On 1st July, The Angel Spinkhill Community Interest Company exchanged contracts on The Angel Hotel with Punch Taverns. On the completion date (26th August), they will own the building. This is a significant step in the campaign to Save The Angel. The total figure raised by their appeal was £170,870. This is made up of four major investors (£30k each) and £50,870 from individual investors. The Castle Inn (Bolsterstone) has reopened. Dean and Amanda Crookes have purchased the Rivelin, Tofts Lane, Sheffield. After closing the pub for a short period post completion, they plan to re-open shortly afterwards after refurbishment. Lauren White is leaving the Travellers Rest in Apperknowle which she has helped landlady Sara run for the last two years to go to a new job at the Tickled Trout in Barlow, which is due to reopen soon under its new ownership. The Trout’s website (www.tickledtroutbarlow.com) gives an idea of the new owners ethos, it will be food led with good quality cooking but with the relaxed atmosphere and good beer a pub environment offers. A new live music venue has opened on Dronfield High Street – JD’s lounge. The bar does not currently offer real ale but the possibilities of putting cask beer in is currently being investigated! Riverside Live on Mowbray Street sees a change to the food offering from 1st August with the Twisted Burger Company taking residency in their kitchen. Twisted Burger Company started out life as the Harley Hotel’s food offer (and still is) and has expanded doing burger stalls at festivals and recently took their brand to the Aire Bar in Leeds for a few months. The White Lion at Heeley is through to the regional final to be the best “entertainment venue” in the North of England and Scotland for the Morning Advertiser awards. The Maida Vale bar is now open on West Street, this is a live music venue in the premises previously known as the Bedroom and the Saddle. It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 4am and has real ale available.