07 Aug 22

Pop-Up BBQ Sunday!

It’s a peculiar British trait to wait for the hottest day of the year to light a fire and then stand next to it for a couple of hours, cooking and sweating it out in a novelty chef’s apron that no one actually finds funny. Well, the hottest day of this year has hopefully now passed and BBQ conditions this Sunday look perfect! Glorious sunshine, a beautiful bucolic pub garden, crisp and refreshing award-winning craft beers and ciders and a chef so supremely talented he will make your taste buds sizzle and sing like a canary tethered to a hot tin roof. Enter stage left, Chef Oliver Deakin. Having trained in France and worked in restaurants and hotels across the globe, boy does this guy know how to cook! We’re delighted to have him here in the Sally garden from 3.30pm until 7pm on this very special Pop-Up BBQ Sunday. For the carnivorous kind he’ll be serving up Indian-style slow cooked lamb flatbreads with tomato and onion sauce, yoghurt and aubergine pickles and for the meat-free members of the menagerie, cauliflower flatbreads with spice pipes. Ollie and his team don’t yet have the facility to take card payments so PLEASE BRING CASH if you want food. All drinks will be sold by us and as usual we will operate on a card-only basis. Hope that all makes sense – see you at the bar(becue)!!

11 Aug 22

The Great Sally Alley Quiz – Hosted by Euan Carroll

Remember all those terrible Zoom quizzes you had to do during lockdown? What were they all about?!? No dazzling selection of cask ales to lubricate the neurons, no chip butty at the end and a wonky internet connection that made it ten times longer than it should have been and more like a game of musical statues than a battle of the braincells. Paxman would have turned in his grave, if he wasn’t still alive.
Anyway, the good news is, the Sally Alley Quiz is back, replete with chip butties and beer!
Every second Thursday of every month we’ll invite a different quizmaster to ask you six rounds of different topics. They ask you questions, you try and answer them. This month our host is one of our own, Euan Carroll, who is raising money for the Bristol Soup Run Trust. Here is a link to their website if you’d like to find out more about what they do.. https://www.bristolsoupruntrust.org.uk/
The team with the most correct answers wins beer. Pretty simple really. We’re allowing teams of up to six people and entry fee is £4 per person. The quiz starts at 8pm, but make sure to get here for 7.45pm to register your team!

19 Aug 22

Live Music – Cat Amongst The Pigeons

Cat Amongst the Pigeons are an up-tempo folk outfit made up of musicians you might just recognise from the Severn Vale and beyond. Their sound is a soaring, swoon of fiddle, accordion, guitar, trumpet and vocals covering a range of folk styles from traditional Irish to foot-stomping Balkan gypsy jazz to Pete Seeger-inspired big-band Americana. On this very special evening however, “the Cats” will be playing a semi-acoustic set in our idyllic beer garden (weather dependant). Set expectation phasers to ‘informal’, ‘chilled out’ and ‘fun’ and you won’t be far off. Music starts around 8pm….probably.

22 Aug 22

The Leftover Pie Lottery

According to the ancient English proverb, “the early bird catcheth the worm”. According to Diageo and Guinness’s marketing department however, “good things come to those who wait”. Difficult to work out which one is correct – the intellectual and philosophical heavyweights of 17th century England or the brewers of an iconic dry stout that has been responsible for making Irishmen and women late for work for over 250 years? It’s time for you to find out every other Monday night by entering our Leftover Pie Lottery. Allow us to explain. Each weekend we purchase a set number of delicious fresh pies from Plenty Pies of Woodchester. If we have a busy weekend we tend to have a few leftover, uncooked and uneaten. If we have a quiet weekend we can have a lot leftover. Previously we either cooked and ate these pies ourselves or we gave them to friends and family. Following a few quiet weekends this strategy has taken it’s toll on our waistbands and we’ve had a rethink. From now on, every other Monday night leftover pies (still in date and kept and served to professional food hygiene standards) will be available to you from 5pm, served with chips and gravy at a bargain price of £5. It gets better. From 6pm the same dish is available for £4. From 7pm £3, 8pm £2 and from 9pm just £1 for pie, chips and gravy! “Sounds great” we hear you cry, “but why is it a lottery?” Well, to add a bit of fun into the event, we’re not going to tell you how many pies we have available at any point either before or during the night. Your gamble therefore is when to place your order. Either you can be the early bird and secure your worm (or pie in this case) or you can hold out for an absolute bargain but risk the pies selling out and not getting any worms (pies) at all! This will be a bit of fun so best taken it in the spirit it’s intended. If you’re someone who gets ‘hangry’, this event probably isn’t for you. If you’re someone who writes furiously to Trip Advisor that you didn’t get a Cordon Bleu dining experience for your £4, this event is also not for you. If you’re someone who is up for a bit of fun and is willing to gamble for a bargain, we’ll see you at some point from 5pm for the Leftover Pie Lottery!

25 Aug 22

Cheese Club – Summer Sizzlers

On the last Thursday of every month we’ll take you on a guided tasting of five of the very best cheeses known to man. Each one will of course be paired with a delicious beer or cider and accompanied with fascinating fromage facts from our convivial host, “Jerry the Cheese”. It is said that most of our best cheeses are made in the spring, when the milk is at its best, so at this months cheese club you will be served an exciting selection of the finest artisan summer cheeses available. Always an amazing night with booking essential. Cheese Club starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 available on the bar or you can buy them online here (includes a booking fee).

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