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AUGUST 2009 No. 80
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Nominate YOUR Pubs of the Year now...
Getting involved in the Chesterfield CAMRA Pub of the Year (PotY) contest
is simple! All you need to do is nominate your THREE favourite pubs!
For your nominations to be eligible you MUST nominate three pubs which are in the
Chesterfield & District CAMRA area (excluding the Matlock & Dales area, as they will be
holding their own PotY competition) and these pubs MUST be ones you consider to be
a valid contender for the next stage of the competition, the coveted Derbyshire PotY.
You may want to consider the following Derbyshire Pub of the Year criteria when
making your choice, because our Pub of the Year will be judged on these points
when it goes through to the next stage of the competition:
 Quality of Beer/Cider/Perry  Clientele Mix
 Atmosphere/Style/Décor  Sympathy with CAMRA Aims
 Service/Welcome  Good Value
The deadline for you to get your nominations in by is Wednesday 26th August
and then the pubs will be whittled down to the top six, the names of which will be
announced at the September Branch meeting and appear in the next issue of InnSpire.
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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS in the Good beer guide.
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Out and about on Public Transport
#4 - Buxton and Derby
On a sunny Thursday morning, we
boarded the Hulley’s number 170
in Chesterfield so that we could get
the connecting Trans Peak service
at Bakewell for a day out in Buxton,
using a Derbyshire Wayfarer.
The journey there is quite long, but takes
you through some lovely countryside and
picturesque villages – we even went past
the Queen’s Arms in Taddington, complete
with their new shop in the pool room. Armed with a current copy of the Good Beer
Guide and a thirst, we were on a quest for a bit of sun, food and some Real Ale!
First to try (although not in the Guide) was The Wye Bridge House; a lovely looking
Wetherspoons pub at the bottom end of the town, with a good sized beer garden,
overlooking the park, in which to enjoy our pint of Ein Stein – a tasty 5% golden
beer which went well with the weather.

Next on our list was The Beltane on Hall Bank
(between The Crescent and the Market Square area,
where the bus dropped us off). Here we planned to
have lunch and we weren’t disappointed by either
the food or the beer! In this modern and bright café
bar we had an excellent Marble Lagonda IPA and I
had possibly the best spinach, goats cheese and pine
nut quiche I have EVER tasted! The Beltane is well
worth a visit if you are in Buxton and has three cask
ales, along with a selection of Belgian bottled beers.
Our last stop in Buxton was The Swan on High
Street. This is a no frills boozer with lots (and I mean
LOTS) of tartan – even the carpet! Here we opted
for a pint of Storm Hurricane Hubert which, at a
bargain £2.30 a pint, was so good we stayed for another one. Although not the
best decorated pub in the world, The Swan had a nice friendly atmosphere and was
obviously well supported by the locals. Alas, it was time for our bus back so we had to
bid farewell to Buxton and go back to Chesterfield.
As the bus was about 15 minutes late arriving, we had time to plan our next move...
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Curry night: Thursday 6pm till 8:30pm.
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...and as this service went from Bakewell to Matlock to Derby, we decided that it might
be worth staying on for a while... However, on the way to Matlock we stopped at every
bus stop imaginable and the delay proved to be more than the size of our bladders
could take, so we ended up breaking our trip in Matlock for a quick comfort break...
We then spotted another bus going to Derby so we hopped on and spent another
hour on the bus, travelling onwards towards our final pub of the afternoon.
Ready for a little more food to soak up the beer
we opted for one of the famous Racks at The Royal
Standard on Derwent Street. The Rack consists of 5
third pint measures of beer and a generous measure of
locally produced cheese. Alongside a selection of four
beers from Derby Brewery (it’s their brewery tap) our
Rack featured one of the guests available at the time
– Hook Norton Old Hooky. The third pint measures
meant we could sample more beers and, at £5 a throw, they were good value giving the
amount of cheese we got! We decided to use our Derbyshire Wayfarers to get the train
home to Chesterfield, mainly because the journey would be an awful lot quicker. We’d
had some good beer and food and had a grand day out too. Our only problem now is
deciding where to go with our next Derbyshire Wayfarer... Any suggestions?
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Annual Thornbridge Hall Charity Garden Party
by Jane Fearnley
Sunday 5th July dawned with dark
rain clouds over Derbyshire, so armed
with umbrellas and waterproofs, a
group of MAD CAMRA members set
off for Thornbridge Hall. Fortunately,
as we arrived at the Hall the sun
began to shine through the clouds.
Obviously our main focus of the day was
to sample some of the beers supplied by
the Thornbridge Hall Brewery but as we arrived at 11am we decided to explore the
house and gardens first, which are being lovingly restored by Jim and Emma Harrison
and every year there are new things to see. After looking at the house we made our
way through the gardens to look at the new greenhouses, erected since we came
last year, and since these are close to the Brewery and to one of the bars supplying
the beer we succumbed to our first pint of the day.
The choice at this bar was Wild Swan, Jaipur and two brews we had not sampled before,
Craven Silk, a 4% summer ale with elderflowers and Seaforth, a 5.9% English pale ale,
which is an English version of Jaipur brewed
with English hops. I particularly enjoyed the
Craven Silk, although members of our party
soon moved on to sample Seaforth, which
was also a great hit. For those interested
brewery tours were also on offer.
There was another bar on the Upper
Terrace by the house and this was serving
Jaipur and Lord Marples. As well as the
open house and gardens there was a craft
fair, charity stalls, live music, Morris dancers
and lots of activities for children. It was an
extremely pleasant way to spend a few
hours on a July Sunday with the added
benefit of sampling some great beer!
The event supported local charities,
Helen’s Trust and Lainey K Foundation.
Also supported were the Sheffield FC Boots
for Africa Campaign and Childlife Support.
Up hill and down ale!
by Colin Clark
It was the time of year again for our
annual pilgrimage to Patterdale in
the Lake District, a beautiful place
where we like to climb the fells and
drink the Cumbrian beers.
After a hearty farmhouse breakfast, our first
walk was the Deepdale Horseshoe which
involved about 3,000 feet of ascent up
to Fairfield, along a ridge over St. Sunday
Crag, and back to Patterdale to the White Lion Inn for a well deserved drink. On
offer was the very thirst quenching Tirril’s Wainwright and Jennings Cumberland Ale.
The next day we travelled by bus to Pooley Bridge at the far end of Ullswater Lake. Our
walk, then followed the route of “High Street”, which is an old Roman Road over the
high fells. After descending, we called at the Brotherswater Inn before returning back
to Patterdale. At the inn, there were four beers on the bar; Jennings Bitter, Tirril Old
Faithful, Black Sheep Gold and Bargates Westmorland Gold, a very tasty beer indeed.

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The following day we travelled over the very steep, bendy and narrow Wrynose and
Hardknott passes, calling at Boot in the Eskdale Valley on our way to Gosforth, our next
overnight stop. Following the river Esk, we walked through Eskdale and marvelled at
the beautiful views of the Scafells, the two highest mountains in England, as we headed
towards the Woolpack Inn, home to the Hardknott Brewery. There were four beers
available, two from the on site brewery and two local ales, also Real Ciders and draught
Belgium beers (no mass produced products here). I tried Woolpacker (3.8%), a nicely
balanced, golden brown session ale with delicate hop aromas.
Arriving at the GBG listed Gosforth Hall Inn,
a 16th century building with a foot worn,
stone spiral staircase, uneven floors and
creaky floorboards. On the bar were 3 beers
from Cumbrian Breweries. Later we went
to The Strands Inn and Brewery at Nether
Wasdale for dinner; 2 house beers and 2
guest beers were being dispensed from the
bar. I tried Errmmm… and T’Errmmm-inator
(Ale Be Black), the in house beers. Returning back to our hotel bar, I tried Yates Bitter
(3.7%) leaving the Hawkshead Bitter and Keswick Thirst Rescue for another time…
Before making the journey home we went to see Britain’s favourite view, Wastwater,
England’s deepest lake, which is 3 miles long, half a mile wide and 260 feet deep!

