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
Chester Roodee Racecourse

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th November

This year the Chester Real Ale Festival transforms itself into the Cheshire Beer Festival 2014, encompassing all the CAMRA branches within the county.

The venue will be Chester Racecourse, which provides more space compared to the Guildhall. 

For full details click HERE !

Pubs Matter

CAMRA launches new campaign to support the nation's community pubs. >>

Award for the Tyn (19/08/14)

Community run pub receives Pub of the Year certificate. 

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Long Live the King (09/08/14)

Good news on the pub front for a change. The King's Head in Bwlchgwyn has re-opened. What's more it's now a freehouse under local ownership. 

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Photo of the Month: August

Here’s a very nice compare and contrast from inside the Queen's Head at Sarn. On the left, as seen in 1972, landlord Ron Bailey (who ran the pub from 1954-1978) stands behind the Border brewery handpumps. On the right, taken from earlier this year, we see current mine host Richard Mewes. It’s pleasing to see so little change other than Taylor's Golden Best replacing the Border while the TV's gone along with the snuff boxes. The historical continuity of old pubs helps give them a sense of authenticity that ‘gastroification’ has destroyed elsewhere. Plenty of other old nameless locals have seen their multi-roomed interior knocked through and old fittings like high backed wooden settles replaced by sofas and club chairs upholstered in distressed faux ostrich. Thank heavens the Queen’s Head remains largely untouched. 

Photo of the Month >>

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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Happy Silver Medallists (03/07/14)

A Thursday night presentation to Ken & Sue at the White Lion in Childer Thornton, runner-up in our Pub of the Year competition.

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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 >> 

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 21st August

Branch Meeting: Bear & Billet, Chester

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th August
Beer Festival: Black Lion, Bersham

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th August
Beer Festival: Bridge End, Ruabon

Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August
Beer Festival: Lodge Bar, Hoole, Chester

Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August
Beer Festival: Old Wirral Hundred, Great Sutton

Wednesday 27th August
Meet the Brewer: Cheshire Brew Brothers at Central, Shotton

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News In Brief

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

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

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


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