News from pubs across the branch area.

TheBrook JW Lees CaskPubOfYear16Dave Barlow and his team at The Brook, Brooklands have won the JW Lees Cask Ale Pub of the Year Award for 2016. The team wer delighted to regain the title they last won in 2014. This award marks that The Brook has sold the most consistently excellent quality cask ales throughout the whole of the JW Lees estate.

And just to make their day even better they also won the JW Lees Top Cellar award 2016 for selling the most cask ale per square foot of the pubs floor space.

Dave and his team always offer a great welcome to all of their customers so why not go in and congratulate them in person.

The Old Abbey Inn is a pub which many people have no idea exists. Despite only being a few minutes walk from Oxford Road, it’s location tucked away in the centre of Manchester Science Park has seen it typically only open weekday lunchtimes to serve office workers. However, now the pub has been taken over by a group seeking to make it the heart of a new community.

Roots Kitchen Co-Op is a collective of cooks, foragers, brewers and musicians who launched the renamed Old Abbey Taphouse with a weekend of events in early October, following a two month long refurbishment. Upstairs at the pub hosts to a recording studio & rehearsal room with a well being studio due to open in November.

Food at the pub will be ethical and sustainable - organically grown & reared, traditionally processed, naturally refined without waste minimised. Visitors can expect slow cooked one-pots, seasonal salads, wood fired bakes, sourdough platters, and raw puddings.

Newcastle’s Brinkburn Street brewery brewed Galivantes Porter for the opening weekend, named after the resident house band, the founders of which are part of the collective running the venue. An in house micro-brewery is planned.

New opening hours are Monday - Thursday 11.30am - 11pm; Friday & Saturday 11.30am - 3.00am; Closed Sunday.

Kitchen Times : 11.30am - 3.30 pm Monday – Saturday and 5.30pm - 10.30pm Wednesday – Saturday

For more information see theoldabbeytaphouse.co.uk, www.facebook.com/abbeyinnmcr/ or follow @old_abbey_msp

Brewster Erin Guy has left her position as head brewer at the Joseph Holt owned Bootleg Brewery. She has joined the team at Stretford’s Sip Club, looking after everything to do with their beer offering, including brewing their own beer exclusively for the Sip Club. The first Sip ale was brewed on the pilot kit at Manchester’s Beer Nouveau in late June and went on sale at the Barton Road bar in July.

Further changes at the Sip Club have seen the bar relocated to make better use of the available space. A new full height window has been added where the bar used to be to improve ventilation. Changes are also planned to the cask cooling system to improve the quality of the real ale offering.

Over the road from the Sip Club, The Robin Hood is planning “Robinfest” , a live music and beer festival to take place over the Augusts bank holiday weekend. Further details will be available on their Facebook page

Altrincham’s Tavern On the Green has re-opened after a refurbishment.

It is now part of the Bermondsey Pub Co which is the company set up by owners Enterprise Inns to run managed pubs as opposed to their tenanted model which has so badly let down pubs like the Tavern (formerly the Faulkner’s Arms) in the past.

New manager Sam Foster told #THCAMRA that there will be four cask ales on rotation and the pub will be offering a discount to CAMRA members.

Food is based around an extensive choice of pies from Bristol’s PieMinster with associated sides. Opening times will be 10am – 11pm with an extra hour til Midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

 

Update 23rd July:

The pub has had a successful first few weeks of trading, with Fridays and Saturdays particularly busy. There are four regularly changing real ales on offer with manager Sam welcoming recommendations on beers to be featured. Card carrying CAMRA members receive a 20% discount on cask ales. The Tavern is the latest opening on a much revived Stamford New Road following The Craftsman and the Cheshire Tap, both of which are also doing well.

In Urmston, the Prairie Schooner Tap House will be renovating its frontage with new windows, new signage and a large awning. Inside, air conditioning will be added. Events-wise the bar and bottle show now hosts free live music every Wednesday from 8.30 (jazz, blues, folk). Every Thursday there is a “vinyl night” where customers are welcome to bring their own MP3 players! The bottle shop’s range now reflects the great beers being brewed across the North with an emphasis on new breweries too like Torrside, High Peak & Thirst Class.

There's a new landlord at the Bird i'th Hand in Flixton. Mark was previously in charge of Robinsons The Railway in Whaley Bridge. When #thcamra called in there was no cask ale available as Mark is having owners Punch Taverns replace the beer lines. Once the work is complete, is likely to feature Wells' Bombardier and Theakston Lightfoot and possibly a dark beer.

Locals in Hulme have reacted with concern about the sudden closure of The Junction Hotel, one of the last remaining traditional pubs in an area that used to have one on every corner. Is reported that noise complaints about the long running jam nights made by new arrivals to the area curtailed those nights and severely hit trade.

More worryingly is the news that owners Hydes Brewery have wasted no time in selling off the pub to a property developer. Opening Times has no information on who that developer may be or their plans for the pub but local campaigners have vowed to fight any attempts to redevelop the pub which they wish to retain as a community asset. Anybody who is interested in backing the campaign to save the pub should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.