GIbberish brewpub reduces opening hours

Gibberish brewpub on Caryl Street in Liverpool announced, via twitter, that it will be closing as a regular bar and devoting itself only to monthly beer events. Expect 12 new beers each month for a Thursday-Sunday mini fest, starting 27-30 September. The boutique brewpub was opened in December 2017 by Gaz Matthews, co-founder of Mad Hatter…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

Work commences on Beatnikz Republic bar

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Beatnikz Republic brewery announced that work has commenced on their bar based on Tariff Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. [more] On the same street, Leeds-based Northern Monk brewery are also opening a bar in a premise that used to house the popular Kosmonaut bar. [more]
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

Bar plans for busy Wigan streets

Several businesses are seeking approval to serve alcohol to punters in busy town centre zones across the borough. On the council’s current list of pending licensing applications, there are five applications for “new premises licences” three of which fall into areas covered by the “cumulative impact policy”. [more]
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

"Official unofficial" best beer in Salford competition

The “Official unofficial” best beer in Salford competition took place at the recent Eccles RFC Beer & Gin Festival on 17, 18 19 August 2018.

Here are the results as supplied by Martin Parkinson:

  • The beer was split into 4 categories; Pale Ale & Golden Ale, Bitter, Best Bitter & IPA, and Speciality Beers.
  • The winner of each category would then go forward to a final judging panel to find the Best Beer of Salford.
  • Dark Beers are to be judged next year during Winter Months.
  • Four breweries supplied a beer in each category. One brewer did not have a beer which fell into the Speciality category and therefore only supplied 3.
  • During the first stage of judging, i.e. for best beer in each category, all beers were tasted by 4 judges.
  • For the final round of judging, i.e. best overall beer, all beers were tasted by 6 judges.
  • Judging panels were made up of Eccles RFC club members & CAMRA members.
  • Beers were scored out of 10 for: clarity, smell, conditioning, taste 1 & taste 2.

Category Results:

Pale Ale & Golden Ale:

Winner – Pale by Pomona Island

Runner Up – Session by Seven Bro7hers.


Winner – 1863 by Hydes,

Runner Up – Red by Outstanding.

Best Bitter & IPA:

Winner – IPA by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – IPA by Outstanding

Speciality Beer:

Winner – Peach by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – Witbier by Outstanding

Overall Best Beer of Salford Results:

Winner – IPA by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – Peach by Seven Bro7hers

Customers Choice:

  • Going by volume sales of all the beers, Seven Bro7hers brewery were a clear winner with the highest volume of sales – not difficult when you consider they had a winner or runner up in 3 of the 4 categories.
  • Joint second place on volume sales were First Chop Brewery & Pomona Island Brewery – I have put them joint as they were within a gallon of each other and the recorded figures were subject to my reading of the dip stick, with a shaky hand and sore head.

A very interesting exercise to say the least.

Thanks to the CAMRA members who took part in the judging.

Eccles RFC open this Saturday

We still have a bit of beer to get rid of, including category winners & runners up. All the beer has been kept under good cellar conditions with casks sealed since Sunday.

As we have a game at home, Eccles Rugby Club will be open Saturday 25th from 13:00 till early evening. Anyone wishing to come and help mop up the surplus are more than welcome. Beer prices will also be reduced from festival prices.

Source: Salford Branch News

Pub News July & August 2018

The following changes were reported at the August Branch Meeting.

  • The Gardeners Arms in Timperley has re-opened.
  • Two Sam Smiths pubs, the Windmill in Carrington and the Red Brook in Partington are both s boarded up and the car park entrance blocked.  
  • The Imbibe in Urmston is still being refurbished 
  • The Num6er in Sale is all keg
  • Greene King have opened the Bramley Farm, a new Harvester style pub on Sinderland Road in Broadheath
  • The Fox and Hounds in Flixton has cask ales.
  • The Old Plough in Ashton on Mersey offers a Hydes Loyalty card, with 10% discount, to those over 60 years of age.
  • Also  in Ashton on Mersey the Buck has a loyalty card whereby the 8th pint is free.
  •  Marble Beer House in Chorlton has been sold and is now operating as the “Beer House”. It continues to sell Marble beers and has the same manager as previously.
  • The Three Legs of Man in Hulme and the Temple Inn in Sale are not selling real ale.
  • Co-op and M&S are promoting “local” beers including some bottle conditioned examples.

