil Among The Tailors. There was a request about giving a mention to someone keeping a list of the top 100 pubs serving Bass.
Eventually, we had to make a move westwards towards Crafthole. The coach managed the hill out this time! The Little Fox Hotel, Crafthole, is a charming 14th Century hotel, formerly the Liscawn Inn, which lies back from the road and is set in over 3 hectares of grounds with fine views of Dartmoor. Steve had handpumped Wadworth Dirty Rucker and Skinner’s Betty Stogs or was it Splendid Tackle for us, at only £2.50 per pint.
After a pleasant hour in the Aspects Bar, we left the residents to their peace and quiet, as we made our way to the last pub of the trip. We were faced by another hill to get out of the Little Fox so some of us bravely volunteered to walk up the driveway which allowed the coach to successfully reach the road and take us the half mile to the Finnygook Inn in the village centre of Crafthole.
The large 15th Century Finnygook Inn gets its name from the ghost, or gook, of a famous local smuggler, Finney. Some stories claim that he wore a woman’s gook bonnet in public to hide his face. These days, he would be rather obvious as shown on the pub sign whatever he wore.
A few years ago, the Finnygook suffered a disastrous fire but has been luxuriously repaired in a modern style and is open as a restaurant, hotel and bar. Landlady Errica provided us with Bath Prophecy and Fuller’s London Pride to sup in comfort while watching the rain showers outside.
At the end of an enjoyable day we returned to the station for our trains home. Thanks to Cornwall Branch Public Transport Officer and Social Secretary (East), Roger Webster, for organising such a grand day out.
And finally..........A selection of other pictures from the day
- South West Regional Meeting in Swindon
Saturday 15 February 2020
Venue The Kings, 20 Wood Street, Swindon SN1 4AB. Starts at 1230
The meeting is in the main function room on the first floor, but please buy your drinks from the main bar downstairs. Directions Wood Street is in Old Town, Swindon; about 25 minutes walk from Swindon Railway Station.
There are regular bus services from Fleming Way, about 5 minutes walk from the Railway Station, up the hill to Old Town.
From the Railway Station follow the signs for ‘Town Centre’ until you reach a pedestrian underpass leading to the shops.
Fleming Way is above the underpass and has numerous bus stands. Those going up to Old Town include:-
• Swindon Bus Company 11 • Swindon Bus Company 12 • Swindon Bus Company 22 • Swindon Bus Company 25
Alternatively if you arriving by bus into Swindon, or go to the Bus station, use the following buses:- • Stagecoach 9 • Stagecoach 49
The bus stop you want in Old Town is ‘Prospect Place’ the opposite side of the road to the main post office. From the stop walk towards the roundabout ahead of the bus and then turn left into Wood Street. The Kings is on the left half way down Wood Street. Buffet (£7.50 per head)
The Kings will be supplying a buffet for anyone who would like to eat there.
The buffet will consist of:- • BBQ Chicken Wings • Sweet Cherry Cream Cheese Peppers • Mini Duck & Hoisin Spring Rolls • Sausages Glazed with Honey & Mustard • Selection of Vegetarian Quiches • Selection of Freshly Made Sandwiches
The cost per head is £7.50 each and should be booked in advance with ku.gro.armac.nodniws@tcatnoc by Monday 10th February. We will collect payment on the day.
- Exciting voluntary role of Regional Secretary is available
Thursday 30 January 2020
See link in interested for more info
Tuesday 28 January 2020
- Tuesday 28 January 2020
- CK Burns Night Saturday 25 January 2020
- Exeter Winter Ales Festival
Friday 17 January 2020
If you wish to volunteer Download staffing form here
- 2019 Falmouth "Twixtmas" walkabout
Monday 6 January 2020
The last Saturday of 2019 saw the annual walkabout around Falmouth’s pubs as well attended as always. Apart from Cornwall members we were joined by folk from Cardiff, Worthing, South Devon and Hampshire. What was particularly pleasing was there were new faces joining us. As has become traditional we assembled at the Seven Stars on the Moor and enjoyed some excellent beer in this very traditional, unspoilt hostelry.
Some of us made our way up to the Boathouse, more fine real ale awaited accompanied by some stunning views over Carrick Roads.
Back down the High Street and our next visit was the Hand Bar, which sadly by the time you read this has closed its doors for the final time, a sad loss to the town.
Other members of the group had in the meantime also visited Pennycomequick which didn’t disappoint.
Most of the group then reconvened at Beerwolf Books.
I am not sure if the beer had started to kick in but judging by the picture it had ( or Beerwolf Books had started to tilt!). From here it was a short drop down to the Oddfellows Arms, a traditional pub that knows how to look after ale.
Our final destination was the ‘front where the group reassembled and enjoyed some wonderful beer overlooking Custom House Quay. All too soon it was time for people to start heading for home, hopefully everybody enjoyed themselves and we look forward to repeating the experience next year.
- "Blue Skies" in St.Ives
Tuesday 17 December 2019
On December 17th 2019 about 30 Camra Kernow members met at St.Ives Brewery for a "Blue Sky" session to discuss and identify what we thought was the important stuff to focus on in 2020. But mostly it was about beer and frivolity. It also gaves us a chance to present Marco with his silver award (golden ales) for XPA form the Falmouth Beer Festival
Watch this space for news of the "blue sky"results!!!
- "Blue Sky" brainstorming results
Saturday 7 December 2019
On Saturday 7th December the Branch was invited to St Ives Brewery to vote on the activities they hold close to their campaigning heart; some are prescribed by CAMRA HQ as mandatory, but this was a blue-sky meeting. Blue sky, a place where rules do not exist and the top 20 is solely down to voting members ideals. Following a lively review of the Activities below 30 active members cast their votes, selecting up to 20 activities out of the 39 listed. The idea is that these votes will be taken on board and help focus the committee for their aims going forward.
The results make interesting reading with a strong view on localism shining through with activities in the county being central with visits to local pubs and breweries ranking highly alongside the quarterly branch Magazine. Engaging possible new members through Social media, young members and through the Royal Cornwall Show scored surprisingly low. A turnout of 30 members verses the ~1,400 CAMRA Kernow members does make the scoring subjective to the view of only 2% of the membership.
Without acceptation attendees at the meeting aired the same concern “Mobilising the CAMRA Kernow membership to become active is the fundamental Branch challenge.
Too often the organising and managing the activities is taken by so few in voluntary organisations”
The Blue-Sky Results
Local communication tools - One & Ale our Branch Magazine and the Branch Website Local Engagement Activities & Days Out - Branch Trips & Festivals Acknowledging top Pubs – Through Whatpub & Pub of The Year awards Branch Branding – Clothing representing local CAMRA membership Mandatory Fundamentals – Financial and Membership management
Acknowledging Pubs – Good Beer & local Guides Brewery Promotion – Tasting notes, Promoting producers, Awards, BLOs & CBOB Mandatory meetings – Branch & Committee meets Cider Promotion - Promoting producers, Awards,
Protecting Pubs – Monitoring pubs Opening & Closing, ACVs Mandatory meetings – Committee meets Acknowledging top Pubs – Cider Pubs & Clubs
Sunday 1 December 2019
- Larking about on the Lizard
Saturday 2 November 2019
A group of hardy individuals boarded the coach at Camborne Railway Station in early November and headed out on to the windy Lizard peninsula. Our first port of call was Mounts Bay Inn, Mullion, the venue for our latest branch meeting where we were greeted by our hosts Peter and Cheryl who very graciously supplied the first drink on the house which was hugely appreciated. After a very positive meeting and fortified by a splendid buffet, we moved onto the Halzephron Inn at Gunwalloe, an old smugglers inn overlooking the sea and reputed to have a tunnel behind the fireplace where we received a warm welcome and found some well kept ale and cider.
