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    Information regarding Pubs and Clubs from November 5th

Welcome to Cheltenham CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. We are a voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.The Cheltenham Branch has around 850 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

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Roadmap out of Lockdown

As you are probably all aware the UK Government have announced the roadmap from Coronavirus lockdown for England, which will allow the reopening of hospitality venues including pubs and clubs.

The key dates are:-

  • April 12th.  Venues can open and serve alcohol in outside areas and can also sell alcohol for takeaway.
  • May 17th. Venues can open inside areas  for service of alcohol.
  • June 21st. All restrictiins lifted.

Restrictions such as table service, sizes of groups / household mixing / rule of six will apply but 10pm curfews and substantial meal restrictions are gone.

We will be listing details of  venue reopenings on our covid / lockdown page.

Note that these dates are “not earlier than” dates and so may slip depending on thr covid data at the time.

Full details of the regulations can be found on the government website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

 

The Vine – Can you help?

Edward Anderson, who has the lease on The Railway, Swan and Vine in town, is considering changing the layout of The Vine at some point this year.  He is considering returning it more to the original layout but he has no idea of how the original interior would have looked.

Can anybody out there help him ?  Do you have any idea of the how the pub was laid out originally?

Geoff Sandles wonderful book “Cheltenham Pubs Through Time” tells us that the The Vine was originally called “The Coopers Arms” and was rebuilt after a fire in 1909 but we have no pictures of the interior.

If there is anyone who can remember how the pub used to look or even has photographs of the old interior Ed would love to meet them. Contact us and we can put you in touch.

 

The Kemble Brewery Inn is a Cheltenham ‘Lockdown Hero’

As we struggle with the negative effects of the latest UK lockdown, one thing is becoming more and more apparent: there has never been a more important time to emphasise that pubs, clubs, brewers and cider makers are a force for good in the community. Some individuals in the hospitality sector are going further and making an amazing effort to combat the social effects of the epidemic. They are going the extra mile to help people in need, despite suffering tremendous financial losses themselves during Covid-19.

One such hero is Caron Sayner, licensee of The Kemble Brewery Inn in Fairview, Cheltenham. Caron has received a CAMRA ‘Lockdown Hero’ award, from Cheltenham CAMRA, for exceptional service to the community. Despite only being open from October 6th to November 4th, since the March 2020 lockdown, Caron has continued to cook and deliver hot meals every Saturday. Although the pub is closed, and cannot supply takeaway beer directly from the pub, Caron also takes orders and delivers beer to her locals, at cost price.

Despite the financial losses from the long shutdown and having to continue to pay a reduced rent to her pub company, Caron uses the income from food sales to help those in need. Since the second lockdown onwards Caron has provided free ‘school meals’ to families in need and also to local people who are isolated – even delivering shopping for people when she is ‘tipped off’ by her pub regulars and neighbours.

On Christmas Day, Caron cooked and delivered 72 Christmas meals to people who were in need, or who were spending Christmas on their own. In addition, due to the generosity of the Kemble’s regulars, the Christmas meals were supplemented by donations of chocolates, mince pies, etc in Christmas Day gift bags delivered with the lunches.

“The Kemble Brewery Inn is a proper community backstreet local”, said Rob Coldwell, Cheltenham CAMRA Branch Chair. “Caron has worked wonders since she took over the Kemble to the extent that the pub has been our ‘Pub of the Year’ for the last two years and has done so in competition against some of the best pubs in the South West.”

“Despite greatly reduced income during lockdown, Caron has gone beyond all expectations to help keep people going in these hard times,” said Rob. “The Kemble is a great example of the traditional local pub – great beer, great food and a licensee who is the caring centre of the community. Cheltenham CAMRA is honoured to be able to recognise an inspirational licensee and present Caron with our first ‘Lockdown Hero’ Award.”

Meals can be ordered for collection or delivery every Saturday. See www.facebook.com/thekemble for details.

Battledown Brewery FA Cup Offer

Battledown Brewery have been proactive in advance of Manchester City’s arrival in Cheltenham on Saturday 23rd January for an F.A. Cup match against The Robins by offering free, local delivery and a discount of 15% for orders until 23:59 that day.

https://www.battledownbrewery.com/shop

The discount code is FACUP; don’t forget to click the promotion button before payment.

The beer range has been extended particularly since the 10-barrel plant was installed and the arrival of a Belgian brewer.