The Old Bowling Green, Winster

Special Campagig 2009 Matlock &
David & Marilyn will be
2007 and Sprinners!
Award Win
Pub of the
Year 2008
pleased to welcome you
to their 15th Century free
house, in this nineteenth
r Guide Pub!
A 2009 Good Bee year of owning the pub.
Selection of ever-changing hand pulled guest beers,
mainly sourced from local breweries within a 25-mile radius,
coupled with imaginative food – all prepared on the premises.
Members of Chesterfield & District CAMRA
are offered 10% discount on both food and drinks.
Our bar is open from 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday evenings and
all afternoon on Sundays. Our kitchen serves meals, Thursday to
Sunday evenings and Sunday lunch. Check our regularly updated
website for further details:
Telephone 01629 650219 – table reservations advised for weekend meals.
Matlock & Dales Pub of the Season
The Flying Childers - Stanton in Peak
Stuart and Mandy Redfearn of
the Flying Childers at Stanton-in-
Peak were presented with their
first and very deserved Matlock &
Dales CAMRA Pub of the Season
award on Friday 26th July.
The usual Charles Wells Bombardier and
Black Sheep Bitter were on the bar plus
guests of Spitfire and local favourite
Belfry from Abbeydale at 4.1%.
After nibbles and some excellent black pudding we set off on visiting the four
Project4 pubs in the
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drive over Bonsall Moor, arriving at the Kings Head where Bateman’s Best and Miss
South Africa 4.1% were on offer.
Next a short dash to the County and Station at Matlock Bath where we were
confronted by six ales from the Marston’s Stable.
An extremely lively Thorntree at Matlock
was the next with seven real ales from
Greene King and other breweries
including Timothy Taylor and Amber Ales.
Finally we dropped into a lively Square and
Compass at Darley Bridge where we downed
Robinson’s Unicorn and Double Hop whilst
being serenaded by the singer and “Oliver”!
The evening was a huge success and
enjoyed by all who attended. A huge
thank you again to Ian and his bus.
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Mains from our Chargrill
Rump Steak (12oz) £13.95
Porterhouse Steak (24oz) £19.95
Rib Eye Steak (10oz) £14.95
Fillet Steak (12oz) £19.95
Extras:- Black pepper sauce, Stilton sauce,
The Best of Derbyshire Garlic and herb butter £1.50
All the above steaks are accompanied by;
The Riva’s Best of Thick chips, Beer battered onion rings,
Derbyshire menu has mushrooms and tomato.
evolved through great Roast Haunch of Venison
efforts made by our chefs with a port and juniper berry sauce served with
in finding the best Produce seasonal veg and herbed potatoes £15.95
and suppliers within Butterflied Chatsworth Spring lamb chops
Derbyshire. All our meat is served with sauté potatoes, seasonal veg
organically raised at and a redcurrant and rosemary gravy £14.75
Chatsworth, our seafood is delivered live
every morning and all our vegetables are Wild Mushroom Risotto with Hartington
grown within a 10 mile radius ensuring top cheese dressed with truffle oil £13.75
quality seasonal produce. Derwent River Rainbow Trout served with
herbed potatoes, seasonal veg and a
The 17 century building reveals itself to
creamed horseradish sauce £13.25
be deceptively large inside three separate
eating areas, all seating up to 20 people Derbyshire Smokey platter A selection of oak
per room. smoked Chicken, Duck, Turkey and trout from the
‘derbyshire smokehouse” in Flagg served with
It serves traditional pub food during the Fresh bread,oils, vinegars and pear salad £13.25
day and has live music most Fridays and Roast Chicken Free range chicken breast with
Saturdays. There are cask ales on offer pan fried garlic wild mushrooms, asparagus
and rooms are available for private and herbed potatoes £13.25
functions. Slow Roast Belly Pork Roasted belly pork
Customers are advised to reserve their served with caramelised apple, seasonal veg
table to avoid disappointment. and herbed potatoes in a cider sauce finished
with deep fried sage £13.50
All in all The Riva is a surprising breath of Wild Boar Chops roasted with fresh thyme
fresh air – a contemporary dining and served with seasonal veg and herb
experience in the heart of Matlock Bath. potatoes £14.50
Booking advisable Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Best of Derbyshire Spring Menu “Cartmel Village Shop” Sticky toffee pudding
Starters with caramelised orange and toffee sauce £4.75
Onion Soup with Dovedale blue cheese
& sage croutons £4.25 Hot Chocolate Fondant served with fresh
raspberries, coulis and cream £4.75
‘Wright’s Black Pudding” with grilled goats Ashbourne Gingerbread, seasonal berries
cheese and onion chutney £4.75 and vanilla clotted cream £4.75
Pan Fried Wild Mushrooms The Riva Trio
in garlic & lemon butter on toast £4.75 three of our chefs favourite desserts £5.25
Dovedale Blue Cheese & Walnut Pate The Riva, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.
with Derbyshire oatcake & pear salad £4.75
DE4 3NS. Tel: 01629 581662
Slow Roasted Belly Pork
in cider served with caramelised apple £4.75
A surprisingly successful trip to North Yorkshire
by Mark Beevers
With the forethought of a gnat my newly-acquired sister-in-law arranged
her hen night for just two days after our wedding. Being the considerate
chap that I am, I could hardly stand in my wife’s way from attending
such an auspicious event, so I agreed that she should go, after all it was
only Harrogate, not Malaga, Benidorm or some obscure place in Latvia!.
Then the beer monster in me started to think and a quick check of the 2008 GBG
(yes, Santa forgot the 2009 edition... memo to wife re 2010) revealed that there
were five pubs listed, at least two of which had good write-ups and in Knaresborough,
another three. So it was a case of “yes dear of course you can go, but I’m coming too”.
15:45 on Saturday 6th June found us walking into the George and Dragon on
Briggate in Knaresborough. Set just away from the town centre this was a basic pub,
dog friendly judging by the number of dog hairs on the furniture. The landlord was a
friendly chap, who upon seeing my Falklands Island sweatshirt wouldn’t stop talking
as he was a war veteran. Great Newsome Sneck Dust (3.8%) and three other ales
were available, although the only other one that I sampled was York Brewery Guzzler
(3.6%). We left reducing the clientele to three and we made our way to the So Bar in
the town centre. This was more like it, the place was busy and the food menu looked
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Sunday - Brian’s Quiz.
25 years in the
Good Beer Guide!
Chesterfield CAMRA’s
Winter Pub of the Season 2008

interesting, unlike the beer menu. Four hand-pumps were visible but only three were
dispensing ale, the most interesting of which was Moorhouse’s Blonde Witch (4.5%).
In the space of 100 yards we had gone from a back street boozer to a café bar, but just
round the corner was in my opinion the best pub we went into that day... Blind Jack’s on
the Market Place was only opened in 1993 and had previously won CAMRA’s best new
pub award, yet it had the feel of being a much older pub due to the wood panelling
and old settles. There were seven beers on including Acorn Marynka IPA (5%), which I
tried along with Outlaw Wild Mule, Timothy Taylor’s Ram Tam and Orkney Dragonhead
Stout which I didn’t. This 2008 GBG entry has been omitted from the 2009 edition,
yet to my mind it ticks all the boxes: good range of well kept beers, clean, appealing,
LocAles, interesting menu etc etc. Being a cynic one wonders if politics are at play here
but regardless of whether it is in the good beer guide or not, it is well worth a visit.
This was one of only two pubs that I went in which showed the forthcoming beers.
These included Yorkshire Dales Burnt Hill 5.6% and Marble Pint 3.9%. The pub also
has an Oktoberfest (which starts in September) and several smaller beer festivals.
Just round the corner and down the hill is The Mitre Hotel, a new place with an identity
crisis (barman’s words). It doesn’t know whether it is a café bar, restaurant or pub but
it does have a good range of ales and continental beers (at least 17). This pub only
opened in 2006/7 and was new in the GBG after being the local pub of the season in
Winter/Spring 2008. Eight ales were available of which I sampled Outlaw Boneshaker
(5%), Rooster’s Black Mamba (3.7%) and Hawkshead Lakeland Gold (4.3%) whilst
other breweries represented were Taylors, Thwaites, Black Sheep, Marstons and Copper
Dragon. Conveniently the pub is right next to the railway station for onward travel to
Harrogate, though I had a driver. So that was Knaresborough, but shamefully, just two
of the 22 pubs in the town merit an entry in the GBG, and according to the locals
it’s not that many years ago that the town boasted 45 pubs.
Off we went to Harrogate to check in at the Travelodge which is convenient to
three pubs in the GBG. However before these were visited it was necessary to walk
for 15 minutes to the outskirts of town to the Tap and Spile and Coach and Horses.
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The latter was easy to find as it was on the main road, West Park, the former took
a while but I eventually found it just 75 yards from the Coach! The Tap was small,
intimate with a varied clientele and has served 1845 beers to date. On the night in
question I sampled Milestone Will Scarlet (3.6%) and amongst the other eight ales
available there were the likes of Hambleton Nightmare, Roosters Yankee and Hop
Back Summer Lightning. Next up was the Coach and Horses. Yes it was undoubtedly
popular, but the four beers available were almost ubiquitous so even though I do
like Landlord I was glad that the staff were too busy to serve me and I beat a hasty
retreat. Once again the cynic in me appeared as I wondered how this pub with it’s
uninspiring beer menu gets in the GBG when Blind Jack’s didn’t...
The only real mistake of the night then followed. Taking the advice of the Falklands
vet from the George and Dragon we (yes Janis had “done one” from the first part of
the hen night) ventured into the Alexandra on the way back to the town centre. At
least it did have real ale but only poorly kept Daleside Blonde and Copper Dragon
Golden Pippin. This was a sports pub showing the inferior form of rugby that is so
loved in Yorkshire and attracted the yob element so it is not recommended, unless
of course you are a fan of rugby league.
It was now time to move into the centre of Harrogate where we first tried the
deservedly popular Old Bell Tavern where the nine beers on offer included three


