ALE Monthly No. 191 March 1980

Around The Houses

The Three Hills at Bartlow (Greene King) has recently changed hands. The previous landlord, Eric Johnson, has retired to Brighton after 20 years in the pub. The new landlord, Maurice Sampson, with his wife Lydia, took over some four months ago. However Maurice is no newcomer to the licencing trade as his father kept a pub in Barnsley. (Oh, that wonderful Barnsley? Bitter!). Maurice is also a dab-hand at cooking, and his varied French cuisine would certainly appear to be worth trying. Also, there is an exotic wine list to wash down the excellent food. Maurice is also a very keen CAMRA man, so if you are ever passing through Bartlow, don't forget to call in as he would be delighted to see you.

I've heard through the Grapevine that Bill Noblett has given up drinking bitter for Lent. However, don't let this fool you, as he is drinking mild instead!

It's nice to see that some landlords take pride in the condition of the beer they serve. Recently, the following notice was put on the bar of the Free Press (Greene King) as Chris Lloyd was having trouble with his beer not clearing:

"We know that the IPA is not 'bright' but feel that the flavour is up to standard otherwise it would not be on sale - please tell Chris if you disagree".

The following article appeared in the Guardian recently:

The drink looks and tastes so much like real beer that Carlsberg predicted drinkers would have trouble telling the difference between NAB and alcoholic beers!

What do Carlsberg know about real beer anyway? And apart from that, can you imagine the adverts on telly - "Yes folks, it's been proven again, nine out of ten drinkers can't tell the difference between NAB and real ale!" - Ed.

Recently a Cambridge man was fined for damaging property after he had been drinking Abbot. He told the police "Abbot is too strong for me". After hearing this the presiding Magistrate replied "Abbot is strong. I should try the bitter next time!"

Adnams the brewers have taken over The Red Lion, West Wratting, and last week the first pint of their popular beer was pulled by the new hand-pumps. The new tenants are Brian and Geraldine Sparkes, who have been in the trade for six years, and have come to a country pub for the first time. They held licences in Greenford and Romford.

Geraldine is a folk singing enthusiast and plays the guitar, and Brian says he is going to take up jogging. They hope to do bar food in the pub, which is the third one Adnams have aquired in the area this year.

Ind Coope pubs in the Cambridge are settings a new look and a new beer to capture the traditional flavour of pub life. The first step has already been taken by Ind Coope, who have resurrected the Benskins name at their Watford Brewery. The change-over will be complete in five years and follows market research which shows drinkers want their pubs to have a more traditional image. Among the pubs which will come under the Benskins banner will be The Mitre and The Red Cow in Cambridge City centre. However 20% of the Ind Coope pubs will retain their present identity to give the customer their choice. The main changes will be redecoration and a new real ale. "We will be producing a real ale for Benskins pubs which will only sell in Benskins pubs, and likewise reel ale for Ind Coope", said a Company spokesman. Ind Coope took over Benskins in 1956 and closed down the brewery in 1972.


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