Shakespeare

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub News - Warwickshire

Pubs are listed alphabetically within each town

Alcester

Cross Keys, Alcester
Update 04/01/2024 – Planning submitted to change use to three apartments, with preliminary works started already.

Update 01/11/2023 – The Cross Keys no longer appears to be for sale as a pub. The future of the building is therefore unknown.

Update 07/11/2022 – Currently for sale at £385,000 on Rightmove.

Update 03/01/2022 – Our latest information is that the pub has been sold and will re-open again as a pub sometime in the future.

Update 28/11/2021 - At a recent branch meeting members informed the branch that the Cross Keys pub has now been sold but we are not aware as to who has bought it.

Holly Bush, Alcester
Update 23/01/2024 – Hope to see many of you at the Shakespeare CAMRA Annual General Meeting at the Holly Bush on Wednesday 8th May, from 8pm.

Update 27/07/2022 – Now run by Red and Sharon.

Update 29/11/2021 – We understand that the Holly Bush in Alcester is up for reletting by its owners Everards. All our best wishes go forward to Peter and Helen as they move to Cyprus for their retirement.

Update 01/10/2021 – Stands as the only Everards pub in the branch area and it was good to hear of their plans to hold a beer and cider festival on Oct 9th / 10th in support of ovarian cancer. It is currently planned to have up to eight real ales and the Alcester Court Leet along with the White Hart Morris men will both be making an appearance. https://www.facebook.com/hollybush37henleyst

Lord Nelson, Alcester
Update 20/11/2023 – Planning permission has been submitted to Stratford-on-Avon District Council to convert the former pub into housing. The property continues to be for sale at £395,000 via Rightmove and the Sidney Phillips Limited websites.

Update 07/11/2022 – Still showing for sale at £395,000 on business for sale and Rightmove along with the Dalton business websites.

Update 01/10/2021 – Although it has been closed for a while the pub is being advertised as being for sale on Daltons Business website.

Roebuck, Alcester
Update 01/11/2023 – The Roebuck continues to be for sale, at £645,000, via Rightmove and the Sidney Phillips Limited websites.

Update 07/11/2022 – Currently being advertised as for sale on the Dalton business website and on Rightbiz for £850,000. However, further down the main page it is currently showing as being £675,000. Very strange!

Update 03/01/2022 – We are pleased to report that the Roebuck is open Monday - Saturday: 12.00pm - 9.00pm and Sunday: 12.00pm - 8.00pm although we are not sure if this is under new ownership.

Update 01/10/2021 – Indicating that it first appeared for sale on the 20/09/19 the Roebuck in Alcester is still showing as being available on the RightBiz website.

Royal Oak, Alcester
Update 12/05/2022 – A fifth hand pump is now in situ at the Royal Oak.

Update 02/03/2022 – We have been advised that the Royal Oak intends to add a fourth hand pump, which will be very well received.

Update 03/01/2022 – Has been awarded the branch Pub of the Season. In awarding the Winter Pub of the Season to Ruth Mclaren, Licensee of the Royal Oak since February 2017, branch members have been clearly impressed with the quality of the beers on offer during recent visits. With three hand pulled beers on offer, chosen on a rotational basis from regional and national brewers, they were found to be of a consistently high quality. A presentation was made on behalf of the branch on 15 December 2021 by Rhys Williams, Apple contact for Shakespeare CAMRA, to Ruth, her Pub Manager Kerrie, and Adam the cellarman who does an excellent job in ensuring that the beers are always served at optimum quality.

Swan, Alcester
Update 13/02/2024 – The ground floor has been fully refurbished as boutique shops, with hotel rooms above; one of which is showing as 'let agreed' on Rightmove.

Update 28/11/2021 – At a recent branch meeting it was explained that the ground floor of this building is now set for commercial use.

Three Tuns, Alcester
Update 01/11/2023 – The date for a decision regarding the planning applications has been revised to 24th November 2023.

