April branch open meeting
With pubs expected to reopen from 12 April we have decided to bring forward this month’s open meeting by a week to Tuesday 6 April so that we can be in pub gardens instead of on Zoom on 13 April. Our monthly meetings are still on zoom; they start at 8 and are open to all CAMRA members. Please email Steve, our branch secretary, if you’d like to attend.
Pub gardens reopen
A day or two after Easter we are anticipating confirmation that pubs will be allowed to offer outdoor table service from Monday 12 April. As rural pubs tend to have gardens we are expecting that most of those will reopen on the 12th or soon after. Fewer city pubs have gardens so many may not reopen until indoor table service is allowed, which is likely to be from Monday 17 May. To start with, the rule of six or two households will apply and you will need to wear face coverings when not seated. Pubs will need to record contact details for all customers who are unable to check in via their smart phones. We are continuing to update our Covid-19: What Pubs Are Doing page. During lockdown it listed pubs offering takeaway services but we are now adding reopening dates, temporary opening hours etc. This information also appears in the grey Updates box on each pub’s WhatPub entry. It’s a big task keeping this information up to date and your help is appreciated. If you spot inaccuracies or incomplete information please let us know either by email or via the Submit Updates function on WhatPub. Your feedback is valued at all times but especially so now as, step by step, we move towards more normal times.
Celebrating pubs in May and throughout the summer
The end of May would normally see us holding the Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green. For the second year running the Covid pandemic is preventing it from happening. Last year, to promote our local breweries and cidermakers while the pubs were closed, we held a week of online tastings, talks and more. We were ready to do a more extensive version of that again this year but thankfully pubs will have reopened, hopefully indoors as well as out, by late May. We are therefore celebrating Cambridge Beer Festival in our pubs with online links for those who aren’t yet ready to return to them. We are encouraging our pubs to do something that we can publicise to pub goers using our website and social media. Some pubs will be holding mini festivals, others might go for meet the brewer events or beer tastings. Some pubs may wish to promote their 2 for 1 burger night or hold a “Back to the Pubs” quiz night. Why not encourage your local to join in and have us publicize something they are doing late May. We are open to ideas – contact the festival team with suggestions.
Late May will be the beer festival in pubs but our fuller celebration of pubs reopening will take up much of the summer. We are planning a promotion of many of the pubs in the city of Cambridge in July and we’ll follow that up by promoting our rural pubs in August and September. Please help with this by encouraging your local to take part and emailing us with suggestions.
Good Beer Guide
Many thanks to all our members who marked the pubs shortlisted for the 2022 Good Beer Guide. We now have our 26 entries plus a standby list in case any of the 26 need to be withdrawn.
With pubs reopening we can once again score the beers we drink. It’s easy to do via the pub’s WhatPub entry. If you have a smart phone and internet access you can score while you drink. If not you can do it from home later. Your beer scores help us to discover which pubs are serving the best beer. The White Swan in Conington featured prominently before lockdown. Beer scores also help in selecting candidates for the Good Beer Guide.
Tuesday 6 April 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 11 May from 8. Virtual monthly open branch meeting and social.
Monday 17 May. Earliest date that pub interiors can reopen.
Late May. 48th Cambridge Beer Festival, in pubs and online.
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 and the protocols each publican has formulated.