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Frozé: Frozen cocktails just got much cooler

May 2018

This summer sees the launch of Frozé concentrated mix for frozen cocktail machines from Peter Spanton Drinks.

With a growing number of pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants tapping into the frozen drink trend, Frozé – pronounced “fro-say” – is a concentrated version of Peter Spanton’s successful Salted Paloma Grapefruit Soda.

Based on the classic paloma cocktail, Frozé can be served from a frozen cocktail machine either as a premium soft drink in its own right, or mixed with a spirit such as tequila, vodka or vermouth to create a Frozé cocktail.

Former London restaurateur Peter Spanton originally developed his own range of adult soft drinks and mixers in 2011. He said: “Frozé is a natural extension of our range, with a strong appeal to customers seeking something beyond ordinary.

“Salted Paloma is one of our most popular bottled varieties, blending grapefruit juice, lime, and sea salt. Although tequila is traditional in a paloma, Frozé combines well with a range of spirits to create sophisticated frozen drinks.”

Among the bars serving Frozé is Baltic near Waterloo in London, where bar manager Karol Terejlis, said: “Our customers enjoy frozen cocktails all year round, and we want to offer the same quality and appeal in drinks from our frozen cocktail machine as we do with all our alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.  Frozé enables us to do that, and has already earned its place on our drinks list.”

Chris Hare, brand manager of premium tequila Cazcabel, has trialled the product and plans to serve it at festival bars running throughout the summer. He said: “Peter Spanton’s new Paloma Frozé is a game changer – it tastes great, it’s well balanced and people keep coming back for more. It also works perfectly with my Cazcabel Blanco tequila, and really lets the flavours shine through.”

Peter Spanton Drinks suggested serves for Frozé include:

·         For a non-alcoholic, guilt-free Paloma, serve Frozé with charred rosemary syrup and lime garnish.

·         For an alcoholic version, add tequila or mezcal to Frozé and serve with a garnish of lime zest, salt and chilli.

Frozé is available in concentrate packs, with 1 litre of concentrate making just over 6 litres of Frozé serve before adding alcohol.

Frozé is supplied directly by Peter Spanton Drinks; for more information and serving suggestions, email sales@peterspanton.com or call 020 3763 5665.

Hoppy Ever After: Hogs Back toasts Royal Wedding

May 2018

Pubgoers across the South East will be toasting the Royal Wedding later this month with a pint of ‘Hoppy Ever After’, a limited edition ale brewed by Hogs Back Brewery, based near Farnham, to mark the happy occasion.

Hoppy Ever After is a refreshing, 4% ABV golden ale with strong citrus and floral notes. The brew uses Centennial hops from the USA as well as home-grown English Cascade, making it the perfect beer to mark the transatlantic union between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is available on draught only as part of Hogs Back’s Limited Edition range of beers.

Hogs Back Brewery managing director Rupert Thompson said, “Throughout history, beers have been brewed to mark Royal occasions and indeed our own MAJEST.E.A was a popular commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

“We’re therefore delighted to be celebrating the forthcoming Royal Wedding with Hoppy Ever After, which is a perfect pairing of the USA and England, just like the marriage itself. We’re sure that customers in pubs across our South East heartland will be raising a glass of this refreshing, flavourful ale in a toast to the happy couple.”

Hoppy Ever After is part of Hogs Back Brewery’s limited edition cask ale programme and is available to pubs throughout May.

Frogmill leaps forward; Brakspear set to reopen Cotswolds pub after major redevelopment

May 2018

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear is set to open the Frogmill near Cheltenham in July, following a major redevelopment that represents the biggest project in the company’s 240-year history.

Brakspear purchased the Frogmill, in Shipton Oliffe, near Andoversford, in early 2016, since when it has been closed while plans were developed for the refurbishment now underway. When complete, it will be Brakspear’s biggest managed site, comprising a 100-cover restaurant, bar, 28 boutique bedrooms and wedding and conference facilities for up to 150 guests, all housed within the Frogmill’s extensive grounds, which are being re-landscaped.

The Grade II listed, traditional Cotswolds stone building is believed to date back to the 16th century. The redevelopment will retain many of its original features including fireplaces, flagstone floors, exposed beams and, in the grounds, a wisteria-covered stone pergola and a watermill. The refurbishment, carried out by Brakspear’s in-house design team, blends traditional and contemporary features, an approach that Brakspear has adopted to create stunning designs across its growing managed estate.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said, “We’re thrilled that the transformation of the Frogmill is underway and look forward to seeing the final result after many months of planning. The start of work on the site has sparked a lot of interest locally and we’re already receiving enquiries for weddings and room bookings, so we’re expecting to be busy from Day 1.

