Thursday Night Music Club

Live Music Session #64 – Tamsin Quin Trio + Jol Rose

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We all remember Tamsin as the areas favourite rootsy pop pixie, a wonderful blend of cheek and charm, of dulcet ballads and energetic acoustica. Well, she is still all of those things but now she has some friends with her.

Support come from the enigmatic Jol Rose, a man who tips his hat to American roots and folk styles. There is a raw honesty and everyday charm to Jol’s songs; imagine a shattered Americana sound that exists somewhere between Dylan’s observational balladry and Lou Reed’s solo soul-searching, and vice versa, topped off with Springsteen’s solo efforts and you are half way to understanding just how darkly majestic his songs are.


We Got Jobs!

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Yes, we need some lovely bar staff to supplement the current batch of legends, both for the Christmas period and beyond that. Hours are mostly evenings and weekends and involve serving customers, stocking the bar and keeping the place looking all spick and span (so over 18’s only we are afraid). Having the right personality, drive and passion for good drinks is more important than bar experience, as we are a bit different to your average bar…)

Chuck us your CV to so we can see what you have done before and know how to get in touch.


Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2019

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We are open some extra hours over our normal timetable over the seasonal period, but equally, closed on some day we are normally open. The full list is below.

  • Monday 23rd Dec – 2pm to 11pm
  • Tuesday 24th Dec – 11am to 1am
  • Wednesdy 25th Dec – Closed
  • Thursday 26th Dec – 2pm to 10pm (chilled out recovery session)
  • Friday 27th Dec – 11am to Midnight
  • Saturday 28th Dec – 11am to Midnight
  • Sunday 29th Dec – 12pm to 11pm (Music Quiz 5.30pm to 8pm ish)
  • Monday 30th Dec – Closed
  • Tuesday 31st Dec – 11am to 1am (Party Night with DJ sets)
  • Wednesday 1st Jan – Closed

Then back to normal….


Thursday Night Music Club

Live Music Session #63 – Atari Pilot (acoustic) + Grasslands

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It’s great to see Atari Pilot back on the local scene again – we take real pride in being a part of their story as the venue to host their first two return shows after their enforced break.

They walk fine lines between rock and pop, indie and dance via songs that soar and sooth in equal measure. Dance songs in an indie-pop package…whatever will they think of next?

Grasslands is a singer songwriter who usually builds strange, electronic soundscapes around his trusty acoustic guitar and who often veers off into a sort of Q&A ecological TED talk and occasionally alternative really. This night will be more acoustic guitar and less noisy electronics. However, no two gigs are the sameso we assume this will be the case, Whatever it is, you are guaranteed that it will be a memorable experience. Keep Swindon weird!

Events New Brews

Third Birthday Takeover from Moor

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So – we have got through the terrible twos and made it to the ripe old age of three! To help us celebrate we have hooked up with the good folks at the brilliant Moor Beer Company, who will be hanging out with usl, and are bringing 7 of their finest current brews and helping us concoct some beer cocktails and boilermakers for you with them!

The Beers – Brewers Notes

Time & Space – 6.0% Universal IPA (keg) This is a beer that has come from one of our brewers, Jude. We love Cashmere as a Hop and Jude’s recipe showcases it to its fullest – super juicy with a subtle but clean bitterness. This is a one off that will not be coming around again.

Raw – 4.2% Untraditional Best Bitter (keg) RAW was originally commissioned to be the house beers for Real Ale Weston and the Royal Artillery Arms, both now sadly closed. The landlord and drinkers were already huge fans of our Merlin’s Magic but wanted something a bit hoppier. They were also intrigued with our unfined natural approach to beer. So we trialled three different unfined, dry-hopped versions of Merlin’s Magic. Layering the herbal dry-hopped characteristics over the rich malt base and padding it out with body and flavour enhancing yeast really transformed the already sessionable beer into something even more enjoyable. We only make this available to select pubs whose customers appreciate its natural nature and enhanced flavours.

