12 Oct 17

The Great Sally Alley Quiz Off – Hosted by Follow the Brown Signs

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 very special quiz will take you on a unique spontaneous adventure into the world of dull facts and unless trivia that can only be found when you follow the humble brown tourist sign. Our quizmaster, occasional barmaid and firm stalwart of the bench outside, Amanda Howard, has a rather quirky hobby. She has a compulsion to randomly follow brown tourist signs wherever she goes and spends most of her free time doing exactly that. Her hobby has led her to launch www.followthebrownsigns.com, a website that charts her random adventures in the interesting, different, sometimes dull, often downright bizarre tourist attractions you find yourself at if you let brown tourist signs show you the way. Do you think you know the year brown tourist signs were introduced on Britain’s roads? Could you guess how many types of tourist destinations there are as denoted by the generic symbols depicted on the brown tourist signs? Could you have a stab at guessing how many castles there are in the UK? Or maybe how many acres of woodland are managed by the Forestry Commission? Form your teams people and prepare to be dazzled by how much useless knowledge you never knew you cared so little about! Amanda will be donating all entry fees to a local hospice.

19 Oct 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.

21 Oct 17

Sally Apple Day and Cider Festival

We’re big fans of the apple here at the Sally. Not only do we love the sight of ancient orchards in the Severn Vale glistening and laden with fruit, not only do we love biting into a sweet, juicy, crisp apple as part of our oh so healthy and balanced diets, not only do we love quaffing a refreshing glass of cool apple juice in the summer sun but most importantly, we love the fact that if you crush these little juice balls and let nature take it’s course, you end up with one of the world greatest alcoholic beverages: CIDER! To celebrate we’re hosting our own Sally Apple Day and Cider Festival. Throughout the day Apple Day will include a demonstration on pressing by local cidermakers Tim and Sandy of Forgotten Cider (bring your own apples along and they’ll help you make juice/cider), advice on grafting and looking after your own apple and fruit trees by local expert Rob Watkins of Lodge Farm Trees, we’ll have morris dancing and an apple bobbing competition then for the evening we can sit back and sup on the fruits of other people’s labour with an exquisite range of 20 different traditional real ciders to choose from including of course great cider from Tom Oliver, Forgotten Cider, Roger Wilkins, Wild Cider Co, Hecks, Once Upon A Tree and of course our own Sally Cider! Core blimey, you’d be pippin mad to miss it! Festivities start from noon – see you there!

26 Oct 17

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 £12 each (available 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!

27 Oct 17

South West Region Pub of the Year 2017 Presentation Night

We all knew the Sally was the best pub in Ham, but now we can proudly announce that the Sally is for the second year running, officially, the best pub in the entire of the South West region! That is, the best pub from the North Cotswolds, through Gloucestershire, across Bristol, Bath, West Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall all the way down to land’s end! We are of course over the moon to be given this accolade which is a testament to our hard-working staff and to all of our friendly locals who make the pub such a welcoming and enjoyable place to visit. The Sally is now in the top 16 pubs in the UK and will go on to compete at the super-regional stage for CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year Award – surely we’d never win that….again?! We don’t mind either way, we are incredibly proud of this little pub and we’d love to celebrate this achievement with all of you who have made the Sally what it is today. Presentation is at 7.30pm no doubt with a few nibbles to follow. Hope to see you there!

02 Nov 17

Sally Supper Club

Seasonal and local food excites us because it has relevance in that it reflects the time and place we find ourselves in. It also brings us closer to more traditional food production methods before food could be produced in vast quantities, stored and transported huge distances. To reflect our passion for seasonal and local food, on the first Thursday of every month we plan to host the Sally Supper Club to showcase the very best that the Gloucestershire larder has to offer. As the seasons change so will the menu. The offering will be focussed into a set menu of three courses and will be served up in a cosy, communal setting in our skittles alley with suggestions for beer and cider pairings for each course. Places for the event will be very limited and just for a change you will need to book in advance with a £10 deposit per person. The evening will start at 7.30pm so please ensure you are seated by then as we won’t be able to wait! We’re really looking forward to this culinary journey through the Gloucestershire seasons and hope you are too!


Carpaccio of Berkeley Estate venison

Spiced butternut squash soup shot

A trio of wild Gloucestershire duck with dauphinoise potatoes, Severn Vale plum sauce and seasonal vegetables

Coaley orchard apple tart tatin, parfait and sorbet with Berkeley Vale cider

£28 per head (excluding drink pairings)

11 Nov 17

We Need To Talk About Kegging…The First Ever Sally Beer Festival

We’ve always resisted the temptation to host a beer festival at the Sally, until we felt we had something different to offer. We hope therefore that We Need To Talk About Kegging… will be something a little bit different. This will be a celebration of our beloved real ale in a spectrum of styles, dispensed both via cask AND keykeg. Keykeg for those not in the know is still classified as real ale by CAMRA’s definition but is served at a slightly cooler temperature than cask ale. We’ve been serving a number of beers on keykeg for a while here at the Sally and we think its a great method for serving certain styles of beers. We’ll be having ten of our beloved cask ales plus ten keykegs all hand-picked from the very finest breweries in the United Kingdom including Kernel, Beavertown, Magic Rock, Burning Sky, Mills Brewing, Wiper and True, Darkstar, Moor, Bristol Beer Factory as well as our own Tiley’s of course! We shall have some very special beers on cask which are normally only found on keg and some rarely seen lambic beer. We will showcase a range of beer styles from traditional English bitters, to banging hoppy pale ales, to stouts, porters and Belgian beers. We’re hoping the festival will create plenty of discussion around the different dispense methods and we’ll of course be putting to the public vote the best beer of the festival be it keykeg or cask ale. Whatever happens, it will be different and it will be delicious! No entry fees, just turn up and grab a pint or two, we’ll only have one cask/keg of each beer on offer so once it’s gone, its gone. We’re opening at noon so just make sure you don’t miss it!

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