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Mild Trail Updates

Miners Return - Kimberley

Unfortunately The Miners Return in Kimberley will not be taking part in this years Mild Trail, however as they are listed on the trail, they have agreed to give out a sticker when any beer on the bar is purchased.

Horse and Groom - Basford

We have been informed that while the Horse and Groom is not listed on the Mild Trail, they will have a mild on the bar, and can be entered as a lucky dip.  This is an oversight on our behalf, and Nottingham CAMRA apologise to the pub for this.

They have advised us that the rumours of the pub closing are rubbish, and they are still open for business and would love to see customers old and new.

Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017

Pub of the Year 2017 Winner

Congratulations to The Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford, winning the Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2017.

The former British Legion club in the Lady Bay area of Nottingam combines good beer, great atmosphere and a fantastic community hub into a spacious and diverse pub.

Well done to James and all his staff for making the Poppy and Pint a welcoming oasis in the heart of West Bridgford.


Village Pub of the Year 2017

Congratulations to the Round RobINN in East Leake, retaining the Village Pub of the Year award that they won in 2016.

The Round RobINN is a vibrant micro pub in the heart of East Leake, serving cask ales on gravity along with a varied choice of ciders, bottled beers, wine and spirits.

Congratulations go to Rachel and Darren and all of their staff for their hard work.

Nottingham CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2017

Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its “Cider Pub of the Year 2017”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include cider quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.

We are pleased to announce that this years winner is Doctors Orders.

Huge congratulations to the manager Dan Hancocks, supervisor Ella Whitworth, all the staff at the pub, & of course Magpie Brewery.

Well done to every pub nominated for judging & do continue the good work.

Pub of The Year 2017

Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has this weekend announced its “Pub of the Year 2017”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include beer quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.

This year we again decided to select two winners to reflect the mix between the Urban area, including the city centre, and Village pubs, this gives a fairer spread and allows the village pubs not to be forgotten.

Urban/City and Overall winner: Poppy and Pint,  Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford.
Former British Legion Club converted in 2011 to become a Castle Rock pub and café. It has a large main bar with a raised area and a family area (children welcome until 9pm) with a café bar, all with a homely, welcoming feel. A large upstairs function room features a folk club and other local events, and the beer garden overlooks a bowling green and tennis courts. 12 handpumps dispense the Castle Rock beers plus guests, often from new breweries. There are usually 2 real ciders and excellent food is served.

Runner up Urban / City: White Lion, Swingate.

Third Place:  Robin Hood (AND) Little John, Arnold.

Village winner: The Round Robinn, 54 Main St, East Leake, LE12 6PG. Micropub opened October 2015, serving six local beers on gravity. Seating is a mixture of chairs, cushioned benches and high stools, with the single room accommodating up to 45 patrons. Food is restricted to light bar snacks. Continental bottled beers available.

Runner up Village: Frame Breakers, Ruddington.

Third Place: The Gate Inn, Main St, Awsworth.

Nottingham CAMRA Branch Chairman Steve Westby says “At a time when pubs continue to close at a frightening rate it is pleasing that our volunteer panel of judges found that the quality of our remaining local pubs was, if anything, better than ever. The Poppy and Pint is particularly to be commended, as it is a true example of a thriving community pub. James Halfpenny and his team do a splendid job in creating a successful, popular pub offering an outstanding range of quality beers in a friendly atmosphere. The winner of the Village category, The Round Robinn in East Leake, takes this award for the second consecutive year. It only opened less than two years ago and quickly demonstrated how a small micro-pub can quickly become a thriving asset to the local community.”

Notes to editors

  • Presentation evening will be held at Poppy and Pint on Thurs 6th April.
  • Presentation evening will be held at Round Robinn on Fri 7th April.
  • Pub descriptions taken from What Pub website.
  • Urban / City pubs are those in the larger conurbations and Village pubs are those in village and/or rural communities.

Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire

The 5th Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire was once again held at the Canalhouse from 23rd to 25th February, and a fantastic range of beer was on offer.  Congratulations to Blue Monkey, as Guerilla Chocolate Amaretto was crowned the Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire.