Galaxy of Mosaic – 4.7% Ravennate Pale Ale (keg) Italian styled Pale ale featuring two of the all time classic big hops to deliver a beer that is as you would hope – fruity as hell with citrus and peach flavours from the Galaxy and oodles of blueberry from the Mosaic, with maybe a hint of pineapple and mango tropicality.

PMA – 5.3% American Pale Ale (keg) A Pale Modern Ale for those with a Positive Mental Attitude. Brewed in support of Hardcore Hits Cancer. The colour of Mango flesh, this intensely flavoured Pale Ale has a Citrus, Summer berry and floral aroma with Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Pineapple and blueberry mingling in the mouth.

Lager – 4.0% Traditional Pilsner style (keg) Brewed originally as a one off for the inaugural We Are Lager Festival in Manchester, we rapidly fell in love with the slightly hop forward crushable 4% lager. With the summer around the corner we couldn’t not re-brew it again and again! A very traditional lager brewed in homage to Franconia.

Stout – 5.0% Classic Stout Porter (keg) Craft beer can get a bit silly and miss the point. Usually what we want is something purely enjoyable to drink, not a curiosity beverage to tick off. We were asked by our Italian friends if we would ever consider such a simple request. This is that beer. No unicorn hair, solar dust or celebrity nail clippings. Pontificate if you must, but please just drink and enjoy. Salute!

Envy – 4.2% Fresh whole leaf hopped pale (cask) Envy is our green / wet hopped beer. The idea was to showcase the impact of wet hops versus dried ones so we made the base beer a very simple 4.2%. We went to a hop farm in Hereford and collected a very large quantity (8x our usual amount – not an efficient use of such a precious commodity!) of just-picked First Gold hops. They were in the kettle less than 24 hours after picking, or should I say in the mash tun as the quantity was so large that we didn’t think our kettle would cope. We turned our mash tun into a massive hop back, allowing the hot wort to marry with the wet hop cones. The beer was very fresh and vibrant. The hop profile was a bit different, with some not surprising vegetal notes, but in a good way. Fresh hopped beer is best drunk, well, fresh (and of course naturally unfined).

Beery Cocktails

Strong Alliance – A radical reworking of the legendary Tuppenny Espresso Martini – Peaky Blinders black spiced rum shaken with a shot of espresso, coffee liqueur and the special ingredient, some Dark Alliance Reduction – Moor’s Dark Alliance hoppy-coffee-Stout, reduced 50% down to bring out and amplify the beers flavours.

The Great-Grandfather – Take a measure of Amaretto, 1 of Buffalo Trace bourbon and a dash of Angostura bitters, whack in a shot of Moor Stout, stir and serve over ice with an orange garnish. Unbelievable.

Hi-Tea Sling – A zingy blend of Berry Brothers & Rudd London Dry Gin, lemon juice, apple juice and a couple of dashes of orange bitters, along with another special ingredient, Moor Beer Company’s Do It Together Mango Tea Pale Ale syrup – a reduction of the mango tea pale ale with added sugar to emphasize flavour notes.

Universal Sling – Brugal White Rum, lemon juice, sugar syrup and fresh raspberries shaken then served over ice and topped with Moor Beer Co’s Time & Space Universal IPA and garnished with lemon and raspberry

The Tuppenny’s Moor Margarita – A twist on a classic – lime juice, sugar syrup and our premium Espolon Tequila topped up with Moor Beer Company Lager. Yes, you read that right.


Ordering one of the fantastic Moor beers? (see above for details). Why not make it a Boilermaker? A Boilermaker is a classic and very simple old beer cocktail – a measure of Whiskey followed by your beer of choice (or you can double down and mix the two). We recommend the following combinations:

Time and Space Universal IPA with Johnnie Walker Black Llassic and very simple old beer cocktail – a measure of Whiskey followed by your beer of choice (or you can double down and mix the two). We recommend the following combinations:abel Scotch Whisky

Raw Untraditional Best Bitter with Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Galaxy of Mosaic Ravennate Pale Ale with Auchentoshen American Oak Single Malt Scotch

PMA American Pale with Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Stout Classic Black Beer with Southern Comfort Whiskey Liquer

Lager Franconian-style Lager with Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

Envy fresh-hopped cask beer with Paddy’s Irish Whiskey

Free entry, all are welcome (if over 18) – the rest of the usual Tuppenny drink selection will be available so don’t worry if beer isn’t your tipple, Usual party rules apply – be cool, have fun and stay safe. Music vibes will be courtesy of one Avocado Brother..
The Playlist

The Playlist # 3 – 70’s Nite!

