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Castle Rock announce November as BROvember - a month of fundraising for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre on Nottingham Trent's Clifton campus. Autumnal beer Walrus becomes a charity brew with 20p per pint donated to the centre.

CTCC_longPrintTucked within the school of science and technology on Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus is the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre. This unique purpose-built facility hosts a team of world-leading and first class scientists, who aim to save lives and speed recovery through improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They work to Crack the Cancer Code.

We started working with the John van Geest team last year to help raise the profile of the centre, and are thrilled to announce some huge changes in our commitment to this amazing charity, kicking off this November…

Why the John van Geest?

The running cost of the centre was funded the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation and Nottingham Trent University. This means 100% of donations received go directly into the work of the centre; from screening cancer patients, to testing immune systems, to purchasing new equipment, to finding treatments.

A high percentage of funds raised in our region by national cancer charities are distributed into London, with areas like the East Midlands battling through funding applications. We want to skip this step, and donate straight to a local and deserving team. As prostate cancer is one of the key focus areas for the centre you can be sure that the funds donated will go towards improving men’s health.



We’re holding a month of fundraising for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre throughout November 2015. 

Read on to see what our pubs are up to, and how you can help Crack the Cancer Code...



Enjoy a pint of Walrus

An amber coloured ale with zesty hop aroma, Walrus has a lip smacking bitter finish and comes in at a sessionable 4.0% ABV.
With donations of 20p per pint, we’re estimating nearly £2,000 will be raised from the sale of the beer alone.

Bring Walrus to the Party

All our beers are available to take home from Vat & Fiddle in 5 litre, 10 litre or 20 litre containers. If you’re having a party, a work-do or a special event, give the pub a call and pre-order some Walrus. Every pint sold raises money for the John van Geest centre.

Bring your pals to the pub 

Our pubs have some special BROvember dishes, so bring your gentleman (and gentlewomen) friends for dinner and help us raise even more for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

Be part of BROvember events

Come down the Strat’s charity quiz, or ‘cycle around the world’ at the Fox & Crown. Want to fund-raise yourself? Give us a call on 0115 985 1615



Look out for the BRO CODE

See this symbol on the left? It’s the symbol of BROvember fundraising. Throughout November you’ll spot it on menus, bars and event posters. It signifies that the item or event is in aid of the John van Geest centre.




Bread & Bitter

The Bread throw a LocAle Beer Festival from Thursday 26th- Sunday 29th November. 20p from every festival pint goes to the John van Geest Centre, so gather your gang and let’s rally in aid of men’s health. A raffle features all kinds of beer related prizes, and there’s live music too (date tbc).


The Canalhouse bring you the BRO Burger! The BRO burger is a Buffalo mince burger, topped with bacon and BBQ bourbon sauce, served in a bun with a side of chips and salad.  £1 from each Bro Burger goes into the charity pot! The Bro Burger is £9.95 and available throughout November, so bring down your gang of carnivores and tuck in.


The Embankment have created the ultimate all day breakfast BROburger! 100% beef burger, topped with bacon, egg, fried onion, cheese, pickles and barbecue sauce, served in a bun with a side of chips, for just £9.95. £1 from every burger sold will go to the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

Fox & Crown

The Fox goes big across Newark (and beyond) with a ‘cycle around the world’. Get involved by hopping on the pub bike and making your way across the map, or bringing a team down to the pub quiz. Why not enjoy a pint of Walrus – 20p per pint is donated.

Horse & Plough

The Horse & Plough have a raffle where lucky customers can be in with a chance of winning all sorts of beer and food related goodies. The top prize is a GALLON of Castle Rock beer, so take a lucky dip and you could be our happy punter. 100% of proceeds from the raffle go to the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre. Tickets are available on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November, with the draw taking place on Sunday at 6pm.

Kean’s Head

The Kean’s is renowned for delicious homemade food made using ethically sourced and the freshest ingredients. Throughout November you can enjoy a special dish created just for BROvember: Homemade chilli (meat and vegetarian available) cooked in Walrus, served in burritos with homemade salsa and guacamole, with a side of rice and tortilla. The BROvember Burritos are just £9.95 and £1 from every dish sold goes to the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

Lincolnshire Poacher

The Poacher have cooked up a special dish combining Sausage Week with BROvember. Visit the pub between 2nd-8th November for Walrus-cooked sausage and mash, served with a pint of Walrus for just £8.95. 70p of each purchase is donated to the charity pot!

Poppy & Pint 

Join the Poppy for coffee and cake in the cafe bar, where homemade BROvember cakes are available to raise money for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre. From Sunday 25th November, the Poppy will be selling raffle tickets with the draw taking place on Thursday 19th November: all proceeds go in the charity pot.

On Thursday 19th November, bring your friends and family to the Poppy for a special charity night.The chefs at the Poppy have created a range of dishes with 50p+ per dish donated to the charity, and there will be live music from Mark James (8.30pm onwards). The raffle will be drawn, and Castle Rock’s Walrus will be on the bar with 20p per pint sold donated.

Stratford Haven 

The Strat hosts a charity night on Wednesday 25th November at 7pm. Entry to the quiz is £1 per person, so build a team of the sharpest tools you know- first prize is a shave, cut and finish from Warren’s Barbers in West Bridgford. Wednesday is also Steak & Blues night, so £1 will be donated from each steak dish.

Vat & Fiddle

The Vat & Fiddle bring you an Alice in Wonderland themed charity night on Monday 23rd November. Dress you’re Cheshire cat best (or any other Wonderland attire…) and join the Vat for a night of traditional bar games with Batemans Brewery. Games include ‘Pin the Sail on the Windmill’, ‘Buzzer’ and ‘Shove and Shive’ with prizes for the winning champ. There will be cake, a charity raffle, Alice in Wonderland cocktails and plenty of beer!

Want to learn more about the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre? Click here

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