“The Frogmill’s dedicated wedding and event facilities set it apart from our other managed sites, but we have a great track record of running successful, award-winning pubs with a quality food offer and accommodation. Our managed business is now five years old and we have built a strong infrastructure including estate-wide recruitment, training, menu development and marketing, that will enable us to replicate our success at this larger, more complex site.”

The Frogmill takes Brakspear’s managed estate up to 12 sites. The division was formed in 2013 with the opening of the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames and includes pubs across the Cotswolds and south east. Seven sites – including the Frogmill – currently offer accommodation, with a total of just over 100 rooms. Thirteen rooms are being added this summer to the newest acquisition, the Lion at Wendlebury, near Bicester.

Caption: redevelopment underway at the Frogmill

Hogs Back partners with Hall & Woodhouse to grow off-trade presence

May 2018

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is gearing up for a step change in its off-trade business after forging a new partnership with Hall & Woodhouse.

Hall & Woodhouse is taking on responsibility for sales into the major multiple grocers and wholesalers for Hogs Back brands including TEA (Traditional English Ale), Hogstar English Craft Lager and Hazy Hog Cider.

Hogs Back Brewery is enjoying sales growth across the board. On-trade sales grew 9% last year despite a challenging pub market, particularly for cask ales, while off-trade distribution continues to grow in its south-east heartland, with its flagship brand TEA now available in over 1,000 stores.

Under the new agreement, Hall & Woodhouse will sell Hogs Back brands alongside their own range of quality bottled ales. While focusing on TEA, Hogstar and Hazy Hog, they will also explore opportunities for other Hogs Back brands, including Gardeners Tipple, Farnham White – brewed with Farnham White Bine hops from Hogs Back’s hop garden – and Outback Pale Ale.

Hogs Back Brewery sales director Gordon Thompson said, “This is a hugely exciting development for Hogs Back and we’re delighted to be working with Hall & Woodhouse, a highly-respected company with extensive experience and proven results in the off-trade. Combining their sector expertise with the traction we have started to build in the off-trade should deliver exceptional results and take our brands to the next level.

“We’re confident that the Hall & Woodhouse team will quickly grow distribution of our brands, by both adding stores within existing customers and winning new stockists. We also expect to see rate-of-sale increases, with the support of the advertising and other marketing investment that we will continue to put behind our key brands.”

Hall & Woodhouse Head of Off Trade Sales Donna Carley commented “We are excited by this new partnership for a number of reasons. Hall & Woodhouse and Hogs Back are both independent businesses with similar values and cultural fit, and Hogs Back’s extensive range complements our existing portfolio.

“Being able to offer Hogs Back alongside our range of characterful, quality Badger ales and Timothy Taylor’s award-winning ales, enables us to approach retailers with a complete beer solution, in addition to craft cider in Hazy Hog.

“We’re looking forward to working in this new partnership, which we believe offers great advantages to both companies.”

Current off-trade stockists of Hogs Back Brewery brands include: Sainsburys, Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Co-op, Aldi, Lidl, Marks & Spencer and Majestic Wine.

Image: Hogs Back sales director Gordon Thompson with Hall & Woodhouse head of off trade sales Donna Carley

Nice one Harry! Brakspear pubs now serving Hooray Harry! beer in celebration of the Royal Wedding

April 2018

Four Henley pubs are now serving a special beer brewed in Henley-on-Thames to commemorate the Royal Wedding.

The Angel on the Bridge, the Bull on Bell Street, the Little Angel and the Row Barge are featuring a limited edition Hooray Harry beer inspired by the royal groom.

The 4.1% ABV easy drinking ale is brewed by Brakspear’s Bell Street Brewery in Henley. The beer is a marriage of British and American hops and has, appropriately, a ‘rusty red’ colour.

Malcolm Mayo, head brewer at the Bell Street Brewery, said: “We wanted to mark this special occasion with a beer that offers all the traditional British-ness of a Royal Wedding, as well as a nod to Ms Markle’s American heritage. We think Hooray Harry combines these elements perfectly and, like its royal namesake, has plenty of character. We’re all looking forward to raising a glass of it to the happy couple on 19th May.”

He added: “We’re not aware of any other beers named specifically after the Royal groom, so we have put aside a firkin for Prince Harry to enjoy on his stag do, or at the wedding itself. And as Windsor is just down the road from Henley, we’re happy to drop it off as part of our delivery run.”

A number of pubs in surrounding areas are also serving the beer including the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys, the Bull at Wargrave, the Hare & Hounds in Sonning Common, the New Inn in Kidmore End and the Reformation in Gallowstree Common.

Are you getting married on 19 May?

Two of the Henley pubs – the Bull on Bell Street and the Little Angel have complimentary bottles of fizz on ice for newlyweds who share the Royal Wedding date.

The pubs are also offering any couple called Meghan and Harry or Henry and Rachel (the royal bride and groom’s official first names) getting married on the same day an overnight stay and dinner.