Congratulations also go to the runners up, they are:

Blue Monkey                                   Infinity
Idle Valley                                       Vacant Gesture
Kings Clipstone                              Moonbeam
Lenton Lane                                   Atlas Stout
Nottingham                                     Supreme
Scribblers                                       Harry Potter & the Goblet of Ale
Springhead                                     Outlawed
Totally Brewed                                Guardians of the Forest

Shipstones returns to Basford

A quarter of a century ago, Nottingham CAMRA launched its biggest and most expensive campaign ever to try and save Shipstones Brewery.  The SOS campaign (Save ouor Shipstones) was hugely popular, not just in Nottingham but also further afield - we even were given the opportunity to discuss the issue in a committee room in the House of Parliament.  Buses carried advertising banners SOS - Save our Shipstones, and thousands signed up to the SOS club which came complete with a membership card.

Like all campaigns to save a brewery, it was doomed to fail but that did not stop the branch campaigning hard.  The campaign was championed by the late Stewart Argyle and Spyke Golding.

When Richard Neale acquired the Shipstones name and original brews we welcomed what he was doing but stressed that until he moved into Nottingham it would always seem a little bit "fake".  We are pleased to announce that Shipstones has come home (sorry about the pun), and now we have a new old brewery in our branch area.

Award of Excellence to local brewer

Anthony Hughes of Lincoln Green Brewery has been given an Award of Excellence from Nottingham CAMRA.  The award is normally reserved for pubs and the people who run them, but have chosen to make an exception in Anthony’s case, acknowledging all his efforts since establishing the brewery in 2012.
Nottingham CAMRA chairman Steve Westby said: “In the short time that Anthony has been involved in the industry he was quickly established a reputation for fairness.  His forward thinking, motivation and positive outlook on real ale brewing in Nottingham made him an obvious candidate to receive this award.”
Lincoln Green Brewery is based at the Wigwam Lane enterprise in Hucknall and operate two pubs in Nottingham: the Robin Hood and Little John in Arnold, and the Sir John Borlase Warren in Canning Circus.
Anthony started the brewery in his Mapperley garage following a redundancy from his retail career and a period of job hunting, and success has flowed freely ever since.
Anthony’s award-winning activities are the Micro vs Macro event at the Robin Hood, where people were asked to sample five locally brewed beers, and five national beers in a blind tasting test.  The pub also hosted a Champion Beers of Britain 2007-16 event bringing together a decade of the best in British brewing. Anthony’s contribution to the regional scene included a tasting tour of Canning Circus pubs as part of the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival fringe in September 2016. He has engaged with local charities and good causes too, brewing up the Weirdy Beardy ale for bowel cancer charity campaign in 2014 and working with Ray Blockley on the Community Cider Press in aid of the Combat Stress Charity. The Thoresby Brass Band also enjoyed Anthony’s support when he created the Final Countdowns ale.

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Brewing back in Basford

From 6th December Shipstone’s beer will be brewed at ‘Little Star Brewery’ Church Lane, Old Basford, Nottingham.  In a new venture Shipstone’s have teamed up with Kym Ellington and Turnstone Taverns to refurbish and transform the existing Alcazar Brewery into Shipstone’s Little Star Brewery. It’s a microbrewery attached to former Shipstone’s pub The Fox & Crown.
The brewery has been dormant for a number of months after an attempt to bring it back to life, and Turnstone Taverns approached Shipstone’s about moving their brewing from the Vale of Belvoir back to Nottingham. The Fox & Crown will act as the brewery tap house and serve brewery fresh beers all the time.
Colin Brown, who brewed at the original Star Brewery in Basford, has been brewing Shipstone’s cask ale in Old Dalby. His knowledge helped develop a range of heritage beers that represented the original.  In turn Colin has trained up two bright young brewers and one of them Patrick Storey, will be joining the Shipstone’s team.
 .  Director Simon Neale said “Having Pat join the team is brilliant, he is an excellent  brewer who has learnt so much from Colin and is ready to spread his wings.  We have run a number of test brews, conducted some blind taste tests and the results have been very positive. Murphy & Son are on our doorstep to supply our ingredients including yeast cultured in their labs.  It means we are brewing proper Basford beer”
Kym Ellington from Turnstone Taverns said “This is a new era for The Fox & Crown and its brewhouse.  Having Richard and the Shipstone’s team come on board is brilliant and it’s great to help get the brewing back in Basford. We have a new team in the pub, Doug & Charlie who are making a massive difference. I have tried the beer already it went down a treat”
One of the main concerns with the resurgence of Shipstone’s three years ago was in regarding to the brewing being done in Leicestershire.  The team had been working tirelessly to get back to Nottingham and now brings a new era for Shipstone’s.   

