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Beer Festival Offering Hoard-Themed Drinks

Posted by Andy Whiles on September 5, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Next week’s annual beer festival in Tamworth will be celebrating the Staffordshire Hoard.

The Tamworth Beer Festival takes place from next Thursday to Saturday (September 8 to 10).

Offa's Sword, Golden Chalice, Black Gold and 'Medal' detector, along with the official Staffordshire Hoard beer, will be available at this year's festival.

It has been organised by the Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth Branch of CAMRA, and takes place at the Assembly Rooms in Corporation Street. It will feature more than 100 real ales, ciders and perries. The festival is coinciding with the display of the Staffordshire Hoard in the town.

Last year's festival saw more than 1,500 visitors, drinking more than 7,000 pints of ale and cider during the festival.

The festival will open its doors at 11am on Thursday. Entrance prices vary throughout the event, with free admission for CAMRA members. Cash will also be raised for St Giles Hospice.

18th Tamworth Beer Festival Returns

Posted by Andy Whiles on August 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Tamworth Beer Festival – and a number of ales will be celebrating the Staffordshire Hoard.

The festival is once again being organised by the Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth Branch of CAMRA, and takes place on September 8, 9th and 10 at the Assembly Rooms.

With more than 100 real ales, ciders and perries on offer, many of this year’s beers will have a Staffordshire Hoard theme to celebrate the gold being on display at Tamworth Castle.

Offa’s Sword, Golden Chalice, Black Gold and ‘Medal’ detector, along with the official Staffordshire Hoard beer brewed by Backyard Brewer, will all be available at this year’s festival.

The Beer Festival has also had special commemorative half-pint glasses made for this year’s event, which will also celebrate the Staffordshire Hoard.

Last year’s festival saw more than 1,500 visitors, drinking more than 7,000 pints of ale and cider during the festival.

This is the 19th beer festival to take place in Tamworth and this year promises a wide range of ales, with something to suit everyone.

The Beer Festival will open its door at 11am on Thursday September 8. Entrance prices vary throughout the event, with free admission for CAMRA members.

The beer has been chosen from micro breweries from as far as field as Scotland and Cornwall, to local breweries, such as festival favourite Church end, which is based in North Warwickshire.

Geoff Cross, Tamworth Beer Festival’s chairman, said:

“This year the beer festival will be celebrating the Staffordshire Hoard being on display at Tamworth Castle; we have had a number of beers specially brewed in honour of the gold’s visit to Tamworth.

“We are hoping to attract as many as 1,500 people to the beer festival. Once again we will be offering a wide range of beer from across the country – many of which are being brewed especially for us and will not be on sale anywhere else.”

Geoff added:

“It is great to be back at the Assembly Rooms – every year it just seems to get better and better. I am really looking forward to welcoming our regulars back but also those who are new to real ale. “

The festival will once again feature ‘festival specials’ and many new ales; all being kept in prime condition by a cask cooling system. There will be entertainment on the Friday and Saturday night.

Money will also be raised for St Giles Hospice.

Another Queens Head Mystery

Posted by Andy Whiles on July 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Once again We have a Queens Head Mystery, this time it is to find out the identity of the two ladies working behind the bar in possibly the 1950s or 60s.

Looking at the photos We think they where taken in what is now the bar and the door on the right is where the entrance to the kitchen is now.

Does anyone know what the strange white thing with a bottle in it is in front of the beer pumps, Whatever happened to the tiled bar top and when did You last see Pewter Tankards hanging up in a pub.

If You have any idea who these two ladies are or what the strange white thing is please let us know so that We can tell everyone else.

                               Result

I would like to thank Frank Clark who contacted Me to identify the two ladies in the photographs He wrote

"The ladies in the photos. (the queens head mystery). the first photo is Millie Clark (my mother) the other photo is again Millie Clark and the landlady of the pub. Winifred Cook.

the box on the bar was for customers to put a donation in and then fill their cig. lighters with fluid in the bottle the photos taken about 1958/60."

Thanks for the information Frank.

 



Queens Head Mysteries

Posted by Andy Whiles on July 4, 2011 at 7:14 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night I was given some really interesting photos by the Landlord of the Queens Head at Wilnecote to add to Tamworth Talks and to help solve a mystery and to put names to faces.

 The first photo shows the exterior of the pub and clearly shows a door to the left of the photo that led to the off licence in what is now  the kitchen area and now has a sloped roof rather than the flat roof in the photo.

Standing outside the pub is what  We presume is the Landlord. Do You know who He is or when the photo was taken?

Our  second photo shows a group of very smart gentlemen about to have a meal in the Queens Head function room in pre Lager days.

This is our second mystery, do You know what the occasion was and can You put names to any of the faces seated around the table. 

Our third photo shows some ladies again in the Queens Head function room at a somewhat later date who I hope may be easier to identify as the photo was taken later.

Our forth photo is the one We have managed to get an answer to,taken once again in the Queens Head function room it shows Sid and Joyce Dennis who where the Landlord and Landlady in the 1960s and I am sure will bring back many memories to the people of Wilnecote.

Can You help to solve any of these mysteries or give Us any further information about these photos?

I will of course let You all know of any results as soon as I get any.

The Flatuent Doctor Pint

Posted by Andy Whiles on June 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (1)

A USER'S BOOZERS GUIDE TO A DECENT PINT.

I have been known from time to time to enjoy the odd tipple and try now and again with My trusty drinking partner Midge to visit watering holes that We have never been to before.It was on one such night this week that We found ourselves in the wonderful "Royal Oak" at Barton under Needwood. 

The very friendly Royal Oak is a beer drinkers dream selling a fine selection of real ales whilst avoiding that terrible pub sin of selling food. It has won CAMERASs Burton and South Staffs branch best village pub of the year award for four years running and came second in Marstons national best beer competition.

It was whilst standing at the bar in the oak that I first heard of "The Flatulent Doctor Pint" and His wonderful website "A Boozers Guide To A Decent Pint" which is a must for any lover of beer who will also enjoy a good laugh at the "Doctors" witty sense of humour. I encourage You to visit it now and enjoy a bleary eyed view of the world.

 

 


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