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Batemans, the family brewer based in Lincolnshire, has completed an extensive £150,000 refurbishment of Wainfleet pub The Woolpack. This pub is the first to reopen under Batemans’ new ‘manchise’ agreement, a cross between a managed and tenanted pub which sees the operator take a percentage of turnover. 

The Woolpack has been given a complete new look, with £20,000 spent on a new kitchen and the remainder invested in dramatically improving the rest of the pub, including creating a new lounge and seating area, and freshening up the toilets and bar area. The finished result is an appealing and comfortable, quality community pub, with a focus on food and drink across all day parts.

Batemans new ‘manchise’ pubs are run under a hybrid agreement; half managed, half tenanted, and rewards operators for being entrepreneurial and growing the business. This agreement releases the operator from responsibility for the day to day expenses such as utilities, wet stock, insurance etc., leaving them free to focus on developing the food and accommodation aspect of the pub (where appropriate). There is a franchise fee based on turnover, which means the operator receives a percentage of wet turnover, and Batemans receives a percentage of accommodation and food turnover.

New landlords Iain and Johann Jubbs were specifically chosen by Batemans to run The Woolpack, after they visited a recruitment open day run by the brewer. Johann has considerable hospitality experience, having previously run a pub in Spain for seven years, and a tapas bar in Lincoln. Running a pub will be a new experience for Iain, who used to work for the Shaw Trust and is passionate about making The Woolpack a success. Iain and Johann have also employed 12 people from the local area to work in the pub. 

Iain commented: “We’re incredibly excited about running The Woolpack – as soon as we heard about the ‘manchise’ agreement we knew it was for us; it’s a very appealing proposition that suits our circumstances perfectly. Both Johann and I have developed skills throughout our previous careers that we know will prove invaluable at The Woolpack, and we’re very pleased to be part of the Batemans family.” 

This refurbishment of The Woolpack is part of a wider regeneration programme for the brewer. Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans, said: “We have carried out the biggest and most extensive refurbishment of any pub in Batemans history at The Woolpack, and it is now a truly magnificent quality local pub which the brewery and community can be proud of. This investment is part of our comprehensive development strategy which will ensure our pub estate is as strong as it can be and secure our place in the market for many years to come.”

To find out more about Batemans, please visit http://www.bateman.co.uk or call 01754 880317

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Arkell’s Brewery is delighted to announce the purchase of The Southbrook, on Southbrook Street, Swindon. The brewery is only the third owner of the pub since it was converted from a farmhouse into a pub some time during the mid 20th century.

Brewery managing director, George Arkell, said: “There are very few pubs like The Southbrook left, not only in Swindon but probably in the south of England. It sits within a strong local community drawn from the residential estates that have grown up around it since Swindon started to grow in the 1950s. It’s a proper town pub with pool and darts teams, and serving traditional pub food and real ales. It’s the sort of pub for which Arkell’s is known best in Swindon. We are thrilled to be its new owners.”

Arkell’s bought The Southbrook from Bob and Gina Downing who have retired after 27 years. The new landlord is 29-year old Dave Kearns, who has extensive experience of running pubs across Swindon and near Colchester, Essex. Dave has lived in West Swindon for most of his life.

“It’s great to get behind The Southbrook bar,” he said. “The pub is right in the middle of Ferndale and it’s got lots of space. We’ve kept on the staff, including our brilliant cook Tina who produces some of the best Sunday dinners in town. This is going to be a family friendly food pub.”

The Southbrook was originally a farmhouse, Arkell’s understands. “We’re told it became a pub when the farmland was sold off around it, and was first run by the farmer’s daughter,” said George. “We would love to know more about the history and urge local historians to get in touch.” There are two large bars and a very big function room at the back, probably where the old farm buildings were incorporated into the main house. This is often used as a pool hall but is also available for parties and events.

The locals have welcomed the new face behind the bar. “I took over last Friday,” said Dave. “The locals were very welcoming and so many came in that they almost drank us out of beer. It’s great to be part of the Swindon community.”

