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Castle Rock managers from Boston, Newark, York and Nottingham have been the guests of Batemans on a fact finding day in York. Starting on the city’s Lawrence Street as guest of manager, Paul Marshall, at Batemans new Waggon and Horses pub opposite Castle Rock’s Rook and Gaskill, the researchers were introduced to a range of York’s finest real ale establishments. The tour ended at “York’s one and only” York Brewery.

According to Castle Rock’s commercial director, Colin Wilde, these annual ‘away days’ are part of the brewery’s business development strategy. “By taking our licensees away from their work place we are freer to discuss and formulate ideas for our continuing development. Visiting a few pubs and a brewery with their less formal environment is perfect for convivial chatting.

“Our thanks go to our three hosts. Traff, who used to work at our brewery and who nowadays manages our Rook and Gaskill; Batemans Brewery and their staff who guided the tour, and Kevin and Steff at the New Barrack Tavern in Sheffield who provided a welcome half way house on the journey back to the East Midlands.”

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