Every Wednesday night, the sound of live blues fills the Malt Shovel Tavern. Bands come from near and far as we try to find the best to entertain you. Gigs start at 8.45pm and admission is free.
Eat, drink & be merry!
We eat well at The Malt Shovel Tavern. We don't have a regular evening menu, it's true, but twice a month we have special foodie nights to delight your taste buds. Our Curry Club is perfect if you like things spicy, while our Good Grub evenings aim to put a twist on popular favourites.
For the love of sport!
Ok, so we're not a sports bar, but we do love our sport, especially our local and national teams. You'll find the big occasions on our big screen, so watch the calendar, get a group of mates together and ask about our Sports Party Packages!
Test your general and trivia knowledge at The Malt Shovel Tavern. We run two quizzes a month on the first and third Thursday at 8pm. Maximum team size is 8 players and entry is £1 per player. There are cash prizes for the winners.
John Verity is a guitarist, producer and singer/songwriter, with an awesome pedigree, making him a leading light in Rock & Blues today.
In his long career, John Verity has supported legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin, has played with Russ Ballard, Colin Blunstone, Keith Emerson, Ringo Starr and Mike Rutherford and was in the rock group Argent from 1973 to 1976.
JV has always said that live work was his first love and that holds as true today: 2017 looks like being one of the band’s busiest years, with shows across the length and breadth of the UK.
Founded in 2005, the four-piece band, Northsyde is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as “Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis”. Guitarist Jules Fothergill is well respected amongst his peers for developing an unorthodox mix of melodic and rhythmical improvisation, whether playing lead or slide guitar in a wide variety of musical settings. Bassist Ian Mauricio has an unusual style, being left handed, and stringing the bass upside-down, again contributing a musicality to the group which defies placement in any particular niche. Completing the line-up is drummer Hayden Doyle, whose confident grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit. The quartet have remained together for over 10 years and their on-stage chemistry continues to be a defining attribute.
Over the years The Blue Bishops have built a reputation both for their studio albums and live performances.
Acknowledged as one of the best live bands on the circuit, on first seeing them at the Bishopstock Festival in Devon back in 1999, Robert Cray remarked ‘I will have to watch my back’. Radio 2’s Paul Jones has called their studio work ‘Superb’ and the music press has consistently praised the calibre of their recordings and live shows.