Covid Update – January 2020

As of Wednesday 6th January England has been placed under national covid lockdown restrictions.  These restrictions have a significant impact on the hospitality industry as they no longer permit pubs and clubs of offer takeaway alcohol for collection.  Alcohol can only be sold for delivery.  This will help supermarkets and off-licenses, while yet again disadvantaging pubs and clubs.  Please support the pubs, clubs and licensees that are at the heart of our communities and email your MP at https://camra.e-activist.com/page/73809/action/1 asking them to revise the guidance.

Several local pubs will continue to offer food only takeaway and we are still listing details of the details we know of these venues on our website under the lockdown tab.

1st Cheltenham Virtual Winter Beer Festival

Following the success of the first Cheltenham Virtual Beer Festival back in June 2020, the Friends of Cheltenham & District Samaritans have decided to follow it up with a ‘Virtual Winter Beer Festival’ to be held on Saturday 20th February

For the bargain price of £20, beer drinkers in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury can get a box of seasonal beers delivered straight to their door by one of our team (following strict social distancing of course). Within the box will be a selection of 5 outstanding Craft Beers from local breweries (Bristol Beer Factory, Good Chemistry, DEYA Brewing Co., Goffs Brewery and Stroud Brewery). Additionally, we have teamed up with the fabulous ‘Woozy Pig’ to offer options for a small range of ‘heat up at home’ food options to perfectly complement the beer.

As with the summer festival, as well as the home-delivered beer and food options we have some fantastic online features that you can watch on our YouTube channel on the day. For each of the beers in your box, there will be a scheduled video’ tutored beer tasting’ by local celebrities and/or beer experts, we also hope to have bespoke video clips from each of the breweries and just like the summer festival, these will be interspersed with online video sets from various local musicians/bands, comedy sketches and quiz’s.

Tickets for this event are limited to just under 200 and will be allocated on a First Come, First Served basis, so don’t delay getting your order in. Unfortunately, we will only be able to deliver beer boxes and Woozy Pig food packs to Cheltenham Postcodes (GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 as far as Severn Springs) and to Tewkesbury (including Mitton, Priors Park, Northway and Ashchurch). Note: You will need to be at home to take delivery of the packs – especially any food orders which will need to be chilled.

All proceeds raised from this event are going to the ‘Cheltenham and District Samaritans’ and thanks to the support and generosity of the brewers and Woozy Pig, we are hoping to get close to matching the amazing £5000 raised in the summer.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite at:  Virtual Winter Beer Festival Tickets

Even if you cannot join in with the festival directly (i.e. if you are not in Cheltenham and we cannot get the beers to you, or even if you don’t drink beer!), you can still watch the proceedings on our YouTube channel from 6.00pm on the day and if you would like to support us you can donate to our ‘Just Giving’ page (see link below).

First Virtual Cheltenham Craft Beer Festival – YouTube Channel

To donate via our ‘Just Giving’ page please go to:

Friends of The Samaritans Just Giving Page

 

The Kemble Brewery Inn

We are pleased to let you all know that Caron at the Kemble Brewery Inn has at last successfully concluded the negotiations with her pubco (Star/Heineken) concerning her rent and renewal of lease.
Her lease is due for renewal in early December and the arrangement now is that after that date it will be renewed on a month-to-month basis on the same terms until the pandemic is over.  After that, a new lease will be negotiated. (Well done Caron!)
She is not reopening on 3 December but will still be doing her amazing takeaway food for the weekends. 

Covid-19 Post Lockdown

The UK Government have announced that when the current Lockdown ends on December 2nd Gloucestershire will be placed into Tier 2.  This is not good news for our local pubs and clubs as it means they can only serve alcohol when purchased with a substantial meal.  We are awaiting the impact this will have on individual establishments but once we are aware of their plans we will publish revised opening hours on the Covid-19 page of the website.

Small Brewers Relief – your local beer is under threat.

The Government is set to increase the tax paid by some small independent breweries in the UK. This could lead to brewery closures, and less choice at the bar for you. The Treasury has announced changes to Small Brewers Relief (SBR) – the progressive tax system that has revolutionised UK brewing. These changes will reduce the 50% duty threshold from 5,000hl to 2,100hl: small breweries will have to pay more duty, whilst larger breweries could pay the same or less.
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CAMRA has joined calls for the Government to think again – we need your help to persuade them that this is bad for UK brewing and bad for consumers.
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You can help by signing the petition on the Parliament website HERE. If we get 100,000 signatures, a debate will automatically be triggered in Parliament.