We’re continually updating our information on what our local breweries, cider makers and pubs are doing during this period. If you know what services a brewery, cider maker or pub in the Cambridge area is offering, please email us or let us know via WhatPub.

CAMRA has also joined forces with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to run the Pulling Together campaign. This is a campaign to help the pubs, clubs, breweries and cider makers that have been (and continue to be) massively affected by the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions.

The Cambridge & District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale – better known as CAMRA – is one of over 100 branches around the UK. Members of CAMRA are all members of a branch – normally the branch where they live.

The branch’s most visible activity is the Cambridge Beer Festival. First held in 1974, it was the first ever CAMRA beer festival to be held. These days it is one of the largest beer festivals in the country, organised and run entirely by volunteers.

The beer festival is not all the branch does however. Our main campaigning focus is pub protection – pubs are closing around the country at an alarming rate, and the Cambridge area is far from immune from this trend. The pressure on housing in the area means that it’s all too easy for pub companies to make a quick bit of cash by selling pubs on for redevelopment. Read more about our campaigning activity.

The branch area covers the south eastern corner of Cambridgeshire, centred around the city of Cambridge.

Everything the branch does is done by volunteers, and there are many ways you can get involved.

News

  • Cambridge CAMRA in December 29 November 2021 - Good Beer Guide The 2022 edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide was released on 12 November. Congratulations to the 26[...]
  • Cambridge CAMRA in November 31 October 2021 - Congratulations to the Haymakers We are delighted to announce that the 2021 Cambridge and District CAMRA Pub of the Year[...]
  • Pub of the Year 2021 : the Haymakers 26 October 2021 - We are delighted to announce that the on Chesterton High Street in Cambridge is our Pub of the Year for[...]
  • Cambridge CAMRA in October 12 October 2021 - Rob Wain Dom Morris, former licensee of the Devonshire Arms, pays tribute to Rob Wain, co-licensee of the Elm Tree,[...]
  • Cambridge CAMRA in September 29 September 2021 - September strolling social Now that numbers gathering in pubs is no longer restricted it is time for in person CAMRA[...]
  • Cambridge CAMRA in August 2 August 2021 - Congratulations to the Queen’s Head, Newton. This year, as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, CAMRA is presenting Gold Awards[...]
  • Queen’s Head Newton wins Golden Award 15 July 2021 - Queen's Head Newton wins Golden Award
  • ‘Starting a micro-brewery’ 8 July 2021 - Robert Beardsmore of Crafty Beers is presenting a talk on: “Starting a micro-brewery” Wednesday, 21st July from 6:30pm to 8pm at[...]
  • Cambridge CAMRA in June & July 16 June 2021 - Apologies for the delay of this email, but we were waiting to see if the easing of restrictions would go[...]
  • Rodney Stores – gone but not forgotten 13 May 2021 - If, in recent years, you have passed along New Street at the back of Mackay’s on East Road you may have spotted a blue painted building. Perhaps you read the inscription high up above its door, “Rodney Stores E. Lacon & Co. Ltd. 1903.”, and wondered about its history.