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that were new for me, Riverhead Leggers Ale 3.6%, Roosters Leg Horn 3.9% and
Salamander Nightingale 5% and they had both a stout and a mild on too. Well
worth a visit though getting a table was a nightmare.
Just down the road was a town centre heritage pub which is on CAMRA’s regional
inventory called Hales Bar. Early evening and it was frequented by old timers
propping up the bar and couples. The beer range wasn’t exceptional but it did
include two from York Brewery (Guzzler and Terrier) and Daleside Special.
By this time hunger was setting in and following the advice of another licensee, this
time the lady at Hales Bar, I was directed to a newly opened Bangladeshi restaurant
called Sartaj where I had a lovely curry. This place was very popular but I managed
to get a table and I was soon back to the task in hand.
The final new pub I visited was the Winter Gardens, a typical Wetherspoons pub
(not knocking ‘spoons as they do serve a variety of ales even if the quality can
be variable). It was full of kids drinking alcopops/shots and jugs of funny coloured
liquid. However, there were six ales to chose from including Pale Rider and Daleside
Bobek Export 5%.
Anyway the hen night event fizzled out and the would-be bride decided that the
Rock Bar opposite the hotel was an ideal venue to end the night, except that rest of
the party disagreed. Some decided to relocate to the ‘spoons but Janis elected to join
me and return to the Old Bell, only to find that it closed at 11.00pm. Still Hales Bar
was open so I took her in there. It was a Dave and Jane extend a warm welcome to the
bit of a surprise to find that the old timers
and couples had left and the place was
Crown Inn, Higham.
packed having become a gay friendly bar. The Crown Inn,
All the beers were still on and our jaunt Main Road,
to Harrogate and Knaresborough ended Alfreton.
up in a very lively pub playing loads of DE55 6EH.
singalong music. Tel: 01773 832310
It was a strange end to an excellent day,
during which I visited ten pubs and had Real Ales:
11 new beers. I found beers from of 31 Bombardier, Golden Bud, and 2 guests
breweries (17 Knaresborough and 20 Opening Hours:
Harrogate) and a total of 48 beers (21 in Mon to Thurs: 4pm to 11.30pm
Knaresborough and 32 in Harrogate, 27 of Fri to Sun: 12noon to 11.30pm
which were different to Knaresborough).
All in all a well worthwhile trip. Skipton,
Home Cooked Food served:
next for the wedding but I shall nip out to
Mon to Thurs: 6pm to 9pm
the three pubs that have been in the last Fri & Sat: 12noon to 2pm & 6pm to 9pm
two years GBG... Sun: Carvery 12noon to 3pm

MAD visit The Derby Brewing Company
by Steve Bradbury
Having created Derby’s first brew-
pub of recent times at the Brunswick,
Trevor Harris sold up and in 2004
started the Derby Brewing Company
(DBC). Since then the DBC has been
steadily growing a reputation for
brewing high quality beers. With
this in mind a group of 15 MAD/
Chesterfield CAMRA members made
a visit to the brewery to have a look
round and sample the beers and
then on to Royal Standard, the DBC’s brewery tap.
Charged with a very palatable pint of “Hop Till You Drop” (3.9%), the party was
given a tour of the brewery. Dom Flynn proceeded to give us an interesting résumé
of the brewing process that included samples of the grain that go into making both
light coloured and dark coloured beers.

The tour proceeded through the brewing process, ending up at the conditioning room
where the DBC’s beers are stored for two days before going out to the customer in tip-
top condition. In this room further beers were racked ready for us to sample. The first
on offer was a beer without a name, a 4.5% flavoursome beer that used a mixture of
Riwaka and Bramling Cross hops. The second was “Hopsmacker” another 4.5% gravity
beer with, as the name suggests had a delightful hoppy aftertaste. Following a few
more samples of these excellent beers we bid farewell to our host and made our way
back to the centre of Derby for more beer and sustenance at the Royal Standard.
The Royal Standard, Derwent Street
(pictured right), has recently been voted
the Derby City CAMRA Pub of the Year.
This light and airy establishment has a
modern feel to it in a traditional multi-
room setting. Beers available included on
the day a further four from Derby and a
number from other small independent
breweries. A speciality of the house is the
wooden trays with five recesses to hold
one-third pint samples of the beers, and
a sixth to locate a large bowl of cheese.
Having collected a number of trays
we made our way to an upstairs room
to enjoy an impressive spread of chilli,
nachos and sandwiches. When visiting
Derby I would thoroughly recommend a
visit to this pub.
Following lunch we had chance to visit a
few more of Derby’s fine hostelries before
getting our respective trains. The visit was
most successful with the quality of beers
much appreciated. In the Chesterfield
and Matlock areas, Derby Brewing
Company beers can sometimes be found
on the bar at the Temple Hotel, Matlock
Bath and the Old Poets Corner, Ashover.
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Exploring Shropshire’s Pubs
by Dave Scrivener
My various pastimes have taken me
to Shropshire on a few occasions this
Spring. The first was in March when I
visited the Long Mynd with a view to fly
the escarpment. I met some friends from
Derbyshire and got ready to fly, but then
the wind increased and veered to the
North, so we decided to abandon the
attempt and go to the pub, and settled
upon the Pound in Leebotwood on the
A49. This large roadside pub had an up-
market food menu, but also a decent
pint of Salopian Shropshire Gold.
I spent Easter at Bridges Youth Hostel with
some cycling friends. I arrived on Friday afternoon and went for a ride to Clun
and back. After supper we visited the nearby pub, the Horseshoe, the bar was busy
and dimly lit, so I chose the first beer to catch my eye, which was named Moonrise
by Monty’s Brewery in Powys - it was an excellent 4% copper coloured malty ale,
which I enjoyed so much, I stayed on it all evening! We stayed in on Saturday night,
but on Sunday we decided to eat out and chose the Crown Inn at Wentnor. This was
a good choice as the pub served a good range of bar meals at reasonable prices, and
had an excellent beer range including Hobsons, Wood’s and Three Tuns.
The next time I visited Shropshire was for the Airwave Club Challenge, an informal team
paragliding competition. The event was based at the Powys Arms in Lydbury North near
Bishop’s Castle, and Chris and I arrived early on Saturday for the briefing. The site for
the day was Corndon Hill, which was a short distance away. The wind was strong when
we arrived, but after an hour it had subsided enough to set a task. I took off following
Chris and soon got in a climb that took us to cloudbase. I set off along the Vale of Kerry
and landed the far side of Newtown at 25km – my second best distance in the UK.
I was collected by Nick & Andy, who stayed for a drink before heading back to Derbyshire.
I had to wait for Jason to return from collecting Chris before I could put my tent up in
the field behind the pub. We then returned to the bar for a meal and some more beer.
I chose Station Bitter from Stonehouse near Oswestry, and kept to this for the evening.
The next day the organisers decided that we should go to the Malvern Hills for the
competition. I was feeling a bit hung-over so did not rush to get ready. My friends
all managed to get away from the hill,
though most did not manage to get PLEASE SUPPORT
far. The wind fell too light to soar, so I
decided to pack up and go and collect OUR ADVERTISERS.
Chris, who had flown 18km. We met If you visit one of our
up in the Malvern Hills hotel before advertisers, please
heading home. This establishment is just mention to them where
in Herefordshire and is a regular GBG you saw their advert as it
entrant. I had a pint of Malvern Hills shows that advertising in
Black Pear, which made a fine end to InnSpire really does work.
the weekend.
I returned to Wentnor recently, camping Without their advertising
at the Green Caravan Park, next to the revenue, this newsletter
Inn on the Green. Both the pub and the would use funds
campsite are thoroughly recommended. which are allocated to
On this visit, the pub had beers on from campaigning for real ale,
the 3 Tuns Brewery, which is located in real pubs and
nearby Bishops Castle, plus some other consumer rights.
very interesting local beers!