Flipside Brewery wins award

Russian Rouble has been awarded Silver in the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition. Congratulations to all involved.


East Midlands 2016 Cider & Perry competition results

The results of the East Midlands round of the Draft Cider, Bottled Cider and Perry competition are:


Gold - Blue Barrel Cider, Clifton Beauty
Silver - Vale of Welton, Poachers
Bronze - Sisson & Smith, medium


Gold - Rockingham Forest, Green Horse Perry


Gold - Kniveton, Never Mind the Hillocks
Silver - Blue Barrel, Sherwood Blend
Bronze - Skidbrooke Medium

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the local cider producers in our region for taking part.  Looking forward to next years competition. 
Contact Dee Wright at Nottingham CAMRA with any questions.

CAMRA Champion beer of Britain

A speciality beer has won CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for the first time.  Bingham’s Vanilla Stout, brewed in Berkshire, was named the best beer of 2016 at the Champion Beer of Britain Awards Dinner held on Tuesday evening (9 August) at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London.

The award comes after almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats seeing the best beers across the UK invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival.  Final judging  for the competition was held at the beer festival which opened its doors to the public on August 9 and over the next week will see more than 50,000 people visiting Olympia in London to sample their choice of more than 900 beers, cider and perries – including the chance to try the nation’s best beer.

Bingham’s Vanilla Stout is a 5 per cent Dark Stout infused with vanilla and dark malts to create a smooth and dark beer.  The Kent based Old Diary brewery’s Snow Top claimed the silver award in the Champion Beer of Britain competition. The 6 per cent ABV Old Ale has already taken a gold award at CAMRA’s National Winter Ale’s Festival and is described by the brewery as the “perfect winter warmer” with fruitcake and marmalade flavours.  Placing third in the competition was Tring brewery’s Death or Glory, a 7.2 per cent Barley Wine, brewed by appointment to the Queen’s Royal Lancers. The beer is described by the Hertfordshire brewery as being a rich and sweet barley wine with a complex nature.

CAMRA national director responsible for the Champion Beer of Britain Competition Nik Antona said: “This year all the judges commented on how high quality all the beers were in the final stages of the competition and what a wide range of styles and beers they had to try and choose between.  “Bingham’s Vanilla Stout is packed full of comforting flavours and I’m sure it will be a popular Champion Beer Choice. It’s great to see a speciality beer win the award for the first time in the history of the competition and our congratulations go to the brewery.”


Binghams- Vanilla Stout - Gold
Old Dairy - Snow Top - Silver
Tring - Death or Glory - Bronze

Williams Bros - Williams Black - Gold
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde - Silver
Acorn - Darkness - Bronze

Timothy Taylors - Boltmaker - Gold
Tiny Rebel - Hank - Silver
Hawkshead -  Bitter - Joint Bronze
Salopian - Shropshire Gold - Joint Bronze

Surrey Hills - Shere Drop - Gold
Salopian - Darwin’s Origin - Silver
Colchester - Colchester No.1 - Joint Bronze
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch - Joint Bronze

Heavy - Industry77 - Gold
Hawkshead - NZPA  -Silver
Adnams - Ghost Ship  -Bronze

Golden Triangle - Mosaic City - Gold
Grey Trees Independent Craft Brewery - Diggers Gold - Silver
Marble - Lagonda IPA - Bronze

Binghams - Vanilla Stout - Gold
Saltaire - Triple Chocoholic - Bronze
Titanic - Plum Porter - Silver
All of these beers are available at the Great British Beer Festival throughout this week.

