21 Feb 19
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.
25 Feb 19
Hot-pot and Pint Night
Monday’s are tough enough to deal with as it is without having to think of something to cook in the evening as well. You’ve got another week of drudgery and work ahead of you and the last thing you need is to worry about is whether you’ve got enough gone-off mushrooms to scrape together another bl**dy Jamie Oliver pasta bake. Let’s face it, with this level of depression and gloom you’re definitely going to need some kind of beer-based anaesthesia to get you through and a deathly dull bottle of Doom Bar from the Co-Op just isn’t going to cut it. What you need is the Sally to take all this pain away from you. What you need is a steaming hot bowl of a delicious, comforting stew all made with quality, local ingredients. What you need is a fresh, foaming pint of perfectly conditioned ale to sup your troubles away. What you need is the cheery company of others who can understand and alleviate your Monday blues. What you need is the gentle crackle of a log fire to warm and soothe your soul. What you need is the Sally Hot-Pot and Pint Night. Yep that’s right, every Monday night the Sally Hot-Pot and Pint Night will bring you a different hotpot, stew, casserole or chilli plus a pint for just £8 with food served between 5pm and 8pm. That’s Monday sorted, just got to get through Tuesdays now….!!. This weeks hot-pot is chicken and cannellini cacciatore, served with crusty bread and butter
28 Feb 19
The Sally Cheese Club
One of the few things that we love almost as much as beer and cider here at the Sally is cheese. Being based in Berkeley we are also steeped in cheese-making history with the town once famous for being the cheese capital of the county (Double Berkeley anyone?!). Given this, we’ve decided that we need to celebrate, nay worship, our favourite booze accompaniment on a monthly basis. Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you The Sally Cheese Club! Our resident cheese connoisseur Jerry (no, not a cartoon mouse but actually a cheesemaker for the legendary Jonathan Crump) will take all you fans of fromage through a hand-picked selection of world cheeses that would make Wallace and Gromit wet themselves. Jerry will be pairing each cheese with a sample of perfectly paired beverages from some of the world’s finest beers and ciders and some alright wine as well. Sally Cheese Club will run on the last Thursday of every month starting at 7.30pm . Tickets are £17 each (available to book in advance now from the bar) and include a selection of and introduction to six different cheese and drink pairings from our man Jerry.
01 Mar 19
Homegrown Ham Egg and Chips Weekend – 1st/2nd/3rd March
Our homegrown ham is back! This time however the pigs haven’t been raised in our Walled Garden in Ham but in our chef’s orchard in Swanley, less than two miles away from the Sally. Whilst this may not be Ham from Ham, this Swine From Swanley is going to taste just as good. Our chef Jo and her husband Simon have been raising this small batch of Gloucestershire Old Spots on a diet of sow nuts and apples from their orchard last year. The pigs were born in Berkeley, again less than two miles from the Sally, so they really are about as local as you can get. It is very fitting that these pigs were raised in Swanley as the hamlet was historically known as ‘Swinely’ because of its association pig rearing. The hams have been traditionally dry-cured and are now ready to be served up in our ham, egg and chips. We’ll have approximately 15 portions of homegrown ham, egg and chips available each day of the weekend, starting Friday lunchtime and finishing Sunday. Food is served from noon until 2pm each day and as ever it’s first come first serve so make sure you don’t miss it!
02 Mar 19
Pub Games Night
Forget fruit machines, forget Sky Sports – if the company you’re with is a bit dull and conversation has dried-up the best way to entertain yourself in a pub is with traditional pub games! The good news is for all of you with dull friends is that we’re hosting a traditional pub games tournament here at the Sally. Proper old-school games too. We’re talking shove ha’penny, step quoits, table skittles and darts here. All you have to do is bring your dull companion along to form a team of two and then play other teams at each of the four games and if you happen to be the best team on the night – you win BEER!! Pretty good eh? We think so. Pub Games Night starts at 7.30pm and it beats the hell out of talking about Brexit for the millionth time. See you there!
03 Mar 19
The Sunday Sally Singalong
The late afternoon/early evening Sunday session in the Sally is one of our favourites. Sunday lunch is all washed up, you’ve kicked out the relatives, Saturday’s hangover is starting to clear and before you even start thinking about another working week, there is just one last treat to squeeze in. Time to get out of the house, have a brisk walk up to the Sally and sink a few relaxing pints with friends sat by the warm fire. Well, those Sunday evening sessions just got even better since we found hand-clapping, foot-stomping, ivory-tinkling, Elton John-eat-your-heart-out, piano playing legend “Mike The Piano” (OK we’re not sure what his surname is). Mike is the most gifted pianist and can it seems, pretty much play any number you ask guys for (“Do you know your monkey’s stolen my pint? “No but if you hum it…” etc etc). American Pie, Crocodile Rock, Hey Jude, you name it and he will play it (and we’ll probably butcher it trying to sing along). The Sunday Sally Singalong is brilliant way to round off your weekend and is well worth delaying Mondays for.
21 Mar 19
The Great Sally Alley Quiz
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!
“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 (except this one) 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 months quiz will be hosted by the Berkeley Community Library
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