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The Tuppenny’s resident DJ team, The Avodaco Brothers, soundtrack your Friday night with a hand pick selection of tunes along a theme,

This month is all 70’s, all night! So drag out those flares and platforms and buckle in for a night of Disco, Soul, Funk, R&B, Easy Listening, New Wave and rock of all types (glam, punk, Southern, prog) and whatever else the boys feel like playing.

Happy Mondays Comedy Club

Alex Farrow Tickles Funny Bones

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Comedy is back at The Tuppenny and we are happy to be welcoming a familiar face, as returning from his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2019 show is your headliner: Alex Farrow!

“Hysterics verge upon borderline adoration.” – The Mumble
“Jaw achingly funny” – The Oxford Mail
“Alex is able to take the show to places where other comics might not dare” – Moody Comedy

Your host and MC will be our very own Sam Michael – “He makes it all look so effortless” – We Are Cult Magazine

Also Featuring:

Bella Humphries – SWINDON’S OWN “She might be small but she packs a punch.” – Rum-Com Camden Comedy

Jon Matthews“Even the depressed middle-aged men in polo shirts were amused.” – China Business News

Kitty Speed “Up and coming Oxford favourite” – Chappers Comedy

Firuz Ozari“His humour is wicked-quick and his perspective is unlike any other” People’s Comedy Club, Bristol

Michael Kohlweg – SWINDON’S OWN international championship wrestler with a masterclass in how to grapple with comedy – best not to heckle this guy!

Happy Monday’s Comedy Club “A great night out” –

The Sunday Social

Live Music Session #62 – SGO

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After a smash hit performance at The Shuffle, we are super pleased to be able to bring local folk collective SGO back to The Tuppenny as part of the Sunday Social series.

SGO is a magical collaboration of up to 8 musicians, playing 11 different instruments, with 7 voices creating close and choral harmonic vocals. The genre mission is “Some Kind of Everything” >>>> (SKOE) >>>> (SG’o) >>>> Folk, Blues, Country, Pirate, Parisienne, Gypsy, Experimental, Twisted Folk, and Eclectic etc etc etc. A mixture of Original, Traditional, Instrumental and Covers.

Thursday Night Music Club

Live Music Session #61 – The Astral Ponies

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It is a more than welcome return to The Tuppenny for the Astral Ponies, whose show last year has gone down in Old Town Lore as one of THE special events.

These splendid fellows make a wonderful blend of Victorian music hall, Americana, psychedelia and folky tunes. But it is their quintessentially English eccentricities which mark them out from the crowd, their often strange sartorial choices and their biscuit fixations. Cravats are encouraged but not mandatory. Free entry if you bring custard cremes, or similar.

New Brews

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder..?


We have had this little beauty for a while, so with the party season coming, we ought to shout about it a bit more, as we are very proud to to be able to bring to you fine folk absinthe, in the traditional way.

150 years ago, no hip bohemian hang out was complete without an absinthe fountain. There’s much myth and mysticism surrounding this fine old European spirit. It’s hallucinogenic, it’s addictive, it was once banned and so on and such forth. None of this is true. It’s never been hallucinogenic, or addictive, (that was the Laudanum, a powerful opiate sedative that was commonly drunk alongside absinthe in the late 19th century, that had those properties) it was never banned in the UK, (although it was in its native France). Granted, it’s a strong spirit, but lengthened with iced water and sugar in this most traditional way, it becomes a deeply complex and satisfying drink. Definitely not smashing back in shots. Sip. Savour. Smile.