Richard and Beverley

welcome you to the
Fidlers Rest
Craggs Road, Bolsover.
S44 6BQ. Tel: 01246 828300
Serving from 3 to 4 Cask Ales from
Brampton and Spire Breweries.
Opening times:
Mon: 6 - 11pm, Tues to Fri: 12 - 3pm & 6 - 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: Open all day
Food served: Tues to Fri: 12 to 2pm & 6 to 8pm, Sat: 12 to 8:30pm,
Sun: Traditional Fresh Home Cooked Sunday Lunch, 12 til 3pm - Bookings only
then Bar Meals served from 3 til 8pm.
Quiz & Supper night will be restarting in the near future.
Theme nights starting soon.
For more details please call in or telephone us.

Chesterfield CAMRA Pub of the Season Award

Fidlers Rest - Bolsover Chesterfield Arms - Chesterfield

Lamb - Holymoorside Royal Oak - Millthorpe

Four nominations were received at the July Branch meeting for our final
Pub of the Season Award for 2009.
All Chesterfield CAMRA Branch members may either vote by attending the
branch meeting at The Fox & Goose, Wigley, on Thursday 3rd September 2009
or you can vote by post, sending details of the pub you think deserves to win the
award, together with your name and full postal address and CAMRA membership
number to: Pub of the Season Voting, 28 Chesterfield Road, Eckington,
Sheffield S21 4BD
Alternatively e-mail these details to
All votes must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd September and these will
be included in the count at the Branch Meeting the following night.
Pub of the Season
The Hollingwood Hotel - Hollingwood

The landlord of the Hollingwood, Mark Godfrey, is shown receiving his

Pub of the Season certificate from the Chesterfield CAMRA Chairman,
Jane Lefley. Mark has been landlord for just over a year and has brought
a real ale oasis to the real ale desert of Hollingwood.

The Grouse Inn Fine purveyors of

Beers, Wines and Spirits
Brampton, Chesterfield
Now boasting a host of cask ales,
served to the highest standard
in delightful surroundings.
Close to Brampton Brewery and
stocking their full range of beers!
Also specialising in
Single Malt Whiskies.
Open 7 days a week
from 3pm Monday - Friday
12noon until late
Saturday and Sunday

136, Chatsworth Road, Brampton.

S40 2AR. Tel: 01246 279632

Father, forgive me...
by Andrea Waterhouse
When someone said I needed Absolution,
I decided to take that to mean the beer,
brewed by Abbeydale Brewery, rather
than the visiting a priest option! I may
have got the wrong end of the stick, but
I’m pretty sure I got the best end of the
bargain. I was browsing the beer list at
the Chesterfield Arms the other day and
there was a sign from God – well, actually
a sign next to the bar, but it tempted me
to have a pint of Absolution!
Abbeydale Brewery started brewing in 1996 and
are based on Aizelwood Road (just off Abbeydale
Road), not far outside Sheffield city centre. They
use equipment from the old Leaking Boot Brewery and use ingredients not only
from the UK, but also from as far flung places as Peru, America and New Zealand in
their recipes. Beers from Abbeydale (and Beer Works, their subsidiary company) have
excellent names to match their interesting recipes. The brewery logo is a ruined abbey
that is actually a stylized version of Beauchief Abbey. This is the abbey that gave its
name to the road near the brewery and, consequently, to the brewery itself.
Some of the beers from Abbeydale which you may come across include Black Mass
(a strong and dark beer at 6.66% ABV), Last Rites (an even stronger barley wine at
11% ABV) and Matins (a pale straw coloured session beer at 3.6% ABV). I am lucky
because I can sample their beers in a good number of pubs in my local area. Their
range can be found in pubs around Sheffield and into Yorkshire and Derbyshire. You
will also see them featuring at Beer festivals.
Absolution made its debut appearance at the Three Stags Heads (a “must see”
Real Ale pub at Wardlow Mires in Derbyshire) in the autumn of 1996. Like many
of the Abbeydale beers its inspiration is ecclesiastical – the names include Matins,
Resurrection, Alchemy and Devotion and the pump clips display the ruined Abbey,
along with pictures which often include religious icons and candles. The beer became
a regular feature on the brewery’s portfolio very soon after that first delivery –
apparently the landlord rang the brewery to say that his customers were “in desperate
need of Absolution”. It is also an award winning beer – its accolades include Gold
Medal Winner in the Strong Ales category at Peterborough Beer Festival.
Absolution weighs in at 5.3% ABV and is brewed using Goldings hops and Maris Otter
malt, to make a pale ale that uses a single Grain Bill. Looks wise it is a pale gold to straw
coloured beer with a small and quite thin white head. Aroma is predominantly of fruit;
tropical fruit to be more exact, with scents of mango, bananas and peaches creeping
in. You will also detect a citrus smell, coming from the Goldings hops and a small hint
of grapes. Texture is clean and pretty fresh, with a slightly creamy feel on the palate.
To start with you will get a toffee and barley sugar, giving way to orange and lemon
flavours, which in turn lead to a bitter finish. The aftertaste is quite long and is also quite
dry and bitter. Absolution is pretty complex with quite a few well balanced flavour
elements. It is well crafted and gives a lot for the palate to explore and understand. It
is also a highly drinkable and refreshing beer that certainly deceives the drinker into
thinking it is less alcoholic than it actually is. At 5.3% it is stronger than you would
imagine from the sweet fruit flavour and the refreshingly bitter finish.
The light colour and fresh taste will perhaps give it wider appeal to the general
drinking crowd – even lager drinkers may appreciate the lemony flavours and straw
colour. If you haven’t had it already you really should look out for it, or even suggest
it to your licensee to have on at your local pub. For those in need of Absolution,
drink this and may it absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Clive & Tracy welcome you to the


Situated in the picturesque village of Hartington
in the heart of the Peak District - the hotel has been providing
food and accommodation for travellers and guests
for the past two hundred and seventy-five years.
Under new ownership, and now fully refurbished with 17 en-suite bedrooms (including 6 pet-friendly rooms).
Five local cask ales:
Whim Hartington Bitter and IPA plus three rotating guests.
Open all day every day from midday.
Locally sourced homemade food served all day until 20:30.
Live band 1 Saturday every month (except June - August) - Quiz night last Sunday of every month.

Charles Cotton Hotel, Market Place, Hartington, Derbyshire. SK17 0AL

Telephone: 01298 84229 Email:
Real ale, real food, real fire – Real good!