From here it was onto Helston and the famous Blue Anchor, home of Spingo Ales, this historic pub is well worth a visit and good range of ales ensured all tastes were catered for.
Chairman Bob presented a Falmouth Beer Festival award to owner Simon Stone for Spingo Special, Tom from Keltek Brewery was also present and received awards for Pilot Gig Porter and Golden Lance. Congratulations to both breweries.
Porthleven was our next destination and the Ship Inn which is situated right on the harbour, the group split themselves between the bar and the adjoining Smithy and sampled some more well kept beer.
Sadly, the day was coming to an end and we boarded the coach for the trip back to Camborne, although some of us did delay the train journey home and popped into the John Francis Basset for a nightcap!
- Haywood's Apple Picking Adventures
Saturday 19 October 2019
CAMRA Kernow members were joined by Regional Leaders to Go picking....
SUPPORTING APPLES in OCTOBER THE CAMRA MONTH OF CIDER
Haywood Farm is located in the beautiful Allen Valley, near the village of St. Mabyn, approximately 4 miles from Wadebridge. The Bray family have farmed here since 1919, but cider has been produced on the farm’s granite cider press for centuries, supplying the families and labourers with the Westcountry’s favourite drink.
Tom Bray started making cider with a group of friends in 2003, and since then his enthusiasm, passion and expertise have continued to grow. Over the last five years, he has propagated and planted fourteen acres of orchards, carefully selecting varieties for their quality and suitability to the Cornish climate, all helping to create top-quality cider.
After a Short Journey from Bodmin, the intrepid group of Apple lovers match towards the trees.....and my god was there a lot of trees and a bountiful abundance of apples.
The team set about pick apples from the rows of trees. This is a real community events with locals turning up throughout the day, bring their kids and dogs who all mucked in. The aim to support Tom and the Haywood's team, meet new people and have bit of fun throughout the day.
After a couple of hours and a trailer load of apples picked...we stopped for Cheese and of course refreshments......in the form of Apple juice and of course Tom's fantastic medium cider...
Back on to the trees, as we load up the tractors buck with more than just apples...!
Finally were back on the family table for a fill of pork rolls, with of course beautiful apple source, all swilled back by a glug of cider...
I feel especially proud of the volunteers who all supported the efforts, a few aches and pains would have been woken up with in the morning, some knees and back were waning towards the end of the day....But everyone as team gained a massive sense of achievement as we all pushed through together to complete the rows of trees..... A round of applause to all involve and many thanks Tom and the team for hosting us for the day....Lets get booked in for next year....
Pick up some of this fantastic cider served both Traditional Still and Sparkling available across Cornwall for details see www.haywoodfarmcider.co.uk
- Falmouth Beer Festival 2019
Saturday 5 October 2019
The Fantastic Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Volunteers
Creating the Festival.....
Judging the Champion Beers & Ciders of Cornwall 2019
The Winners are......
SUPREME CHAMPION BEER of CORNWALL 2019
GOLD Harbour Brewery - Ellensburg Session IPA
SILVER Tintagel Brewery - Merlin’s Muddle
BRONZE Skinner's Brewery - Hops & Honey
CHAMPION CIDERS of FALMOUTH BEER FESTIVAL 2019
GOLD Venton’s Devon Cyder Thirst Responder
SILVER Perry's Cider Vintage
BRONZE Sandford Orchards Creely Vintage
CHAMPION CIDER of CORNWALL 2019
GOLD Cornish Cyder - Pure Drop
SILVER Riverside Cottage - Cider
Champion Cornish Speciality Ale 2019
GOLD Skinner's Brewery - Hops & Honey
SILVER Sharp's Brewery - Sunset Red
BRONZE Woodman's Wild Ale - Wild Mild
Champion Cornish Porter 2019
GOLD Keltek Brewery - Pilot Gig Porter
SILVER Padstow Brewing Company - Pilot
BRONZE Driftwood Spars Brewery - Bolsters Blood
Champion Cornish Strong Mild and Old Ale 2019
GOLD Driftwood Spars Brewery - Alfie's Revenge
SILVER Tremethick Brewery - Dark Ale
BRONZE Blue Anchor Inn - Spingo Special
Champion Cornish Stout 2019
GOLD Dynamite Valley Brewing Co. - Black Charge
SILVER St Austell Brewery - Moo Juice
BRONZE Castle Brewery - Stoggy Stout
Champion Cornish Bitter 2019
GOLD Dynamite Valley Brewing Co. - Gold Rush
SILVER Treen's Brewery - Essential
BRONZE Keltek Brewery - Lance
Champion Cornish Strong Bitter 2019
GOLD Tintagel Brewery - Merlin’s Muddle
SILVER Harbour Brewing Company - IPA
BRONZE St Austell Brewery - Hicks
Champion Cornish Best Bitters 2019
GOLD Driftwood Spars - Forest Blond
SILVER Treen's Brewery - Classic
BRONZE Forge Brewery - Tamar Source
Champion Cornish Golden Ale 2019
GOLD Harbour Brewery - Ellensburg Session IPA
SILVER St Ives Brewery - XPA
BRONZE Firebrand Brewing Co - West Coast IPA
The 6 Tutored Tasting's went down a storm......
Some pictures through the festival...Much love to all the festival goers
- Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom
Wednesday 2 October 2019
My name is Mikey and I live in Filey in North Yorkshire. I just wanted to message you to say that I've very recently finished writing a book and it has now been published on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle format. The book is called Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom and it has taken me around 10 years to write. I have visited all of the pubs inside and it covers numerous counties in England, and also covers Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I have a great foreword at the beginning of the book written by one of the co-founders of Wold Top Brewery in East Yorkshire and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery in North Yorkshire. As this is my first ever book, I am wanting to spread the word to every part of the UK to get it out there. The Facebook fan page is for anyone to join and on it I will be keeping people updated by posting interesting facts and photos of the pubs I have visited in the book. The Amazon links and to the Facebook page are below:
Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/weirdwondrousandhistoricpubs/
Feel free to share the above
Kindest regards, Mikey
- North Coast BBQ and Pub Tour
Saturday 17 August 2019
35 CAMRA Kernow members and new adventurers joined together at the Steam Bar, the Great Western Hotel, Newquay, on a Gorgeous summers day, where we joined the coach to leave the hustle and bustle of the popular seaside town for a venture up the North coast.
First Stop was just past the Airport and the remote location of The Bearded Brewery at Saint Mawgan. A full range of ciders were on offer alongside a selection of Bottle beers from Atlantic Brewery, and a range of boutique beers, ciders and spirits from around the world.
Sparky introduced us to the Breweries past and talked of days gone by when he and his business partner Rob brewed cider under the stairs through their college years for friends and how they acquired this barn on this populate shooting estate. The home of the Bearded Brewery.
Everyone had a cider or 3, blending concoctions from the 4% light fruit offerings through to the headbanging 10% ciders.....something for everyone. Then we headed off to the Traditional, Falcon Inn nestle in the village at Saint Morgan, a Good Beer Guide regular.
The giant deckchair providing a great source of amusement for photos and a sense of helplessness, as we flailed around trying to dismount the structure. Shortly after we headed to the beach and the Merrymoor Inn, down at Mawgan Porth.
A recently refurbished beer garden was calling us sun worshippers to the amazing coastal views. A pint or two of Sharps Own went down a treat, whilst taking a few shots of the scenery.
Then on to our final stop, the Two Clomes at Quintrell Downs, for what only be described as a fantastic pint of Harbours Ellensburg session IPA. The tranquil gardens of this historic pub, and 2019 Good Beer Guide entry provided an opportunity to catch a few rays and a nibble on the complementary homemade sausage rolls.
Finally we headed back to Newquay and the Steam Bar, before catching trains and buses back to the corners of the county. Many thanks to Hopley's Coaches and our driver Simon for looking after us on the day.
