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 162,000 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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And Then There Were Four (20/07/14)

Erddig Brewery become the fourth micro to set-up on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

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Piper Award (27/06/14)

Last Friday we presented our Summer Pub of the Season award to the Piper on the outskirts of Hoole, Chester.

Our picture shows a chuffed bar manager James Ackroyd with the certificate in front of the handpumps including LocAle qualified Liverpool Organic ales.

Well done all at the Piper.

Big Hand Wind Down (24/06/14)

July 4th, from 3pm-11pm, sees the start of a hopefully monthly open night concept at Wrexham's Big Hand Brewery. Sounds good. 

Wind Down Weekend >>

Photo of the Month: July

An example of the currification of pubs (quick conversion to Indian restaurants with no planning permission) is the Gamekeeper in Upton. A rough boozer then and, frankly, it doesn't look very salubrious now. 

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Ship Vic Latest (05/06/14)

Chester & South Clwyd CAMRA’s Pub Protection Group has been beaten by Government regulations in their attempt to overturn the Asset of Community Value rejection ...

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Head on the Chopping Block (25/05/14)

Rotten news from Ewloe where the bulldozer awaits permission to do its worst.

Head on the Chopping Block >>

Botanist Blooms (29/04/14)

The former Living Room on St. Werburgh Street in Chester has re-opened as the Botanist.

Certainly quirky and imaginative, it offers the chance to drink real ales amongst antiquated gardening equipment with a Heath Robinson bicycle over your head.

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White Horse, Cilcain Mold Area Social (26/04/14)

On Friday we took the minibus to five Good Beer Guide pubs to be found huddled close to one another to the west of Mold.

On the trip were several enthusiastic drinkers from Deeside who jumped on board in Shotton. 

West of Mold Social Report >>

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 >> 

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 >>  


Coming Soon

Thursday 17th July

Branch Meeting: Tyn-y-Capel, Minera

Friday 18th - 22nd July

Chimneys Beer Festival

Friday 18th - Saturday 19th July

Alvanley Beer Festival

Saturday 19th July

West Cheshire Beer Festival

Friday 25th July

South Cheshire Pubs Social

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News In Brief

Swan Wrexham (25/06/14)
Keghouse to freehouse 

Aqueduct Discount (19/06/14)
Manic Monday and Crazy Wednesday

Saltney Reprieve (27/05/14)
Anchor is freed of tie

Prince of Wales (14/05/14)
Llangollen pub to re-open

Long Live the King (03/05/14)
Hope for Bwlchgwyn pub

Bangor Bike Ride (01/05/14)
Ale and riverside gardens

Chimneys, Hooton (28/04/14)
July beer festival

Upton Golf Club (25/04/14)
Summer beer festival

Watergates Fezza (09/04/14)
Cask ales at the undercroft

Tavern Tribulations (08/04/14)
Carlton opens then shuts

Heifer Heist (03/04/14)
Worry over Broxton pub

Harkers Shocker (01/04/14)
B&P favourite tinned up

Helsby Arms Sold (20/03/14)
Hydes take the reins

Wolfies (10/03/14)
Latest guise of ex-Yates bar

White Horse Rides Again (08/03/14)
Village local re-opens

Chester Changes (04/02/14)
Revamps and name changes

Llangollen closure (03/02/14)
Prince of Wales

Hanmer Re-Arms (10/01/14)
Village pub re-trading

Helsby Arms (07/01/14)
It's back open again

Cibo Shuts (07/01/14)
Bad feelings to Bridge Trafford bar and grill

From the Archives

Mersey Drinker: May/Jun 1988

"Telford's Warehouse in Chester has lost its cask Matthew Brown Mild owing to poor sales. Another mild lost to the city is Higsons which has been lost to Boddingtons Mild at the Bull & Stirrup."

"The Castle Crest Hotel, Thornton-le-Moors has been renamed simply the Castle. It sells real Websters."

"The Old Vaults on Bridge Street, Chester (better known as Barlows) has been revamped and Davenports Bitter has been added alongside Greenalls bitter and mild."

(NB The Castle Hotel is now a care home. The Old Vaults, with rooms at both street and row level, was absolutely scandalously allowed - under our watch - to close and subsequently be gutted and transformed into a sodding hairdressing salon.)


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