Update 26/08/2023 – It is good to see that planning applications have been made to Stratford District Council to reconstruct the Three Tuns.

Update 24/04/2023 – We understand that restoration work is imminent, with a temporary plastic roof in place to protect the interior.

Update 03/02/2023 – It is understood that the application to restore the Three Tuns will be made to Stratford District Council within the next two months.

Update 16/11/2022 – Work continues on what was the Three Tuns building on the high street with scaffolding on the front. We understand that asbestos has been found in the Pub and has been correctly removed. Looking at the attached photograph you can clearly see through to the sky through what was the original roof and there is also some damage to the next door building.


Turks Head, Alcester
Update 16/11/2022 – Opening hours currently displayed on the advertising board outside the pub indicate that Mon / Thurs are 12 until 3 and then 5 until closing at 9 whilst Fri and Sat they are open from 12 (midday) until 10 in the evening. Please note that we would encourage all pub goers to check opening times at the pubs they intend to visit as we found out recently that on one Tuesday night in Alcester the following pubs were all shut when we arrived at 9.30 – The Royal Oak, White Bear and The Turks Head. However, the Holly Bush was open and was clearly very busy.

Update 10/07/2022 – Many congratulations to the Turks Head for achieving Warwickshire County Pub of the Year. This is a fantastic achievement with the pub having been selected from the list of branch pubs of the year across the whole of Warwickshire and voted for by CAMRA members representing all of these branches. A presentation will take place from 8pm on Wednesday 3rd August 2022. [Presentation rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.]

Update 05/04/2022 – Congratulations to the Turks Head for being voted Shakespeare CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022 for the Warwickshire branch area. See Pub of the Year 2023 for details of the presentation on Tuesday 12th April 2022.

Update 05/02/2022 – On Thursday 3rd February, Shakespeare CAMRA were proud to present to Carl & Karen Buxton, the tenants of the Turks Head, Alcester, an award to commemorate their having celebrated 20 years. See Long Service Awards for details of the presentation.

Alderminster

Bell, Alderminster
Update 01/10/2021 – After the successful opening of the Arrow Mill we are pleased to report that the Brunning and Price pub group have also purchased and re-furbished the Bell. Inside you will find a large bar crammed with local favourites and many different sized rooms to suit your mood along with views over the stone terrace and gardens beyond. They have 8 guest bedrooms and if you are planning a get together a Private Dining room with a balcony that will comfortably seat 14 for a gathering or meeting.

Alveston

Ferry Inn, Alveston
Update 28/05/2023 – The Ferry Inn remains open but the tenancy is being advertised via the Stonegate and findmypub websites.

Update 04/01/2023 – We are sad to learn that the Ferry Inn is now closed, pending a new licensee. The following message was place on the Ferry Inn Facebook page today: “Martin and Andy would like to thank all our customers and friends for supporting the Ferry during their 8 years here. It’s sad that the pub is currently closed, let’s hope it’s only for a short time.”

Update 07/11/2022 – Lease for sale on findmypub in November.

Ardens Grafton

Golden Cross, Ardens Grafton
Update 12/02/2024 – The lease to the Golden Cross remains for sale via the Wells & Co website.

Update 01/10/2021 – The leasehold of the Charles Wells operated pub is currently being advertised through Rightmove.

Brailes

George, Brailes (Lower)
Update 03/01/2022 – Open all day every day and there were 6 Hook Norton beers on hand pump over the Christmas period.

Gate Inn, Brailes (Upper)
Update 07/11/2022 – Planning permission given to convert to a home, despite the branch writing a 6-page objection letter https://www.stratford-herald.com/news/anger-as-decision-allows-village-pub-to-be-turned-into-a-hom-9277503/ . Stratford planning department do not seem to have a very positive record on pub closures in the area.

