Bolton CAMRA Branch – Preston Social – Saturday 13th August 2022

Preston Social joining with Southport & West Lancs CAMRA

Joining with other branches mean a larger group than normal so there are one of three routes that can be taken to ensure the groups are not too large.

Meet at Guild Ale House (No 7) 12:15

Route 1: Walk down Fishergate to the traffic lights just before the river. Turn left into South Meadow Lane and walk down to the end for The Continental (No 3 on the map). Work your way back the same way you came calling at Old Vic (No 12), Winkley Ale House (No 19), Wings & Beer (No 20), Hopwoods Tap House (No 9), Bull & Royal (No 2), Hogarth (No 8), Twelve Tellers (No 17).

Route 2: Walk back along the front of the bus station and cross the A59 Ringway at the pelican crossing onto North Road (A6). Continue along North Road to Moorbrook (No 11 on the map), continue along A6 (becomes Garstang Road) and turn left into Aqueduct Street the right into Cambridge Walk after a short distance. At The end in the road find The Princess Alice (No 16) Retrace your steps back down the A6 and take a left where it branches into Moor Lane, follow Moor Lane for a bit then take a right into Victoria Street. Walk to the end and cross Fylde Road for Guild (No 6). Walk down Fylde Road to the roundabout by the university and cross in Friargate continuing down to Friargate Tap Room (No 4), Plau (No 15), Greyfriar (No 5). Cross Ringway to Plug and Taps (No 14).

Route 3: Leave Guild Ale House and turn right then sharp left to Orchard (No 13 on the map), continue to the pubs not mentioned in the above

Several train companies have called a strike on 13th August, but it appears that Northern is not one of them.  Please check before arranging to travel on the train.The times for the train are 11.21 from Bolton Station arriving at Preston 11.57 followed by a walk to the Guild Ale House. The return fare is £11.50

Alternatively, there is the 125 bus from Bolton to Preston which runs regularly but does take over an hour from Bolton to Preston. Catch the 10.44 bus from Bolton Bus station, calling at Horwich Crown at 11.13 and arriving in Preston at 12.23. I think the Adult day rider is £5.00 but may need to check

Please contact Gill, Social secretary if you need more information, or 07967585670. I will not be on the trip, but I can contact someone who is.

Attached is the leaflet showing the real ale pubs in Preston. The leaflet can be downloaded here.

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton Branch Update

Welcome to the latest update from your CAMRA Branch

Branch Meeting

Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd August at The Beer School in Westhoughton at 7pm. 

The main event will be a quiz with some brief Branch business.  All are welcome.  We hope to recruit some new members so please bring along a friend!

At half-time during the quiz we will also be drawing the winners of our Bolton Beer & Cider Week Passport.  Thanks to all the great pubs who took part and all the drinkers who visited and stamped their passports.  The last chance to email your entries is tomorrow, or you can bring along your completed passports to the Branch Meeting.

Branch Socials

On Saturday 13th August, we are taking a trip to Preston, a great place for beer and pubs.  We should be meeting up with Southport & West Lancs Branch. Look out for details on our social events page. All are welcome.

Future events are also listed, but note that some details may change in response to industrial action which may take place. 

Community Pub of the Year 2022

We are excited to launch our Community Pub of the Year Award 2022.  Full details including the criteria can be found on our pub pages.  

Pubs can nominate themselves for the award.  They should write to us saying how they meet the criteria in fewer than 200 words by 31st August 2022. Send the application to

Branch members can also nominate pubs (with a proposer and seconder and a brief explanation of how the pub meets the criteria) either verbally at the Branch Meeting on 1st September 2022 or by emailing



Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Pub of the Season Spring 2022 – Gillery

Gillery Mossley

We recently selected the Gillery in Mossley as its Pub of the Season for Spring 2022.The pub opened in March 2020 and has gone from strength to strength since.  A one-room bar, with a small side room suitable for small meetings, is complemented by a pleasant outdoor drinking area.  Its previous history as a bank is amply evidenced by the architecture of the building, and the polished wooden fittings and wainscoting. The Gillery is ideally situated outside the railway station and on the bus routes from Lower to Upper Mossley. Open from Wednesday to Sunday 12-12, it has four handpumps, and is a good outlet for the local Millstone beers, amongst others. 

