I think I am starting to settle into 2019.
I mean I can’t say I was looking forward to it; dryanuary was trending, brexit is looming and frankly who looks forward to the annual round of insurance quotes.
But actually as usual the year has started with a flurry; a whole load of people want to come and play music or generally entertain each other, people are still making awesome beer and someone wants to feed us pizza.
Fingers crossed our monthly book club and shanty night are looking pretty healthy and we have had loads of interest in our mixed open mic
It is pretty tough being a small independent outside of the town centre- we don’t have mass purchasing power, we don’t get random shoppers, bad reviews can be make or break but rather we rely on our core regulars [love you guys] , the beer aficionados and people who come to our events.
That said there is something really magical about knowing you are bringing people together and that people are making the effort to come to you.
So thanks all.
Autumn. October. Halloween.
Cakes, Charity, Community – Stoptober?
We think that the pub is a great place to get together whether you choose to drink or not and because of that it is good place to raise money and to meet people.
We raise money for Launchpad, Macmillan & Reading Refugee Support Group all year round but at the moment we are hosting a Bake Off for Macmillan, the next Retro-Game night for Launchpad is booked in and we are asking people to “buy a drink on their round” for RRSG by donating the price of a pint.
Additionally this year we are celebrating Dogs & Wolves so let out your inner beast and join us.
Our Halloween party (Oct 27th) theme is Fur & Fangs; the Travelling Talesman is bringing us his ‘Wolf Bites‘ autumn tour (Oct 31st) and we will also be hosting a Wolfenoot in November. Dress up, listen up & share.
It is nearly my favourite time of year.
And obviously we have some fun things coming up.
First of all: 8th September we have the most amazing gig for you – Davey Dodds and Cliff Eastabrook are bringing us their own special brand of contemporary rock ‘n’ reel.
Both have a well-established history of entertaining and have just started out on a new venture with Martin Solomon as the Porbeagles. Davey Dodds, once strutted his stuff doing quintessentially English prog-rock. He is a songwriter of some renown. His classic, ‘The Magpie’ was recently covered by The Unthanks on their award winning album, Mount the Air. Meanwhile his vocal style is often compared to Fish but he points out – with full justification – that he was doing it first! He plays a hugely resonant, octave mandolin, sparkles on a normal mandolin and creates ethereal soundscapes with flutey things. Cliff Eastabrook, once of The Morrigan and Pressgang, pushes bass playing way past the confines of straight, solid rock – inventive and melodic as well as driving rhythms.
Expect this performance to be one of a kind -combining witty, political story-telling with traditional folk melodies amped up to get you on your feet.
Here are Tasters from Davey’s new Album, Kernowcopia: Kick off your shoes & also Shoot the Gruffalo which is live at The Fleece in Bristol, where Davey was joined by friends from his old band ‘Red Jasper.’
Next up: 14th September For their regular music night BSANA are organising a drum workshop to be hosted by Drum4fun. The plan is to meet locals and regulars, make some noise and generally have a laugh (No skill required); if you live in their area you can claim a drink but everyone is welcome to get involved – What could go wrong?!
And Last but by no means Least: 20th – 23rd of September is our 4th Autumn Beer Festival.
There is going to be some hot food; a pub quiz; and Music of course.
I have started ordering the beer and planning the cider. There will be some new beers, some breweries from further afield and some unusual stuff both on cask and keg.
We are really pleased to be joining forces with the lovely people at Georgian Feast to bring you some of the most delicious street food we’ve ever tried.
Georgian Feast are a small locally based independent who offer a handful of dishes based on traditional food from around the Caucasus Mountains. They are absolutely passionate about introducing people to their food and the traditional wines which go with it (yes we now have some in stock) and they are locally renowned for their generosity and friendliness. Have I mentioned they are also a British Street Food 2018 awards FINALIST!
Find them on Facebook and Twitter or at https://suneli.uk/ for updates and to find out how to get tickets for their supper events.
Meanwhile they are popping up their tent at ours roughly once a month on either or both the Saturday & Sunday. Meaty & Vegan options are available and the cheese bread is absolutely addictive.
Its February already; the 6 Nations has started, the Ale Trail has started and we’ve got stacks of music and tastings lined up. – Gigs for the next 5(?) weekends…
But this month there are a couple of new ventures we’d like you to get involved with – a brand new book club and a jam night.
Since we opened we have had a little donation library by the fireplace but we want to extend that into the back room and if we can get you guys together it’d be great to have a monthly book club. If you want an incentive to read something new, or an excuse to meet up with other people who enjoy reading then you should join us on the last monday of the month and help us work out what to do next.
Or if you are a little more musically inclined on the last wednesday of the month, in association with Boogie Wookie, we will have a drop in Jam session. So if you fancy trialling a new band or finding someone to play with or just listening to some local talent pop in and share a few tunes.
We look forward to seeing you
It’s that time of year again – time to renew some friendly rivalries with rugby on the telly and to notch up the miles visiting pubs you wouldn’t normally get to.
We’ll be getting behind both. Ask at the bar for more info.
Instead of taking your significant other for some schmaltzy meal why not lure them to the pub.
The pub has beer.
And this weekend we’ve got music.
Friday night it is Jazz & Swing from Amber and the Professors.
We are pleased to welcome this popular ensemble back in association with the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association.
But if that still sounds too mellow and romantic, on Saturday its the rambunctious stylings of local favourites (and former staff) BIGG and friends
Check them out on Facebook and then come and give them your support