Boot Inn wins national Cask Ale Award! This popular Weymouth pub has scooped first place among over 1500 pubs in Marston's National Cask Ale competition.
We're delighted for Kevin and the team who have worked long and hard over several years to get top spot.
  Dated 07/08/15.
Black Dog, Broadmayne beer festival 29th, 30th August. This newly refurbished pub opened again at the end of last year.
They are advertising this holiday weekend festival on banners on the building.  Dated 02/08/15.
"Snug" Real Ale bar opens in Weymouth. This new bar has opened at 38 Maiden Street in Weymouth. (previously Gap, Fiesta Bar, Rum Shack etc.) The entrance is the narrow passageway next to the church
Three real ales on today, Butcombe Best and two from Piddle Brewery. The bar has been refurbished and is being run by a local team Leanne and Andy who recently ran the John Gregory in Southill.  Dated 25/07/15.
News of a Summer Festival at Ilchester Arms, Abbotsbury A West Country beer, ale & cider festival on will take place on Thursday 27th August to Monday 31st August.
It will be spread over three sites in the village: in the chapel garden, the pub and the village hall. In the chapel garden there will be a marquee to cover the car park for the Live Music, Market Stalls, sessions called Meet the Brewster's and loads of pub competitions.   Dated 22/07/15.
Nettle Eating and Beer Festival - Bottle Inn - June 20th Landlord Nigel promises 30 beers and as many as 20 ciders over the weekend 19th-21st June Nettle eating on 20th   Dated 05/06/15.
2015 Beer Festival 3-5 July, Rest and Welcome Inn Yeovil Road, Melbury Osmond. We've been told of another beer festival to be held at the Rest and Welcome with 15+ ales and ciders from Dorset & Somerset, live music every night.   Dated 04/06/15.
Our Summer Edition 2015! Our 22nd Giant Dongle with reports on Branch Trip to Maltings festival, Wassailing in Dorset and our trip to the "Far East". Also news of the launch of a new beer and the Clock House Chideock festival. Lots to enjoy!   Dated 27/05/15.
New Real Ale outlets in Weymouth! We have had more news about pubs and bars in the Weymouth area this week:
- A new micro-bar - Drift - opened its doors last Tuesday week, serving three Real Ales all exclusive from Bournemouth Brewery. Drift is situated in Hope Square.
- The Beefeater restaurant in Mercery Road (opp. Sainsburys) is now serving two Real Ales, changing regularly. On this week are Wychwood Hobgoblin and Wadworths 6X.
  Dated 08/05/15.
More about the Spyglass refurbishment. We've had an update about the Spyglass Harvester on Bowleaze Coveway - it is now due to open on 12th May and is expected to have three real ales. The actual beers to be available were not known at the time we got the other info.   Dated 08/05/15.
Clock House Major Fire!The Clock House in Chideock suffered a major fire last week. The building was gutted and the A35 closed to allow the fire to be fought. Nobody was hurt in the tragedy, but the landlord and his family lost all their possessions and their home.
Despite this, Mike Long and his family are determined to keep the business going and are planning to hold another Beer Festival starting May 22nd. Click the picture for details.
  Dated 16/04/15.
Spring 2015 - Issue 21 already! Our 21st Giant Dongle with news of our Pub Of The Year award. News from Dorchester Beerex festival and plenty of other articles and items.   Dated 13/03/15.
Photos of recent Branch Trip to the Purbecks! A year on from the great trip to Derby and the Dales, Rich arranged a more local event this year. See photos of the trip on our web page here.   Dated 13/03/15.
Weymouth's quayside Royal Oak named Pub Of The Year! The Royal Oak on Weymouth harbourside has been named as West Dorset Pub of the Year. Dorset Echo article with full details.  Dated 15/2/15.
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