Left to right, John Lawton (Brewer), Mel Stride MP for Central Devon, Ivan Bridle (landlord of Palk Arms) and Gordon Keep (local farmer)
The effort made by the intrepid three local Devon personalities to see their Member Of Parliament Mel Stride to protest about the rises in beer duty during the previous Labour Government. We visited the back bench debate shortly before which took place in a side chamber. Mel gave us a tour of the Houses of Parliament which included a visit to the main chamber as well. Much was discussed that day along with some site seeing too. The result was two more drops in beer duty rates over the next two Budgets. The Palk Arms at Hennock run by Ivan and his partner Jane has flourished too, a good result since the pub had been facing closure until they took over in April 2012.
Mel Stride has also conducted some of his constituency surgeries at the Palk Arms. The Palk is a ideal place to try Teignworthy Brews. If you wish to visit the pub it is in Church Street in Hennock post code TQ13 9QB