Paul Manning has been a CAMRA member for a number of years and helped out at the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival on many occasions.
Following his recent retirement from a long career in finance he has joined the local branch committee and is now vice chair and committee secretary.
Our vice chair, Paul Manning and his wife, Bev went on a baseball and beer trip to London in late June.
After travelling down on National Express we booked into our hotel which was the Hayden Pub and Rooms in Bayswater – a great base for our 3 day trip which was in 30C + temperatures (great timing before the July washout)!
The Hayden’s on tap beers were Meantime Anytime IPA (4.7%) and Salt Loom pale (4%) both very drinkable. The first evening we headed over to Brixton and after a pint of London Pride each in the Beehive Wetherspoons (cheapest pint we had all weekend at £2.49)
We visited London Beer labs in a railway arch in nearby Nursery rd. We joined another 12 or so drinkers for a 10 tap beer tasting mostly brewed by the London beer lab co. The company was set up in 2012 and to date have brewed over 9000 different recipes. The beers went from a Kaiser Pils at 4.6% to Brixton Haze NEIPA, Saison DuPont, Russia Coloda Whitbeir and Black lab stout. A great start to our weekend and a quirky place to seek out if in London.
The next day we had booked on a London Craft Beer cruise which ran for 2 and a half hours along the Thames from Millbank to Greenwich and back. We each had 6 craft beers in very generous portions along with a take home commemorative glass. The beers included close to home Thornbridge Jaipur and am/pm and Siren brews DDH Calypso and Soundwave.
We then had another couple of hours sat outside at the Morpeth Arms, a Youngs pub which had great views of the river opposite the MI6 building. We both stayed on Peckham Ale from London’s Brick Brewery which was a superb brew.
A visit to a Greene king The Kings head in Bayswater for a pint of Level Head pale preceded a number of fantastic cocktails back at the Hayden (Buy a Guardian and banana old fashioned being our favourites).
The next day we journeyed to the London stadium home of West Ham Utd to watch MLB baseball where the Chicago Cubs played the St Louis Cardinals. The game was excellent with the Cardinals winning in front of 56000 fans. A great surprise was to find two craft beers brewed for the event being London Series Pale and The Birds and the Bears Tart ale both at 4.5%. The MLB returns to London next year in June and we will be back. We finished our trip with a trip to Portobello market and had a fabulous brunch with gins at Portobello Road Gin distillery.
The Chantry Inn (400 Handsworth Road, S13 9BZ) has been voted as Sheffield and District CAMRA East Area Pub of the Year for 2023 and third overall in the city wide competition.
This historic pub which was built around 1250 is uniquely one of only four pubs in the UK set in consecrated grounds being within the grounds of St Mary’s parish church in Handsworth.
It comprises of three different rooms each with some original and unique features including real fireplaces, beamed low ceilings and even the bell pushes used in previous days to order the ale. There are also claims of various tunnels and passageways from the cellar to the church.
It has had a varied past originally being a chantry and safe house for nuns, then a washhouse and a school before being a pub for much of the later years from the early 1800’s.
Chantry Brewery acquired the pub in early 2019 and undertook a tasteful restoration and deliver real quality beers. There are always 5 cask ales on tap from Chantry brewery with a rotating special including Steelos, Kaldos, Full Moon alongside the regulars of New York pale, Iron and Steel bitter, Special Reserve and Diamond Stout. There are also changing keg beers available often from Tiny Rebel or Beavertown as well as real cider and Chantry brewery’s own Helles lager.
Their recent special Parkgate 200 has been on the members bar at the Houses of Parliament in London ensuring our elected leaders get to taste the excellent Chantry Ales.
Congratulations to all involved with the Chantry Inn including the brewery and the pub manager Terry and his partner Alison. The area pub of the year award presentation is planned for the evening of Tuesday 30th May from around 8pm onwards and all are welcome to join the celebration.
A fabulous trip to New Zealand by our vice chairman Paul and his wife Bev.
We started on Harvey’s brewery IPA at the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 2 with some great runway views. Singapore airlines took us to Auckland via a lengthy stop at Singapore due to cyclone Gabrielle but time for a few beers including Archipelago brewery’s Summer IPA.
Auckland was very blowy but our 1 night stay allowed samplings of Emerson’s Hazed and Confused IPA and an excellent Black Duck dark ale from Hawkes bay together with Tuatara hazy pale ale and Speights gold medal ale.
We moved onto Mount Manganui for a 6 night stay for the first test. A lovely sunny and hot seaside resort. Canned beers included Puha road IPA and the Island’s Dawn Daze IPA.
We enjoyed hospitality at the cricket, met England legends Mike Gatting and Gladstone Small. It meant all our drinks were included with the beer offering being Boundary Road brewery’s Haze of our Lives Hazy IPA. An England win in 4 days allowed time for a spectacular wild life boat trip.
We then flew to Wellington after a short visit to a Maori thermal village for a Haka ceremony. Wellington was different again being very hilly and windy. Trips to see the Pinnacles famous for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and wine tasting at Martinborough a great little town set up by an English settler with streets in a Union Jack flag orientation. Many beers were sampled including Fortune Favours brewery Optimist and a bean to beer double chocolate stout.