The Cider Bar
by Chris Gascoyne
With cider month fast approaching, I thought now would be a good
time to review the past year’s cider bars at our festivals in Chesterfield
and to give you a taste of what is coming up cider related.
Back in October was the first Chesterfield CAMRA
Market Beer Festival, where we had 5 different ciders
and a perry on offer, the perry being Gwynt y Ddraig
Two Trees (see later for more about this perry). This
was the inaugural autumn festival here and went really
well with more than three-quarters of this bar sold,
so hopefully we can get this to 100% second time
around! Remember, if you’re not sure which cider you’ll like then please don’t be afraid
to ask for a taster when the bar is quiet – I always have a range of ciders from dry to sweet
for different palates so there should be at least one which is to your taste.
February saw the main Chesterfield CAMRA festival take place at the Winding Wheel
again, with 7 different ciders and 3 perries to choose from. Representing our local
ciders, both being produced here in Derbyshire, were Woodthorpe Hall (with Owd
Barker and Rubie Suzi) and Three Cats. If you haven’t tried Three Cats cider yet then
this is normally now available at The Market, Chesterfield; it is usually a medium to
sweet cider so if you are new to cider then this may be the one to start off with. The
whole bar (including reserves) had sold out by the end of the festival so thank you to
all of you who came along and supported it – there will be more next year! The cider/
perry of the festival (voted by you at the festival) was Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees perry.
This is a medium perry with a low ABV of 5.0%, quite fruity and easy to drink, and is
definitely worth a try if you haven’t had it before – so was a worthy winner.
Moving on to May and it was again time for the Barrow Hill Rail Ale Festival, with the
biggest cider bar of all three festivals. After last year’s sell-out I was hoping it would
last a bit longer this time; we had 19 different ciders, 5 perries and a pyder available,
as well as 2 apple juices – something new this year which I was trying out for those
who were either driving or wanting to pace themselves through the session. The bar
was kindly sponsored by Gwynt y Ddraig, the Welsh Cider and Perry Company, and
many of their excellent ciders were available throughout the festival.
The bar went very well on the Friday, with four just about sold out, and Saturday
afternoon saw another sterling effort to drink the bar dry (which, to be fair, I did invite
you all to do!). By 6pm we were down to the last couple of ciders and I had to go get
my reserves out! This kept it going a little longer but by 9pm everything had gone.

In total, 30 tubs of cider and perry were sold (as well as the
apple juice which also sold out) – a massive 50% increase on
the year before – so again thank you to everyone who helped
to achieve this! If you attended on Saturday night, I apologise
for the very limited range which was left but I ordered much
more than last year and it sold out even quicker. The challenge
remains for next year to drink the bar dry, and I will make sure
that it will definitely be the biggest challenge yet…
So what is currently happening elsewhere in the world of
cider? Festival wise, Derby Beer Festival has just passed at
the beginning of July, which put on a good range of ciders and perries and is always
worth a visit. The Rising Sun in Sheffield has also just held their annual Sunfest, which
had 2 ciders (Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze and Broadoak Moonshine) and a perry
available in the outside tent. From the 4th to 8th August, CAMRA’s Great British
Beer Festival will again be at Earl’s Court in London and as always there will be a
great selection of ciders and perries to choose from. If you have never been here it
is well worth a visit to the biggest festival of its kind in Britain. Nearer to home, The
Market in Chesterfield is holding its Beer and Blues Festival from the 24th to 31st
August, and for this there will be 3 different ciders/perries on sale.
October is CAMRA’s Cider and Perry Month, and this is also the time at which cider
makers start their pressings to produce next year’s cider (which will be ready by around
April time). As is customary, I plan to run two cider trips during October visiting pubs
which sell real cider and perry and provisionally these will be on Friday 9th and 16th
October. If you would like to register your interest for these trips, please email me
( and I will send you more details once these have been
finalised. After these trips, remember that the 2nd Chesterfield Market Beer Festival is
on the 30th and 31st October so make sure you come along
and have a cider or two to finish off the month in style!
And finally, back in May I also announced the Chesterfield
CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year and the winner was… The
Arkwright Arms. “The Arkers” always has an extensive
range of ciders and perries available, including local ciders
such as from Woodthorpe Hall or Hucknall, and by such
is helping to promote real cider and perry to the local
community who obviously appreciate this choice, so well
done! This is part of the process where the Arkers now
goes through to the next round of judging in the search
for CAMRA’s National Cider & Perry Pub of the Year.
That’s it for now so until next time, happy cider drinking!
Real Ale News

Real Ale Corner opens for business. Millthorpe sees red...

Saturday 20th June saw the opening of The Royal Oak at Millthorpe now has
“The Real Ale Corner” on Chatsworth Fuller’s London Pride on the bar, and
Road, Brampton. Brothers, Michael and will have for the foreseeable future.
Richard, real ale enthusiasts, opened for The parasols outside, also seem to have
business at 10am with a steady stream of received some Fullers branding as well!
people visiting throughout the day and Pride is in addition to their excellent
into the evening. It was a perfect time to Black Sheep Best and Theakston’s Bitter.
open as Father’s day was the next day. Market Beer and Blues Festival.
Douglas and his team at the Market in
Chesterfield are holding another of their
successful Beer & Blues Festivals over the
August Bank Holiday weekend. The Festival
runs from 24th to 31st August and features
local and national guest beers, coupled
with a variety of live acts on each night.
CAMRA members will be pleased to see
that on Wednesday 26th the Market will
The shop stocks bottled conditioned also be holding a CAMRA night; where
beer from Derbyshire breweries, and also the production of your membership card
from surrounding areas, such as Sheffield will gain you some free food (to be served
and Alton, truly local beer. They also sell at 7pm so everyone can have a social meal
beer from the cask for carry outs; you can and a drink together) and the chance to
sample the beers before you buy at their try the festival beers at only £2.00 a pint!
small counter/bar. Chesterfield CAMRA The beer selection will include choices
wish them all the best in this new venture. from breweries such as Ashover, Brampton,
and Spire and locally sourced food will also
be available, including home made pies,
British cheeses and a Sunday lunch menu
which will see beers and ciders matched
with each course. For the cider and perry
fans there will also be a real cider or perry
available at all times. I’m sure you will
agree that this sounds like a great few
days….look forward to seeing you there!

Pacific gives real ale a try. Snippets...
The Pacific Lounge Bar on Church Lane, The Peacock at Cutthorpe is currently
Chesterfield (near Argos) is currently being refurbished and should reopen
exploring the option to dispense cask ale very soon.
on a trial basis. They intend to start with The Chesterfield Arms on Newbold
one beer and see how it goes. Road intend to start a 10p per pint
Changing hands? discount scheme for card carrying
Pubs in our are that are currently in the CAMRA members - this should start
process of changing hands are: The Royal sometime during August when they have
Oak at Tupton, The Furnace Inn on had a new till fitted. Also at The Arms, by
Goytside, The Yellow Lion on Saltergate... the time you read this, work should have
Out of bounds - Dronfield news... started on their function room...
Just outside our branch area - The Coach Send us your news...
& Horses on Sheffield Road was voted ...and finally, if you have any pub,
District Pub of the Year by Sheffield club, brewery, cider or real ale related
CAMRA, this will be presented during news that you would like to share with
August and the presentation party should the InnSpire readership, then please
feature lots of Thornbridge beer and email the information to the Editor at
BBQ’d sausages.
Also in Dronfield, The Hyde Park at
Hilltop reopened a few weeks ago and is The Lathkil Hotel
serving a drop of real ale again. Last seen Over Haddon, Nr. Bakewell
Tel: 01629 812501
on the bar was Deuchars IPA and Stones
and they also have 2 rotating guest beers.
Chesterfield CAMRA Pub of the Year 2002
The White Swan in Dronfield town centre Pub of the Season Spring 2005
now has a house beer from Wentworth We are in the 2009 Good Beer Guide!
called, appropriately, White Swan.
The Hearty Oak Pub and Kitchen
(previously known as the Hearts of
Oak) at Dronfield Woodhouse has been
refurbished by its new owners and is now
a free house. As well as doing nice food
using meat soured from the local farm
shop, they have 6 real ales. These consist
of Abbeydale Moonshine, Abbeydale
Brimstone along with 2 beers from Situated Peacefully Above
Sheffield Brewery and 2 beers from The Lathkill Dale in the Heart of the
Brew Company. Peak District National Park

