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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Centurion's Legions to Fight Back (11/01/15)

Alarming news has reached us that the Centurion pub in Vicars Cross Chester has been sold to a development company who wish to convert the building into retirement homes. A planning application is expected to be raised in the next few days so it is vital that as many people as possible object to the proposal if you want to save this community pub from being lost forever. Letters to your local councillors and the press would also be extremely vital in the fight to save it. Now is the chance to try and stop this demolition at the planning stage. The branch are having a meeting with the landlord and customers very shortly to assist in any way we can to save the pub. Click below for further details as revealed by a letter to regulars from the current licensee.

Centurion's Legions to Fight Back >>

Ship Victory's Defeat (?) (11/01/15)

Our year-long fight to save the iconic Ship Victory in Chester suffered a huge blow when Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWaC) voted to grant planning permission for a new bus station on the site. Sadly the only design being considered means the demolition of the 150 year old building to allow a bit more space for buses to enter the station.

For more on this click on the link ...

Ship Victory's Defeat >>

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 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 >>

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 >>  

Pubs Matter

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


Coming Soon

Saturday 24th January

Joules Brewery Visit

Friday 30th - Saturday 31st January
Tarporley Beer Festival

Friday 6th February
Big Hand Weekend Wind-Down

Friday 13th February
South Wrexham Pub Social

Thursday 19th February
Branch Meeting (including Welsh GBG Selection): Bridge End, Ruabon

More Diary >>

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News In Brief

Grave for Groves?
Demolition proposed.

Churton Cheer (17/01/15)
White Horse ro reopen.

Highfield Loss (07/01/15)
Estate pub to go.

Brynteg Loss (28/12/14)
Estate pub to go.

Shady Goings On (16/12/14)
Country pub closes

Hornsmill of Plenty (10/12/14)
Hydes at Hapsford

Set the Bar (07/12/14)
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


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