If you have any pub news please e-mail it to pubnews <at>

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Flying Horse first past the post

(L to R) Landlord Ben Boothman, bar manager Jon Hudson and assistant bar manager Lucy Jones.

Twenty years of building a business has put a Rochdale pub in the winners’ enclosure as it is judged Greater Manchester’s Pub of the Year.

The Flying Horse adjacent to Rochdale’s magnificent Town Hall was in need of Ben Boothman’s vision when he took it over. Trade at the site started in 1691, but it endured a spell renamed as The Sports before he took the reins. Ben could see the potential to transform the town centre building to provide a destination for drinkers, diners and overnight visitors, as well as an ambition to become the town’s premier free live music establishment. But a long-term commitment to providing the very best real ales underscored his efforts.

Ben is well-known in amateur rugby league circles as he combined turning out in the green and gold colours of Rochdale Cobras alongside his work at the Flying Horse. It’s a real family success as mum Pat has supported Ben throughout, taking charge of the functions as well as finding time to run a popular outside catering business, Quirky Catering. The pub is also a vital supporter of town centre initiatives including Rochdale in Bloom and the recent Feel Good Festival.

Recognised by the Rochdale, Oldham & Bury branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as its pub of the year for the last two years, the Flying Horse first made the Good Beer Guide in 2002. The pub’s growing success saw a doubling in size of its real ales to twelve handpumps, with traditional ciders, craft keg and a selection of foreign beers making it a drinkers’ delight.

CAMRA’s regional director Graham Donning said: “The Flying Horse represents all that a well-loved pub should be. It is supported by its regulars, and attracts visitors for its beer, food and accommodation offers. It has adapted to changing social patterns, but at its heart is a landlord whose commitment to real ale makes the Flying Horse a worthy winner.

“Last year, our regional winner was just pipped at the post, gaining runner-up in the national Pub of the Year. I’m not a betting man but I’m confident this pub will be neck and neck in the final strides!”

The Flyer, as locals call it, lined up against seven other exceptional pubs nominated by the Greater Manchester branches of CAMRA. An expert team of volunteer judges drawn from the 9,400 members in the region visited unannounced and evaluated the qualities of each. They scored the pubs on a variety of weighted features including quality of welcome, value for money, community focus and – most importantly – the quality of beers and ciders.

Regional judging coordinator for CAMRA, Caroline O’Donnell added: “Our judges gave points for the knowledgeable and welcoming service, condition of real ales and ciders, and the innovative use of a digital display board showing beers and tasting notes. Most commented on the building’s interesting features and the lively and friendly atmosphere. It’s great that The Flying Horse champions local breweries, especially the excellent brewers in Rochdale.”

Ben Boothman is thrilled with the award. He said: “This success is down to a fantastic team, headed by my bar manager Jon Hudson. We all share a belief that happy customers will tell everyone about their good experiences. And I’ve been helped by our suppliers and breweries who consistently provide customers with the best food and drink.

“I’m proud of our welcoming atmosphere and delighted the judges mentioned this in their assessments. Keeping and serving our traditional beers and cider in tip-top condition is a matter of personal pride, so it’s fantastic to be recognised as the regional winner.

“I’ve wanted to see Rochdale recognised as a great town for beer choice, and I’ve enjoyed strong support from the local CAMRA branch. There’s a lot of history associated with Rochdale but it has a great future too.”

CAMRA will be presenting the award to Ben at The Flying Horse on Thursday 23rd August at 7.30pm.


1. Each branch decides its pub of the year, and the regional winner is drawn from these. In 2018 the finalists were:

  • Wigan Central WN3 4DY (Wigan branch)
  • Blue Bell Inn, Levenshulme M19 3HF (Stockport & South Manchester branch)
  • The Brink M3 3BQ (Central Manchester branch)
  • The Flying Horse, Rochdale OL16 1NJ (Rochdale, Oldham & Bury branch)
  • Old Packet House, Altrincham WA14 1LW (Trafford & Hulme branch)
  • New Oxford M3 6DB (Salford branch)
  • The Beer School, Westhoughton BL5 3AZ (Bolton branch)
  • Queen Anne, Golbourne WA3 3PZ (South East Lancs branch)
    The High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire branch selected its pub of the year outside Greater Manchester.

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