The Peak of Ales
by John Bell (Western Lakes CAMRA)
A beer and walking trip to Derbyshire
is not complete without a copy of
Peak District Pub Walks (CAMRA
Books), by Bob Steel. However,
a group of us went one better at
Easter and took the author himself.
Well, to be precise, he actually took
us, as part of an organised trip!
I was collected at Matlock Bath railway
station having managed a quick pint of Atomic Brewery Reactor (4.5%) at the
excellent Alexandra Hotel, in Derby, between trains.
Our base for the 3 nights in Matlock Bath was the GBG 2009 listed Temple Hotel
but the bar was closed on arrival so we gathered at a pub on the main street, Riva. 4
handpumps dispensed beers from the Marston’s Group range, although, from memory,
Jennings Cocker Hoop at 4.6% was the weakest! The beer quality was average.
Once we were all assembled and fed we were transported to the start of our first
walk. Thankfully a gentle beginning which
ended back in Matlock Bath where we Your Hosts Pat & Emma
called at the County and Station, another welcome you to
pub with a Marston’s Group range,
although we caught a beer festival, part of The Thorn Tree
National Cask Ale Week, which included
an excellent Hop Back Crop Circle. Jackson Road,
We spent our first evening in the bar of the Matlock.
Temple Hotel drinking locally brewed and
extremely well kept real ales dispensed from Tel: 01629 580295
3 handpumps. The beer range is still clear
in my mind but not necessarily the order 7 real ales available
that it appeared! Our excellent meal was including 2 guests
washed down with Brew Company Slaker
(3.8%), Howard Town Wrens Nest (4.2%) Sunday Barbeques
and Kelham Island Pale Rider. The latter and
was certainly not the beer I remember
drinking previously. Maybe my taste buds Wednesday
were tired after a long day. Pizza Evenings.
Day 2 dawned overcast but dry and after a hearty breakfast and armed with packed
lunches we set off for our longest walk of the holiday, but punctuated with pub
stops, of course. Having crossed Stanton Moor not only did we arrive at the 1st pub
as it opened but also as the rain started. Incredible planning by Bob, or just good
luck. Possibly a bit of both!
The Flying Childers at Stanton in Peak is a
wonderful old pub named after a famous
racehorse. The right hand room was a
delight with a roaring fire, wooden tables,
settles and a group of locals discussing the
weather, amongst other things. The 3 real
ales didn’t include any local microbrewery
beers, which was a disappointment, but
the quality of the Black Sheep, Bombardier
and Brains was good.
So onwards and probably upwards through villages, fields and moors until we
reached the Lathkil Hotel at Over Haddon. Spectacular views from the front only
punctuated by passing traffic seemingly determined to spoil our outlook! 5 real ales
including Brains and Everards and an excellent Whim Hartington Bitter (4%) which
for some remained the best pint of the holiday.
Our final call of the walk was not far, as the crow flies, but then we were walking!
Downwards followed by a never ending climb eventually brought us to Youlgreave.
3 pubs of which we found 2 with the first seemingly shut on a Saturday afternoon but
the second doing a reasonable trade. Unfortunately the range and quality of real
ale at the George Hotel was disappointing. Between us we tried the 3 beers, John
Smiths Bitter, Theakston’s Black Bull and Bombardier but all were found wanting!
The evening, unfortunately, continued where the afternoon ended. We arranged a
taxi to the Jug & Glass at Lea where the initial sight of 7 handpumps was welcoming.
The pub was friendly and extremely busy in the bar area. We had a whole room to
ourselves! However, it soon became clear that the number of pumps was excessive
and the beer quality mediocre. Between us we tried all 7 beers and found nothing
to excite our taste buds despite beers from Bradfield, Marston’s and Taylors amongst
others. The barman did change a beer at 10.55, just as we were about to leave, and
those that managed a quick half agreed that the Castle Rock was the best beer of
the visit. Quality not quantity, maybe!
Back at base the Slaker had been replaced with an excellent Brampton Golden Bud
(3.8%). We slept well again!
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Day 3 dawned much like day 2 and off we
went again. A slightly shorter walk today
but still hills in our way. Our 1st stopping
point was the Rising Sun at Middleton
where we discovered a beer festival
dedicated to Thornbridge Brewery. I
managed the Wild Swan (3.5%) and the
Red Brick (4.9%) and we all agreed that
the quality was very good. But we had
to move on, regrettably, and made our
way into Wirksworth, via a maze of narrow streets. Several pubs available but only
2 of interest to us. The Royal Oak is situated away from the centre and has, from
memory, limited opening hours. However, we received a friendly welcome from the
landlord in what is still an old fashioned public house. There were several beers to
choose from but my notes let me down on this occasion. No problem, though, in
remembering that the quality was very good.
Back to the centre and a visit to the Hope & Anchor to seek out the local Wirksworth
Brewery beers. The left hand room was extremely boisterous with live football on
the TV so we settled for the quieter right hand bar, as did a number of others!

We had heard that 3 beers were on from Wirksworth but due to a busy weekend
only 1, Bunny Hops (4.4%), remained. Most of us tried it but were unimpressed!
The evening was a mixed bag, depending on which group you were in! Those that
chose the music night at the Temple has a great time with 2 new beers on the bar,
Ashover Rainbows End (4.5%) and Thornbridge Kipling (5.2%). Those, including me
that walked to the Boat at Cromford were treated to a disappointing beer festival,
which still had another day to run!
We settled for the downstairs bar which was without music, but still busy with a large
group of people still dressed in their uniforms from a local battle re-enactment! The
rack of beers was so depleted that only 3 remained and only 1 was under 5%! Having
found a beer he liked one of our party was dismayed to see the cask disappear before
he could sample a 2nd pint. We later discovered that the cask still had beer in but had
been carried to the cellar to put on handpump! It may have settled by the following
day but, nevertheless, it was a strange decision which surely wouldn’t have occurred
at a CAMRA festival. The beer range in the upstairs bar was equally as limited and the
service extremely poor. We departed early and returned to the haven of the Temple
where the Thornbridge Kipling was excellent and certainly my beer of the holiday!
The final day was to include a walk and a brewery trip but still allow people time to
head home before the Bank Holiday rush. Our gentle walk took us to the delightful
village of Bonsall and the Barley Mow. Always nice to sit outside a pub and watch the
world go by! The friendly bar staff dispensed
very good pints of Whim Hartington Bitter. PLEASE SUPPORT
Bob had arranged for us to be collected
here and driven to Peak Ales Brewery. OUR ADVERTISERS.
Thankfully having a driver who knew the If you visit one of our
area was a godsend as he took us on an advertisers, please
amazingly quiet road that bypassed the vast mention to them where
majority of the holiday traffic. you saw their advert as it
Due to most of the group needing to drive shows that advertising in
home the alcohol consumption had to InnSpire really does work.
be kept to a minimum but, nevertheless,
we received a warm welcome and had an
enjoyable chat with the brewery team with
Without their advertising
excellent pints of Dalesman (4%). We then revenue, this newsletter
reduced the brewery stock of bottled beer would use funds
to sample in the comfort of our own homes. which are allocated to
All in all an enjoyable trip with great campaigning for real ale,
company, an excellent guide and enough real pubs and
good pubs and beers to keep us happy. consumer rights.
Moorgreen Show: 30th - 31st August 2009
by Keith Wells - Mansfield CAMRA’s Press & Publicity Officer
This year’s Moorgreen Show, which is
always held on August Bank Holiday
weekend, will be their 160th, a
remarkable record, and it offers a
great number of attractions ranging
from Show Jumping, Heavy Horses,
Dog Show and various livestock to
Classic cars & motor cycles; truly an
interesting mix of rural entertainment
and education, catering for around
15,000 visitors each year. Arena events are supplemented by a wide variety
of trade stands, including hot and cold food.
CAMRA’s involvement at Moorgreen started in 2001, when the organizers felt that such
an event required something a little more special than a conventional “Beer Tent” for
its visitors. Nottingham CAMRA was approached, since the Moorgreen Showground at
Watnall is in their area, and as this was a totally new type of venture for CAMRA, and
staffing it from within their own branch was difficult, they approached Mansfield &
Ashfield Branch to see if we were interested Matteo & Alyson welcome you to
in a joint venture. This was agreed, and The Red Lion, Birchover
the first Moorgreen Beer Festival was born.
Whilst not an immediately financial success,
the festival was greatly enjoyed by public,
traders, competitors, and organizers, and by
most of the CAMRA members who helped.
The following year we were approached
again by the organisers, and as Nottingham
Branch felt too stretched to host this, Main Street, DE4 2BN. Tel: 01629 650363
A traditional peak pub serving 4 real ales
Mansfield & Ashfield Branch agreed to take from a range of breweries including Peakstones
over sole responsibility. The Festival has now Rock and Peak Ales.
grown to be a major part of our Branch Also serving 2 traditional ciders throughout
activities, financially viable, and with much the summer months and Sardinian inspired
home cooked food.
enthusiastic enjoyment by all concerned.
Opening times:
The crowning touch was added to the festival Monday: 12 - 3 & 6 - 11 (August only)
when in 2006 our beer, served in a marquee, Tuesday to Thursday: 12 - 3 & 6 - 11
with the beer held on site in a container Friday to Sunday: Open all day from 12
temporarily converted into a cool room, 10% discount on production of CAMRA
membership card (includes food and drink).
with plastic sheeting and air conditioning
units, was granted Cask Marque Status.
Indeed this was a rare achievement, as The Britannia Inn
this was the first occasion on which a Cask Ward Street, New Tupton
Marque has been awarded to any event, S42 6XP. Tel: 01246 861438
anywhere, in a marquee. I am very proud
to say this was not a one off, as it has also
been given in 2007 and 2008!
So from humble beginnings, our
Moorgreen Show Festival has been
instrumental in spreading the ethos of
Real Ale directly into the heart of rural
Nottinghamshire. We now have a 3 year
agreement with the organisers, who
highly value our contribution to their Try out our superb beers and
already remarkable show, and, setting
our great hospitality in a true
aside the financial contribution the
Freehouse featuring 8 handpumps!
festival makes, it has also brought many
more members into CAMRA, not only Always a Mild, a Stout or
locally, but throughout the country. Porter and a Cider or Perry
We look forward to going from strength available.
to strength, and welcoming members Quiz night every Tuesday
from neighbouring branches to come and 9.30pm(ish) start.
help if they are able, or to visit the show Easily accessible by the
and enjoy our festival at the same time. #51 Stagecoach bus from
Discounts are available to CAMRA Church Way, Chesterfield.
members at show entry, and on Saturday Opening Hours
night, before the show opens, we have an Monday - Thursday Friday
evening by invitation to traders, to which 4pm - 11pm 3pm - Midnight
any Card Carrying CAMRA Member is Saturday Sunday
cordially invited, and no admission charge 11.30am - Midnight 12noon - 10.30pm
is made. We hope to see as many of your A Local Ale
is always
members who can attend as possible. And available
to all your other readers, may I say come here!
along to Moorgreen Show this year. I’m We are in the
confident you won’t be disappointed, 2009 Good Beer Guide
but will have a very enjoyable weekend,
and certainly plenty of fine beers from
LocAle sources, and the far reaches of available here!
this wonderful country of ours.
Les Fous - The “Micro” in Microbreweries
by Jane Lefley
During the Spring bank holiday
weekend, a group of real ale
enthusiasts headed to Brittany for
a relaxing break and some decent
beer. Decent beer in Brittany you
may ask? Well yes, that’s exactly
what we found.
Don and Tricia moved to a small country
pub called Les Fous in the tiny village of
Carnoët in 2003, as the years went by the only thing that they missed was traditional
real ale. So in 2007 they decided to brew their own!
The brewery is housed in a 200 year old farm building
adjacent to the pub, with nothing being automated,
or computer controlled. Everything from grinding the
malted grain, to sticking the labels on the bottles is
done by the two of them, by hand.
Their equipment is capable of 100 litres per brew, and
they try and brew twice a day to achieve the selection
of beers and the demand, all beers are kept in 20 litre
casks and they aim to fill 10 casks a day.
The bottling is done solely by Tricia and they are
sold in the bar and also in shops as far as Rome (the
beer labels are designed by Sigmund Pieface, who is
an extremely well known French cartoonist.
The Brewery tour had to be done in three sessions as there were eleven of us and
the brewery could only accommodate
five in any tour, this is home brew at its
best. Don and Tricia not only brew the
beer and run the pub but also run a
restaurant with home cooked food which
is “Guide Routard” recommended. Tricia
said the hard work is well worth it when
you see people enjoying traditional beer
and home cooked food.

