We are happy to announce that The Cricketers Arms, Horbury, have won Wakefield CAMRA Summer pub of the Season. Well done to Jo and her team for achieving this! Presentation date to be confirmed soon, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate!
The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Award and we’ve been shortlisted for Pub/Beer Bar of the Year – Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere. Voting is open now just click on the link
Fancy winning a trip to Munich Oktoberfest?
Visit any of our venues and buy any Paulaner product to enter
It’s that time of year again! we would love to be voted Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub of the Year. If you think one of our pubs is then click on the link below and vote for us, voting closes 17th May!
Great afternoon at Canalside meeting Laurent Depoitre!
The Sportsman have been very proud to be his Huddersfield Town player sponsor this season.
He very kindly signed a couple of shirts for us.
Keep an eye on our social media sites for a chance to win these shirts, all proceeds going to @lauracranetrust
Great article in the Yorkshire Post on Helen Pheby, Senior curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, on her favourite people and places. Helen’s perfect Sunday afternoon involves a pint in the Cricketers Arms!
This week sees the introduction of another tax which will have a significant impact in the pub trade, a tax hike that seems to have gone quietly under the radar at present. However I’m sure it will get a bit more coverage in the coming weeks once everyone starts to feel & see the effects.
Since our kids getting fat because they are consuming gallons of sugar filled fizzy drinks Jamie Oliver thought it would be a good idea to get the government to tax them – to some this may seem a logical solution as who wants unhealthy kids. Go past any school in a morning and you will no doubt see kids downing large cans of energy drinks or creamy chocolate milkshakes crammed full of sugar and probably not doing much for the kids health and well-being, hence the sugar tax.
7.6g of fat
40.4g of sugar (10 teaspoons)
Higher Rate Sugar Tax
0g of fat
16g of sugar (4 teaspoons)
No Sugar Tax
Now I aren’t a dietary expert, as people who know we will testify, however if this tax is aimed at child obesity then why does a bottle of tonic water get taxed but not a chocolate milkshake? In my experience it isn’t very often that I see loads of kids in the pub swigging tonic water, just adults who can make their own decisions on buying what they like. So who exactly is the tax targeting because it surely can’t be childhood obesity on this logic?
It can’t be that much though surely I hear you say?
Everything varies and it is dependent on pack size and sugar content as to which band the products fall into, however it ranges 10% to 30% plus VAT cost price increases on the products we sell. Obviously pubs and retailers can’t absorb this cost and will have to pass it on to consumers, however this rise at the bar will mak
w does the sugar tax work?
Drinks are taxed in two bands, there is a high band tax for those drinks that have more than 8g of sugar per 100ml and then a lower band for drinks of 5g to 8mg per 100ml with the rest being exempt. It is only applied to fizzy drinks and not pure fruit juices or milk based drinks (these are healthy?).
So let’s just have a look at two bottles of drink and see how the sugar tax works in practice
e a considerable amount of difference to the selling price of with nobody gaining from it apart from £500m to the treasury in an attempt help make our children healthy.
So next time you go to the bar and your drink of pop or G&T has gone up by 30p or 40p please don’t moan at your friendly bar person, it isn’t their fault. Just give thanks to Jamie Oliver (please do let him know) and sleep easy in the knowledge that little Jonny or Jemma is not going to get fat because they now can’t afford to drink gallons of Elderflower tonic and the government has £500m to spend on getting them healthy.
Thank you to BeersManchester
A great time was had by all at our Beer and Food Pairing evening last week.
In recognition of International Women’s Day we had Annabel Smith, who was one of the first women to qualify as a UK beer sommelier’, come along to Idle Beerhouse to talk beer! We sampled 6 beers and paired them with different food types. Annabel talked about colours, flavours and style and much much more!
1. Erdinger Weisse Beer with Chicken Satay and sweet chilli sauce
2. Budweiser Budwar with Chorizo
3. Brass Castle Sunshine IPA with Chilli Nachos and Salsa
4. Heartless Chocolate Stout with Stilton
5. Rochefort 10 with Taw Valley Mature Vintage Cheddar
6. Liefman’s Kriek with Chocolate Brownies
Thank you Annabel for such an enjoyable session and thank you to everyone who came along to it.