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.