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Welcome to the not particularly weird nor wonderful world of Chester & South Clwyd CAMRA branch. We are just one of many branches of the Campaign for Real Ale - a group of over 178,000 members whose collective aim is the promotion of traditional cask ale as opposed to nasty fizzy keg and the downright unpleasant smoothflow nonsense. We also champion consumer rights and strongly support the public house as a focus of community life.
 
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Spring Pub of the Season  (19/05/16)

The Chester & South Clwyd CAMRA branch is delighted to declare the Farmers Arms in Kelsall as our Pub of the Season for Spring 2016. In a day and age when so many country and village pubs have succumbed to the two G’s - gentrification and gastrofication - it’s time to cherish those locals that still survive offering a harmonious mix of regulars, diners and casual passers-by. And that’s the Farmers for us in a nutshell - an all-welcoming, comfortable multi-roomed pub devoid of pretentions. And of course, it serves up excellent beer with Weetwood ales and Doom Bar on permanently plus a guest ale. A presentation night was scheduled for early June so expect in the next issue some self-conscious images of landlord and stereotypic, hirsute CAMRA member standing behind the handpumps.  

Branch Awards >>

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Another Spoons for Sale  (19/05/16)

A ghastly announcement from J.D.Wetherspoons - the Thomas Telford in Ellesmere Port is amongst the latest tranche of their outlets put up for sale. Closure would be a terrible shame and mean real ale options near the town centre would be restricted to a yomp to the Grace Arms (which itself had no cask on a recent visit) or the newly refitted Cat. There always seemed plenty of customers in the pub so maybe it’s just a victim of Spoons, to quote MD Tim Martin, over-egging the pudding in the rush to open new outlets. For now, the Wheatsheaf Wetherspoons at Overpool is unaffected.

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Brewhouse in Town  (05/05/16)

Unexpected but definitely positive developments at Forest House in Chester. The pub, which was amongst a tranche of 34 Wetherspoons put up for sale in November, has been bought by the London-based company Brewhouse & Kitchen. Forest House will cease trading on May 15th allowing for conversion to the new format which will include a microbrewery in the basement. Readers may be familiar with other Brewhouse & Kitchen pubs which generally can be found in London and on the South Coast. Expect innovative, in-house "craft ales" and "freshly cooked food with a modern twist". Should be an excellent addition to the city's beer scene !

Whether the Forest House sale will expedite Wetherspoons proposed conversion of the boarded up Bull & Stirrup on Northgate Street into a Wetherlodge remains to be seen.  

Brewhouse & Kitchen >>

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Chester Real Ale Pub Leaflet  (20/04/16)

A new printed guide to the pubs of Chester has been produced by the branch. This informative leaflet has been produced in time for the tourist season and is intended to encourage people to visit the wealth of great pubs in the city. With many visitors staying in the thriving suburb of Hoole a smaller map of that area is also included which highlights the fine choice of hostelries on their doorstep.

The branch’s Pub Protection Group who created the leaflet explained “We’ve selected a dozen real ale pubs in the city centre which serve great beers and also have interesting character. With Chester having so many good real ale venues we’ve also included a 'try also' section so if visitors have more time they can explore further. As a consumer organisation our aim was to have a truly independent guide published which helps promote the superb pubs we have in Chester”.

Craig Elliot (pictured), bar manager of the Cross Keys (one of the featured pubs) commented “Since they have arrived on the bar we have been inundated with people taking one and asking the bar staff about all the different pubs in Chester. Hats off to CAMRA!

Guides have so far been distributed to around twenty pubs, several hotels / B&Bs and the Chester Visitor Centre who were especially delighted with the leaflets. Feedback has been very encouraging and with 10,000 copies printed there should be enough to last the summer.

CAMRA is grateful to local breweries Cheshire Brew Brothers, Deva Craft, Spitting Feathers and Weetwood, plus specialist drinks shop Chester Beer and Wine and Kingkabs taxis for their sponsorship of the leaflets.

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Branch Area Pub Guides

Whether you're on a three-day anger management course in Chester, travelling to see your beloved Braintree United play Wrexham or planning a stag-do in Langollen wearing Bavarian lederhosen, you'll need to take a peek at our area guides to find out where serves cask beer. 

Area Pub Guides >> 

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Pubs Under Threat

The Beeston Castle, Tiverton (RIP)In common with the rest of the nation, locally there are plenty of pubs - good, bad and indifferent - with uncertain futures. Closed, boarded up or derelict, what fate awaits them? A new licensee in thrall to a greedy pub co? Conversion to an Indian restaurant, coffee shop or private house? Further years of abandonment, rot and decay? Demolition and redevelopment? Or maybe, renaissance under wealthy new owners with an entrepreneurial eye.  

Shut Pubs >>  

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What Pub

WhatPub provides details of over 35,900 pubs serving real ale, making it the definitive online pub guide for the real ale drinker. In addition, WhatPub provides full details for over 24,000 of those pubs, with details of real ales available, opening times, and description of the pub. Click on image to access.  

 

 
Coming Soon


Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th June
Birkenhead Beer Festival

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Saturday 4th June

Deva Craft Brewery Open Day

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Wednesday 8th June

Spring Pub of the Season Presentation: Farmers Arms, Kelsall

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Saturday 11th June

Lancaster Social By Train
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Thursday 16th June

Branch Meeting: Ship Inn, Handbridge

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Thursday 17th - Sunday 19th June

Beer Festival: Grosvenor Arms, Aldford

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Friday 24th June
Pub Gardens Mini-Bus Social

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Saturday 16th July

Spitting Feathers Beer Festival

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Thursday 21st July

Branch Meeting: Tyn-y-Capel, Minera
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Saturday 23rd July

East Lancs Railway Social

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News In Brief

 
Swan Moults
(11/05/16)
Refurb in Great Sutton.
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Boars Head to Wxm (06/05/16)
Black Horse change.
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Pussy Galore (29/04/16)
Cask at the Cat, EP.
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Handley & Holt
(06/04/16)
Closures.
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Moreton Re-Opening (06/04/16)
Good news from Johnstown.
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South Clwyd PotY (18/03/16)
Colliers Arms.
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Cheshire PotY (18/03/16)
Olde Cottage.
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Centurion Update (10/03/16)
Application refusal.
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Summit to Smile About (10/03/16)
Mount Pub of the Season.
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Dee Valley Ale Trail
(01/03/16)
New non-CAMRA bus tour.
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More Discounts! (26/02/16)
Telfords and Artichoke.
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Kash Discount ...
(03/02/16)
...plus festival new.
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Centurion Closes
(26/01/16)
Shame on Admiral.
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Oh I Do Like A ...
(19/01/16)
..Drink Around the Deeside.
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More Closures
(16/01/16)
Wynnstay and Griffin.
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Bad Start to Year
(01/01/16)
Compass Shuts.
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Save the Cenny
(06/12/15)
Cynical Admiral.
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Ales at the Abbey (01/12/15)
Cask at the Crucis.
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Forest for Felling
(12/11/15)
Spoons for sale.
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Farewell Friend (5/11/15)
Ship Vic demolished.
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Hart & Heifer RIP (29/10/15)
Permanent pub losses.
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Ship Dry Dock (21/10/15)
Changes in Handbridge.
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Saith Seren
(06/10/15)
Brewery Hook-up.
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Buck Not Just Fizz (04/10/15)
Bangor Pub Re-Opens.
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