All if their beers are named after animals:
Orson Ale 4.1% (named after
their dog that greeted us when we
arrived.) A golden, hoppy session
beer. Tartarins Top Tipple 4.8%
(named after the donkey in the
garden) A strong dark beer. Old
Stoat 4.7% (named because stout
used to be called stoat many years
ago) A dark oatmeal stout. Whyld
Mild 3.1% (named after a breed of rabbit in central Brittany) A dark caramel
mild, full flavour but not strong. Beyond The Pale 4% (named after a cat
called Pale) A very pale, very bitter ale with slight citrus notes. Duc De
Carnoet 4.1% (named after the ducks of the village) Pale refreshing hoppy
beer only brewed for the summer months.
We ended the evening with a meal cooked by Tricia and we said our farewells and
vowed to return. For anyone visiting this area, it is a must visit as you can’t believe
the hard work and commitment that they put in to achieve a successful business.
For more information on Les Fous go to

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Never had it so good?
by Tom Shearer
Has there ever been a better time to be a real ale
drinker? We have a large range of beers and
beer styles to choose from. We can drink the
produce of hundreds of breweries in smoke
free pubs. It can be difficult to keep up
with new breweries are they spring up like
mushrooms after a shower. How much credit
the Campaign for Real Ale can take for this is
perhaps up for debate but things were certainly
a lot different when the Campaign was born.
CAMRA may have achieved a lot but the war is far from won. The Pub is under
threat from many sources such as unscrupulous pub companies, unfair taxes and
business rates that discriminate against cask ale pubs and competition from loss
leading supermarket promotions.
There is still a lot to be done and with the national CAMRA membership inching
towards the 100,000 mark, now is not the time for resting on laurels. Join up, get

involved and make a difference! The new members named below have helped make
the Chesterfield and District CAMRA membership total pass 700.
Welcome to CAMRA: Kevin Butler, Gary Whittaker, Martyn Ellison, Anita Speed,
Robert Rodger, Neil Storey, John Commerford, Tony Regan, George & Jocelyn Lewis, Mr
& Mrs Loftus, Richard Stacey and Major Brooks. Welcome also to these members who have
moved in the area: Steven Cox, Gary & Irene Cater, John Sammans and John Rodgers.
The photo competition in the last issue was won by Michael Butt who correctly
identified that the sign for “The Barrow” can now be
found in the Barrow Hill Roundhouse and wins the
prize of a copy of the cider book that was reviewed in
the last issue.
Just send the identity of the pub in the photo to the
address below for a chance to win two bottles of beer
which have been kindly donated by the recently opened
“Real Ale Corner” in Brampton which has got off to a
very good start. The winner will be picked at random
from all the correct entries after 31st August 2009.
Send your entry to Innspire Photo Competition, Tom
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now fully licensed
We are now fully licensed for
the sale of Brampton’s bottles,
take-home cask ale and an
Cask Conditioned Beers increasing range of Belgian
Aspire Impy Dark bottled beers during the
(3.7%) (4.3%)
following hours.
Golden Bud Jerusalem Thursday and Friday
(3.8%) (4.6%) 9.00am - 7.00pm
Brampton Wasp Nest Saturday
Best (5.0%)
9.00am - 12noon

1302 - 4.0% Member of the SIBA Direct Delivery Scheme

Our Summer Brampton Brewery Ltd.
Unit 5, Chatsworth Business Park
offering for 2009. Chatsworth Road
A pale copper Chesterfield
coloured S40 2AR
summer ale, rich yet Phone: 01246 221680
immensely quaffable.


34-36 Hollis Lane, Chesterfield, S41 7RE. Tel: 01246 233001
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday
12noon - 11pm
12noon - 10:30pm
• 3 Cask Ales available
including St Austell Tribute
(4.2% Premium Cornish Ale)
• A Fully Refurbished Beer
Garden To Rear.
• Big Screen TV with Sky Sports
Available Here!
Strike a light - part 6
by Ray Easter
Courage Brewery: Courage & Co. Ltd. was
started by John Courage at the Anchor Brewhouse
in Horsleydown, Bermondsey, London in 1787. It
became Courage & Donaldson in 1797 and by
1888, it had been registered simply as “Courage”.
In 1955 the company merged with Barclay, Perkins
& Co. Ltd. to become Courage Barclay & Co. Ltd.
(I depicted some labels in Innspire a few issues back). 1960 led to a merger with
Simonds Brewery from Reading becoming Courage, Barclay, Simonds & Co. Ltd. This
was simplified to Courage Ltd. in October 1970 and two years later the company
was taken over by the Imperial Tobacco Group.
Their vast Worton Grange (now Berkshire)
brewery was opened on the Reading/Shinfield
border in 1978 which led to the Anchor Brewery
closing in 1981. Imperial Tobacco was acquired
by the Hanson Trust in 1986 and they sold off
Courage to Elders IXL who were renamed the
Foster’s Brewing Group in 1990. In 1991 the
Courage section of Foster’s merged with all the
breweries of Grand Metropolitan. 1995 saw
Scottish & Newcastle purchase Courage from
Foster’s creating Scottish Courage as its brewing
arm. This saw the closure of the historic (Georges) brewery in Bristol. In January
2007 a new company Courage Brands Ltd was created with Wells & Young’s
controlling 83% of the shares and brewing Courage beers (Best bitter and Directors
the only real ales) at Bedford.
Directors is one of the first real ales that I tasted (back in the mists of time) and was
very common all over the country once, now becoming more scarce.
The labels (only some that I have) depict IPA from the late 1950’s to early 1960’s.
Strong Pale Ale from mid 1970’s and Keg Tavern from late 1960’s to early 1970’s.
The Superkeg Mild (from Courage P.B Plymouth and Torquay) is a front label to
a set of 15 pubs (back labels) issued in 1972 through the Cornish Match Co. The
matches were sold in the West Country (I have the full set and listing if interested).
The Cornish Match also issued the Cloth Capped Men advert Remember a pint of
Best COURAGE do in the 1980s this was shown on TV also.

