25 Jun 17
Sargent’s Mess at the Sally
The Sargent’s Mess first played the Sally on New Year’s Eve 2013 and before the storms could manage it, they blew the roof off! Everyone loved it so much that a new year’s resolution was made for them to play the Sally more often. Hence the last Sunday in every month they’re here to bring you the best folk music this side of Ham Green. Let’s just hope we can afford the maintenance bill on the roof! Music will start at 8.30pm.
25 Jun 17
The Sally at the Berkeley Show!
The Berkeley Show has undergone a bit of a re-vamp this year and we’re very pleased that it looks as though this year’s show is going to be better than ever. Placed in the careful hands of the good folk from the Farmer’s Table up at Tortworth, this year’s show has much more of a focus on local food and drink so we were delighted to be invited along to run the bar and provide some delicious local ales and ciders. With ales and ciders brewed exclusively in Gloucestershire we have beers from Uley Brewery, Stroud Brewery and of course our very own Tiley’s Brewery as well as cider from the Wild Cider Company who are co-running the bar with us. Whilst the Sally bar is obviously an attraction in its own right, the show itself is pretty bloomin’ good as well! They have a vintage tractor display, a livestock parade (including sheepdogs herding Indian Runner ducks!), morris dancing, a parade of the Berkeley hounds, lots of local food stands, an entertainment stage, a kids zone (whatever that is, sounds well worth avoiding!) plus of course all the very best tradestands. The show opens at 10am and runs until 4pm with tickets available on the gates for £10 or just £8 if you buy them in advance online here. Hope to see you there!
06 Jul 17
Sally Cider Launch Night
Eight months ago, a loyal band of Sally locals headed off to a cider orchard in Shepperdine armed with buckets, sandwiches and of course cider! Just over a tonne of apples were picked before they were taken back to John Barnes’ (aka Wild Cider Co) cider shed in Wick. Here the hand-picked apples were washed, scratted and pressed, producing over 500 litres of delicious local apple juice. This juice was then left completely to its own devices to ferment away in oak barrels using purely the wild yeasts from the skin and flesh of the apples. Through the winter, spring and now the summer the wild yeasties have been doing their thing and the Sally Cider has been maturing to a point where it is now ready. You can’t rush these things you know! Together with John from Wild Cider Co we’ll be very proudly launching the Sally Cider 2016 here at the Sally from 7.30pm. If you had a hand in picking and pressing it, make sure you definitely have a hand in pouring a pint or two of it down your gullet on the launch night. Don’t forget a pound from every pint sold will go towards planting new Gloucestershire orchards so not only are you enjoying a delicious local beverage but whilst doing so you’re also helping to restore a part of our agricultural heritage which can be enjoyed for generations to come. To act as a visual reminder of the Sally Cider fermenting away, the keen-eyed amongst you would have spotted a small demi-john of Sally Cider sat on the counter behind the bar. Unlike the colder, harsher conditions of a cider shed, this demi-john of Sally Cider has had a relatively luxurious fermentation pathway through the winter sat toasting next to the Sally log fires so we’ll also be cracking this one open and comparing it to it’s outdoor cousin as well! All in all, should be a good night!
13 Jul 17
The Great Sally Alley Quiz-Off hosted by the Jenner Museum
Yes that’s right Ladies and Gentlemen, roll-up roll-up roll-up your sleeves, its time to start swotting, sweating and rubbing those brain cells together for The Great Sally Alley Quiz-Off!
“What’s so great about it?” we hear you cry. Well, it’s at the Sally of course!
“We thought you said you’d never do a quiz – running out of ideas are we?” Aah sod off!
Enough with the awkward questions, here’s how it works; on the second Thursday of every month we’re inviting a different Berkeley charity to set the questions, act as quizmaster and trouser all the entry fees. Adding to the fun, each quiz will be sponsored by one of our favourite local breweries who will be donating a case of bottled beer as the prize. There will be six rounds of different topics chosen by the charity, including one specific to their own cause. They ask you questions, you try and answer them. The team with the most correct answers wins beer. We’re allowing teams of up to six people and entry fee is £4 per person. Register your team for 7.45pm and the great quizzing commences at 8pm. It’s going to be great…I don’t know why we didn’t think of this before?!?!?
This month’s quizmasters are the good folks from Dr Jenner’s House and Museum – a brilliant museum which tells the incredible story of Berkeley’s own Dr Jenner and his discovering of the vaccination for small pox. All proceeds from the entry fees will be going to supporting the museum and helping to pay for the ongoing operational costs.
27 Jul 17
The Sally house band (Sally and the Hamonites) will be playing in the front bar of the Sally on the third Thursday of every month. Expect screaming fiddles, rattling banjos and heaving accordions with some traditional Irish jigs and reels! As Shane MacGowan once described it, it’s “heart, b*lls and feet music”!! Music usually starts about 7.30pm.
29 Jul 17
The Broken Stones – Unplugged!
When you think “Unplugged” you think Eric Clapton, Nirvana and now the Broken Stones. Before you say it, no this isn’t just a way for the landlord to save a bit on the electricity – sometimes things just sound better acoustic. This is going to be a very special evening with our favourite local band. Ever eclectic (not electric), ever changing, ever evolving and ever exciting the Broken Stones continue to develop their sound and thrill the audiences time after time (Cyndi Lauper reference anyone?). Make sure you don’t miss this one. Music starts….err I dunno, let’s just say 8pm.
19 Aug 17
The Walled Garden Party 2017
Those of you that remember the first Walled Garden Party in 2015 weren’t really there. A truly spectacular evening that has gone down in the annals of Sally history as one of the best ever. The twinkling fairy lights strung through the trees, the wafts of atmospheric smoke from the sizzling BBQ drifting across the stage as the Broken Stones wooed us into the warm summer night. So, with such an incredible event there’s no pressure at all for the second one then? “Not suffering from that difficult second Walled Garden party syndrome are you?” we hear you cry. Well, no..not really. In true Glastonbury-style we had 2016 off to let the land recover (truth is we didn’t have time last year…plus the pigs were still in there!) and this year we’re back. Bigger than ever! This time we’ll be starting a little earlier at 4pm with a number of live music acts throughout the late afternoon and into the evening. Entry will be £5 payable on the gate. As with before we’ll have a BBQ and a bar and plenty of hay bales for you to sit on. A torch, stout footwear and a willingness to let go and have a good time are all that you require. Oh yeah, and cash. Bring cash. See you there!
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