Update 06/03/2022 – We have received information today that the current owners are trying to close the pub permanently through a change of use application. Should you wish to object the link to the planning application can be found here - https://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/AppDetail.aspx?appkey=R7FVN8PMJYO00

Update 03/01/2022 – This current GBG listed pub remains closed and it is believed that Brailes Parish Council is in the process of applying for an ACV.

Update 01/11/2021 – A notice has appeared on their Facebook page explaining that Baggy has reluctantly decided to temporarily close the pub until further notice. It goes on to explain that the pub has not proved to be viable since reopening with the reasons being financial and some personal health issues which have come to the fore. We wish to offer Baggy all our best wishes and hope that he manages to open the Gate again in the not-too-distant future.

Cherington

Cherington Arms, Cherington
Update 14/09/2023 – Unfortunately the Cherington Arms is listed as temporarily closed on the Hook Norton Brewery website.

Update 08/03/2022 – We are pleased to report that the pub reopened in March 2022 after a three month closure with new hosts Elin and Gilberto.

Update 03/01/2022 – Unfortunately, it seems to have closed its doors before Christmas and Hook Norton are looking for a new tenant - https://www.hooky.co.uk/our_pubs/the-cherington-arms-in-cherington/

Great Alne

Mother Huff Cap, Great Alne
Update 28/02/2022 – A visit from some of our members indicated that there were four hand pumps working with two beers from Purity (whose brewery is only just up the road), one of which was a badged “house beer”. See if you can decide which Purity beer this actually is?

Update 03/01/2022 – We are pleased to see that the Huff Cap re-opened on the 16th of December after what is believed to be a three-year period of closure. The following article appeared in the Redditch Advertiser - https://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/19792460.mother-huff-cap-near-alcester-reopens-community/

Update 01/11/2021 – We can report far more positive news about the Mother Huff Cap as their Facebook page now states that they are looking for staff and expect to reopen soon. The new owners also run the Why Not Inn in Astwood Bank and the Fives pub which is on the Bath Road in Cheltenham. A further phone call confirmed their intention to try and reopen the pub by the second or third week of December although there is still a lot of work to do both inside and out. Purity Ales are expected to be available, and the Manager will be Khan who now works in that position at the Why Not.

Update 01/10/2021 – Planning permission has been requested for the erection of 2 new dwellings, re-configuration of public house car park and beer garden including demolition of a modern garage. https://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/AppDetail.aspx?appkey=QOX7NTPMLVR00. It has been approved with conditions applied and we have received reports that building work has been started. Whilst we have no news about the future of the pub itself it is a grade 2 listed building.

Great Wolford

Fox & Hounds Inn, Great Wolford
Update 13/11/2023 – Following refusal of planning permission in June, a decision is awaited on a further application for planning permission made in July: https://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/AppDetail.aspx?appkey=RY3276PMFLB00 There have been more than 230 objections to the planning application.

Update 03/02/2023 – The District Council has posted an independent viability assessment onto the planning website, the content of which is being considered by the campaign group.

Update 02/01/2023 – Deadline for any objections has been extended to 17th January. The Shakespeare branch has written a 6-page objection.

Update 24/12/2022 – A new planning application is in place which would turn the pub into two homes. There is a deadline of 3rd January for any objections to be made to Stratford-on-Avon District Council. Planning website https://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/ Application No: 22/03071/FUL and 22/03072/LBC. Details of the owners’ application can be found by going to ‘Associated Documents’.

Halford

Halford Bridge Inn, Halford
Update 03/01/2022 – Now sporting two new hand pumps on the bar where Purity Gold was one of the offerings on Christmas Eve. There is no food Mon-Tues whilst the chef has a break otherwise lunchtimes and evenings Wed-Sun. The bar opens at 4pm Mon-Tues and 12-11 Wed-Sun.

Update 28/11/2021 - We understand that this has now opened but unfortunately there is current no provision for hand pumps. However, we understand that casks / pins of North Cotswolds beers have appeared on stillage at the bar.