LocAle Pub of the Year

The Horse & Jockey in Stapleford has been voted the winner for 2016 as the LocAle pub of the year. Nominations and votes were collated from branch members and the final 12 pubs were judges. The eleven runners up are White Lion, Swingate; Gate, Awsworth; The Star Inn, Beeston; Robin Hood AND Little John, Arnold; Abdication, Daybrook; Poppy and Pint, Lady Bay; Trent Bridge Inn; The Lion, Basford; The King William IV; The Plough, Radford and The Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus. Congratulations to all those pubs, and many thanks to all the branch members and judges for participating.  The presentation was held on Thursday 18th August at 8pm.  


Cambridgeshire and Gloucestershire scoop CAMRA’s best Cider and Perry awards

The winners of theNational Cider and Perry Championships have been announced at the Reading Beer & Cider Festival.  The competition featured ciders and perries from across the UK, with each cider and perry judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top awards were selected by a specially chosen panel of experienced judges, drinks writers and CAMRA members. 

The winner of the Cider Gold medal is 3 Peace Sweet produced by Harding's which was described by judges as possessing an aroma of ripe dessert apples. They commented that it’s a truly ‘appley’ cider, and has a flavour that’s fresh and summery with plenty of crisp bite.
Harding’s Cider is based near St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

The winner of the Perry Gold medal is Hartland’s Farmhouse Perry, which has previously been a gold medallist. This small family operation is based in North Gloucestershire.
The judges described it as having a sherry, raisin and fruit cake aroma, and being a refreshing drink with a lingering sweetness.

Dereck Hartland, owner of Hartland's, said: “Winning this has just made my day. It’s a terrific commendation for our product.”

Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman, had this to say on the quality and diversity of entries:
"The ciders and perries that we had to judge offered a diverse selection, not only in terms of taste and style but also in the varied locations where they are produced. These winners highlight how drinkable real perry and cider can be. It also demonstrates why more pubs and clubs should be offering real ciders and perries to their customers."

Charity cider launch

The cider pressed and made at the Robin Hood <&> Little John in October 2015 from apples brought along by customers, was launched on the evening of Sunday 15th May at the RH&LJ.

It has been decided to name the cider "Under Pressure" in honour of those who served our country, with the monies raised going to the COMBAT STRESS charity. Members of the Nottinghamshire band "Ferocious Dog" were present to help launch the cider - and sang a song or two - in memory of Private Lee Bonsall who gave his life to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is Lee's image on the flyer.

Lee was the son of Ken Bonsall, lead singer of Ferocious Dog and brother to Dan Booth, fiddle / violin player in Ferocious Dog. Ray Blockley of Torkard Cider taught Ken, Lee and Dan at Secondary School (in his previous life as a teacher / Head of House) and remained friends with all three after they left school - which explains the tie-up. 

Nottingham CAMRA announces "Cider Pub of the Year 2016"

Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its “Cider Pub of the Year 2016”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include beer quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.

We are pleased to report that the winner is The Robin Hood <&> Little John in Arnold.

Huge congratulations to managers Lorraine & Mark, all the staff at the pub, & of course the owners Lincoln Green Brewing Co.

The judging for the top 3 from all of the entries was very close indeed - all of which means Nottingham continues it's upward path of having great pubs that cater for those who enjoy real ale & real cider in good surroundings.

In second place was The Lincolnshire Poacher in Nottingham, while in third place was The Beer Shack in Hucknall.

Well done to every pub nominated for judging & do continue the good work.

National Winter Ales Festival results

The National Winter Ales Festival was held in Derby for the last time this year, and the winners are as follows:

Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2016

Bronze                  Plain Ales – Inncognito
Silver                     Elland – 1872 Porter
Gold                      Marble – Chocolate Marble

East Midlands Regional Competition

Bronze                  Phipps – NBC Yuletide Ale
Silver                     RAW – Annubis Porter
Gold                      Castle Rock – Midnight Owl
                             Thornbridge – St Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout

Congratulations to all the winners, regional winners will go forward to the 2017 National competition.The beer festival now moves on to Norwich for the next 3 years, but the Derby Winter beer festival will return

East Midlands Pub Of The Year Presentation

The presentation for East Midlands Pub Of The Year (POTY) was on Sunday 10th January.  The winner of this award is The Old Poets Corner, Ashover, Derbyshire.  Many congratulations to all involved.