Cheers All, Until next time. Bob
- Black Flag presentation
Sunday 28 July 2019
The Black Flag Brewery team of Brothers Nico & Ben have recently opened their Brewery Tap at the recently re-located Black Flag Brewery.
5 keg beers, a cask line and a real cider handful offer a great selection of drinks being enjoyed by a good number of locals..
Above Bob Bunce CAMRA Kernow chairman presenting Ben & Nico with a bronze golden ale award for their beer Chameleon which won at last years Falmouth Beer Festival.
- South Devon CAMRA beer festival
Thursday 25 July 2019
Our neighbours at South Devon CAMRA are asking for staffing volunteers to help at their Beer Festival to be held on 25th to 27th July 2019 at Teignmouth Rugby and Football Club. This is the second Festival they have staged since 2012 and we need your help to ensure that it is a successful event! They need volunteers in many areas and we would be delighted if anyone could help at what promises to be a fun event...
There will be space available for camping - either tents or camper vans. Below are the various files relating to volunteering to work at the festival which are self explanatory. There are various jobs that you can help with so please have a good look and just choose a role and a time that suits you.
Please email responses to Carol at moc.liamg@9102lavitsefenihsnus or by post to the address which is on the staffing form.
We look forward to a great festival. Please do visit the South Devon branch website at southdevon.camra.org.uk to keep in touch with festival news.
Cheers Bob... On behalf of Carol Doree
- Falmouth Pub Guide Update - Volunteers Welcomed
Thursday 27 June 2019
Malcolm our local guide co-ordinator is embarking on re-vamping and re-writing the Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide and has requested your help.
Can you lend a hand? A get together is arranged for Thursday June 20th at the Oddfellows in Falmouth for a 19:30 start. If your willing to lend a hand and get involved drop Malcolm a note to say your coming or if you cant make the date but would like to get involved on moc.liamg@03newomloclam
A second session in now planned for a meet in The Packet Station, Wetherspoons in Falmouth on Thursday 27th June from 12:30 PM, give Malcolm a shout if you able to join him.
Here's a copy of the last Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide
Many thanks for yours support!
- Royal Cornwall Show 2019
Thursday 6 June 2019
The Royal Cornwall Show - A Showcase of Cornish Brewing 6th – 8th June, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
In collaboration with the Brewers Alliance and the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA. We are hosting a Cornish Ale bar for the third year in a row to showcase the diversity of Cornish beer. Come and meet your fantastic local brewers and some Kernow CAMRA members.
- SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CAMRA VISIT TO EAST CORNWALL
Saturday 1 June 2019
JOIN US FOR THE SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CAMRA VISIT TO EAST CORNWALL
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY - SATURDAY 1st JUNE 2019
INBOUND Train from the West to Plymouth arr. 10:17, Train from the East to Plymouth arr. 10:39
Plymouth Station dep. 10:54, Gunnislake Station arr. 11:40
Gunnislake Station dep. 11:45 then transport will be provided to the White Hart, Chilsworthy arr. 11:50
Welcome to the White Hart, Chilsworthy Kernow CAMRA's pub of the year! Presentation of POTY Award, followed by a complementary buffet.
THEN VENTURE OUT TO SOME OF OUR WONDERFUL CORNISH PUBS BY A SERIES OF SHUTTLE BUSES
Including the Rising Sun Inn , Gunnislake.
The Tamar Inn , Calstock
The Boot Inn , Calstock
Carpenter's Arms , Metherell
OUTBOUND White Hart, Chilsworthy dep. 17:15 by provided road transfer to Gunnislake Station arr. 17:20
Train from Gunnislake Station dep. 17.29 Plymouth Station arr. 18:14
Alternatively depart from Calstock Station dep. 17.40 Plymouth Station arr. 18:14 (Please allow at least 10 minutes uphill walk from either The Tamar Inn or The Boot.
Train to the East Plymouth dep. 18:25 or Train to the West Plymouth dep. 18:39
PLEASE BOOK YOU PLACE NOW WITH ROGER TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
The is a charge of £5 as contribution towards the transport costs.
Please deposit to the Kernow CAMRA Treasurer: Barclays Sort Code 20-74-20 Account No. 73951421. with Regional and 'your surname' as a reference, Thank you.
Your contact for the day is moc.liamtoh@retsbewregor or 01566 779896 / 07818 032612
- Britain’s best cider and perry revealed at Reading Beer Festival
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Well done DAVID and all at St Ives Cider for their Silver Award at CAMRA National Cider & Perry Awards
David Pictured above receiving his qualifying Award at Falmouth Beer Festival which saw his progression to the National Competition.
The CAMRA National winners were:
GOLD – Mayfayre’s Cider (Herefordshire)
SILVER – St Ives Forager (St Ives, Cornwall)
BRONZE – Ampleforth Abbey (North Yorkshire)
GOLD – Cleeve’s Orchard Perry (Ross-on-Wye)
SILVER – Ralph’s Medium Perry (Powys)
BRONZE – Out of the Orchard Perry (Newent)
- The St Agnes Stroll Social
Saturday 4 May 2019
A good few CAMRA Kernow members, friends and dogs joined the 2nd of the Saturday Strolls around St Agnes. Starting at the Railway Inn where there a good few beers in great shape, including the fantastic Timothy Taylor Landlord. After admiring some of the shoe adorned walls, we were off to the St Agnes Hotel.
A St Austell pubs, included in the Small Batch Brewery club. A blinding pint of the latest Small Batch Brew, Bloodline was enjoyed by all, except the cider drinkers!
A brisk walk down the hill and we arrived at the re-named Bear Bar (Previously the Peterville Inn). The house brew produced by Laines Brewery of Brighton wasn't to everyone's taste, unlike Sharp's Sea Fury which hit the spot perfectly.
Final destination was the fantastic Ale and Sausage Festival at the St Agnes hotel where we were joined by head Brewer Pete Martin and the CAMRA Kernow members who has made a beeline for the Beer Festival.
A good day had by all, cheers and good health to all. It was great to see everyone, including new comers to the Saturday Strolls from both Liskeard and Newquay....we hope to see you again.
- Help us make sure we choose the right pubs to represent Cornwall in the Good Beer Guide 2021
Wednesday 24 April 2019
We need your Help !!
Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA whatpub.com application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of these very best pubs are then nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.
Can you visit pubs in your town and submit the scores to Whatpub.com?
We would need at least 4 scores per pub from 3 different reporters for a good confidence level.
All of the details of whatpub scoring and how to use the app can be seen here.
- Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference in Dundee
Friday 5 April 2019
We've had an unprecedented response to our call to register to attend the 2019 Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference in Dundee next April. Not surprisingly, over 750 members have already put their names down as it's 8 years since the event was held in Scotland.
It's open to all CAMRA members and is free to attend and we'd love to see you there too. Just log in with your membership number and password to register. If you've forgotten your password you can re-set it here.
Over the Weekend you can discover great breweries and pubs; relax in the Members' Bar within the Caird Hall; take part in the AGM & Conference and join in discussions too. Beyond CAMRA-related activity, there's a huge amount to discover in Dundee - including the newly-opened V&A museum. Plan your weekend here.
Everyone registered to attend will be contacted early next year about the range of organised brewery and pub trips on offer. So don't miss out - Pre-register now! Volunteering – be part of it! Help is needed in all areas - including setting up; in the CAMRA shop, on the information stand, counting votes - and in the Members' Bar. Volunteer Here. We look forward to welcoming you to Dundee
Neil Leeson National Coordinator, Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference
- Wednesday Walkabout - A5 bus route Newquay to St Merryn
Wednesday 27 February 2019
Wednesday 27 February started as a foggy late-winter morning as members made their way to Newquay for the start of a meandering pub crawl to pubs on the north coast A5 First Kernow bus route.