Update 01/10/2021 – It has been noted that the For Sale advertisements for the pub / hotel have been removed from various social media websites. It was seen to be up for sale at £550,00.00.

Hampton Lucy

Boar’s Head, Hampton Lucy
Update 02/03/2022 – The Boar’s Head is planning a beer festival from 3rd to 6th June, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Honeybourne

Thatch Tavern, Honeybourne
Update 07/02/2024 – Recent visits have found beers served in very good condition.

Update 08/07/2021 – recently gained Asset of Community Value status following on from the same thing five years ago. Since reopening the pub has been serving Abbot Ale, Wye Valley Butty Bach and HPA with a fourth pull for another ale.

Iron Cross

Queens Head, Iron Cross
Update 28/02/2022 – For lease signs have gone up on the front of the pub which is run in conjunction with the Rasoi Indian restaurant.

Kineton

Kineton Sports and Social Club, Kineton
Update 30/09/2021 – Kineton Sports and Social Club are also holding a festival in conjunction with a visit by the Sealed Knot over the weekend of 22-24th October (Battle of Edgehill 23rd October) www.kinetonssc.org.uk

Kings Coughton

Moat House, Kings Coughton
Update 07/11/2022 – We heard during the last branch meeting that the pub was currently on fire. However, we are pleased to say that subsequent to the meeting, it was confirmed that it was a building behind the pub which was on fire.

Update 01/10/2021 – Has recently been offering North Cotswolds Shagweaver as one of their beers.

Lower Quinton

College Arms, Lower Quinton
Update 28/10/2023 – New owners Will & Rob took over the College Arms on 20th March. Food is served daily, except Mondays. Regular events and quiz nights are held – see Facebook for details: https://www.facebook.com/collegearmslowerquinton

Update 03/02/2023 – We are sad to learn that the landlords intend to close the pub in August, when their tenancy ends, when their tenancy ends, due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Loxley

Fox at Loxley
Update 07/02/2024 – A recent visit found beers being served in very good condition. New managers have been in place since later summer 2023.

Update 01/10/2021 – It was bought in late 2020 by the Community and is wholly owned by 223 shareholders from Loxley, the surrounding towns and villages and supporters from across the world. One of the branch members recently reported that they quaffed a fine pint of North Cotswold Green Man IPA along with Hooky Bitter.

Moreton Morrell

Black Horse, Moreton Morrell
Update 06/11/2023 – A recent visit found Bass and Milestone True Grit being served, in addition to the regular Purity Gold, all in very good condition.

Update 06/02/2023 – The pub has reopened after closure for nearly three years. Extensively refurbished to a high standard by its new owner, the current morning opening times are for coffee and cakes, with beer and other alcoholic drinks available in the evenings. If cellar space permits, additional real ales will be added according to demand. Full meals and accommodation are planned, and the small garden will open in the summer.

Update 11/01/2023 – We understand that a retired dentist has bought the pub and a refurbishment is underway.

Newbold on Stour

White Hart, Newbold on Stour
Update 13/11/2023 – We are pleased that the White Hart reopened again in October 2023. Timothy Taylor Landlord and Wye Valley Butty Bach remain the regular beers. Dave the landlord was previously steward of the Wellesbourne Conservative Club.

Update 23/07/2023 – We are sad to learn that the White Hart has now closed. The future of this popular pub is not known.

Update 07/11/2022 – Lease for sale on findmypub in November. However, recent feedback from a branch member indicates under new management summer 2022.

Update 03/01/2022 – The tenancy of this pub is currently being advertised on the website “find my pub”.

Update 01/10/2021 – The tenancy is currently being advertised for this pub although reports have reached the branch that a new Landlord is already in place

Oxhill

The Peacock, Oxhill
Update 24/04/2023 – The Peacock was taken over in April 2022 by the Happy Wolf Pack Company. The Yew Tree at Avon Dassett is a sister pub. There are four hand pumps: Wye Valley's Butty Bach is a regular beer, with the others providing changing beers from breweries such as Hook Norton, Purity or Roman Bay. Food is served every day except Monday, when the Peacock is closed.

