Local real ale aficionado Mike Bunting, 61, has become the first to complete the St Austell Brewery Ale Trail Challenge, visiting 150 of the Brewery’s 168 vibrant pubs, hotels and inns across the West Country.
Mike and his partner Janet began their journey after the Trail competition was launched last Summer and completed the quest last week when they visited the Brewery Visitor Centre in St Austell for a free tour, a prize they had previously picked up for visiting 50 locations, along the way to earning the Top Prize of Dinner and Bed & Breakfast for two at any of the Brewery’s managed estate.
The Great Western Hotel in Newquay has been chosen to host an X Factor audition as the hugely popular TV talent show comes to Cornwall for the first time.
The ITV hit show is sending a mobile audition unit to the county as part of a nationwide search for the next budding talent, and anyone aged 16 or over is invited to come along and show off their singing skills.
While the Hawkins Arms in Probus was one of the earliest pubs added to the Brewery estate by Hester Parnall – a company director before women had even been granted the right to vote – little is known about the history of the old coaching house.
Apart from a link to the Hawkins Estate at Trewithen, one of the earliest references in local business directories shows a Mr Amos Weekes transferring his allegiance as landlord from the now long-since disappeared Kings Arms to the Hawkins in around 1830.
Cornwall’s premier independent brewery has officially launched an extra special bottled version of the South West’s favourite beer.
St Austell Brewery has rolled out the 5.2% Tribute Extra ale in 500ml bottles having seen it attract a growing cult following when released as a limited edition seasonal version of the popular pint once a year.