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

Bedford Pub is named best in the region

The team at Bedford’s d’Parys are celebrating this month after being named the best managed pub in the region in the Great British Pub Awards 2015.

The popular pub opened back in Spring 2014 following a £1.3million investment which transformed an old run down hotel into a spectacular pub and restaurant with rooms. The d’Parys team are no strangers to awards having been named one of the top five best new pubs in the country at last year’s Publican Awards.

The Great British Pub Awards, which are also run by leading pub industry magazine The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, search for the very best pubs in the UK. For this latest award d’Parys beat hundreds of pubs throughout East Anglia and the East Midlands and impressed judges with its unique design, eclectic range of drinks and inventive dishes as well as excellent customer service and local support to take the title.

Craig Mayes, Director at Apostrophe Pubs which run d’Parys said: “We are all absolutely thrilled with this award and incredibly proud to be recognised as one of the best managed pubs in the country. We strive to always give our guests the “wow factor” and have been overwhelmed with the support since we opened, in fact we now have people coming from far and wide to sample the delights of d’Parys. However what makes d’Parys really special is the passion and commitment of the entire team here and this award really is a testament to their hard work over the past 18 months.”

d’Parys will now go forward with five other regional finalists from the UK to the national finals of the Great British Pub Awards in September.

You can keep up-to-date with news and events from d’Parys on the website at: www.dparys.co.uk or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/dparys2.

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Wadworth Brewery is celebrating a double award win at the International Beer Challenge after two of their most popular ales, Bishops Tipple and Old Timer were awarded a Silver Tasting Medal in the 2015 International Beer Challenge.

Rewarding quality and celebrating excellence,the annual International Beer Challenge receives entries from more than 30 countries worldwide, boasting some of the shrewdest beer judges in the land – including retailers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts.

As one of Wadworth’ oldest ales, Bishops Tipple proved just why it’s stood the test of time, impressing the judging panel with its intriguing aroma of delicate Saaz and spicy Styrian Goldings hops. A strong citrus ale that is deceptively light in colour it boasts a lingering hop finish that is enjoyed by real ale lovers all year round. With its rich, full bodied flavour and smooth finish seasonal classic Old Timer also tantalised the judges taste buds. Popular for over 50 years and still true to the original recipe this strong, malty ale is the perfect winter warmer. 

 "We are extremely proud of all our beers" says Wadworth Product Marketing Manager Ellie Alderton. "It takes the best ingredients, time honoured brewing methods and years of experience to brew the finest ales, so it’s fantastic that some of our oldest ales have received this recognition."

Bishops Tipple is available to the trade in cask and 500ml bottles all year round, with Old Timer also available in cask December-January and in conditioned 500ml bottles throughout the year.

For more information visit  www.wadworth.co.uk.

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Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00

Hooky Wins Big at World Beer Awards 2015

Hook Norton World Beer Awards 2015


The Country winners have been announced in the World Beer Awards and Hook Norton is extremely proud to announce that we have been recognised across the board for a range of beer styles with two best in class, two golds and two bronze medals in the United Kingdom country category.


The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognised beer styles. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the 'World's Best Beers' to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Beers must be generally available and for sale in bottles or cans.


Hook Norton won 6 awards with top honours going to its crafty ale Red Rye, a product from its micro brewery and the stalwart Twelve Days. Both beers will now go forward to represent the UK in the final round of judging to determine the world's best beer.



  • United Kingdom's Best Rye Beer - Hook Norton Red Rye
  • United Kingdom's Best Strong Dark Beer - Hook Norton Twelve Days
  • United Kingdom - Mild Ale - Gold Medal - Hook Norton Mild
  • United Kingdom - Stout - Gold Medal - Hook Norton Double Stout
  • United Kingdom - Bitter up to 4% - Bronze Medal - Hook Norton Hooky
  • United Kingdom - Seasonal Pale Ale - Bronze Medal - Hook Norton First Light


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