Our intrepid leader, Steve, was found having his breakfast in the Towan Blystra Wetherspoon pub in Newquay, where a pint of Bay’s Devon Dumpling made a good start to the day.
By the time the bus got to Newquay Airport, the sun had burned off the fog and we were in for a sunny day. This A5 did not descend into the Vale of Lanherne to the village of St Mawgan-in-Pydar, so we strolled down the lane past the Tudor buildings of Lanherne Carmelite Convent of Contemplative Sisters. However, we were contemplating the beers at the Falcon Inn where Dartmoor Legend, St Ives Boilers Golden Ale and Wadworth 6X were on offer, discounted for us as CAMRA members.
The bus timetable called, so we reluctantly left magical St Mawgan behind to follow a magical mystery tour through villages, airfields and holiday camps to eventually arrive at St Merryn. There are two pubs in the area, the Farmer’s Arms in the centre of St Merryn and another St Austell house the Cornish Arms in Treveglos, some 700 yards to the north east. Sadly, there was only time to visit the Farmer’s Arms for a pint from a choice of St Austell Cornish Best Bitter, Proper Job or Tribute before the next bus heading back to Mawgan Porth to the Merrymoor, where Sharp’s Original went down very well.
Suitably revitalised (can I use that word?), we decided to walk to the Traveller’s Rest at Trevarrian, have our last pint, and pick up the next bus back to Newquay. The Traveller’s Rest is only 1000 yards from the Merrymoor – an easy stroll? Not quite; There was the small matter of the 240 vertical feet, most of which is climbed in the first third of the journey. Now we know why the pub is so called. A rest we had with St Austell HSD to fortify us before the bus duly arrived.
This is an interesting area of Cornwall, always close to the north coast with quite a few pubs in scattered communities that we did not have time to visit. Our quaint, bucolic road system means that the bus takes ages to make progress across country so that only a few pubs can be reached in a day but it proved worth the effort as the photos show.
- Cornwall CAMRA Beer Price Annual Survey for 2018
Monday 25 February 2019
Thanks to CAMRA members who scored their beer on WhatPub in 2018, we have information to help us to select pubs for the Good Beer Guide. 20% of those scores also had a price for the beer which allows us to calculate movements in beer price over the year. We had 1292 prices for real ales in any Cornish pub. It is well-known that Wetherspoon prices are consistently well below the prices in almost all other pubs, and we have one very prolific member who scores a lot of Wetherspoon beers. In fact, 43% of all the prices reported were for beers in Wetherspoon pubs. Therefore it is helpful to show the price trends for all pubs and also without the Wetherspoons. The results by month for 2018 for the average, highest and lowest price per pint plus the number of prices are shown in Table 1 and Figure 1 for all pubs and in Table 2 and Figure 2 for pubs excluding Wetherspoon.
Table 1 Beer prices for all pubs by month in 2018
Figure 1 Beer prices for all pubs by month in 2018
Table 2 Beer prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon by month in 2018
Figure 2 Beer prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon by month in 2018
The trend in prices for all pubs between 2013 and 2018 is shown in Table 3 and Figure 3. For 2017 and 2018, the trend for non-Wetherspoon pubs is shown in Table 4 and Figure 3.
Table 3 Annual beer price trends for all pubs
Table 4 Annual beer price trends excluding Wetherspoon pubs
Figure 3 Annual beer price trends for all pubs from 2013 to 2018 and average prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon for 2017 and 2018 only
The low average price for the whole of 2018 for all pubs was caused by a disproportionately high number of Wetherspoon prices. The average price of beer excluding Wetherspoon before 2017 would be higher than the values for all pubs but we do not have the data to complete the table.
So, our limited data shows that the price of a pint in a non-Wetherspoon pub in Cornwall in 2018 was £3.57, and for all pubs was somewhere between £2.92 and £3.57. If we get more scores and more prices reported in 2019 then we can calculate a better survey next year.
Steve Barber, Cornwall NBSS Coordinator
- Far West for a Wednesday Walkabout
Wednesday 23 January 2019
A group of CAMRA Kernow members went down to the far west for a Wednesday Walkabout on 23 January. Our first and last port of call was the Crown at Penzance where we partook of the excellent Cornish Crown beers and presented brewer Josh Dunkley with a CAMRA certificate for his win at the 2018 Falmouth Beer Festival with Silver in Champion Cornish Porters for Cornish Crown Porter.
It was a pleasure to meet our good friends and formerly active CAMRA members Ted and Joy James in the Crown. We then took the bus to St Just for a tour of the four pubs there. The first was the excellent Star Inn, a Good Beer Guide regular.
A pint of St Austell Cornish Best Bitter or two went down well. We dragged ourselves away from the conversation there and walked a few yards to the Kings Arms in the square.
Another cosy granite St Austell pub where Tribute was enjoyed in front of a big open fire. Another short walk across the square brought us to the imposing granite Wellington Hotel, also St Austell, for another pint of Tribute.
Finally, we made the final few yards to the equally imposing Commercial Hotel where we settled in the bar at the back for our final pint of Sharp's Doom Bar before catching the bus back to Penzance. The depths of winter may not be the best time to appreciate the most westerly town in Cornwall at 5 degrees 40 minutes west (further west than Campbeltown of whisky loch fame) but few such small towns can boast so many pubs.
- 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales
Friday 18 January 2019
Would you like to volunteers for the 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales
Dear CAMRA member,
The 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales (FOWA) will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January 2019 at Exeter City Football Club.
If you would like to help at the festival, please complete the attached Staffing Form. Any member volunteering will be asked to sign a copy of the 'Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations' (copy attached for reference) when they register at their first session of working indicating that they have read the document and will abide by the regulations. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact details on the form. I look forward to hearing from you,
Jan Dwan (FOWA Staff Manager) moc.kooltuo@nawd_naj
- Twix-mas Walkabout
Friday 28 December 2018
A group from Cornwall, South Devon, Plymouth, Cardiff and Surrey/Hants toured seven pubs in Falmouth: Seven Stars, Packet Station, Pennycomequick, Prince of Wales, Beerwolf Books, Grapes and Front. Dan and Nigel raced up Jacob's Ladder. Nigel won in spite of giving Dan a good start! A good time was had by all as you can see. Cheers, Steve
- Chilsworthy Branch Meeting at the White Hart
Saturday 8 December 2018
On a wet December Afternoon we headed towards the White Hart at Chilsworthy high on the banks above the Tamar River, maintaining the border between Cornwall and England
The fantastic team at the White Hart kept some great local beers and presented a smashing fresh buffet. Dave from Forge brewery also joined us to be presented with his certificates from Falmouth Beer Festival.
See the committee reports and minutes from the meeting in our members' area.
- Two Clomes Presentations
Saturday 1 December 2018
CAMRA Kernow’s December social welcomed both members and non-members to join together in recognition of the Two Clomes entry to the Good Beer Guide, on Saturday.
A fine selection of ales from Sharp’s Brewery, Rock and Harbour Brewery, Bodmin were be on the bar. We were joined by Andrew Madden, Head Brewer and Alex Jacques, West Cornwall representative of Sharp’s Brewery, Rob & Sparky the cider creators form St Mawgan’s Bearded Brewery…All of whom will be presented awards for their success at Falmouth Beer Festival judging of Champion Beers and Ciders of Cornwall. The event was be followed by a Walkabout around Newquay.
Bearded Brewery Cider Makers were presented with Supreme Champion Cider of Cornwall 2018 Third place for Suicider and Cornish Fruit Cider 2018 Gold with Moustache Mango & the Bronze with Unshaven Maiden.