A Wellington craft breweries tour started at Garage Project brewery for Pernicious weed (8% IPA) and Garagista (5.8% bitter). Next stop was Baylands brewery taproom for a taster flight of Esplanade, Woodrow Vero, Rail Slider and Hop Enforcer. Highlight was then a visit to Brewtown in Upper Hutt. This was a craft brewery Mecca in an old Dunlop tyre factory with numerous breweries including Panhead and Boneface . More taster flights followed with a favourite being Unf*ck the world 8% double IPA.
The second test match was very exciting but England lost by just 1 run. We drowned our sorrows in a great little dive bar sampling Wired Wireless brewery’s Black IPA, Garage Projects Leeds street rye ale and a Birdseye hazy IPA from Parrot Dog brewery.
A super trip for the beer and cricket with many fabulous memories.
The Dog & Partridge (56 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL) has been voted as CAMRA Sheffield & District Pub of the Month March 2023.
This pub which dates back to 1796 has a unique frontage including the pub name and “Gilmours Windsor Ales & Stouts”. It also has some modern wall graffiti art outside on Bailey Street.
It compromises of four different rooms each with some original and unique features including real fireplaces in both the snug and rear room. The snug is largely unaltered retaining features including bell pushes from their table service days together with the original door and fixed seating.
The central bar has a range of cask and keg beers – four rotating cask beers often include offerings from Stancil, Abbeydale and other local breweries including a stout.
Conor who took over as landlord in 2012 has recently become free of any brewery ties. This popular pub has regular events including a weekly quiz, weekly folk evening and shows major sport events on the TV screens.
Congratulations to all involved with the Dog and Partridge including Conor and his team. The pub of the month award presentation is planned for the evening of Tuesday 14 March and all are welcome to join the celebration and perhaps enjoy the usual pub quiz from 7pm beforehand.
Our vice chair, Paul Manning and his wife Bev visited Fullers brewery and a number of pubs in London.
We visited Fullers brewery which is on the bank of the Thames at Chiswick. Although Fullers is now owned by Asahi, brewing their famous brews continues on the site as it has since 1845. The brewery itself although being fully modernised still retains much of its previous equipment which can be viewed on their excellent tour.
The brewery is also home to reputedly the oldest wisteria plant in the Uk grown on the outside wall of the head brewers house since 1816. The kit included modern tanks holding 96,000 pints to old open brewing tanks which due to some furry visitors that used to sample the brew gave rise to the phrases ‘rat arsed’ and ‘bottoms up’ as they floated with their behinds upwards! The tour concluded with sampling time of numerous brews including London Pride, ESB, Oliver’s Island, Black Cab stout and their seasonal amber ale Red fox. They also brew Dark Star and Gayles beers.
A very pleasant walk on the Thames Path to Hammersmith bridge followed including visits to The Ship Inn, a Youngs pub and the famous Dove pub serving more Fullers brews.
A later in the day trip was made to the Star Tavern in Belgravia which has been in every Good Beer guide since inception and rumoured to be where the Great Train Robbery was planned in the 1960’s. We tasted more Fullers London Pride and London Porter plus a cask by the excellent pint of Radio Silence by the Falmouth brewers Verdant.
We also took in the Churchill Arms in Kensington another Fullers pub which is famous for its outdoor floral displays especially at Christmas and home to great Thai food.
The Church House (4 James Street, S1 2EW) has been voted as CAMRA Sheffield & District Pub of the Month for November 2022.
This historic pub is in a Grade II listed building built in a gothic revival style on the site of an old vicarage in 1859. It had a number of uses for the first hundred years including a cookery department, a choir boys school and a home for squatters!
In 1987 it opened as a pub called Gladstones and has also been the Ferret and Trouserleg, the Priory and the Sanctuary. Star Pubs & Bars bought the pub in 2012 and it then changed to its current name.
It normally has four cask ales on tap including from Robinsons, Bradfield and Titanic. The pub has a thriving and popular live music scene and in partnership with Honey Bees Blues club holds regular music nights featuring many local bands.
Congratulations to all involved with the Church House including the pub manager Andrew Delemere and his team. The award presentation is planned for the evening of Tuesday 8 November and all are welcome to join the celebration.
The Chantry Inn at Handsworth has been voted as CAMRA Sheffield & District Pub of the Year 2022 (East Sheffield).
This historic pub which was built around 1250 is uniquely one of only four pubs in the UK set in consecrated grounds being within the grounds of St Mary’s Parish Church in Handsworth.
It compromises of three different rooms each with some original and unique features including real fireplaces, beamed low ceilings and even the bell pushes used in previous days to order the ale. There are also claims of various tunnels and passageways from the cellar to the church.
It has had a varied past originally being a chantry and safe house for nuns, then a washhouse and a school before being a pub for much of the later years from the early 1800s.
Chantry Brewery acquired the pub in early 2019 and undertook a tasteful restoration and deliver real quality beers. There are always five cask ales on tap from Chantry brewery with a rotating special including Steelos, Kaldos, Full Moon alongside the regulars of New York Pale, Iron & Steel bitter, Special Reserve and Diamond Black stout. There are also changing keg beers available often from Tiny Rebel or Beavertown as well as cider and Chantry Brewery’s own Helles lager.
Congratulations to all involved with the Chantry Inn including the brewery and the pub manager Terry and his partner Alison. The area Pub of the Year award presentation is planned for the evening of Thursday 7 July and all are welcome to join the celebration.
You can find the Chantry Inn at 400 Handsworth Road, S13 9BZ. Buses 30,30a,52,52a,73,80 and X5 go there.