Source: High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire News

Pub of the Season Summer 2022 – Beer Shed

Pub of the Season Summer 2022 Presentation to Beer Shed New Mills 800


High Peak, Tameside and North-East Cheshire Branch members recently voted the Beer Shed micro pub in New Mills as its Branch Pub of the Summer 2022.

The pub is located on Market Street in the centre of New Mills close to the small bus station and New Mills Central railway station.  Opened in 2016 this dog friendly pub has gone from strength to strength and provides a pleasant and comfortable place to drink for regular locals and visitors alike. There are usually three changing hand pumped cask beers with one from usually a local brewery plus real
ciders. A positive addition to the real ales and ciders available in the locality.  Its unusual layout consists of a long narrow bar with some table seating, a downstairs room and a small outdoor drinking area at the rear.

The Beer Shed is now firmly on the local pub map and is a well established, friendly and welcoming micro pub well worth a visit and which will probably not be your last.  The photograph shows Branch Chairman Ben Zwierink presenting the award certificate to Russ Degnan, the licensee.

Opening hours:-
Closed Mon/Tues
Wed/Thurs 4.00pm to 10.30pm
Fri/Sat 2.00pm to 10.30pm
Sun 2.00pm to 9.30pm.

Source: High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire News

Pub of the Season Winter 2022 – Windsor Castle.

The High Peak, Tameside and North East Cheshire Branch’s Pub of the Winter 2022 award was presented to Robinsons’ Windsor Castle in Marple Bridge. The
licensee, Jo Farrell, has been in charge for 14 years, and these days it is rare to find a licensee dedicated to a particular pub for that length of time. This is a true local and community pub, and is a reflection of  the approach that Jo has to managing it, and of her welcoming outlook for all customers.

Jo ensures that the pub is a base for many activities such as the Thursday quiz, Friday or Saturday night entertainment, and sporting events. Many of these activities and others also benefit charities, including an outdoor fruit and vegetable stall on Fridays and Saturdays, which is due to recommence again soon. It is a fine example of the traditional local of the type getting regrettably rarer these days.

Windsor Castle 2

Source: High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire News

Pub of the Year 2022 – Silly Country

High Peak, Tameside & North East Cheshire Branch members chose the Silly Country in the centre of Droylsden as their Pub of the Year 2022.

It is true to say that, since opening, the pub has much increased the beer range available in the Droylsden area, and is very popular with locals and others alike. A changing range of beers is offered on four handpumps, with a real cider available on a fifth.  This is a pub which is doing an excellent job, with excellent beers and is well deserving of the award. It’s well worth taking the time to visit. Silly Country is situated right in the centre of Droylsden, almost opposite the Metrolink stop and close to several bus routes. Fairfield railway station is a 15-minute walk away.

The photograph shows the certificate being presented by Ben Zwierink the branch chair (third left) to owners Katy, Paul and Drew and members of the staff at an event held at the pub on Saturday 26 March 2022

Pub of the Year 2022 Silly Country 1000w

Source: High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire News

Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival 2022

Chorlton Beer and Cider festival returns to St. Clements Church on the 7th-9th July after an enforced absence. For it to be a success we need volunteers, not just to man the bars and gates during the festival but to set up and take down. If you feel able to help us and the church pop over to:-

if you can’t help but would just like to attend pop visit

where you can buy tickets, but note they are selling out quickly


Source: Trafford & Hulme

Rivi Beer Walk – Sunday 17th July

Meet outside Blackedge Brewery Bar at 1.30 pm for the walk, which will take in The Rivington (aka Bowling Club) and the Rivvy Brewery Tap. Those wanting to catch the 575A bus can catch it at 1.52  at The Crown/Lee Lane stop, and get off either at The Rivington or the entrance to Home Farm (they have to inform the driver ahead of ringing the bell). The last bus back can be hailed from the Home Farm entrance on Horrobim Lane at around 5pm. People can alight at The Crown, Sainsbury’s, Horwich Leisure Centre, The Beehive, Horwich Parkway, or stops in between. During the afternoon Rivington Brewery Tap will receive Central Lancashire Pub of the Year.

If you need any further details, please contact or call Gill on 07967585670. If you arrive after the start of the social, please contact Gill to find out where the group are at that time.

Gill Smart, Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News