The Sharps Team were presented with Champion Cornish Stout 2018 Silver - for the seasonal Cross Haven Oatmeal Stout and the Champion Cornish Best Bitter 2018 Silver for Atlantic.
Phil and the team at the Two Clomes provide fantastic quality ale, alongside some complementary mice pies and a very warm welcome. Everyone who attended raised a glass to the Two Clomes entry to the Good Beer Guide.
- The St Austell Celtic Beer Festival Get Together
Saturday 24 November 2018
On Saturday 24th November a number of CAMRA Kernow Members attended the fantastic Celtic Beer Festival...
Here's a few picture's from the event...
Congratulation for the Bronze Award in the 2018 Champion Bottled Beer of Britain with St. Austell Brewery's, Big Job
- Wednesday Walkabout - Liskeard
Wednesday 21 November 2018
A selection of Steve Barbers photos from the CAMRA Kernow Wednesday Walkabout on a wet and gloomy 21 November.
A good number of Kernow members turned out plus one from Plymouth. We visited the King Doniert (without getting Stoned), the Albion, the White Horse, the Red Lion and the Barley Sheaf. The rain stopped and the moon came out on the way home. A few cheery beers we had by all.
- November Branch Social and Presentations
Saturday 10 November 2018
On Saturday 10th November CAMRA Kernow headed to Crowlas and St Ives for a Branch Social and Falmouth Beer Festival Presentations.
First Stop the Home of Penzance Brewery, the Star Inn Crowlas
Including the Presentation to John and Kim Coulson for Polgoon's Mount's Bay Scrumpy. The champion Cider of Cornwall 2018.
And Presentation to the Penzance Brewery, for the Champion Mild of Cornwall 2018, accepted by Steve Bidwell, longstanding bar keeper of the Star, who departs for tropical shores in 3 months after 19 years behind the bar.
Followed by a trip to the Good Beer Guide new entry The Pilchard Press, St Ives for some lovely beers.
With Presentations to Marco of St Ives Brewery for the Champion Cornish Golden Ale 2018 Silver with St Ives - XPA and David of St Ives Cider for the Champion Cornish Cider Runner up with St Ives - Forager.
- Branch Meeting at the Stag Inn
Saturday 27 October 2018
Some pictures from the CAMRA Kernow Branch Meeting held at the Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth
I great pub that supports local breweries and produces amazing curries.
Congratulations to Stuart of Woodman's Wild Ales (pictured above) and to Sarah and Simon Treen for their Falmouth Beer Festival Awards. Many thanks to Gary for opening up for Saturday lunch to host us.
Then after our trip down to Dynamite Valley Brewing at the Viaduct works.
- Wednesday Walkabout - Padstow
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Another fantastic Walkabout around our beloved Padstow.
Congratulations to Des, Caron and Simon at Padstow Brewery on their Gold for Padstow IPA in the Falmouth Beer Festival 2018 Strong Beer of Cornwall Competition.
A selection of pictures from our Walkabout, including the Padstow Brewery tasting room, the famous London Inn and the Golden Lion home of the Old obby oss!
- Return to the The Forgotten Corner
Saturday 25 August 2018
We ventured to ‘The Forgotten Corner’ to the Wilcove Inn which is situated at more or less water level next to the River Tamar with views across to the City of Plymouth.
By train to and from St. Germans station then Oakley’s coach to the Wilcove. Andy and his son Ben looked after us very well with lots of comfortable settees spread around on a pleasant and mainly sunny day. An interesting selection of beers to enjoy; I found the ‘SUP-WIYO from Collyfobbell Brewery in Derbyshire was to my taste. A number of Cornish beers including PROPER BLACK at 6% from the St. Austell Brewery not forgetting a mouth watering selection of ciders from 4% to 7.5% to keep Lin and others happy!
Then it was off to The St. John in the village of St. John. Rob and Gil gave us a great welcome with a superb selection of beers and 4 ciders. They took over the pub which had been closed for 5 years about a year ago; it is easy to see the hard work they put into the pub’s renovation to make it warm and welcoming with atmosphere.
I will add that on the trips we have made to the East of the County we have discovered a number of delightful pubs and I believe most are free houses.
- Portscatho Branch Meeting and visit to St Mawes
Saturday 18 August 2018
On Saturday, 18 August we hosted a Branch Meeting at the Plume of Feathers in Portscatho. After a brief visit to Ranna Watha in St Austell the coach whisked us off to Porthcatho where we were hosted by our great friends Roger and Helen.
A brief branch meeting was followed by a tour of the surrounding area, including free time to visit pubs at St Mawes including The Rising Sun, The Victory Inn and St Mawes Hotel.
Many thanks to our Social Secretary Ann for organising another wonderful trip....All at a great value of £5 a seat....see you next time.
- Sunshine Festival
Thursday 26 July 2018
A fantastic Festival from our CAMRA friends in SOUTH DEVON, see you in Newton Abbots
Shhhhh don't tell everyone....Here's the The Sunshine Festival Beer & Cider List
- Holsworthy Brewery Tour & Pub of the Year Presentation
Saturday 21 July 2018
Many thanks to Dave Slocombe of Holsworthy Ales for a fantastic introduction to his beers and Brewery. Thanks to BLO's Morris and Fiona for welcoming us also. We tried some great beers Dave's range.
The Pint and Post at St Giles on the Heath provided a welcome stop on our return to Launceston. Thanks to Tim and Lorraine for such a warm welcome and a lovely selection of beers.
- Wednesday Walkabout - St Austell
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Some pictures from the Wednesday Walkabout in Falmouth
Starting at the Hick Bar, St Austell's Brewery bar..Great to Dave the St Austell Techy has joined the gang
Mr Smalls Tap house, St Austell's First Micro-pub...A Fantastic range of Cornish beers.
Seven Stars, St Austell's First ever pub, showing the breweries history upon its walls
Finish in the two St Austell pubs down in Charlestown
- A tour of some fantastic pubs down West
Saturday 14 July 2018
The latest Branch Meeting was be held in the Coldstreamer in Guval, followed by a tour of some fantastic pubs down West. Here's a few pictures of the day.
The Coldstreamer, Guval
The Tinners Arms - Zennor
The Engine Inn, Cripplecease
The White Hart, Ludgvan
- Wednesday Walkabout Falmouth
Wednesday 11 July 2018
Some pictures from the Wednesday Walkabout in Falmouth
The Hand Bar
The Seven Stars, Heritage Pub
The PennyComeQuick, A fantastic up and coming pub, Then up the steps to the Jacobs Ladder
Finishing at the Fantastic Local Pub the Sea View Inn and that amazing view
- The Royal Cornwall Show 2018
Friday 8 June 2018
The Royal Cornwall Show - A Showcase of Cornish Brewing 7th – 9th June, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
This Cornish Ale bar is a collaboration between Cornwall's fine breweries and the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA. We shared a sample or 2 of the finest brews from Breweries across Cornwall. Showcasing the diversity of Cornish beer, severed by fantastic brewers and CAMRA members.
A couple of pictures from the show...
22 beers and Cider from Cornish Breweries including Atlantic, Bude, Castle, Dowr Kammel, Driftwood, Firebrand, Forge, Keltek, Penpont, Rebel, Sharp's, Skinners and St Austell.
Many thanks to all who can and showed their support!!
- Dynamite Valley Brewery set for growth with new management team
Thursday 7 June 2018
Dynamite Valley Brewery get set for growth with new management team One of Cornwall’s established craft ale breweries has welcomed new members to its management team as it gets prepared to grow and develop the business in the county, and beyond.