John Thirlway, general manager of The Little Angel said: “The 19th May is a special date not only for Prince Harry and Meghan, but for many other local couples who will also be tying the knot and we want to help them celebrate their future happiness.”

He added: “The first five couples to contact us and bring in their marriage certificate to one of the pubs will receive a bottle of fizz. We also hope there is another Meghan and Harry or Henry and Rachel out there to claim the fantastic overnight stay.”

The pubs are gearing up to help customers celebrate the Royal Wedding in style and are launching their Britain and America inspired celebrations from 1 May, which will run until the big day itself.

Harry’s Hampers

The Little Angel and The Bull on Bell Street will be offering ‘Harry’s Hampers’ which blend traditional British teatime favourites with treats inspired by the bride’s homeland.

Among hamper goodies will be Coronation chicken sliders; smoked English Cheddar and homemade chutney sandwiches; leek, spinach and sweet potato quiche and BBQ pulled pork Scotch egg. Sweet treats include English strawberry Victoria sponge, maple and pecan pie and mini jam doughnuts.

Customers will be able to toast the royal couple with quintessentially British Hendrick’s gin teapot cocktails called the ‘Wedding Cake’ and ‘The Ginger Prince’ – which is crafted with gin, fresh lime juice, raspberry jam and ginger beer.

Party time

Four Henley pubs are now serving a special beer brewed in Henley-on-Thames to commemorate the Royal Wedding.

The Angel on the Bridge, the Bull on Bell Street, the Little Angel and the Row Barge are featuring a limited edition Hooray Harry beer inspired by the royal groom.

The 4.1% ABV easy drinking ale is brewed by Brakspear’s Bell Street Brewery in Henley. The beer is a marriage of British and American hops and has, appropriately, a ‘rusty red’ colour.

Malcolm Mayo, head brewer at the Bell Street Brewery, said: “We wanted to mark this special occasion with a beer that offers all the traditional British-ness of a Royal Wedding, as well as a nod to Ms Markle’s American heritage.  We think Hooray Harry combines these elements perfectly and, like its royal namesake, has plenty of character. We’re all looking forward to raising a glass of it to the happy couple on 19th May.”

He added: “We’re not aware of any other beers named specifically after the Royal groom, so we have put aside a firkin for Prince Harry to enjoy on his stag do, or at the wedding itself. And as Windsor is just down the road from Henley, we’re happy to drop it off as part of our delivery run.”

A number of pubs in surrounding areas are also serving the beer including the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys, the Bull at Wargrave, the Hare & Hounds in Sonning Common, the New Inn in Kidmore End and the Reformation in Gallowstree Common.

Are you getting married on 19 May?

Two of the Henley pubs – the Bull on Bell Street and the Little Angel have complimentary bottles of fizz on ice for newlyweds who share the Royal Wedding date.

 

The pubs are also offering any couple called Meghan and Harry or Henry and Rachel (the royal bride and groom’s official first names) getting married on the same day an overnight stay and dinner.

John Thirlway, general manager of The Little Angel said: “The 19th May is a special date not only for Prince Harry and Meghan, but for many other local couples who will also be tying the knot and we want to help them celebrate their future happiness.”

He added: “The first five couples to contact us and bring in their marriage certificate to one of the pubs will receive a bottle of fizz. We also hope there is another Meghan and Harry or Henry and Rachel out there to claim the fantastic overnight stay.”

The pubs are gearing up to help customers celebrate the Royal Wedding in style and are launching their Britain and America inspired celebrations from 1 May, which will run until the big day itself.

Harry’s Hampers

The Little Angel and The Bull on Bell Street will be offering ‘Harry’s Hampers’ which blend traditional British teatime favourites with treats inspired by the bride’s homeland.

Among hamper goodies will be Coronation chicken sliders; smoked English Cheddar and homemade chutney sandwiches; leek, spinach and sweet potato quiche and BBQ pulled pork Scotch egg. Sweet treats include English strawberry Victoria sponge, maple and pecan pie and mini jam doughnuts.

Customers will be able to toast the royal couple with quintessentially British Hendrick’s gin teapot cocktails called the ‘Wedding Cake’ and ‘The Ginger Prince’ – which is crafted with gin, fresh lime juice, raspberry jam and ginger beer.

Party time

The pubs will also be hosting ‘Right Royal Toast’ parties on Friday, 18 May, offering prosecco, British and American themed food specials and live music featuring covers from British and American bands.

Dean Bigley, general manager of The Bull on Bell Street, said: “We hope our delicious hampers, teapot cocktails and commemorative beer will help get people in celebratory mood for the Royal Wedding. We look forward to customers enjoying these in the lead up to this exciting national celebration and on the day itself when people can watch the wedding here.”
He added: “It is going to be an exciting weekend with a great atmosphere guaranteed in our pubs.”

