Coventry & District

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub & Brewery News

Here is the latest news about pubs in the branch area. If you are a pub licensee and you would like to share news about your pub, please email ku.gro.armac.yrtnevoc@tcatnoc


    Byatt's Brewery Home delivery & collections from brewery

    updated list 07.04.2020

    Twisted Barrel Link... on line shopping, delivery information & save the brewery information

    Dhillions link

    Customers are still able to order via they website and have options to either pick up from the brewery or have FedEx deliver our beer.

    Click this link for...Offers from Dhillons this week.

    Tuesday 31 March 2020 Home delivery & off sales on offer
  • 1...The Old Windmill Public House Spon Street

    Approval gain for remedial repair and reinstatement works comprising replacement of defective fixed light window and repairs to windows at ground floor level. Replace defective flat roof covering to rear single storey extension.

    Planning application details.

    Tuesday 31 March 2020 Planning approved for repairs gained
  • 2...Great British Beer Festival 2020 CANCELLED

    Statement for CAMRA 25/03/2020 Campaigning for real ale, pubs & drinkers' rights since 1971

    It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel our flagship event the Great British Beer Festival, due to take place from 4-8 August at Olympia in London. The announcement follows the Prime Minister’s decision to restrict all movement outside the home to combat the current Coronavirus crisis.

    The festival, which features over a thousand different beers and regularly attracts nearly 40,000 visitors through the door, has been running for over 40 years. Completely managed by volunteers, it is the largest beer festival across the UK and a fixture in many beer-lovers diaries - and CAMRA is determined it will be back better than ever next year. We will provide a full refund for anyone who has bought an advanced ticket this year within 5-10 working days. This will happen automatically with no further action required. Whilst we hope that restrictions on movement will ease up by August, it is clear we will not have the resources available to organise an event this size during the current crisis. The decision to cancel the Great British Beer Festival has not been taken lightly. We were hoping to wait until closer to the time to avoid disappointing our volunteers and the public, however we can no longer delay. We know this will be incredibly disappointing for many of our volunteers who regularly travel from all corners of the country to help pull pints throughout the week. We want to thank them all for their help each year and hope they will be able to join us once again in 2021.

    Wednesday 25 March 2020
  • 5....Branch Polo & T-Shirts details

    Branch Polo and T-shirts sporting the Coventry & District CAMRA logo. We have teamed-up with Beadlebop Design to produce these distinctive dark blue garments. For details about garment options and costs please click following link.

    Branch Polo & T-Shirt details

    They are now available to order by quoting Coventry CAMRA from Beadlebop Design, Unit 2A, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5ED. If you are unable to visit the shop in person then for more details, placement of orders and payment Tel 07982 040502 or email moc.yks@pobeldaebofni .

    Saturday 29 February 2020 The must have fashion item of the year for branch members ?
  • 4...Kenilworth pub wins award for outstanding support to the locals.

    The Engine pub in Mill Ends is the driving force for the community. It’s well done to Andrew Bear and the teams at the pub for all the hard work over the years. And nice to see they have been selected from 2,500 pubs around the country in the competition run by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars which holds the lease of this traditionally run pub.

    More details from CoventryLive website

    WhatPub details Details The Engine Kenilworth

    Tuesday 18 February 2020 The Engine pub in Mill Ends is the driving force for the community
  • 3...Coventry City centre site for first Micro pub planned Sunday 9 February 2020 With all the closures some good news for drinkers
  • ...LOCAL SPRING NEWS 2020...


    Welcome news is the imminent arrival of a new pub on Spon Street. At the time of writing the Green Dragon (in the wooden framed building located next door to the Old Windmill) was still being refurbished. It will be run by the team behind the Jacobean Hotel on Holyhead Road. The pub has four handpumps but will also stock keykeg as well as cask beers. The beers will be sourced from Purity, Brew Dog and Twisted Barrel. At the time of writing refurbishment works are underway but it is possible the pub may be open by the time Pint Sides is published. Interestingly, the building was until the mid-19th century also The Green Dragon pub and the new owners have resurrected the name. It was originally located on Much Park Street, but following a partial collapse of the building it was dismantled in 1972 and stored before being moved to Spon Street and rebuilt there piece by piece between 1981 and 1982. Since then a number of businesses have occupied the building including 1460 Bar, Bar Blue and Truth and Alibi. The Old Hall on Tamworth Road in Keresley has re-opened following a long period of closure. It is now a hotel bar and restaurant and claims to offer contemporary comfort with an elegant setting. The building which was a Victorian townhouse was converted to a pub and restaurant in the 1960s and became a designated listed building in 1974. The owners have development plans which will see the estate restored with some of the original features lost over the years reinstated. No real ale is currently available. Sadly, Inspire Craft Bar located inside the old Christchurch spire on New Union Street, has ceased trading. Again, sadly, the operators of the Squirrel, also on New Union St left on 17 January after 15 years of trading. They were saddened to leave but had no option as Punch Taverns, who own the pub, decided to sell it. We wish John, Cara and family every success in future. At present nothing is known of what will become of the pub. It is to be hoped that the sale does not mean yet another good pub gone from the city centre. Dhillon’s Brewery have won three awards in the 2019 European Beer Challenge for filter bottle beers. The European Beer Challenge (EBC) is held annually, with the EBC Blind Tasting taking place at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, London. The awards were as follows: - Alegre Vienna Lager - silver Fair Lady American IPA - gold Red Rebel IPA English IPA - gold