Dynamite Valley Brewery, based in Ponsanooth, has seen founder and brewer Dom Lilly be joined by new Managing Director Keith Baker, former owner of Bodmin Jail, and new Commercial Director Gareth Jenkins as full-time members of the team. Baker and Jenkins joining as Directors and investors in the business will pave the way for growth plans to build upon its existing success. Dynamite Valley Brewery, renowned for its cask ales, has seen further success recently following the launch of their bottled beer range. Other new products coming soon include a keg and can range featuring favourite ales from the brewery’s repertoire
Founder Dom Lilly said: “It’s fantastic timing for the business to welcome Keith and Gareth on board. The launch of our bottles has proved so popular that to keep up with the increasing demand we could really benefit from new equipment to maintain a consistent level of stock.
“Their business experience and investment will allow us to improve and expand our range to keep our customers and Cornish beer lovers happy. We’re launching two new bottles very soon, our popular Kennall Vale Pale and Pioneer cask ales, and we’re investing more in our popular Beer Café which takes place every Saturday.”
Baker and Jenkins’ involvement will also result in the redevelopment of the Dynamite Valley website, which will soon feature an online shop for beer aficionados across the UK to purchase bottles to enjoy, plus the team will be sharing more news and behind-the-scenes insights with their fans on social media.
Dynamite Valley Brewery will be celebrating its third birthday on the July 14th with an exciting afternoon at its on-site beer café.
- NewquayPubs Celebrate being Highly Commended in the Kernow CAMRA Pub of the Year Competition
Sunday 3 June 2018
Saturday saw a group official recognition of the Highly Commended Pub of The Year Winners in Newquay, being recognised through the presentation of Certificates by Kernow CAMRA chairman Bob Bunce and a group of local CAMRA members.
The Red Lion, Newquay has been voted in the top 4 Real Ale pubs in the County
Congratulations to Louise and the Team.
The Stable, Fistral has been voted in the Top 3 cider pubs in the county. Congratulations to the Stable Team.
- It’s back to the future with returnable glass beer bottles
Wednesday 30 May 2018
The Barrel at Bude micropub is going 'back to the future' by offering its bespoke range of beers in returnable glass bottles.
Following the success of A Greener Bude, an environmental action group looking to reduce single-use plastic, initiated and led by Bude resident Deb Rosser, Ian and Rachel O'Hare, owners of North Cornwall’s only micropub, have eliminated all single-use plastic.
Instead, their unique range of Cornish-hopped beers — brewed at Simon and Justine Carruthers' Dowr Kammel Brewery, at St Breward — come in returnable glass bottles.
The brewery itself is a model of sustainability, using its own hops grown nearby, utilising green energy from solar panels, and keeping their beer cool in a ‘cave’, forgoing electric refrigeration.
Ian said: “We offer 10p for every returned bottle, which whilst not a fortune, has made our customers aware that we re-use the bottles and has encouraged them to return these to The Barrel.
"We then steam-clean them using a small set-up built by one of our customers — a qualified design engineer —and then take them back to the brewery on one of our regular pick-ups, for sterilisation and refill. We can re-use the bottles because we invested in waterproof labels that allow us to repeat this process many times over.”
But the benefits are not only environmental. Ian added: “Recycling and refilling, of course, means less transportation to recycling plants, less industrial processing and reduced transportation afterwards, but it also means a financial saving for our customers and for ourselves.
“We don’t know of anyone else who does this, but hope others will follow our lead and help support the many campaigns across the county and the country to re-use and reduce the environmental impact of our actions.”
The Barrel range of beers are unique in that each is made with Cornish hops grown on the slopes of the River Camel. Single Barrel lager, Double Barrel Pilsner and Tripel Barrel — a Belgian-style Tripel are now joined by Compass Point Gold Ale and Goldsworthy’s Strong IPA.
- Roger's Magnificent Mild May Trip
Saturday 12 May 2018
A few pictures from the Mild Month of May trip to the Blisland Inn, The St Maybe Inn, Haywood's Cider Farm and The Hole in the Wall
After a swift pick up from Bodmin, we landed at the Blisland Inn, Located North of Bodmin just off the A30.
With the Landlord Garry welcoming us from his perch at the Bar, a marvellous selection of Mild's were sampled, with no less than 5 beers being changed in the couple of hours we spent sampling some absolute gems.
The Onwards we ventured to Haywood's cider farm where we sampled some beautiful cider blended to our acquired tastes. Tom has hand reared all of the trees in his orchard and kindly gave us a tour and familiarised us with the farm and family history.
Then Back up the Farm track to the wonderful St Maybn Inn where there was some truly fantastic Cornish Mild, Brewed by Dave at Forge brewery, packed with flavour at only 3.2% ABV it was a welcomed refreshment.
Finally we jumped back on the Coach for a final stop at our 2015 & 2016 CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year the hole in the Wall, Where Steve had some fantastic beers on the bar including Harvey's Best and Batemans Dark Mild...A perfect end to a fantastic trip......
Cheer's Roger you smashed it again !!!
- Wednesday Walkabout Penzance
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Some pictures from Wednesday Walkabout Penzance.
Great to see so many faces and some Out of County Friends join us.
- THE AWARD WINNING DRIFTWOOD SPARS CHARITY & FESTIVAL NEWS
Tuesday 1 May 2018
£5000 raised for kids with Cancer
The Driftwood Spars and Driftwood Spars Brewery raised £5000 for Clic Sargent in 2017. With the support of the local community they held events such as Call my Bluff wine tasting, Pub Quiz with Peter Mitchell (our County Councillor) and 10p from every pint of the beer ‘Spars’ produced by Driftwood Spars Brewery all helped reach the total. This year the 2 businesses has started to raise funds for the St Agnes Sports clubs.
National Silver ‘Freeform’ Award for Gluten Free Beer
Driftwood Spars Brewery is also celebrating success at the national ‘Freeform’ Awards for winning Silver in the beer category of the awards for the gluten free beer ‘Unexpected’. The beer is brewed from Sorghum, a replacement for the malt used in regular beer. It is a light fruity beer and available in bottles from the brewery shop and local off-licences across Cornwall.
Celebrate Bolster Weekend at Sausage & Ale Fest
To Try Spars or Unexpected join the Driftwood Spars & Brewery at the 11th annual Sausage & Ale festival on the May Day bank holiday weekend. It starts at 12pm on 4th May and will finish on Monday 7th. Beers have been collected from great microbreweries across the south west & midlands of England. There will be a selection of sausages to try from local Butcher Chapman’s of Perranporth, live music and on Sunday you can join in the Bolster celebrations throughout the village.
- AGM Voting Result
Sunday 22 April 2018
The National AGM voting results.
The top 4 NE places become the NE And the all important Special Resolution votes, where above a 75% majority is achieved the SR will be updated in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association.
