14 Dec 17

The Christmas Sally Alley Quiz-Off hosted by Helen Cerullo and Cobweb Corner

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 is a special Christmas quiz so get yourselves ready for some Crimbo-themed questions. The quizmasters are Helen Cerullo and Sally quiz veterans Cobweb Corner (aka Glenny Greenaway and Jeanette Palmer). This month they’ll be raising money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust which seeks to provide support, care and advice to families who have experienced an ectopic pregnancy.  

17 Dec 17

The Christmas 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 every fortnight he’ll be here to 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. As this is the last Sunday Sally Singalong before Christmas this S.S.S. will be Chrimbo-themed so make sure your voices are tuned for rousing renditions of famous Christmas carols and hits from Mistletoe and Wine (urgh) to Wham to White Christmas and of course, probably about a dozen run-throughs of Fairytale of New York! Music starts at 6pm

18 Dec 17

The Broken Stones Acoustic

We were thinking about calling this evening, ‘An Intimate Evening With The Broken Stones’ but we thought that might give the wrong idea so we went with ‘The Broken Stones Acoustic’ instead. Our favourite local band, whose sound is ever evolving and changing will be playing a mostly acoustic, but very intimate (careful now) gig in the front bar of the Sally. It should be a really nice, chilled way to kick off what is going to be very musical week for us here at the Sally. Music will start, around, oh I don’t know, let’s say 8pm….ish. (That’s how chilled it is). See you there!

19 Dec 17

Carols with the Woodford Silver Band

Christmas at the Sally wouldn’t be Christmas without our annual carol singalong with the Woodford Silver Band! Drunken Christmas singing that even Shane McGowan couldn’t match for sheer poignancy and loveliness…and if perhaps not tunefulness. The full silver band will be packed into one bar with the rest of the pub hopefully filled with you lot singing your hearts out. Plus, if the music alone doesn’t fill you with warmth, we’ll be serving up a delicious lamb and pearl barley stew with crusty bread as well. It will of course all be brilliant! Singing starts about 7pm.

21 Dec 17

Folk Night

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 Dec 17

Christmas Day at the Sally

Some things just become an essential part of Christmas Day. Turkey, family arguments, the Queen’s Speech, a tie from great aunt Janice, consuming more chocolate than a chocoholic trapped inside a Cadbury’s distribution depot whilst feeling “on form”. A Christmas pint at the Sally is one of those things. One of those things that make Christmas Day the special day that it is. Hence, your favourite pub (in Ham), is open for two and a half very special hours on Christmas Day, between 11am and 1.30pm (last orders at 1.15pm) to make sure we get to see all of you, you all get to see each other and we can all enjoy a delicious pint or two before we head on home for an ill-judged round of “Cards Against Humanity”  with Grandma. See you on the big day!

19 Jan 18

Billy in the Lowground – Live at the Sally

We’re very excited to be hosting this very special band here in the Sally. With a line-up consisting of drums, bass, lead guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocals, Billy In The Lowground have a huge sound that ranges from Irish folk, Americana to country and rock. Formed in 1991 the band have headlined gigs up and down the country including multiple festival appearances and supported the likes of Shane MacGowan, John Otway, Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy, Oysterband and Fairport Convention. Despite comparisons with the Waterboys and the Levellers, ‘Billy….’ play all original material and have a sound which is uniquely their own. Packing such a big band into the front bar of the Sally is going to be a bit of a challenge but this really is going to be one night you cannot afford to miss!

25 Jan 18

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 £14 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. You’d be crackers to miss it!

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