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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Cheshire Beer Festival 2014 (16/11/14)

Done and dusted! We hope you enjoyed it and, with luck, we'll see you all next year. For a brief report on the two days, some more pics and a few words of thank you, click HERE

Commonhall Street Social (06/11/14)
It's been Got Wine, the Pelican and the Weighing Room but the latest incarnation of this bar off Chester's Bridge Street might finally tickle real ale lovers fancy!  

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The Beer Refinery (03/11/14)
A new brewery is in our midst.  

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R.I.P. Ken Gander (01/11/14)
The branch was sad to learn of the passing a popular landlord at a cask oasis back in the 1980s. 

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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. 

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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.  

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Coming Soon

Friday 21st November
Wrexham Walkabout

Saturday 22nd November
Minibus to Cwrw Ial Brewery Launch

Friday 5th December
Llangollen Social

Friday 5th December
Big Hand Weekend Wind-down

Thursday 11th December
Branch Meeting / Xmas Social: Cross Keys, Chester

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CAMRA Chester & S.Clwyd

News In Brief

Hand Over
Llanarmon DC hotel sold

Rhostyllen Gain (14/11/14)
Marstons at Swan

Weetwood Brewery (13/11/14)
New owners in Kelsall

Pub Losses (16/10/14)
Ffrith and Sandycroft

Heritage Pubs (11/10/14)
A tour round Cheshire

Night at Museum (10/10/14)
Ellesmere Port fezza!

Fox & Hounds (15/09/14)
Planning app in Eyton

Buck Stops Here (05/09/14)
Bangor pub closed

Marford Area (24/08/14)
Trevor re-opens

Lion Cask (22/08/14)
Lees back in Newbridge

Gone for a Burton (27/08/14)
Golden Groves in trouble

Tyn Award (22/08/14)
Minera pub recognised

Third Spoons? (03/08/14)
Wetherlodge for Chester?

Riderless Horse (26/07/14)
Churton pub closed


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.

Pubs Matter

CAMRA's campaign to support the nation's community pubs. Click on image to access.

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