As many of our pubs prepare to reopen on Monday 12 April, CAMRA is calling on beer drinkers to back British brewing and pubs and opt for a pint of fresh cask beer from a local independent brewery when they return to pubs.
Sales of hand-pulled cask beer, which can only be sold in pubs, have been hit hard by Coronavirus restrictions – with sales of this fresh British beer down 70 per cent over the last twelve months – but a new campaign is seeking to reverse those fortunes and has the backing of brewers, beer drinkers and publicans alike.
The ‘Cask is BACK, so back CASK’ campaign has been launched by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), CAMRA, the British Institute of Innkeeping, and Cask Marque – who are championing Britain’s National drink, which can only be enjoyed down the pub.
CAMRA chief executive Tom Stainer said: “What makes the Great British pub so unique is delicious, fresh cask beer. It’s a drink you can only enjoy in the pub and which millions of people across the UK have not been able to enjoy for much of the last twelve months.”
Tom urged people to get back to their local pubs and back local breweries.
“You’ll not only get a great tasting beer but you’ll be supporting local independent breweries and our struggling pub-industry,” Said Tom.
SIBA chief executive James Calder said Cask ale and pubs are part of our national identity.
James said: “Cask beer can only be enjoyed in the pub it’s the drink millions of beer lovers across the UK have missed most during lockdown.
“Whether you’re a real ale enthusiast or sometimes beer drinker, we’re asking everyone to support their local independent breweries and opt for their first pint back in the pub to be some delicious local cask beer.
“For publicans, those pubs that do cask and do it well will reap the rewards so we’re encouraging all in the pub trade to prioritise cask and ensure that first pint back is in tip-top condition. The message is simple – cask is back, so back cask!”
We’ve put together a list of Wolverhampton branch area pubs that are opening on the 12th April. If you know of a venue that is open but not listed, please let us know through any of our social media channels.
Opening with admittance for those who have pre-booked only –
The Hogs Head, City Centre + walk in tables
The Merry Hill , Merry Hill (note – opening 29th April)
The Moreton Arms, Fordhouses
The Spread Eagle, Wednesfield
The Barley Mow, Penn Common + walk in tables
The Fieldhouse Inn, Wightwick
The Roebuck, Penn
The Crown Joules, Codsall + walk in tables
The Piggott Arms, Pattingham
The Harrows, Coven + walk in tables for drinks
The Starting Gate, Penn
Opening with admittance on a first come first served basis –
Lych Gate Tavern, City Centre
The Claregate, Claregate
Hail To The Ale, Claregate
The Greyhound, Lower Penn
The Lancaster, Wednesfield
The Hollybush, Penn
The Chestnut Tree, Finchfield
The Fox, Shipley
The Prince Albert, City Centre
The Royal Oak, Compton Road
The Wheatsheaf, City Centre
The Trumpet, Bilston
The Royal Oak, Tettenhall
The Newhampton, Riches Street
The Stile Inn, Whitmore Reans
The Vine, Wednesfield
The Combermere Arms, Chapel Ash
The Firs, Castlecroft
The Wrottersley, Perton
The Station, Codsall
The Horse and Jockey, Woodcross
The Bull, Codsall
The Dartmouth Arms, Burnhill Green
The Royal Oak, Bishops Wood
The Harrowby Arms, Fordhouses
The Duke Of York, City Centre
The Castle, Wednesfield
Love & Liquor, Codsall
The Crown Joules, Codsall