Friday, 23 September 2011

Theoc House - Tewkesbury

The old adage "out with the old in with the new" applies very aptly with Theoc House. A very bad Pub Co premises being transformed into a new and rejuvenated Freehouse. Not long opened now but starting to become more and more busy and one of the talked about pubs in the town. By all appearances it could be mistaken for a just another trendy coffee house rather than somewhere that would serve a good pint of real ale. However being a Freehouse they serve both to a very high standard, which works very well along side their all day food menu's. Its has a great mix of food and drink that is new and very original for Tewkesbury.

Severn Vale Brewing Co's Severn Sins is a regular and you are also likely to find a complementing but contrasting pint of Bath Ales Gem being served. They have swapped the Gem to Goff's Jouster also and being a Freehouse I hope to see the beers regularly change over the next few months.

Independently owned by James and Simon you will always be welcomed with a smile whatever the occasion. A new take on what a pub / bar should be they have a great selection of books and board games to keep both the young, and the young at heart amused.

As their Facebook page states "A friendly, neighbourhood cafe bar located in the heart of Tewkesbury. Serving coffee, drinks and a great selection of food throughout the day. Use us for whatever you see fit, a morning coffee, brunch meeting, ladies lunch, afternoon chill or romantic meal for two."

Next time you are visiting Tewkesbury definitely worth a visit for a spot of lunch or evening meal, and definitely try both of their real ale's.

I'm sure this will soon become a very good example of where the big Pub Co's are going wrong and how Independently run pubs can succeed. Its good to see a pub opening in Tewkesbury that does things differently................. Jazz night tonight!!!!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Taste of Staffordshire

A Brand New Beer Bonanza For Staffordshire!

This year’s Stone Food & Drink Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with the inception of a brand new event for beer-lovers – The Titanic Brewery ‘Best of Staffordshire Beer Festival’.

With over a dozen Staffordshire brewers taking part, including Blythe, Enville, Burton Bridge – and of course, Titanic - this new addition will make The Stone Food & Drink Festival the go-to event for ale lovers.

Taste of Staffordshire members, Titanic Brewery, have attended Stone’s premier celebration of all things gastronomic for the past three years, and this year have invited fellow Staffordshire brewers to come along and celebrate the county’s fantastic and distinctive ale offer with them.

Dave Bott, Director at Titanic Brewery, said: “We have always thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the festival, but this year we decided that we wanted to look at the bigger picture and invite other brewers to come and get involved.

“The Best of Staffordshire Beer Festival will add a whole new dimension to The Stone Food & Drink Festival and we would encourage anyone with a passion for real ale to come along and sample some of the best that the county has to offer.”

With a huge variety of beers, from light to dark, bitters to stouts, and various strengths and styles, this year’s Stone Food & Drink Festival, from Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October is not to be missed for anyone with an appreciation of ale!

Now in its seventh year, The Stone Food & Drink Festival continues to be sponsored by Taste of Staffordshire, the county’s foremost mark of taste and quality for local food and drink.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Tewkesbury CAMRA Winter Ale Festival 2011

This year the festival will take place on 3rd, 4th and 5th of February 2011.

This festival has been going for quite a few years now. It is most enjoyable as it always falls on the same weekend as the start of the Six Nations Rugby. Nothing better than a good game of international rugby and a great pint of beer (or cider depending on your preference).

A great mixture of Winter Ales and Cider this year there will be 72 barrel's in total. The beers are housed to the left as you enter then its best to move swiftly into the main hall for standing room and a limited number of seats. Beer tokens are purchased on your way in and there is normally and offer for Glass, Entry and Beer tokens for £10.

Opening times:

Thursday 3rd - (Membs Only) 7.30pm-11pm Free entry, CAMRA MEMBERS ONLY, you must bring membership card

Friday 4th - 11am-3pm (Membs Free, non-membs £1), then 6.30pm-11pm (Membs £2, non-membs £3)

Saturday 5th - 11am-11pm (Membs £1, non-membs £2).

The number of barrels 72.

Entry to the hall will be limited to 300 persons at ALL times.

CAMRA Members will be asked to show their Membership Cards at ALL sessions.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Staffordshire Brewer Celebrates Royal Engagement with Limited Edition Special Ale

19th November 2010


A Staffordshire brewer is raising a glass to the Royal engagement this weekend with its newly named William Wins-Her special ale.

Quartz appealed for a wedding inspired name for the beer on its Facebook and Twitter pages after the Royal announcement was made earlier this week.

Winner Anna Hewitt, was one of hundreds of people who suggested names for the special edition beer via the social networking sites.

She will receive a five litre mini cask of the beer, which is brewed at the Quartz Kings Bromley brewery.

Quartz master brewer Julia Barnett said Anna's winning entry was chosen because it immediately stood out from other entries due to its originality.

"It was a really tough decision to choose the winning name as we had some fantastic suggestions from both Facebook and Twitter," she said.

"We were delighted with the level of response and the amount of thought people had put into their suggestions, considering they only had twenty four hours to enter."

William Wins-Her is a 5.2%, full bodied, hoppy beer and will be available to buy this weekend from the Quartz shop at the Heart of the Country Village, just off the A38 in Lichfield.

For more information on Quartz Brewing, visit ,follow @quartzbrewing on Twitter or become a fan of Quartz Brewing on Facebook.

The Glass House - May Hill, GL17 0NN

The Glass House, May Hill, Longhope, GL17 0NN. A very traditional pub that does everything just how a village pub should.

The beers are poured straight from the cask, just like you would find at most CAMRA beer festivals. They normally only have two ales on at a time, Butcombe and Doom Bar. Being straight from the cask there is no added fizz so there is no sparkle or gas added to affect the flavour and texture of the beer. Ale how it was traditionally served.

The food menu is based around traditional meals these are cooked and presented extremely well. Meals start from around £8 and are generally around £10, I believe the fillet steak was the most expensive at £20 but the food is well worth it with generous portions.

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