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 156,000 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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Heifer Heist

Bad news from Broxton as the local paper reports of a proposal to demolish the Durham Heifer and replace it with houses.

Heifer Heist >> 
Chester Chronicle: Broxton fury >>

Photo of the Month: April

A warm welcome to prospective visitors in the vestibule of the Albion in Chester. Posh and Becks lookalikes can expect similar treatment.

Photo of the Month >>

Pub of the Year 2014 Winners

Bridge End, RuabonCongratulations to landlords and staff at the Bridge End in Ruabon and the Cellar in Chester who, after membership voting, have emerged victorious from the branch's respective Welsh and English Pub of the Year 2014 competitions.

This is a familiar ground for the Bridge End (pictured top) who have dominated this award throughout the 2010's. It is a classic example of a down-at-heel struggling Pub Co pub coming good under private ownership. It went on to win the National CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2011. Can it do it again?

By contrast, the Cellar is a first time winner. Modern and open-plan, it too is an enthusiastically run freehouse which has deservedly gained a legion of followers thanks to an eclectic mix of ales - both cask and keg. Best of luck to both pubs, and runners-up the Tyn-y-Capel (Minera) and White Lion (Childer Thornton), in the Regional competitions. 

Branch Awards >>

Meet the Brewer(s) (19/03/14)

We're pleased to say we have a new local microbrewery in our midst - the Cheshire Brew Brothers based just outside Ellesmere Port. Chris & Alasdair introduce themselves ...  

Meet the Brewer(s) >>

White Horse Rides Again

Village local re-opens ...  

White Horse Rides Again >>

Behind Bars

An informal question and answer session with a local landlord. This time we put the questions to Ant and Emma at the Wheatsheaf in Nomansheath ...  

Wheatsheaf Q&A >>

Photo of the Month: March

Issue One of Craft Beer competes for space with Sid the Sexist, Roger Mellie and friends as well as sundry lads' mags on the top shelf at W.H.Smith's in Chester. We don't want children being exposed to explicit pictures of bottled Oakham Green Devil IPA or reading an interview with the head brewer from Dogfish Head do we? 

Photo of the Month >>

For Whom the Blue Bell Tolls

Ghastly news from an iconic, picture postcard, Good Beer Guide regular near Whitchurch. 

For Whom the Blue Bell Tolls >>

Ship Valedictory

Mixed emotions on New Years Eve. Is this the end for "the pub with the big heart"? 

Ship Valedictory >>

Favourite Pub Fires

Red Lion, DodlestonOn a frosty day little beats sitting in front of a crackling pub fire pint in hand. We asked five branch members to choose their preferred real ale hostelries in our Cheshire area for warming their cockles ... 

Cheshire Area Pub Fires >>

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

Wednesday 16th April

English Pub of the Year Presentation: The Cellar

Thursday 17th April

Branch Meeting / AGM: Cross Keys, Chester

Friday 25th April

Mold Minibus Social

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th May

Pied Bull Beer Festival

Saturday 3rd May

Three Choirs Social

More Diary >>

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News In Brief

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

Tavern Tribulations  (08/04/14)
Carlton changes hands

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

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

Tale of Two Princes (04/01/14)
Ellesmere Port split personality

Ship or Bust (19/12/13)
Joe to retire at Ship Vic but what of the future?

Marford Closure (14/12/13)
Trevor on the market

Gresford Gadabout (24/10/13)
A cycle in autumnal dankness

Sandstone Sold (24/10/13)
But brewing to continue

Anchors Away? (03/10/13)
Bad news from Saltney

From the Archives

Mersey Drinker: Jan 1987

"Greenalls cask-to-keg conversion policy is gaining alarming momentum and is now sending shockwaves through Chester City Centre. The Deva - gone keg, Ye Olde Vaults (Barlows). formerly GBG listed - gone keg, the Kings Head - suspicious, the Yacht, Woodbank - supposedly real but served so cold and fizzy you would hardly believe it. Perhaps CAMRA should not have complained about the lack of real Greenalls in Connah's Quay and Ellesmere Port relative to Chester - they're now sinking to the lowest common denominator.

"Greenalls are not only selling coloured Alka Selzer in their own pubs, they are taking over other breweries and either closing them down or turning their beers into bland rubbish. Shipstones, Davenports, Simpkiss - who will be next ? Unless people get off their backsides and actively campaign against Greenalls we will end up in the grip of another monster like the Watneys of the 60s and 70s.

(NB The Deva is now the keg only Amber Lounge. The Olde Vaults, more appalingly, is a hairdressing salon.)



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