• Country Pub Of The Year Saturday 8 June 2019

    Rugby & District CAMRA's Country Pub of the Year



    Since opening five years ago, the Head of Steam has established itself as a thriving centre of the Village Community.


    Branch Chairman Steve Durrant is seen presenting the award to Licensee Paul Fielding, flanked by his team, who work hard to make the Head of Steam the success it is.


    Article supplied by Malcolm Harding



  • BARTESTREE TAKES THE PRIZE Saturday 1 June 2019



    Rugby & District CAMRA have presented our Cider of the Festival award to Bartestree Cider, which is just a few miles from Hereford.  Their Eleven Girl Perry, which was made in collaboration with a local dentist surgery was a close winner at our festival.


    Easily drinkable and almost green in colour, it also won the best draught sweet perry at this years’ Big Apple Trials in March too, thus helping Bartestree Cider to become this years’ champion perry producer.


    Owner Dave Matthews started making cider commercially in Wales initially under the name Sidre Dai, but moved to Herefordshire 6 years ago.  Here he gave up a fulltime job being a biology teacher to concentrate on his real love, making bespoke ciders and perries.


    Dave was delighted to receive our award and made us most welcome during our visit to his cider shed.  The award will join the many others that adorn its walls, cheers Richard


    Article supplied by Richard Potter


  • The Price of Wales (Update) Tuesday 30 April 2019

    The Prince Of Wales, in the town centre is currently being refurbished after being acquired by the Craft Union Pub Company. The company which is part of the Ei (Enterprise Inns) Group, have their roots in Preston, Lancashire. Since opening their first pub in May 2015 they have expanded rapidly and by next year they hope to have as many as 500 licensed premises.


    The philosophy behind the company is an aim to put great quality pubs back at the heart of the local community. They also strongly believe pubs play a vital role in the lives of their customers. They want their pubs to be the pub of choice for locals to meet up and watch their favourite sporting events.


    They tend to operate smaller pubs with a simple small food menu to accompany the sporting entertainment that is offered. At the Prince Of Wales, new signage has been erected and extensive work has been carried out internally. A peek through the window shows the small back bar has been knocked through and we believe the bar will move to a side wall.


    Looking at the company’s promotional video we believe cask ales will be available, but what these may be and whether they will be actually there we cannot confirm. I’m sure we will find out sooner or later.


    with thanks to Richard Potter