Pubs in Tiers
Following November’s lockdown, the Government decided that all of our branch area will be in the Tier 2 (High) level of its Covid restrictions. This means that you can only be inside a pub with people from your own household. If you sit outside you can be in a group of no more than six. Pubs must shut by 11 and can only serve alcohol as part of a substantial meal.
From Boxing Day the whole of Cambridgeshire will be in Tier 4. This is currently the highest level of restriction. Pubs and clubs can only open for takeaway and delivery. Any other opening is forbidden. At time of writing this had only just been announced. We have very little idea of which pubs will be offering takeaway services.
To help you find which pubs are open and which others are doing takeaways we have again created a webpage with as much information as we can find. The page helps you to find breweries, cidermakers and specialist off-licences in our branch area too. The pub information also appears on WhatPub. We have done our best to ensure that the information is accurate though it will need a lot of updating with the move to Tier 4. If you spot inaccuracies or omissions, please let us know either via WhatPub’s submit updates feature or by email.
It is incredibly important that we protect ourselves, our families, friends and our communities from this virus. For pubs to stand a chance of re-opening once the pandemic is finally over we need the Government to offer them some effective support measures. If support isn’t forthcoming the future will be bleak for many licensees and their pub’s communities. Even before the first Covid lockdown, pubs had been working hard to keep their customers safe. Licensees have done all that was required of them, reassessing their pubs whenever the regulations have changed. Now, once again, they are having their trade restricted.
Good Beer Guide
CAMRA’s 2021 Good Beer Guide has only recently been published but we are already working towards the 2022 Guide. Selecting the entries for the Guide’s next edition will be even more difficult than usual as pubs have been so badly affected by the pandemic. As always we will be asking for your help in selecting our branch’s 26 entries in the Guide. Until the end of January we are asking you to nominate the pubs that you have visited in the past twelve months or so that you think should be on our shortlist. The best way to do so is online using your CAMRA login details. You can revise your nominations as many times as you wish up until the deadline of 31 January. You can also email in your nominations (please include your name and CAMRA membership number). Pubs need multiple nominations to make the shortlist (and city pubs need more than rural pubs) so please don’t assume that someone else will have nominated the pubs that you think should be considered. Once nominations have closed we’ll draw up a shortlist and ask for your opinion on those.
You can purchase the 2021 Good Beer Guide, many other books, merchandise and gift memberships from CAMRA’s online shop.
The Pheasant, Great Chishill
One pub you won’t be able to nominate is the highest pub in Cambridgeshire, the Pheasant in Great Chishill. It closed in Autumn 2019 but hopefully it won’t remain closed for another year. Local residents, friends and supporters are looking to buy the pub and reopen it. So far they have raised over £250,000 in pledges, loans and donations. If you would like to help towards the purchase or simply want to find out more, visit their website.
Finding the best pubs and pints
In order to improve what it already offers drinkers, CAMRA would like to know how you currently track down the best pubs, beers and ciders. CAMRA’s Digital Working Group wants to hear from non-members as well as members, brewers, cidermakers, licensees, bar staff, in fact anyone with any interest in pubs and the drinks they supply. Please fill in their very short survey. It took me less than 5 minutes.
- Tuesday 12 January 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 9 February from 8. Monthly branch open meeting and social.
- Tuesday 9 March from 8. Monthly branch open 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.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable end to 2020 and hope that 2021 will bring drinkers many reasons to celebrate our pubs, brewers and cidermakers.