Head chef David Sheldon and landlord Barry Coxhall of the Three Merry Lads in Lodge Moor, are the new holders of the Guinness World Record for the longest barbecue record. They started at 8am on 20th June and after 30 hours finished at 2pm on the 21st. During that time they cooked around 3000 items, 400kg of meat supplied by Philip James butchers of Crosspool. It was a memorable weekend with around 700 people turning up to support the event.
The Old Grindstone at Crookes has been redecorated with all the reds and oranges gone and more pleasant blues and greens with white ceilings making the pub feel more comfortable. Four extra hand pumps have been added making eight, three selling LocAles.
The Devonshire Arms in Dore is under new management. The new manager is looking to achieve recognition from Cask Marque for beer quality.
The Castle Inn at Bradway closed temporarily to allow for a change of management, although it is still being run by Vectes leisure until Enterprise Inns find a more permanent leaseholder. Three real ales are available at the Castle and food is now served Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm and 5-8:30pm plus Sunday lunchtime 12-3pm.
Meanwhile, the previous managers of the Castle – Craig and Marie Harris – are now running the Cherry Tree on Carter Knowle Avenue, near Millhouses. The bar there features 5 handpulls for real ale with beers generally sourced from within 30 miles of the pub and food is due to be introduced early August with a menu of bar snacks and home made meals. The nearest bus route is on Carterknowle Road – served by buses 85 and 505 in the daytime and bus 4A evenings and Sundays.