Ratley

Rose & Crown, Ratley
Update 30/11/2023 – We are pleased to hear that the pub reopened on 25th November under the management of Basil and Lou. Three real ales are available - currently Hooky, Twelve Days and Tribute. Food, including Sunday lunch, is available. We wish Basil and Lou well for their future at the Rose & Crown.

Update 01/11/2023 – We understand that the Rose & Crown is temporarily closed. Further details are not yet known.

Update 19/01/2023 – We are sad to learn that Simon, the current licensee, is leaving the Rose & Crown at the end of January, to spend more time with his family, as well as focus on other interests. We wish Simon well in his future ventures, and welcome Fergus and Maxine White who will be taking over the helm.

Redhill

The Piston Club (previously the Stag), Redhill
Update 14/08/2023 – On a recent visit, real ale was found to now be available, with Purity Mad Goose and Fuller's London Pride on offer.

Update 30/07/2023 – The pub has now reopened as the Piston Club, with motor memorabilia the theme throughout the pub. Real ale is not currently available.

Update 23/07/2023 – Good to hear that the Stag is looking to fully open to the general public on Thursday 27th July. See the Stag's Facebook page for details of the refurbishment and menu: https://www.facebook.com/stagredhill/

Update 01/10/2021 – Currently shows no sign of reopening although it has been sold by its previous owners, Wadworth. The latest news on their Facebook page indicates that “we have decided to open up our rooms as B&B. Sadly the pub is still not ready to open but our rooms are refreshed and ready to let”. There is no indication as to who has purchased the Stag and seemingly no obvious contact details.

Shipston

Black Horse, Shipston
Update 20/11/2023 – The excellent Thai restaurant has unfortunately closed, and food is now provided by The Copper Grill.

Horseshoe, Shipston
Update 13/02/2024 – This long-term closed pub, for sale at £400,000, is currently showing as 'under offer' on Rightmove. Update 07/11/2022 – Lease for sale on findmypub in November. We have also received a number of reports to the branch indicating that the pub is currently closed. Further to this it is also being advertised for sale on the Daltons business web pages with offers invited.

Update 03/01/2022 – All 7 pubs in Shipston are open for business and were serving 18 different cask beers between them over the recent holiday period. One of these 18 beers was the excellent Timothy Taylor Landlord served by the enterprising Landlord of the Horseshoe.

Update 01/10/2021 – The tenancy is currently being advertised for this pub although reports have reached the branch that a new Landlord is already in place.

Lazy Pug, Shipston
Update 07/11/2022 – Known as the Falcon from 2002, the pub returned to its old name of White Horse in the summer of 2019. After closing for 5 months because of COVID-19 it reopened under new management in September 2020, and in 2021 became the Lazy Pug. Three or four cask beers are available on hand pump and they typically serve Purity Mad Goose, Black Sheep or Dark Star American Pale Ale.

Thirst Edition, Shipston
Update 02/07/2023 – Many congratulations to Thirst Edition for achieving Warwickshire County Pub of the Year. This is an excellent achievement with the pub having been selected from the list of branch pubs of the year across the whole of Warwickshire and voted for by CAMRA members representing all of these branches. A presentation took place on Wednesday 9th August. See Pub of the Year 2023 for more details.

Update 24/02/2023 – A large turnout of regulars and branch members gathered on the 25th April 2023 to celebrate the award of our Warwickshire area Pub of the Year to Thirst Edition in Shipston. See Pub of the Year 2023 for more details of the presentation made by Lloyd Evans.