East Midlands Cider & Perry competition results

The results of the East Midlands round of the Draft Cider, Bottled Cider and Perry competition are:

Gold - Vale of Welton, Poachers Cider
Silver - Skidbrooke, General Ludd
Bronze - Torkard Cider, Floppy Tabs
Gold - Rockingham Forest, Blakeney Red
Silver - Blue Barrel, Cropwell Perry
Gold - Welland Valley, King Richard III Medium Dry Cider
Silver - Woody's Medium Cider
Bronze - Blue Barrel Cider, Clifton Beauty

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the local cider producers in our region for taking part.  Looking forward to next years competition. 
Contact Dee Wright at Nottingham CAMRA with any questions.

Robin Hood (AND) Little John, Arnold wins National CAMRA award

The Robin Hood & Little John in Arnold, Nottingham, has been named the best place in the UK to drink Real Cider by CAMRA. The pub has a long history dating back to 1750, but closed down in 2013 before having new life breathed into it in August 2014 through a partnership between Nottinghamshire's Lincoln Green Brewery and Leicestershire's Everards Brewery, under the management of Anthony Hughes and Lorraine Swain.

Owner of Lincoln Green Brewing Company and Lincoln Green Public House Company,  Anthony Hughes says “Firstly may I say how delighted Lorraine, Mark and all of us at
Lincoln Green are to have won this amazing award! I’d personally like to say a huge thank you in particular to Ray Blockley for the support and advice he’s given us over the last twelve months in all things ‘apple’ – I know that much of our success is as a result of the little things we’ve implemented after many discussions with Ray and we’re very grateful to him.”

 Since its reopening and new management, the pub has won the Nottingham CAMRA Cider Pub and Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015 as well as being named the East Midlands Pub and East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year.

The pub has become famous for its ‘real cider’ which is made from pure fruits with no additives or chemicals and served naturally still, unlike commercially produced cider which is force-carbonated to give it fizz. Real perry is produced in exactly the same way as real cider but with pear juice instead of apple juice.

Sarah Newson, the organiser of the Cider Pub of the Year competition had this to say about The Robin Hood & Little John,  “This is an amazing achievement for a pub that not only just re-opened last year, but had never even been  in the competition before. A great feature is its 'cider wall' which enables the cider and perry to be served at a consistent cellar temperature, providing the customer with an excellent drinking experience.”

The pub’s cider wall features eight ciders and perries which are always from smaller producers rather than big brands, Anthony Hughes had this to say about winning, “We fully support CAMRA’s definition of real cider and acknowledge the recent amendment to remove the criteria that ‘no added flavourings to be used’ and to allow ‘pure fruits, vegetables, honey, hops, herbs and spices, yet no concentrates cordials or essences’ to be added.”Anthony Hughes added, “We aim to ensure that our customers understand the provenance of our ciders, and what it contains with informative articles in our table top menus.”


Branch Pub Of The Year 2015 announced

Once again your intrepid band of volunteer judges for the Pub of the Year competition have been out and about over the last few months visiting hostelries across the Nottingham area. And after much deliberation they have decided that the winner of the Nottingham Pub Of The Year 2015 is The Robin Hood (AND) Little John in Arnold.  The runner up was the White Lion at Swingate, Kimberley with the Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford coming third.

A big congratulations to Mark and Lorraine at the The Robin Hood (AND) Little John, and to Anthony at Lincoln Green Brewery as this is one of his Brewery pubs.

As last year, the Robin Hood (AND) Little John now goes through to the Nottinghamshire round and if successful on to the East Midlands round. If you want to keep us busy next year then you can nominate a pub for the 2015 competition at any time, send your nomination to If you wish to join us on our arduous task of judging then send a line to the same address.

Runner up POTY

The White Lion in Swingate was awarded the runner up certificate for Pub of the Year.  Congratulations to Yvonne and Graham and all their staff in making this an excellent pub to visit.  They also received a Certificate of Excellence award.


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