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.
What is CAMRA?   Join CAMRA   Branch Boundary Map   GBG Selection Procedure

Winter Pub of the Season 2015 (12/12/14)

We've decided to have joint winners for the branch's Winter Pub of the Season 2015 - one in Cheshire and one in Wales. First congratulations go to Geraint & Esme at the Colliers Arms in Ponciau who thoroughly deserve this recognition for, not merely running a smart, tidy, friendly local pub, but for the great efforts that have been made in promoting cask ale in an area where it's especially thin on the ground. These include three handpumps, changing beers, loyalty cards and even the introduction of John Smiths Cask to wean the odd unenlightened regulars off Smooth! 

Meanwhile, more doffing of hats to the Wheatsheaf in Nomansheath where Ant & Em are are doing a splendid job reviving this village pub. Amongst other things, they've created a popular niche market in vegan food - a policy extended to their beers in Facers North Star Porter.

Presentations to follow!

Wheatsheaf, Nomansheath >>
Branch Awards >>

Hornsmill of Plenty (10/12/14)

One of the last two remaining pubs in Helsby has reopened with a new look and new name after being closed for major refurbishments. The New Helsby Arms is now called the Hornsmill at Helsby, the name being that of the old flour mill which also gave its name to the nearby Hornsmill Brook. The pub, which is technically in Hapsford, has been taken over by Hydes brewery and as well as a refurbishment they have also extended the side of the pub to add a light and airy orangery. The plan for the beers is to have Hydes Original on permanently, supplemented by four changing ales from the Hydes list. On a recent visit these included Hydes Yule Rejoice and Beer Studio Fiery Phoenix, both of which were very good.

The bar has moved to the left from its old position, allowing more room for diners on the right hand side of the room. Drinkers will probably prefer the left hand side of the pub where two smaller rooms and a couple of more intimate seating areas are available. In the winter the seats by the two roaring real fires will certainly be popular. The staff were all very welcoming and the manager very keen on the ales so we have high hopes this will be one of the main places to visit in the area for a long time to come. 

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 !

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

Friday 9th / Saturday 10th January
Frodsham Winter Ales Festival

Thursday 15th January
Branch Meeting: Glynne Arms, Hawarden

Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th January
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Saturday 24th January
Joules Brewery Visit

More Diary >>

Social Media


CAMRA Chester & S.Clwyd

News In Brief

Set the Bar
Ex-Fat Cat re-opens

Cefn Cask Gain (01/12/14)
Plassey at Queens

Hand Over (18/11/14)
Llanarmon DC hotel sold

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

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

Commonhall St Social (06/11/14)
Real ale at ex-Got Wine

Beer Refinery (03/11/14)
New brewer in Wervin

RIP Ken Gander (01/11/14)
Farewell to a friend

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


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.

Just in case there are some rapacious solicitors out there we'd like to state that the views expressed on this site (and the members' forum) are not necessarily those of the Campaign for Real Ale Ltd. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information on this site is accurate and up to date, no responsibility for errors and omissions can be accepted. Got that?