Shottery

Bell, Shottery
Update 28/11/2021 - A “controversial” bid from the brewers and pub owners Greene King to transform the outdoor space at The Bell in Shottery has upset the residents of this village. A report can be found by in the following link - https://www.stratford-herald.com/news/controversial-pub-plans-set-for-approval-9226779/

St Andrew’s Church, Shottery
Update 27/07/2022 – St Andrew’s Church, Shottery is holding a Beer festival on Friday October 14th and Saturday October 15th 2022, with eight beers available. More details to follow.

Snitterfield

Snitterfield Arms, Snitterfield
Update 04/02/2024 – Well done to the Snitterfield Arms for their successful reopening ... the beer was so welcome that it ran out over the weekend!

Update 21/01/2024 – We are pleased to report that the Snitterfield Arms is reopening on Thursday 1st February, from 4-9pm.

Update 11/01/2024 – We are sad to learn that the licensees decided to close the pub after New Year’s Eve. The future of the Snitterfield Arms is uncertain.

Update 01/10/2021 – The tenancy is currently being advertised for this pub although it would now seem to be part of the Melt group pubs.

Stratford

Barge and Quarterdeck, Stratford
Update 07/11/2022 – A traditional Dutch Barge moored just in front of the Shakespeare theatre with a state-of-the-art decking over the water. https://www.bargeandquarterdeck.co.uk/ run by Windmill Hill Brewing Company, which is based in the Warwickshire countryside near Leamington Spa https://whbrewery.co.uk/. However, we are not sure presently if the beers are available in cask format (we will update once we receive more information).

The Bear, Stratford
Update 28/02/2022 – The good news is that the pub now seems to be open again but unfortunately the local beers, including the “house beer” from North Cotswolds, do not seem to be on offer. Currently on the pumps are T.T. Landlord, London Pride and St. Austell Tribute where our correspondent was rather shocked to be charged £5.40 for a pint. Is this the most expensive pint in the area or do you know otherwise?

Update 28/11/2021 – We understand from various sources that the Bear in Stratford appears to be open very infrequently at the moment due to limited staffing levels. We hope that this can be resolved quickly in the immediate future as it has left a number of disappointed drinkers who have found the pub to have been closed when they have visited.

The Bull (previously the West End), Stratford
Update 11/02/2024 – A recent visit found three beers available, all served well. The new licensees at The Bull El Toro have brought authentic Spanish cuisine and tapas to Stratford Old Town.

Update 06/11/2023 – The lease no longer appears to be for sale and we understand that new tenants are arriving.

Update 07/11/2022 – Lease for sale on findmypub in November.

Coach House (previously the Lamplighter), Stratford
Update 06/11/2023 – A recent visit found that three Davenports beers are once again available: IPA, Gold and Original, all served in very good condition. The IPA will be replaced by Davenports Mild. A flight of three 1/3rd pints is available, at £4.50.

Update 29/10/2023 – Davenports has completed a refurbishment of its brewery and its IPA is now available at the Coach House.

Update 21/08/2023 – A recent visit found that Davenports beers were not available, the Coach House serving guest ales only. Davenports brewery is currently undergoing a refurbishment and so brewing has been paused, but should recommence soon.

Update 01/10/2021 – has been refurbished and this Davenports pub has also had a name change. We have received positive reports regarding the beer quality with both the Original and Gold being currently available, both of which are unusual beers for the area.

Cox's Yard, Stratford
Update 11/02/2024 – Cox's Yard is now closed temporarily, due to refurbishment. This follows the recent flooding of the River Avon, and as well as Cox's Yard, the cafe and cottage onsite have also closed temporarily. Reopening is planned for summer 2024 when Cox's Yard will reopen as a tap room for Wells & Co's beers, brewed at their Brewpoint brewery.

Dirty Duck, Stratford
Update 01/08/2023 – The refurbishment is complete. Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen are the regular beers, with an additional seasonal beer from Greene King.

Update 19/05/2023 – We understand that the Dirty Duck is now closed for refurbishment.

