Bottle Inn wins Wessex and Channel Islands Region Pub of The Year! Only three points separated the top three pubs in the is regional competition. We're delighted that a pub in our area won it. The Bottle is now in a select group of 16 pubs nationally which go forward to the next stage of the competition. Very well done to Nigel and Chrissy!  Dated 17/9/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 27 - A great 28 page read! Thanks to our advertisers and contributors which make it possible. Inside includes "Welcome to the Park", Roundhouse and Rams, notes on a Mystery Tour and more Beer and Skittles.  Dated 10/9/16.
Local Pub scene ever changing The following changes were reported at our meeting in August: Nothe Tavern has now re-opened; Georgie Porgie's Pie & Ale house has opened in Dorchester (formerly Duke of Cornwall);Quarterdeck Tavern (West Bay) reported to be for sale and "Under Offer";   Dated 3/9/16.
ACV Listing for Old Ship at Upwey! This submission was made by us as a local CAMRA Branch and has been accepted by the local council. Now that the pub is listed, any change of use application will have to be considered by the council. There will also be an opportunity to influence the course of any proposed sale of the premises during he next five years.  Dated 26/7/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 26 - Our first 32 page issue! Support from our advertisers and contributors continue to be strong so we look forward to another bumper issue. Lots to read inside including more on Dorchester's Lost Pubs, Desert Island Beers, The Brewers Apprentice.  Dated 11/6/16.
Clock House re-opens mid July! The Clock House at Chideock will re-open on 15th July. After almost 18 months of negotiation, clearing down and rebuilding work, this lovely thatched pub is about to re-open.You can see some photos of the restoration work on their facebook page.  Dated 9/6/16.
Corbel wins Gold at Maltings! Eight Arch Brewery gained the Gold award in the Strong Bitter and Pale Ales category. Just a few weeks after their beer appeared in the House of Commons bar, a new Dorset brewer scooped a Gold award at SIBA South West's showcase festival. This is an outstanding achievement for a new small brewery that recently celebrated its 50th brew.  Dated 5/5/16.
Bulls Head in Fordington Re-opens! After a period of closure we heard this week. Early info is: "The new landlord comes from the Ring O Bells in Somerset. Currently has four real ales on the bar."  Dated 28/4/16.
The "Nautico" bar in Weymouth [Old Post Office] has opened. We hear there is no real ale on offer. Lets hope that this doesn't have an adverse effect on those nearby businesses who do!  Dated 26/4/16.
The Snug bar in Weymouth is closed We only reported last July that this bar had opened. Obviously the town wasn't ready for the selection of things on offer.  Dated 26/4/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 25 - Now in COLOUR! As giant Dongle Issue 25 hits the streets we are proud to be able to publish our first full colour version. Lots to read inside including historic pubs of Dorchester, a Mystery Tour report, recent trip to Bristol and tons more packing 28 pages.  Dated 4/3/16.
Tally Ho! scoops national award! Palmers Brewery's widely renowned dark ale Tally Ho! takes Silver award. Results were announced on Friday from the CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival in Derby giving this fine local beer it's well deserved place among the Old Ale Strong Milds group.  Dated 20/2/16.
Bottle Inn is West Dorset Pub of the Year again! The Bottle Inn at Marshwood has won our award for a second time being a clear winner in this years competition. More detail can be read here in the Dorset Echos report of our award giving at this years Beerex.   Dated 17/2/16.
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