*To claim a free bottle of prosecco, couples getting married on 19 May 2018 should email info@brakspear.co.uk with ‘I’m Getting Married on 19 May 2018’ in the subject line and provide their name, address and phone number. Couples called Meghan and Harry or Henry and Rachel who also share the Royal Wedding date should also email info@brakspear.co.uk with ‘‘We are called Harry & Meghan’ in the subject line and provide contact details. Couples must also produce a marriage certificate when visiting the pub to claim their prize. The overnight stay with three-course dinner prize can be taken at any of Brakspear’s managed pubs with rooms. Prizes must be claimed by 19 June 2018.

Pic caption: Hooray Harry! – a commemorative beer brewed in Henley is among the exciting Royal Wedding food and drink offers at local Brakspear pubs

 

Cornwall pub scoops first fundraising award

April 2018

The Logan Rock Inn, in Treen, near Penzance, has been named as the first-ever Charity Fundraising Pub of the Year.

Licensees Anita & Peter George collected the winner’s trophy at a celebration held at the House of Commons. The new award, organised by PubAid and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and sponsored by Magners cider, attracted entries from pubs across the country, all of them raising impressive amounts of money for local and national charities, and playing a vital role at the heart of their local communities.

The Logan Rock has been supporting charities ever since Anita & George took over at the 16th century, St Austell pub 35 years ago. Sponsored cycle rides along the Cornish coast, regular quizzes and auctions have raised money for local charities and causes including St Levan Church and Sports Club, Cornwall Blood Bikes and Macmillan, to name just a few. A welly boot throwing competition held at the Logan Rock every Boxing Day supports Sennen Cove lifeboat station, while the pub also hosts visits from underprivileged children from London, delivers newspapers to Treen’s elderly residents and organises a local litter pick.

Licensee at the Logan Rock, Anita George, said, “We’re delighted to have won this award and grateful to our fantastic team of staff and customers, who have given whole-hearted support to our fundraising efforts over the years. As a community pub, we’ve always felt we have a duty to help our local community, and it’s wonderful to have our efforts recognised in this way.”
Co-founder of PubAid, Des O’Flanagan said, “It’s hard to think of a way of fundraising that the Logan Rock hasn’t tried! Anita & Peter and their team are both creative and tireless in their support for charities, and the list of worthy causes and local groups who have benefited is long and varied.

“Sixty-nine pubs entered these awards and we were enormously impressed by the quality of entries. Picking just eight finalists and then a winner was a real challenge for the judges, as we had so many excellent pubs to choose from.

“Many congratulations to the Logan Rock for becoming our first Charity Fundraising Pub of the Year, and our thanks to Magners Cider for their support, which made these awards possible.”
Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said “The Logan Rock’s determination to make a difference to charities of all sizes makes them worthy winners of our award. UK pubs raise over £100 million for charity every year, thanks to the enthusiasm, imagination and hard work shown by thousands of licensees, their teams and their customers across the country.

“We’re delighted that these awards have recognised the UK’s top fundraising pubs and highlighted the important role that so many pubs play at the heart of our communities.”
The presentation to Anita & Peter was made in the House of Commons in front of other shortlisted licensees, MPs and individuals from PubAid and the wider industry. The other pubs on the shortlist, who all received a certificate at the presentation, were:

• The Barrels, Hereford
• The Swan, Thornbury, Bristol
• The Crown, Radnage, Buckinghamshire
• The Well Parc Hotel, Trevone, Padstow
• The New Inn, Enderby, Leicester
• The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham
• The Lord Nelson, Urmston, Manchester

Captions to attached image:
Logan Rock (l-r): Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives; Peter George of the Logan Rock; Mike Wood MP; Anita George and Piers Thompson of St Austell Brewery

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Notes to editors

The Logan Rock in the village of Treen, just off the Cornish coastal path near Penzance, is owned by St Austell Brewery. The pub has twice been named St Austell’s ‘Community Pub of the Year’ and landlady Anita George has received an MBE for her services to charities and the local community.

PubAid is a working party created in 2009 to highlight the work done by UK pubs for charity, sharing the message that UK pubs raise over £100m per year.

PubAid runs the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, now in its third year. 2,200 pubs took part this year, raising money for charity Prostate Cancer UK as well as other charities and causes.

The PubAid working party is led by co-founder Des O’Flanagan, and includes a number of well-known figures from the pub world, who lend their time and other resources to help spread the positive messages about pubs’ role at the heart of their communities.

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group was set up in 1993 and has a membership of over 350 MPs and Peers. The Beer Group’s objectives are to broaden recognition of the enormous contribution of brewing and pubs to the UK economy from grain to glass – and to celebrate the unique role that beer and pubs play in our society.