Encore, Stratford
Update 06/11/2023 – A recent visit found one real ale available, currently Doom Bar, although this rotates with Purity UBU. The Encore plans to also serve Black Sheep Blitzen over the Christmas period.

Garrick, Stratford
Update 01/10/2021 – Have been taking North Cotswolds / Shakespeare Tempest and reports suggest that it has been selling well but as the beer was not currently being brewed they have moved to Falstaff’s Folly which has also proved to be another popular option.

Oddfellows Arms, Stratford
Update 03/02/2023 – The premises have been vacant since the pub closure in 2015, however we understand that plans are being produced to convert the building into a shop and two flats.

Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford
Update 28/02/2022 – A recent visit by a number of members to the Thatch proved to be quite frustrating as it was closed. Further inspection at the front of the pub revealed that the Thatch is currently shutting at 6pm on a Monday and Tuesday and 8pm on a Wednesday.

Old Tramway, Stratford
Update 18/10/2023 – A recent visit found one real ale available, in good condition. The Old Tramway is not currently serving food.

Update 16/11/2022 – Reopened 18 November 2022 under new ownership - further details to come...

Paddock (previously the Salmon Tail), Stratford
Update 18/01/2024 – We understand that the Paddock has now closed. The future of the pub is uncertain.

Update 01/11/2023 – The Paddock continues to be advertised for sale at £675,000 via Rightmove and Everard Cole websites.

Update 07/11/2022 – Lease for sale on findmypub in November.

Update 01/10/2021 – Officially re-opened inside and out on May 16th. They spent a number of weeks transforming the pub ready for it to open as an Irish themed bar and changed the name to the Paddock. Real ale is available. Part of Melt group which now run the Bull in Old Town the Snitterfield Arms and the Keys (Catch 22?).

Phoenix (previously the Union Bar), Stratford
Update 07/11/2022 – Positive report received from a branch member as a result of a recent visit, with a very pleasant roof terrace. It is believed that two beers are normally available with offerings noted from Hooky and Goffs.

Update 01/10/2021 – A little touch of London in Stratford upon Avon, the Phoenix is owned by local hospitality entrepreneurs Rachel & Sue Hawkins. The Phoenix is open all day every day for food, drinks, cocktails and wines. The Rosé Terrace is a place to grab a seat under the palm trees and pretend you’re on holiday for an hour or a day. Regular cask ales are Hooky Gold and Old Hooky.

Queen’s Head, Stratford
Update 13/02/2024 – Food is now available every day, with special offers Sunday to Thursday.

Update 26/11/2022 – The pub has been taken over by manager Julie Burns Along with Adam Charrington, chef and owner of Head Honcho Hacienda, Julie has set up a new Mexican restaurant at the pub.

Stratford Alehouse, Stratford
Update 13/02/2024 – Since opening in 2013, the Stratford Alehouse has served 1,777 different beers from 444 breweries – all dispensed by gravity. A great achievement.

Update 29/11/2021 – Current opening times are Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday - 3.00 pm - 10.00 pm Thursday / Friday / Saturday - 1.00 pm - 11.00 pm and Sunday - 1.00 pm - 7.00 pm.

Yard of Ale, Stratford
Update 01/10/2021 – Reports have reached the branch that they have recently been ordering casks of North Cotswolds Shagweaver. We hope that this continues to be a successful option for beer drinkers at this pub.

Stretton-on-Fosse

Plough Inn, Stretton-on-Fosse
Update 11/09/2023 – The Plough Inn has been purchased by Andy Rutley and Tim Guy, who are taking over from Monday 18th September. Two real ales from North Cotswold Brewery are currently available, the aim being to expand this further as Andy and Tim develop the pub. We wish them well in their venture.

Tredington

Lion (White Lion), Tredington
Update 07/11/2023 – A recent visit found that the Lion is now open for drinks from 4pm on Mondays. Food is not available on Mondays.

