19 Apr 18
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.
22 Apr 18
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 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. Music starts at 6pm.
23 Apr 18
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 week’s dish is homemade Gloucestershire beef, potato and red wine stew, served with crusty bread and butter.
26 Apr 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. This month Jerry will be talking us through our own Westcountry cheeses. World-famous for it’s cheddar and Gloucester, the Westcountry has paved the way for a revolution in modern British cheese-making. From traditional farmhouse makers with international reputations to dedicated cottage industry cheesemakers, you will sample a diverse range of styles of the very “best of the west”, each expertly paired with a beer, wine, or cider.
12 May 18
Sing for your Supper
Don’t worry. We know this event sounds like Simon Cowell has been left in charge of a food bank but it’s actually really not. The idea behind Sing for your Supper is to create an evening of communal song, poetry, prose and performances in the Sally and then afterwards tuck in to a nice Sally supper together. We’re looking for people to stand up in the bar and sing us an old folk song, read a witty story, recite some poetry, tell some jokes, perform a skit, play a piece on an instrument – anything to entertain the crowds and earn the right to a bit of free food in return. This isn’t karaoke and this isn’t an open mic night either so we really don’t want a load of post-pubescent football louts with their arms draped round each other and wailing out Wonderwall as if their next can of Carling depended on it. Neither by the way, do we want any bed-wetting, floppy-haired, singer-songwriters strapped to an acoustic guitar and singing us all into a coma with his or her favourite James Blunt song. Points and prizes will be awarded for the oldest, most amusing performances and also those with any local relevance. All those who perform and entertain the crowd will be given an exclusive Sally pin badge as their ticket to help themselves to the buffet table. Those of you who would like to come along and support the evening but aren’t quite brave enough to perform, can buy their pin badge and buffet rights with a £5 donation to our chosen charity, MIND. (MIND work towards raising awareness, improving services and providing support and advice to those with mental health problems). All in all, it should be a very fun evening and hopefully we’ll raise a few bob for charity as well. Performances start at 7.30pm with the food emerging from 9pm onwards. Hope to see you there!
17 May 18
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 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 Sally locals “Cobweb Corner” are hosting the quiz with all proceeds being donated to #BSQ2BSQ – who fundraise for CJD Support Network, Sue Ryder Leckhampton and Meningitis Now.
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