Crown Brewery of Pontyclun: The South Wales & Monmouth United
Clubs Brewing Co Ltd purchased the small family brewery owned by
D&T Davies in 1919 (becoming Crown Brewery) to supply Workingmens
Clubs (they did not close on Sundays unlike public houses). The brewery
grew considerably and in 1954 the old brewery was replaced with a new
building large enough to produce 1200 barrels a week.
In 1988 the brewery merged with Buckley of Llanelli becoming Crown-Buckley Ltd.
This in turn merged with Brains of Cardiff in 1997 and cask ale stopped brewing. The
brewery closed in Spring 1999. The label is a scarce issue from c1980 stating A real
taste of Wales Crown Beers (with Irish matches).
Daniell & Sons Breweries
Ltd: Thomas Daniell was the
founding brewer at West Bergholt,
Colchester, Essex in the 1820s. His
three sons (all brewers) combined in 1877 becoming a Limited company in 1890. The
brewery grew and had a work force of over 40 in 1900. In 1958 Truman,Hanbury,Buxton
Co Ltd took over and its 150 tied houses. Brewing switched to London in 1959. The
Colchester site continued as a distribution and bottling factory. However the bottling
part closed in 1982 and then the offices in 1986. In 1989 part of the brewery was
demolished and the building converted to houses and flats. Continued overleaf...
Ann & Kev would like to welcome you to... A wide range of Bar Snacks and
The Greyhound Hotel, a Full Menu (including steak
served on a sizzling hot iron)
Cromford. served at the following times:
Mon, Wed and Thurs
12noon to 3pm and 6 to 9pm
Fri, Sat and Sun
12noon to 9pm
Traditional Sunday Lunches
served from 12noon
Meals can be served in our cosy
3 Real Ales always available restaurant (with 30 covers) where
Opening Hours: evening booking is essential, or in the
12noon to 11pm every day bars where up to 50 can be seated.
En Suite accommodation in newly Small Functions (including
refurbished rooms. weddings) catered for.
Greyhound Hotel, Market Place, Cromford. DE4 3QE. Tel: 01629 822551 e mail:

Continued from previous page.
The labels depicting Double Dan (a Daniell’s extra strength light ale) are dated 1953
and 1955, Danny Brown (in keg or bottle) is c1967, all three have Belgian matches.
Davenports: The first record of the Davenport family brewing was
in 1829 by Robert Davenport later taken over by his son John.
John Davenport & Sons Brewery Ltd of Bath Row, Birmingham
was registered in 1867 and became a Limited Company in 1896.
The biggest change in their history was their “Beer at Home” service started in
1904. This expanded to a distribution network all over the country. The brewery
became Davenport Brewery Ltd on 1st October 1974 when they ceased to operate
independently. By 1985 they were expanding owning 123 pubs, cash and carry and
off licences, however the home delivery operation was sold to an independent firm.
An agreed merger took place in 1986 with Greenall Whitley Plc. The Bath Row site
was decommissioned over the years and the beer brands were brewed by Carlsberg-
Tetley at Burton until 1998 when they ceased. The label was issued by the Cornish
Match Co. in St. Ives in 1978 and 1979 with Finnish matches, this is at the time when
I remember the Traditional Draught Bitter well at some of my early beer festivals.
I am glad to report that Davenport Real Ales are back and have been brewed by
Highgate at Walsall (not far away from original site) since 2002. Cheers !

MAD ways to Bridgenorth
by Steve Bradbury
A quick flick through the Shropshire
section of the Good Beer Guide reveals
what appears to be a concentration
of interesting pubs serving local beers
centred on the town of Bridgenorth.
It is located to the west of Wolverhampton on
the fringes of the Black Country, and seems to
benefit from its proximity to a number of small,
long-established, family owned breweries. In
addition, it is a very attractive small town and
an interesting place to visit. It is split into two
distinct parts; Low Town along the banks of the
Severn and High Town which is positioned on
an elevated promontory overlooking the Severn
valley. Other attractions include a Victorian
cliff railway, the remains of Bridgenorth Castle which leans at an angle three times
The Barrack Hotel greater than that of the Leaning Tower of
Pisa following a botched attempt to blow
Apperknowle it up during the English Civil War. It is
Tel: 01246 416555
John & Rachel welcome
also the northern terminus of the Severn
you to try their range of Valley Railway which has a very fine GBG
5 regularly changing rated station bar, The Railwaymans Arms,
(mainly local) Cask Ales which has regular beers from Bathams
We are in the 2009 and Hobsons plus guests.
Good Beer Guide
This article describes a lunchtime visit to
CAMRA Pub of the Season
Spring 2006 some of the pubs that can be found in High
Home Cooked Food Town. The Kings Head (Whitburn Street),
Tuesday – Friday: 6pm to 8pm pictured above, is a sixteenth century
Sunday Lunch served: 12 noon to 3pm coaching inn but with a contemporary feel
Opening Times to it inside. It is home to the Bridgenorth
Monday - Thursday: 6pm - Midnight
Friday: 6pm - 1am, Saturday: 7pm - 1am Brewery which is housed in outbuildings to
Sunday: 12noon - 5pm & 8pm - Midnight the rear with the adjoining Stable Bar as its
Quiz Night Wednesday brewery tap. Unfortunately the Stable Bar
Probably some of the cheapest only opens in the evening, as we visited at
beer and the best views around...
lunchtime we had to make do with the
selection of beers in the main bar which
included a couple from Hobsons and
guests from Abbeydale and Cotswold
Spring breweries. The quality of the
beers sampled was excellent.
The Golden Lion (High Street) close
to the Northgate is a very homely
traditional pub. Plenty of well polished
brass bar fittings and frequented by
locals and tourists alike. Beers included
those from Holdens, Hobsons and Wye
Valley. The Holdens Special was in top form, as were the pork scratchings (as one
would expect from close to the epicentre of the pork scratching universe).
The final pub visited was The Friary, accessed from an alleyway off the architecturally
impressive St Mary’s Road. A single elongated bar serving what could be described
as a celebration of local beers; Olde Swan Original and Entire, Worfield Dodgers
Mild Ale from the brewery housed at the historic All Nations at Madley, also
Ironbridge Gold. This proved to be a fitting way to conclude a lunchtime visit to
this delightful Shropshire town.


Beer Festival
At the Market Hall Assembly Rooms
Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October 2009.
Featuring around 35 Real Ales from Derbyshire & South Yorkshire,
Also available: Ciders and Perries, Country Wines & Free Soft Drinks.
Introducing “The Battle of the Beers” Challenge.
Our best local breweries go head to head in an
exclusive competition to find the best new brew!
Session times and prices: Sponsored by
Friday 30th October
11:00am – 4:00pm £1.00*
6:30pm – 11:00pm £3.50*
Saturday 31st October
11:00am – 4:00pm £1.00*
6:30pm – 11:00pm £3.50*

*Admission includes a souvenir programme - refundable glass available to hire.

*Admission includes a souvenir programme and a commemorative glass tankard.
Admission by ticket only. Afternoon tickets also sold on the door,
subject to availability. Over 18s only.
Card carrying CAMRA members receive a concession upon entry.
Tickets are now available from:
The Pomegranate Theatre Box Office [01246 345222] &
Chesterfield Tourist Information
48 Centre [01246 345777]