National Executive election results
Lynn Atack – 8,491 (14.9%)
Gillian Hough – 6,608 (14.9%)
Ash Corbett-Collins – 6,083 (10.7%)
Nik Antona – 6,054 (10.6%)
Bradley Cummins – 5,573 (9.8%)
Chris Stairmand – 5,473 (9.6%)
Alexander Wright – 5,472 (9.6%)
Ian Hill – 5,226 (9.2%)
Nicholas Hair – 4,151 (7.3%)
Greg Cloney – 3,715 (6.5%)
SR1. To approve the deletion of Article 2 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association, other than the following wording: “2. The objects for which CAMRA is established are:” – 84.1% in favour
SR2. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(a) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(a) to secure the long term future of real ale, real cider and real perry by increasing their quality, availability and popularity;” – 88.8% in favour
SR3. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(b) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(b) to promote and protect pubs and clubs as social centres and part of the UKʼs cultural heritage;” – 92.1% in favour
SR4. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2© in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2© to increase recognition of the benefits of responsible, moderate social drinking;” – 89.3% in favour
SR5. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(d) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(d) to play a leading role in the provision of information, education and training to all those with an interest in beer, cider and perry of any type;” – 78.2% in favour
SR6. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(e) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(e) to act as the voice and represent the interests of all pub- goers and beer, cider and perry drinkers;” – 72.6% in favour
SR7. To approve the insertion of the following Article 2(f) in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “2(f) to ensure where possible that producers and retailers of beer, cider and perry act in the best interests of the consumer.” – 88.4 % in favour
SR 8. To approve the deletion of Article 3 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association, and to replace it with the following: “3(a) CAMRA is formed as an independent, volunteer led, non-party political body to pursue its objectives. 3(b) CAMRA will operate in a transparent, inclusive, enthusiastic and welcoming manner, at all levels.” – 92.4% in favour
SR9. To approve the deletion of Article 4 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association, and to replace it with the following: “4. In furtherance of the above objects but not otherwise CAMRA shall have power:
(a) to purchase, acquire, sell, exchange and otherwise deal in any way, whatsoever with freehold, leasehold or other property, chattels and effects;
(b) to borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in such manner and on such terms as may seem expedient;
© to co-operate with and assist in any way, including the investment of monies, by way of purchase of shares or the making of loans, whether secured or unsecured, or in any other manner whatsoever, any other organisation or corporation or company which is sympathetic to the objects of CAMRA;
(d) to participate in bank direct debiting schemes as an originator for the purpose of collecting membership subscriptions and any other amounts due to CAMRA; in furtherance of this, CAMRA may enter into any indemnity required by the banks upon whom direct debits are to be originated, and any such indemnity may be executed on behalf of CAMRA by its authorised company account signatories;
(e) to undertake, encourage and provide finance for research or experimental work connected with the said objects or any of them;
(f) to manufacture, sell, treat and deal in all kinds of services, commodities, substances, materials, articles and things;
(g) to maintain the necessary governance, structure, capabilities and financial resources to deliver its objects;
(h) to establish and support branches, acting individually or jointly in voluntary association, whose objects are the same as the objects of CAMRA and to supply or aid in the establishment and support of clubs or associations whose objects are sympathetic to the objects of CAMRA;
(i) to carry out all or any of the foregoing objects as principals or agents or in partnership, co-operation or conjunction with any person, firm, organisation, company or corporation and in any part of the world;
(j) to develop products and services which promote the Campaign as widely as possible, grow and diversify the membership and activist base and generate campaigning funds(k) to form partnerships and alliances with those organisations whose aims and objectives align with its own on individual issues;
(l) to do all such other things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the said objects or any of them.” – 87.5% in favour
SR10. To approve the addition of the following at the end of Article 25 in CAMRAʼs Articles of Association: “…, and such written notice of intent has been signed by not less than 50 Members.” – 89.1% in favour
- Wednesday Walkabout Looe
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Our Social Secretary Ann Burnett couldn’t make this one so had passed the guide duties on to local CAMRA member Geoff Puddephattt, who is also on the Cornwall Branch Committee as Clubs Officer.
A total of between 8 and 10 members turned up in this Cornish seaside town that is split into East and West Looe by the tidal river. Train was the most popular mode of transport to reach the town using the branch line from Liskeard. As connections can sometimes be long-winded the start time had been delayed until the arrival of the 14.22 from Liskeard and was to be in The Globe, opposite the station.
Inevitably, because of train connections for the return, some ‘walkabouters’ started earlier and visited the two pubs in West Looe that were to be included later on during the day. The Harbour Moon had Sharp’s Doom Bar and Fullers London Pride, with the Proper Job pump clip turned round. The Jolly Sailor had Doom Bar, Tribute, Bath Gem and Dartmoor Jail Ale on the pumps and, claiming to be the oldest pub in Looe, provided a unique atmosphere for our visit.
Taking advantage of a passing bus for the trip back across the river enabled the advance party to meet up at The Globe in time for the start of the walkabout. St Austell Tribute was the only beer available until the Shepherd Neame Spitfire was pulled through, having just run out as we walked through the door.
The Salutation was next on the list and although olde worlde in atmosphere only had Doom Bar on offer. The Fisherman’s on the other hand had Doom Bar, Tribute and Cameron’s Whakanui. The latter being a regular changing guest beer.
The Walkabouters in The Fisherman’s with an appropriate sign behind party leader Geoff’s head.
An advantage of visiting pubs in Looe on any walkabout is that they are all a short distance apart and on the level. So it wasn’t long before the party found themselves in The Quayside where the choice of ales was either Doom Bar or Sea Fury, also from Sharp’s and formerly known as Special.
Being on the level was mentioned above, but stairs had to be climbed to Looe Angling Club that, although technically is a club, allows free entry to CAMRA members. Only one real ale was on offer but the fact that this was Hunter’s Pheasant Plucker and cost £3 a pint was compensation enough.
The advance party left here to catch the 18.42 train home after a swift Spitfire in The Globe, while the remainder crossed the river to finish the walkabout in the two pubs in West Looe previously mentioned.
A pleasant day out was enjoyed by all who took part and it is recommended that you join us on our next walkabouts that have been arranged each month.
Report and photos by Steve Willmott
An additional Picture shared by Brian in reply to the Newsletter Editor !!
- The ‘front, Falmouth wins the double !!
Sunday 15 April 2018
With a huge cheer and massive congratulations to Matt Reay and his team, it’s a pleasure to Present the ‘front, Falmouth with the awards for both the CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2018 and the CAMRA Kernow Cider Pub of the Year 2018.
Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA whatpub.com application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of the very best pubs have been nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year considers all the criteria that makes a good pub including fundamentally the beer and cider quality but the overall experience, the cleanliness, the welcome received, the service provided and the positive reflection of CAMRAs aims to promote Beer, Cider and Perry.
We are very proud to recognise Matt and his team at the 'front for coming number 1 in the counties 620 Pubs....in the category of both Beer & Cider Pub of the Year!!!
This is the first time that any pub has ever taken the Double!
- Rebels 80/- Wins Again
Saturday 14 April 2018
Congratulations to Shirley & Steve for the ongoing success of Rebel Brewery and 80/-!!
After again winning Champion Beer of Britain at last years Falmouth Beer Festival for the third time, the Rebel Brewing company's porter named 80 Shilling continues to win awards, this time at a regional level with a Bronze Award in the Champion Beer of Britain Competition. Based in Penryn, the brewery continues deliver, be sure to pop into the brewery shop and pick up some for yourself.
- The Stables Falmouth Highly Commended Cider Pub of the Year!
Saturday 14 April 2018
Congratulations to the Falmouth Stable's Team as they are named in the top 3 Cider pubs of the County
The Dorset based Stable Company focus on offering a diverse range of quality cider at the core of the brand, the Falmouth Bar continues to delight with a diverse and varied range of both local and regional varieties. A core brew being their own blend produced by Cornish Orchards name Rapscallion, at over 6% delivers quite a bite.
CAMRA Kernow Branch Chairman, Bob Bunce and Branch Members seen here presenting the Falmouth team with their Highly Commended Award and celebrating their success.
- Committee Visit To Sharp's Brewery
Saturday 7 April 2018
A few pictures from the committees visit to Sharps Brewery...Write up to follow shortly,
From left to right Hayley (Sharp's production Brewer), Rod Davis (Pubs Officer), Steve Willmott (Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor), Linda Dopson (Cider Representative), Bob Bunce (Branch Chairman), Roger Webster (Transport Officer and Joint Social Secretary), Sonia Bunce (Press Officer, Branch Contact, Press Officer and Festival Chairman), Jim Gordon (Treasurer), Craig Allen (Branch Secretary), Geoff Puddephatt (Clubs Officer), John Stredder (Newsletter Advertising Contact), David Rescorla (Young Persons Representative), Steve Barber (Chair of CAMRA Cornwall Tasting Panel, NBSS coordinator and Regional Tasting Panel Coordinator) and James Nicholls, Sharp's Head of Marketing)
- Wednesday Walkabout - Helston
Wednesday 4 April 2018
The first Wednesday Walkabout of 2018 was to Helston on a dull and slightly drizzly day but a good turnout of nearly twenty members made for a very sociable event. Unfortunately Ann Burnett (Social Secretary) could not lead the walk as her Mum died the previous day; our thoughts were with her. Chris Mason also had to pull out and he rang from his hospital bed. So Steve Willmott stepped in at the last minute, ably assisted by Doug and Pam, to lead the band of drinkers around some of the pubs in the town. We were joined by Dave & Linda Bascombe from Southampton branch who were staying locally and had spotted that we were meeting. Pam was able to chat about Soton pubs as she had spent a few years there.