    As reported in the last edition the Old Bakery on High Street is now under new ownership. It’s a fond farewell to Alan & Janet after almost 15 years serving the community of Kenilworth and beyond. We wish them well in projects new. A warm welcome to local family members Suny, Sanj, Shyam and Sarj to this new venture for them. The beer range has already increased to include a more diverse range of beer styles, from golden ales through ambers to stouts. Some minor changes are to be made over the coming months with extended opening hours in the afternoon and a coffee machine in the bar area to give a different ambience. Congratulations to Ted Bear of the Engine Inn on Albion St, who has made it into the final six of the national Star Inns ‘Heart of the Community’ awards. Star Pubs & Bars who own the pub and have an estate of 2,700 pubs present national awards in fourteen areas ranging from social media and retailing to live sports and community engagement. Reaching the final six of the competition reflects the pub’s success as a popular pub combined with its role as a hub of the community. The pub is well known for its charity work and support for local sports including a partnership with Wasps RFC. In recent months it has organised community litter picking and helped organise a golf tournament to raise awareness of men’s mental and physical health. Stop Press Ted has won the national award - he has raised a staggering £50,000 for Myton Hospice! He has also helped countless other causes by hosting activities ranging from collections to fundraising barbecues. The pub also holds prostate cancer awareness evenings, sponsored local allotment open days and become involved in Kenilworth Carnival. Ted, who is Kenilworth born and bred, also runs the local darts and dominoes leagues in his spare time! The Three Horseshoes in Bubbenhall has closed. There is a “To Let “ sign outside the pub.

    Thursday 23 January 2020 News from the branch area
  • 3. City Centre shock closure

    A popular bar in Coventry has shocked customers by announcing it is "currently closed". Drapers' Bar & Kitchen, on Earl Street, announced the closure on a Facebook page saying the closure was "beyond the management's control".

    The full message read: "Dear Customer, due to circumstances beyond the management's control the premises are currently closed. For queries regarding existing bookings or other matters please contact Opus Business Services on 01908 087220."

    Click link for Coventry Live article.

    Wednesday 22 January 2020 Drapers' Bar & Kitchen closes its doors
  • 4. The Squirrel In City Centre Shut

    Punch Pubs & Co has around 1300 leased outlets in the UK. It is headquartered in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

    After 15 years of trading we wish John, Cara and family every success in future.

    Local news articles click below,

    Popular Coventry pub set to close,,,Pub chain reveals why The Squirrel is closing

    Thursday 16 January 2020 Popular pub sold by owners Punch Pubs & Co
  • 7. The Grapes put up for sale

    The pub is on the market, once again. For "offers in excess of £720,000".More details click link to local newspaper article CoventryLive


    The Grapes has now been given 'Asset of Community Value' by Coventry City Council this is great news for the local people and all that took this task on. We wish them well in the next stage to help keep the Grapes as part of the local community

    Update on The Grapes November 2019

    Planning application for demolition and replacement with flats refused by Coventry City Council in May 2019. No appeal has yet been made against the refusal. The pubs was listed as an ACV in June 2019 and the owner has issued an 'intention to dispose' notice to Coventry CC. A company limited by guarantee run by a local businessman has made a request to be considered as a bidder. The ACV Moratorium ends on 10th March 2020.

    Protecting pubs. Well run pubs play a pivotal role in local communities, but are increasingly under threat of demolition or being converted to another use by large developers with 29 pubs closing every week. As a pub lover and local campaigner, your first step to saving a pub from this fate is to list it as an 'Asset of Community Value'. You can do this even before a pub is under threat, which will give the pub added protection under planning law. Please note that ACV listings only apply to pubs across England. If you have already listed your pub as an ACV, visit our planning help and guidance page, for additional resources and support.

    Pub Protection

    Link to Coventry planning asset of community value

    The Grapes Planning Application REFUSED

    Link to planning portal

    Thursday 16 January 2020 Update on The Grapes January 2020
  • 5.Branch Wins Award

    For the second year in a row the branches website has won the West Midlands Regional CAMRA's website of the year well done to all that contributes information and keeps the site up to date.

    Monday 6 January 2020 Branch website wins in 2019
  • 6. More awards for Dhillon’s Brewery.

    Dhillon's Brewery have won three more awards in the 2019 European Beer Challenge held early this month for filter bottle beers

    Alegre Vienna Lager won silver

    Fair Lady American IPA won gold

    Red Rebel IPA English IPA won gold

    The European Beer Challenge (EBC) is operated by the Largest Beverage Awards Organisation in the World including CWSA & WWSA. The European Beer Challenge is held annually, with the EBC Blind Tasting taking place at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London, England.

    More details on how this event works go to:

    Monday 6 January 2020 Bottles beers win awards