We hope that you are all keeping well and that you’ve managed to track down some tasty beers and ciders. Our website has links to help you with that.
If you haven’t heard from us recently, apologies. CAMRA’s email system has been playing up and our most recent email only went to 20% of the people it should have gone to. If you are in the 20% you may find some of this email, but not all of it, old news.
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 entries for the 2022 Good Beer Guide. We would like your opinions on all of the shortlisted pubs that you have visited in 2020. The easiest 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 confident of our submissions 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 etc from CAMRA’s online shop. Make sure that you log in to get CAMRA members’ discount.
Pubs in lockdown and beyond
We are now two months into our third lockdown but we now have an indication of when it might be eased. Provided things go to plan, pubs should be able to offer table service outside from Monday 12 April. The rule of six (or two households) will apply but this time there’s no need for substantial meals and there’s no early closing. Pubs will also be able to resume offering takeaway drinks from the same date. In order to be able to offer outside table service pubs will obviously need to have tables outside. Not just one or two but enough to make opening up worthwhile. Most of our rural pubs will be able to cope but it won’t be so easy in the city where outdoor space is more limited. It is likely that the majority of pubs in Cambridge will remain closed until Monday 17 May which is the earliest date that pubs will be allowed to offer table service inside. The earliest date from which pubs will be able to return to something like they used to be is Monday 21 June. From then on you’ll once again be able to sit at the bar and bore the poor bar staff.
We will continue to maintain our webpage that enables you to find out which of our pubs are currently offering takeaway and delivery services. The page also helps you to find our 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 until pubs are back on their feet and it needs to embrace new forms of help such as a lower rate of duty on draught beer. On Wednesday the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will present the Budget to the House of Commons. We need that budget to include measures that will allow pubs, breweries and cider producers to survive and recover. We are very grateful to the many CAMRA members across the country who have lobbied their MPs on this. This week CAMRA will be one of the organisations using social media for the Pubs Matter campaign.
January and February have gone but Tryanuary hasn’t ended yet. This year the CAMRA sponsored Tryanuary website, which helps you to track down and taste new beers, ciders & 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 Annual General Meeting was due in February. As we can’t hold a physical meeting and as a Zoom meeting is accessible to all we decided to allow our current officers and committee members to continue in their roles for another year, as permitted by CAMRA rules. 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 who have defined roles. 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 8. 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.
Monday 12 April. Earliest date that pub gardens can reopen.
Tuesday 13 April from 8. Virtual monthly open branch meeting and social.
The health of each other, our family, friends and our communities is incredibly important. 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.