Good Beer Guide
Many thanks to everyone who nominated the pubs that they thought should be considered for inclusion in the 2022 Good Beer Guide. We have used your nominations and beer scores to produce a shortlist of 50 pubs, half in the city and half rural, from which we’d like you to select our 26 entries. We are asking you to give your opinions on all of the shortlisted pubs that you have visited in 2020. The best way to do so is online using your CAMRA login details. If that’s difficult, you can email us, please include your name and CAMRA membership number. You can record and revise your opinions until the deadline of 14 March. There is a possibility that CAMRA will decide not to produce a 2022 Guide but we need your help in the selection process so that we are ready if one is produced.
16 March is CAMRA’s 50th anniversary. Sadly we won’t be able to raise a pint in a pub to celebrate it, but a book recording the Campaign’s history has been produced to mark the occasion. You can purchase a copy of it, of the 2021 Good Beer Guide, several other books, merchandise and more from CAMRA’s online shop. Make sure that you log in to get CAMRA members’ discount.
Pubs in tiers and lockdowns
We’ve been in Lockdown 3 now for more than a month and it’s clear that pubs will remain closed for on-sales for at least as long again. We may gain a bit more information on when restrictions might be eased in the week beginning 22 February. To find out which of our pubs are currently offering takeaway and delivery services, check our web site. That page will also help you to find breweries and cidermakers, some of which are offering deliveries, as well as specialist off-licences in our branch area. The pub information also appears on WhatPub. We have done our best to ensure that the information is accurate and will update it when required. If you spot inaccuracies or omissions, please let us know either via WhatPub’s submit updates feature or by email.
We are grateful for the help that pub licensees have received so far from the Government but it needs to continue and it needs to embrace new methods such as a lower rate of duty on draught beer. On 3 March the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will present the Budget to the House of Commons. We need the budget to include measures that will allow pubs, breweries and cider producers to survive and recover. You can help to ensure this happens by emailing your MP and expressing your concerns. Visit the CAMRA web site to find out more and take part in the campaign.
January may have ended but Tryanuary hasn’t. This year the CAMRA-sponsored Tryanuary campaign, which helps you to track down and taste new beers, ciders and; perries, will remain active for as long as lockdown lasts. The Brew2You website and our own breweries and cider makers webpages will also help you find the drinks you like.
Our branch’s Annual General Meeting was due to be held in February. We can’t currently hold a physical meeting and we don’t think that a Zoom meeting is accessible to all. A branch meeting therefore decided to allow our current officers and committee members to continue in their roles for another year. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t open to fresh blood and new ideas. There are some roles, such as Clubs Officer, that are currently vacant. Some of our officers cover more roles than they feel they can cope with. We also have some committee members without portfolio who contribute to the branch in less role-defined ways. This page lists our current committee members. If you would like to help by being more active in our branch, either at committee level or in other ways, please email our branch chairman, Will Smith, or another committee member.
Tuesday 9 March from 8pm. Virtual monthly open branch meeting and social. This meeting will be held on Zoom. Please email Steve, our branch secretary, if you’d like to attend.
Tuesday 13 April from 8pm. Virtual 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, when pubs reopen, the protocols each publican has formulated.