Eccles RFC Beer & Gin Festival – 17, 18 19 August 2018

This festival is running over three days – Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There will be twenty beers, six ciders and ten gins, as well as hot food, live music and rugby. There is also a competition between the five Salford breweries – “The official, unofficial best beer in Salford”. Entry is only £3 each day or a reduced rate of £2 for club and CAMRA members.


Source: Salford Branch News

Tuesday Tipple to Chorley

The 24th of July saw the inaugural branch midweek trip to an out of town destination namely Chorley.

Of course midweek trips had been a regular thing for some time but this one was more inclusive to all members of the branch, members whose circumstances meant an afternoon trip on a weekday was possible. 

A good half dozen of us turned up and all managed to be on the same train but wouldn’t you know it after weeks of unbroken sunshine the rains finally came and we were met at our destination with a light drizzle, no matter the pubs we visited were all within a short walk of the station.

Passing various places we would be gracing with our presence later we homed in on the Bob Inn guided by Bev who had been on the previous ladies day trip, after claiming not to remember where it was she soon picked up the scent and zoomed straight there.

 

The Bob Inn sits on the outer ring of shops/stalls of the market so has the bar itself, some outside seating and an inner ‘lounge’ both of these are tiny but the seating was adequate for our small band. Some locals were at the bar but no other customers joined us, it was obviously market day and a steady stream of shoppers would pass by. There was plenty of choice for all with IPA’s and stout which proved popular, the room was adorned with various ornaments including a ‘cuddly stags head’ on the wall and fake bookcase wallpaper.

 

bob inn

 First of the day had now on to the Flat Iron which was just outside the market, we passed some stalls one of which had two birds of prey on pedestals someone said they were sparrow hawks I wouldn’t know but one had a chicken drumstick in its talons, not a sub-species I would have thought. The Flat Iron had a traditional look to the outside but was clearly modern inside and there was the fake bookcase wallpaper again, beer was cheap though, £4 for two pints.

 

flat iron

 

Outside round the corner to the Shed so called because of the décor, basically tongue and groove panelling, they did serve food but some of our gang missed the sign and brought their own in from the market, the bar people were fine with this which was good of them.

 

the shed

 A relatively (0.3M)long walk now a real gem of a pub on the other side of the railway, The Malt’N’Hops once again a stout was available but also pork pies, sandwiches and pickled eggs, the pies and eggs being only being only 50p each. We sat outside but the interior had lots of dark wood and etched and stained glass.

malt n hops

 Back across the tracks to the bars we passed earlier the Shepherds Hall Ale House and the Ale Station, you would call these micros I suppose but plenty of choice in each for their size, Bev was quite taken with a shaggy white dog in the latter, I said it looked like my bath mat had come to life.

shepherds hall

     ale station

 

This concluded our very successful trip out, enjoyed by all and I’m looking forward to future outings in the same vein, the next will be Macclesfield.


Source: Trafford & Hulme

PETERSGATE TAP IS YOUR BEST BET FOR CIDER

DIARY DATE: Presentation at Petersgate Tap SK1 1EB, 2.30pm, Sunday 5th August

Stockport’s modern take on a pub has scooped the title of Greater Manchester’s Cider Pub of the Year.

Opened in September 2016 on the site of a former betting shop, the Petersgate Tap has attracted rave reviews for its innovative range of traditionally-produced ciders alongside a stunning selection of beers and speciality gins. It was nominated by the local Stockport and South Manchester Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch for the first time. But despite a challenge from six of the best cider outlets across the region, an expert team of judges marked Petersgate Tap the Greater Manchester winner.

Although real ale takes pride of place on the bar with six handpumps, father and son Alan and Chris Gent were also determined to provide cider and perry drinkers with an excellent choice from the off. They dispense traditional favourites from award-winning producers with a choice of cellar or fridge cooling. Recent offerings include a pair of national gold medal winners from Somerset, Scrummage Cider from Harry’s and Nempnett’s Piglets Perry.

Alan, a long-time CAMRA member said: “Although we’ve won a couple of awards from the local branch, this is our first regional recognition. As well as national winning ciders and perrys from traditional orchards, we’re keen to champion local producers such as Dunham Press and have its organic Dabinett available at present.

“We’ve worked hard to gain a reputation for our ciders and perrys, and are proud to win this title.”

The Petersgate Tap has an active programme of events with accoustic bands, poetry evenings and takes part in Stockport’s Foodie Friday each month. Its commitment to cider is next on show as part of the forthcoming Stockport Beer Week. Charlotte Bulmer will be leading a tutored tasting of nine ciders and perrys on Sunday 30th September.

CAMRA’s regional cider coordinator Mike Gilroy said: “I’m delighted to see a new winner. This award recognises and rewards excellence in promoting and serving our traditional drinks, and encourages others to aim for high standards.

“Our judges were impressed with the welcoming environment, value for money and the quality of the cider on offer. Many mentioned the knowledge of bar staff about the ciders and perrys sold at the Tap, and the encouragement to try unfamiliar products.”

Mike and CAMRA stalwart Phil Moss will present Alan and Chris with the award at the Tap at 2.30pm on Sunday 5th August 2018.

The pub now goes forward to the next round of the competition, with the national Cider Pub of the Year expected to be announced in early October.

Notes:

In 2018 the finalists were:

  • Petersgate Tap, Stockport (Stockport and South Manchester branch)
  • Tap ‘N’ Barrel, Wigan (Wigan branch)
  • The Font, Chorlton (Trafford and Hulme branch)
  • New Oxford, Salford ( Salford branch)
  • Blackedge Brewery Tap, Horwich (Bolton branch)
  • Samuel Oldknow, Marple (High Peak, Tameside and NE Cheshire branch)
  • The Brink, Manchester (Central Manchester branch)