Brewer of the Year 2017 is GT Ales
We had a wonderful reponse by email and those present at the meeting on 9th September 2017, voting GT Ales as Brewer of the Year, with a strong majority against the other shortlisted Breweries of Country Life and Holsworthy Ales. See meeting minutes for more details.
Nick, Cathy and Team have have run the pub for about eight years. They provide a good choice of excellent ales (other beverages are available!), maintain a wonderful atmosphere and serve a sumptuous choice of home-cooked food. Our warmest congratulations; to win such a tough competition - the top pub of 300 premises in the Branch - three times shows a laudable consistency.
We are all really proud to have you in our area.
We announced our annual awards at the Branch AGM on 11th March.
We are proud to announce our Branch Pub Of The Year 2017/18 is (fanfare) The Red Lion, Exbourne. Congratulation to Nick, Cathy and staff. The very close finalist was The Grove at Kings Nympton and The Champ at Appledore.
Congratulations to our two Cider Pub Of The Year 2017/18 finalists – The New Inn at Roborough and The Grove at Kings Nympton. And the winner 2017/18 is…….The Grove.
Well done all.
Well done to all pubs nominated, surveyed and judged. We are spoilt for choice in North Devon Branch.
There is no award for the Club of Year 2017/2018. The Brewery of the Year 2017/18 award will be made in the near future.
21 Pubs on the 21 Bus Route Leaflet a great success
North Devon CAMRA has teamed up with Stagecoach South West to produce this attractive and informative leaflet. It features 21 of the many great pubs on Stagecoach’s flagship 21/21A North Devon Wave bus service, which connects Ilfracombe, Braunton, Barnstaple, Bideford and Westward Ho! The leaflet will be available free of charge at locations across North Devon, including pubs, hotels, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and of course, Barnstaple bus station (or download a copy of the leaflet plus bus map here).
In predominantly rural areas such as ours, where the availability of public transport to access pubs is often difficult and sometimes non-existent, this initiative does nevertheless demonstrate just what can be possible where there is a good bus service in operation. The pubs included have brief descriptions, together with details of opening times, etc. These represent just a sample of the numerous good pubs accessible along the route and have been chosen to typically reflect a number of different pub styles to suit various tastes.
To access more information, both of the featured pubs and of all the others nearby, we strongly recommend using WhatPub, CAMRA’s on-line national inventory of pubs. Expanded details of all the featured pubs are available there and, as part of the search process for a particular pub, other nearby pubs will be suggested, with details of these also shown. WhatPub uses a mobile friendly website that works well on most smartphones.
A further 5000 copies of the leaflet will soon be printed to embrace minor changes since the first launch.
Look at the latest Issue of BeerTiz, our Branch Magazine. Packed with useful info about the region’s pubs, people and festivals. Pick up a copy from any CAMRA pub in the region. If you, or your pub, needs a copy of the latest issue please contact us. Camra members delivering Beertiz to a pub record that delivery here .