Cambridge CAMRA in November

New lockdown

With Covid-19 cases rising the Government has decided that England needs to go into another lockdown. The new lockdown is due to end on 2 December. At the moment it is unclear if restrictions on 3 December will return to those present on 4 November (the day before the new lockdown) or if they will be at an intermediate level. Should they be at an intermediate level we could see pubs staying closed for more than the initial four weeks. From my experiences of visiting pubs in our branch area over the last four months pub licensees have worked very hard to ensure that the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions are followed and that they and their staff, their customers and their communities are protected. It is therefore very regrettable that once again pubs are being made to shut. Initially pubs weren’t even going to be allowed to do off-sales. Thankfully, following the lobbying of MPs by drinkers in constituencies across England, the Government relented and off-sales will be allowed but only if they are pre-ordered. We are very grateful to everyone who lobbied for this change. CAMRA was quick to set up a system whereby people could easily lobby their MPs on this issue and there is no doubt that this enabled more people to do so.

Takeaways and deliveries

During the first lockdown Cambridge & District CAMRA had a page on our website that allowed you to find out which pubs were doing what in the way of off-sales and food takeaways and what other things they were doing for their communities. It also gave information on breweries and cidermakers in and around our branch where you could get beer, cider and perry. We are currently working on doing something similar for the new lockdown. We will update our pages on local breweries and cidermakers to make it even easier for you to contact and order from them. A page listing which pubs are doing what will be active over the next few days – check our website for updates. The information in it will also appear on each pub’s WhatPubentry. As we have over 200 pubs in our branch area it is quite an effort. It is especially difficult to find the information on pubs that don’t have an up to date website and don’t use social media. This is where you can help. If you spot inaccuracies or omissions when our pubs page launches, let us know either via WhatPub’s submit updates feature or by email. Nationally CAMRA has its Brew2You site and app that enables you to find breweries, cidermakers and pubs that can supply you.

Cambridge : City of Pubs

November was to have seen our Cambridge : City of Pubs celebration of our independent and tenanted pubs. This will now need to be pushed back until early 2021. No date has been fixed yet.

Good Beer Guide

Just over a week ago CAMRA’s 2021 Good Beer Guide was released. It is available for purchase via CAMRA’s online shop. Sadly we won’t be able to visit the pubs for the next four weeks. The release date for the 2021 Guide had been delayed by six weeks so branches across the country could check their entries once pubs were allowed to reopen in July. Normally in November we’d be asking our branch members for nominations for our 26 entries into the subsequent edition. Like the 2021 Guide, the 2022 Guide will also have a delayed release date. As a result we aren’t asking for nominations just yet. We are likely to wait until pubs have reopened once more. Beer scores and branch members nominations are used to draw up our shortlist. Branch members are then asked to give their views on the shortlisted pubs.

Future events

Tuesday 10 November from 8. Monthly virtual branch open meeting and social. This meeting will be held on Zoom. Please email Steve, our branch secretary, if you’d like to attend.

Tuesday 8 December from 8. Monthly open branch meeting and social.

Tuesday 12 January from 8. Monthly open branch meeting and social.

The health of each other, our family, friends and our communities is incredibly import. Please support our NHS and continue to follow the advice given by Public Health England, follow the rules laid out by government and the protocols each publican has formulated.