Hertford based family brewer, McMullen, has partnered with local resident Lisa Graves, to take over the running of The Greyhound pub in Bengeo, located on the Northwest edge of Hertford. The new face of the pub will see the introduction of a café, initially two mornings a week, and a revitalised food offering, while still maintaining the feel of a traditional community pub.
The Greyhound is celebrating its new feel with a celebration evening on Saturday 04 April, welcoming both existing and new regulars to meet the new team and experience the refreshed offering at the pub. Local musical favourites, The Goldbacks, will be bringing their unique fusion of blues, jazz, soul and rock ‘n’ roll classics to the evening whilst guests enjoy tasters from the new food offering.
Lisa Graves, landlady of The Greyhound commented: “It has been an ambition for some time to take the reins of a local pub and when the opportunity arose to take on The Greyhound it was, for me, the obvious choice. We are looking to once again become the spirit and heart of the Bengeo community, welcoming everybody through our doors, from the great regulars, to the dog walkers, to anyone who may want to pop in for a coffee and a slice of cake on a weekday morning.”
Lisa continued: “My partner, Ray, and I have always had a passion for pubs. When we saw The Greyhound we knew it was an opportunity not to be missed and one where I could use my marketing background to promote this historical pub. We were amazed to find out that The Greyhound is, reputedly, the first pub in the McMullen estate, purchased by Peter McMullen on Boxing Day 1836. Everyone at McMullens’ has been amazingly supportive in helping Ray and I imprint our personality on the pub and make it feel like a real home, not just for ourselves and our family, but for the Bengeo people too.”
Gavin Mansfield, McMullens’ Tenancy Operations Manager commented: “Lisa and Ray have made The Greyhound feel like a proper community pub once again and we know that they will go on to make it a great success in the local area. With their work backgrounds, Lisa and Ray have all it takes to make the venue a place to go for not just the everyday drinker, but the whole family too.”
Baroosh Cambridge has relaunched its private hire room in an event spanning two nights, following the major refurbishment that has returned the cinematic heritage to the room at the old cinema building. The room, renamed “The Intermission”, was the star of prestigious events attended by local guests, businesses and journalists who were able to enjoy the new surroundings with champagne and canapés.
The space has a capacity for seventy-five guests standing, or forty seated, and can be concealed from the main bar area behind ‘magic glass’ that hides the room from sight with the flick of a switch. Inside the room there are multiple seating areas, including a circular booth with chandelier lighting and a soft seating area to provide a diverse atmosphere.
To recreate the retro cinema feel, silent movies can be projected onto the walls alongside the movie star artwork and décor under new mood lighting. The private roof terrace adds to the exclusivity as the perfect extension to any event and is available to guests for private parties, conferences, meetings or even film screenings.
Lara Burns, Area Manager of Baroosh Cambridge, commented: “We had two fantastic evenings with everyone in the local area, both regular guests and new visitors coming down to enjoy the exciting look of The Intermission, washed down with a glass of bubbly. The new look and feel of the room received so much positive feedback from the attendees and we are sure they will all be back to use the room for their functions again soon.”
Batemans, the family brewer based in Lincolnshire, is thrilled to announce that The Dog and Bone has been named as the Lincoln CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year for the second year in succession. Having won the award in 2014, the Batemans’ pub then won Pub of the Year for Lincolnshire and East Midlands, and went on to reach the last 16 of CAMRA’s national competition.
This year, the Lincoln branch competition was divided into two categories. Members voted for their favourite city pub and their favourite from the villages in the branch area. Then five judges visited the top three pubs in each category to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service, community focus and value for money.
The Dog and Bone, a hidden gem among the old terraced houses off Monks Road, came top of the judges’ vote. It is a thriving community pub run, since February 2013, by enthusiastic husband and wife team, Chris and Sarah Sorrell. Alongside a great beer offering and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, Chris and Sarah have worked hard to make the pub a real hub for the local area, holding events such as art exhibitions, ‘Stich ‘n’ Bitch’ craft and chat mornings, cookery competitions and film nights.
Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans Brewery, commented: “This is a fantastic result for The Dog and Bone, and Chris and Sarah should be incredibly proud of themselves! To receive the award not once, but for two years in a row proves that they have got the right approach to running a pub – make it the heart of the community and the people will come. We would also like to congratulate one of our other pubs, The Butcher and Beast in Heighington, which was a finalist in the Country Pub of the Year category.”
Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce, added: “For the Dog and Bone to win the title for the second year in a row is credit to the hard work of Chris, Sarah, their staff and indeed their customers.”
The Dog and Bone now goes forward to the Lincolnshire round of the competition, where it will be up against the winners from the Gainsborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Louth, Grantham and Fenland branches.
Arkell’s Brewery doesn’t promise that its beer will cure your ailments, but a pint or two of its new brew, Hoperation IPA, might certainly help you forget about them for a while.
Hoperation IPA is the brewery’s latest seasonal ale and at a healthy 4.5% abv, it will certainly blow the cobwebs away.
Head Brewer Alex Arkell, has brewed Hoperation as an Indian Pale Ale (IPA), a beer style characterised by the use of high levels of hops, which enables the beer to stay fresh for longer because of the extra hop acids: the more hops in the recipe, the longer the beer will last. IPA got its name from British India and other outposts of the British Empire during the 19th Century. Living hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles from home, the British based there wanted a familiar beer and as a result of an IPA’s ability to last the long voyages, this style gained popularity.
Alex said: “IPA has had a recent surge in popularity and is now the most popular style of craft beer in the world. For Hoperation IPA, we’ve blended English and American Hops to create a powerful hop flavour in this Pale Ale with oats and wheat in the grist to provide a smooth rounded finish.”
Hoperation IPA will be available at all Arkell’s participating pubs throughout the months of March and April 2015.
Following the success of the weekly Beer Club on Twitter, Everards are working with There's A Beer For That - backed by the BBPA - to launch the first ever Beer Club Live events - and you are invited!
Starting on Wednesday 3rd of June at The Rutland & Derby in Leicester, aligning with There’s A Beer For That’s current Beer Club activity on Twitter, the ticketed beer and food matching events aim to entertain attendees and take them on a guided journey through the world of beer and food in the comfort of their local pub.
Beer Club live events will initially take place every Wednesday in June in four Everards pubs, two in Leicester, one in Northampton and one in Birmingham. If successful, Beer Club live events will be rolled out to further venues later in the year. The usual Beer Club online will run via twitter to coincide with the live events and can be found using @beerfothat and #BeerClub.
Erika Hardy, Head of Marketing at Everards said: “Everards are really excited to be launching the first of the Beer Club Live events and supporting this great campaign to re-ignite the nation’s love of beer. Our licensees are looking forward to putting on four great events in their pubs and giving each event its own twist, tickets are already selling fast!”
Tickets will be affordably priced and advertised by the pubs involved and will include all food and beer matching for the evening. The evening will be hosted, in an informative manor, by an Everards beer expert together with great guests from the beer and food world, who will showcase the craft behind beer, the diverse range of styles and the versatility of beer with great food.
With bookings available in pub, the four events will follow the below themes each Wednesday from 6.30pm:
3rd June – BBQ and Beer at The Rutland & Derby, Leicester
10th June – Beer Day Britain at The Wheatsheaf, Dallington
17th June – Afternoon Tea with Many A Twist at The Black Horse, Aylestone
24th June – Beer for Wine Lovers at The Church, Birmingham
Neil Gannon, Marketing Lead at Britain's Beer Alliance comments: "We're very pleased to be announcing our first piece of on-trade activity with Everards. There's a Beer for That as a campaign has gone from strength to strength over the past six months and these great events mark part of the next step in our journey. We are demonstrating that beer can be a great accompaniment to food thanks to the diversity of flavours and styles and taking this to people’s local pubs.”
Contact details for the pubs to book your tickets can be found at everards.co.uk/our-pubs or visit the pubs Facebook pages.