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Derek Blackshaw

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Posted -  12/05/2018  :  04:48
All the early summer news from the Organ Grinders as they deliver Barrel Organ to the pubs in our area, and beyond.

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Derek Blackshaw

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Posted - 12/05/2018 : 05:12

Out on the Plain

A drive across the lower part of the Salisbury plain and early summer’s evening delivering Barrel Organ brought mixed rewards.  Driving of course meant that amongst those rewards beer did not feature.  However the scenery was superb and amongst the highlights were a Hare racing ahead of me and later a solitary kite swooping low over a hedge.

I dropped a few copies of Barrel Organ in as I passed The Packhorse at Larkhill which still has no real ale and is the least inviting pub on the whole patch.  The Plume of Feathers at Shrewton and the Rose and Crown at Tilshead both kept their LocAle accreditation and both were populated by very friendly and communicative groups.  I noted that the Rose and Crown as well as 6X now also has Piston Broke from Box as a regular pump.  In both places I picked up news that the King’s Head Chitterne had been closed for a few weeks and that proved to be the case.  I was also told that the George at Shrewton is open but has no alcohol licence, not a lot of joy there then. The Solstice rise Winterbourne Stoke was quiet despite the volume of passing traffic.  Final call of the evening was The Boot at Berwick St James which, as ever, was busy and full of wonderful food aromas.

The only real change therefore is the closure of the King’s Head which the licensee has been trying to sell for over 2 years now.

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Derek Blackshaw

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Posted - 26/05/2018 : 05:40
From Eileen & John Spalding who ventured wilds of the Wylye valley for news.


Royal Oak, Great Wishford

Good choice of ales as always:

Piddle Cocky Dorset IPA

Downton Mad Hare

Downton Honey Blonde

Palmers Dorset Gold

Otter Ale

Gales HSB

Shepherd Neame Master Brew 


Swan, Stoford

Sharps Doom Bar

Greene King IPA

Swan Ale 


The Pelican has a new Manager, Joanne


Ringwood        Forty-Niner

                        Boon Doggle

                        Razor Back



Rainbow on the Lake

Ringwood Boon Doggle

Marstons Pedigree

Flack Manor Double Drop 


The Bell, Wylye,Now been awarded 5* on the door

Flack Manopr Double Drop

Plain Ales Innocence

Sharps Atlantic

Doom Bar


The George, Codford, Lee and Mandy are the new Managers

Wadworth 6X

Moles Gold 


The Bell, South Newton

Otter Ale

Listers Best Bitter

They’ve been awarded Cask Marque

(Had a nice meal here – pub was very busy when we visited on Thursday at around 7.30pm). 


The Carriers, Stockton  Steve and his wife are the new owners 

Ringwood Forty-Niner

Marstons Lancaster Bomber

Plain Ales Sheep Dip

Banks Sunbeam 

Opening hours: Now normally closed on Mondays, unless a Bank Holiday in which case they will close on Tuesday of that week. Normally Tuesday – Thursday open 12.00 – 3.00pm and then 6.00pm until 11.00 ish. Food served at lunchtime 12.00 – 2.00pm and in the evenings. Sundays open from 12.00 until 9.00pm or earlier if no-one in the pub (say 8.00pm). They’re also just putting the finishing touch to three en-suite letting rooms.

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