Update 24/04/2023 – The Lion reopened with two new landlords at Easter 2023 after a 2 month closure. The Lion has four hand pumps; Wye Valley's Butty Bach and HPA are regulars, with two changing beers from local breweries such as North Cotswold, Purity and Hook Norton. The Lion has two bars and a restaurant, together with accommodation.

Update 04/02/2023 – We have received reports that the pub is closed and is to let.

Update 03/01/2022 – Now has four hand pumps serving North Cotswold, Purity, Hook Norton and Wye Valley beers when visited during late November. Please note that the pub is closed on Mondays otherwise opening times are 12-11.

Update 01/10/2021 – Following a full refurbishment, Fritz Ronneburg and wife Kelly of the Broom Tavern are hoping to reopen the Lion shortly. They also have bed and breakfast rooms and a holiday cottage on site. https://www.stratford-herald.com/news/warwickshire-pub-reopening-after-six-year-gap-9215661/

Welford

Shakespeare Inn, Welford
Update 11/02/2024 – A recent visit found good quality real ale being served by licensee Ben, who has been at the Shakespeare Inn for five months. Ben aims to have two available Monday and Tuesday, with three later in the week and four at weekends. A beer festival is planned for the summer.

Update 30/04/2023 – We are pleased to report that the Shakespeare Inn is reopening on Friday 5th May. Wishing Adam, Derek and Henry every success.

Update 12/01/2023 – We understand that the pub’s listing as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) expired in 2020 and that Stratford District Council requires a fresh application to relist the pub.

Update 07/11/2022 – Lease for sale on findmypub in November. We have also received reports indicating that the pub is also currently closed, and the contact telephone number is unobtainable.

Wellesbourne

Wellesbourne Beer Festival
Update 24/04/2023 – For more information about the 2023 WBF see Wellesbourne Beer Fest 2023 and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whyteckw

Update 24/03/2023 – The 4th Wellesbourne Beer Festival is due to take place on 12th and 13th May 2023. More details will follow once received from the organisers.

Stag, Wellesbourne
Update 07/11/2022 – We are pleased to advise that the Stags Head is reopening on Friday 18th November 2022. See their website for more information: https://stagshead-wellesbourne.co.uk/

Update 28/02/2022 – A report from Warwickshire Police advises that their investigation, along with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been completed and that the fire is no longer being treated as arson.

Update 01/11/2021 - It is with deep regret that we have to report yet another significant fire which has occurred in a pub within the branch area. The thatched roof of The Stag’s Head pub in Wellesbourne caught fire in the early hours of the morning and fire crews arrived at the scene just after 1.30am. The fire was reported by several nearby residents just before 1am and seven fire engines, including one with a turntable ladder, were called to the scene: spending five hours extinguishing the blaze. The Grade II listed building had stood for 150 years and was a long-standing centre of community life in the village. Luckily, the people that live on site were actually away although one member of staff who was looking after the place was evacuated so thankfully no one was hurt. Subsequent reports state that Warwickshire police arrested a 30-year-old male from Wellesbourne shortly after 2am the same morning. A police spokesperson said: “That the suspect has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.”

Wilmcote

Update 17/05/2023 – The 2023 Wilmcote beer festival is due to take place over September 15th, 16th & 17th.

Update 15/04/2022 – Wilmcote Village Hall is the venue for the 2022 beer festival, over 17th, 18th and 19th June:

Wixford

The Fish, Wixford
Update 23/07/2023 – The Fish has now reopened. Opening is limited (Thursday to Sunday) until the kitchen is up and running.

Update 05/06/2023 – Good to hear that the Fish is planning to reopen soon and is now recruiting for staff.

Update 02/12/2022 – We are sad to report that the pub is now closed, pending a new licensee.

Update 18/11/2022 – We understand that the lease will become available on 30th November, as after 27 years Bernard, the licensee, is intending to retire. We wish him well for the future.