It had been arranged that we all meet in the Coinage Hall, Wetherspoons for a two o’clock start, but the bus services to Helston are somewhat few and far between from certain directions. The opportunity to have a few drinks and something to eat was taken by many earlier arrivals, but the choice of real ales was somewhat disappointing. Maulden White Adder quickly ran out, leaving Skinner’s Porthleven, Hops n’ Honey and Sharp’s Doom Bar. However, on leaving, it was discovered that a Cornish Chough had been added to the handpulls and Steve Barber together with some other tasting panel members had to stay to try this one too.
A telephone call had been made to The Rodney on Meneague Street to see what ales they had available and as these were St Austell HSD and Tribute, Skinner’s Porthleven and Honey Bunny, we were soon giving the licensees some welcome business. They showed their appreciation by giving us all a postcard of the pub that we could send to absent friends.
Next pub visited was Henlys where the choice was from St Austell Tribute, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Skinner’s Lushington and Rebel Nightshade.
Although the Red Lion, almost next door to Henlys, was also visited by some members a note was not made of the ales available. The Seven Stars had to be passed on Coinagehall Street as it was closed, and had been for several weeks, looking like it is in need of some TLC.
The final and probably most welcoming pub of the tour was the Blue Anchor. World famous for their home-brewed Spingo ales, most of the range of them were available to try. Being the week after Easter there was some Easter Special to try, although it was recommended to either sip a pint slowly or just have a half as it weighed in at 7.5% - or was it more? The lovely coal and log fire was burning bright in the back bar and combined with the Spingo beers we all had to cast off coats and jumpers.
While on a wander out to the gents toilets Steve Willmott met brewer Gareth just finishing for the day and was able to have a short chat. Gareth is still having to brew on the ancient plant as, although the new brewery is all fitted and ready to run, there is some dispute with the owner of the pub (the lease is due for renewal in a year or so) regarding running a pipe from the new brewery to the fermenters.
It was all too soon for the walkabouters to catch their various buses home, looking forward to the next one in about a month’s time.
A few picture of the day below
- The ‘Front takes the Double!!
Monday 2 April 2018
CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year 2018
The winners of, CAMRA Kernow (Cornwall Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) Pubs of the Year 2018 has been decided. Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA whatpub.com application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of the very best pubs have been nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year considers all the criteria that makes a good pub including fundamentally the beer and cider quality but the overall experience, the cleanliness, the welcome received, the service provided and the positive reflection of CAMRAs aims to promote Beer, Cider and Perry. All CAMRA branches nationally have chosen their pub of the year which then gets entered into 16 regional competitions. The overall winner becoming CAMRA’s National pub of the Year. Our fingers are crossed for regional and national success for our Cornish winners.
The top 4 pubs in the 500+ pubs in Cornwall that were shortlisted in this year’s Pub of the Year title race were the ‘front (Falmouth), the Bell Inn (Launceston), the Red Lion (Newquay) and the Old Ale House (Truro).
The top three Cider Pubs of the Year being named the Stable (Fistral), the ‘front and the Stable (Falmouth).
With a huge cheer and massive congratulations to Matt Reay and his team, it’s a pleasure to announce that the ‘front, Falmouth is named both the CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year 2018 and the CAMRA Kernow Cider Pub of the Year 2018. This is the first time that any pub has ever taken the Double!
We would like to award a Runner-Up CAMRA Kernow Pub of the Year which goes to the Bell Inn, Launceston who were exceptionally close to the title. Congratulations to Ivor, Linda and their team in Launceston. Making the final selection is a massive accolade in itself and acknowledge highly commended status to the Red Lion, the Old Ale House, the Stable Fistral and the Stable Falmouth.
The 'front now goes into the regional, Exeter and the East, stage of the completion where it is up against
Devon The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres
Plymouth The Royal Oak, Meavy
North Devon The Bell, Chittlehampton
Somerset The Crossways, West Huntspill
South Devon Bridford Inn, Bridford
for the regional crown.
The first of the official Pub of the Year presentations will kick off on Saturday 14th April in Falmouth.
Where will be heading into the Stable for 12.30pm followed by the ‘front at 1.30pm with the opportunity to taste some fantastic beers and ciders throughout the afternoon in two great venues in one of the best real ale and cider towns in the county. Both the venues are situated next to each other on the Custom House Quay.
Please do come and share in the Pubs success with us. We would love to see you at the presentations or at any of the festivals or events that we host throughout the year as we actively try to protect and promote pubs and promote Real Ale, Cider and Perry. Please help us promote your local. See the website for full details www.cornwall.camra.org.uk. We currently have 1,300 CAMRA members in Cornwall and we will always have some room for some more come and join the fun. We will release the other dates of the highly commended presentations for The Bell, Launceston, Old Ale House, Truro, Red Lion, Newquay and the Stable, Fistral as soon as they’re confirmed.
- CAMRA KERNOW 2018 AGM
Saturday 24 March 2018
Many thanks to all the CAMRA Members who joined us on Saturday for this weekend AGM. A whole range of subjects covered with the Revitalisation Project being close to everyone heart. Many thanks to Robin and the Old Ale House Team for hosting us and serving some fantastic Beer and Ciders.
(Thanks to Matt Stribley for his 3 years stint as Branch Treasurer, Regional Director Gareth MacDonald's Address the Cornish Members, Thanks to Chris Mason for his many years service as the Branch's Newsletter Advertising Cordinator)
Many thanks to everyone who makes Kernow CAMRA what it is today, New members and friends are always welcomed to join us supporting the pubs and breweries of Cornwall
- Celebrating Skinner's Success at Falmouth Beer Fest 2017
Saturday 24 March 2018
Congratulations to Skinner's Brewery another successful hall of Awards.
At the AGM a pause in proceeding was taken to Present Robin Lawson of the Skinner's Brewery tap, The old Ale House, Truro with the Official certificates for Betty Stogg's and Pennycomequick both winners at last years Falmouth Beer Festival.
Pennycomequick winning Bronze place as the overall Supreme Beer of the festival, amongst 247 other beers.
- The Dark, the Light and the Saison Presentation
Saturday 10 March 2018
On Saturday 10 March there was a gathering of CAMRA beer and cider drinkers at the Driftwood Spars at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, to enjoy the pub beer festival and make two presentations. The Driftwood’s festival theme was ‘The Dark, the Light and the Saison’. In addition to the Driftwood beers, other beers and Touchwood Medium Cider on handpump in the bar, there were ten beers on gravity from far and wide, with a range of styles to suit everyone.
Bob Southwell, CAMRA’s South West Regional Cider Coordinator, came down from South Devon to present the CAMRA Gold Award for Champion Cider of Devon & Cornwall to Nigel Smith of Touchwood Cider for his Medium Cider. The ciders were judged at the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival last October. Touchwood Cider is based in Mithian, which is only a few miles from St Agnes.
CAMRA Cornwall Deputy Branch Chairman Vince Curtis then presented the CAMRA Gold Award for Champion Cornish Strong Bitter to Pete Martin of Driftwood Spars Brewery for Driftwood JSB, which was also judged at the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival last October.