30 Jun 22
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”. This month you will be looking at the world’s greatest cheese nation – France. Whilst we produced our own wonderful cheeses, what prompted our leading cheese reviewer of the 1980’s to write: ‘ view the contrast between our cheeseboards with shame’.
Since then our great British cheese revival has hit it’s stride. We will taste a selection of great French cheeses and look at their influence on inspiring some of our great new British cheeses. 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).
06 Jul 22
Morris Dancing at the Sally with Ragged and Old Morris
What’s that?! More morris dancing?!… Yup! We’re very pleased to welcome back to the Sally the Ragged and Old Morris side to perform some of their traditional Cotswold dances. The Ragged and Old danced for us before (who knows just how many years ago now!!) and were such great fun that we’re thrilled to have them back again. Dancing and hankie waving should kick off about 7.30pm so grab yourselves a pint and come and join the fun!
07 Jul 22
Live Music – The Holly Carter Blues Collective
Holly has wowed the Sally a few times now with her own brand of folk-blues fingerpicking musical magic. Each time she’s been so good we just had to book her up again. In order to save ourselves a lot of admin and Holly a lot of pestering, we’ve now just agreed to have Holly play here for you every first Thursday in the month. Each time however Holly will be joined by different members of her ‘blues collective’ to bring you an evening of the finest New Orleans blues, swing and Americana with a splash of country thrown in for good measure. Holly will host and curate a different ensemble of artists each month to give a fresh musical flavour as they take you on a journey through the finest beer-supping, hand-clapping, toe-tapping blues that neither Ham nor Berkeley has ever seen the likes of before! Music starts at 7.30pm.
11 Jul 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!
14 Jul 22
The Great Sally Alley Quiz
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. 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.
21 Jul 22
Styx of Stroud Morris Dancers
For our final troupe of morris dancers are Styx of Stroud. Styx is a mixed Border Morris side, launched in 2012 to perform traditional and contemporary dances in the Border style – so like the best cider, that’s from the borders of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and (just a little bit) Gloucestershire. This is the first time we’ve had Styx performing at the Sally and we really can’t wait. In our opinion there are few better ways to spend an English summer’s evening that sitting outside a pub, supping an ale and watching morris dancing. The dancing starts at 7.30pm-ish. See you there!
30 Jul 22
Haydon’s Saturday Night Soiree – Music of the 1960s (Part II)
The second instalment of Haydon’s magical mystery tour of the music of the 1960s. Following on from Haydon’s previous soiree (if you can remember it, you weren’t there!) where he took us through the early half of decade, Part II takes us from 1965 to 1969. Starts at 7.30PM.
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