Bolton CAMRA Branch – Stockport Social – Saturday 21st May 2022

Meet at Bolton Station in time to catch 12.10 train direct to Stockport arriving at 12.51 or meet at the Petersgate Tap at 13.00-13.15. The off-peak fare is £7.10 return. If using the bus to get to the station, there is a System One bus and train ticket for £8.20. Of course those who have a bus pass can use the train within Greater Manchester if they add train and tram to their card for £10.

Start at  Petersgate Tap: 19a St Petersgate, SK1 1EB

Six changing cask beers. Cold pies from local butcher.

The next three are all in the Market Place a few doors apart.

Bakers Vaults: Market Place, SK1 1ES

Eight cask beers, five Robinson’s and three changing, usually from Titanic.

They let you bring in food from surrounding businesses.

Angel Inn: 20 Market Place,  SK1 1EY

One regular cask beer, Beartown Angel Bitter and five changing beers.

Project 53: 22 Market Place, SK1 1EU

Owned by Mobberley Brewery.

Three of their own beers on cask.  More choice on their keg wall.

Pizzas cooked on the premises.

The Crown: 154 Heaton Lane, SK4 1AR

Four regular beers include Brain’s Rev James, Marston’s 61 Deep, Ringwood Razorback and Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold.  Changing beers typically include Brimstage Sandpiper  and Trapper’s Hat.   Food available

The Magnet: 51 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, SK4 1HJ

Fourteen cask ales, three regulars and 11 changing. 

If anyone is thinking of joining the group in Stockport please call for information about where we are; Gill 07967585670


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Branch Update – April 2022

The latest update from your CAMRA Branch

Next Meetings 

The next Branch Meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th May at our Pub of the Year, The Beer School, Westhoughton. Start time is 7pm for a quiz and membership event, including a shorter meeting at half time. If you know someone who is interested in joining CAMRA or getting involved with the Branch, this will be an ideal opportunity to come along to find out more in relaxed surroundings.  

The next Greater Manchester Regional Meeting is Saturday 30th April 1pm in the upstairs room at the Angel in Manchester. 

Members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings.

Future Branch Meetings

Dates for Branch Meetings for the next few months are available on the Branch website. 

Thursday 9th June at Spinning Mule, Bolton.  The Branch have chosen some beers to be on the bar for the evening.   

Thursday 7th July at Northern Monkey Brewery Tap at 7pm. This will be an event to launch Bolton Beer & Cider Week 2022 which begins the next day

Club of the Year Presentation

We will be presenting the award of Club of the Year 2022 to Bolton Ukrainian Club on Tuesday 26th April at 8pm.  All welcome to come along to support and celebrate with the club. 

Socials

Our next social is this Saturday 23rd April.  We are travelling around a few town centre pubs before taking the bus to Farnworth.  Meet at 1pm at The Greyhound and then the Hen & Chickens.  Full details are on the social pages

Summer Pub of the Season

Voting is open for the Summer Pub of the Season 2022.  Final votes can be cast at the June Branch Meeting.  Alternatively, members can vote online.  Please try to visit all of the pubs if you can before deciding.  

The shortlist is

Brewery Tap, Westhoughton

Kings Head, Deane

Masons Arms, Egerton

Mosley Arms, Breightmet

Best wishes

Graham Walsh

Bolton CAMRA Branch Chair
chair@bolton.camra.org.uk


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Social – Bolton and Farnworth Pub Survey – Saturday 23rd April 2022

Continuing with the Pub survey socials the April social will begin in Bolton town centre before getting the bus to Farnworth and then back to Bolton to finish off the day. There are many other pubs within the Bolton area that we will try to visit over the next year.

The group will meet at 13.00 at the Greyhound before visiting the Hen and Chickens. Walk to the Bus Station and catch the 36 bus to Farnworth (approx. every 12 minutes) to visit the Kings Arms. After visiting Farnworth catch bus back to Bolton to visit some more pubs for survey.

Greyhound, 146 Deansgate, BL1 1BB. 3 changing ales

Hen and Chickens, 143 Deansgate, BL1 1EX. 5 changing ales

Kings Arms Hotel, 2 Mossfield Road, Farnworth, BL4 0AB, Opens 2.30. 5 ales

Alma Inn, 152 – 154 Bradshawgate, BL2 1BA. 2 changing ales

Swan and Barristers, 7, Bradshawgate, BL1 1EL, 5 changing ales

Old Man and Scythe, 6-8 Churchgate, BL1 1HL. 3 changing ales

Old Three Crowns, 14 Deansgate, BL1 1BR. 1 regular Theakstons Old Peculiar, 2 changing

Northern Monkey has a York Brew take over with 6 keg lines the weekend of 22-24th if anyone wants to finish off the day with some keg.

If you need any further details, please contact social@bolton.camra.org.uk 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

Branch Update – March 2022

The latest update from your CAMRA Branch

Next Meeting 

The next Branch Meeting will take place on Thursday 14th April at 8.00pm The Swan & Barristers in Bolton Town Centre BL1 2RU.

The next Greater Manchester Regional Meeting is Saturday 30th April 1pm in the upstairs room at the Angel in Manchester. 

Members and non-members are welcome to attend all meetings.

Future Branch Meetings

Dates for Branch Meetings for the next few months are available here. They are slightly different to the ones in last month’s mailout:

Pub of the Year Presentation

We are pleased to announce that our Pub of the Year 2022 is the Beer School in Westhoughton.  They also picked up Branch Cider Pub of the Year.  

Presentation Evening will take place on Wednesday 30th March from 7.30pm (the presentation will be about 8pm).  All are welcome to come and drink some fine beer and cider.  Savoury treats will also be available from local business Hive Bakehouse.

Club of the Year

Bolton Ukrainian Club once again won our Club of the Year.  Presentation details will follow soon.

The Club has been a long-time winner of our Club of the Year.  It was also the venue for our most recent beer festivals.  They have been great supporters of CAMRA and many in the Branch have close friends in Bolton’s Ukrainian community.  We are thinking of them, their families and all Ukrainians at this terrible time for their country and their people. 

All of our winners go forward to the Greater Manchester Regional Competition.  Good Luck!

Socials

The next Branch social is tomorrow Saturday 19th March to Darwen.  Meet at One for the Road at Bolton Markets at 11.45 to have a beer before catching the 12.35 bus to Darwen. 

Find full details of this and future events on the our Social Events page

Beer Scoring

A reminder that beer scoring from members influences Branch entries to the Good Beer Guide and the shortlists for our various Pub Awards.

It only takes a minute to provide scores through WhatPub.  It is the easiest and one of the most effective ways for members to campaign.

Find out about beer scoring here.

Graham Walsh

Bolton CAMRA Branch Chair

chair@bolton.camra.org.uk


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Branch – Darwen Social – Saturday 19th March 2022

We meet at One for the Road at the Market at 11.45 to have a beer before catching the 12.35 bus to Darwen (No 1 leaving from stand C), arriving in Darwen at 13.11. Stay on the bus until the stop just pass the British Queen. Walk a little further along the road until reaching the Darwen Tap

Darwen Tap, 47 Blackburn Road, BB3 1EJ: A micro bar with 4 changing cask ales

Loom & Shuttle, 165 Duckworth St., BB3 1AT; Mayflower tap with 4 ales   

Bird in th’ Hand, 225 Duckworth St, BB3 1AU (link on whatpub doesn’t work but it is on Facebook)

Bridgewater, 2-10 Church St. BB3 2RE: 3 regular cask ales from Bank Top and Thwaites plus 3 changing. 10% discount for CAMRA members

Number 39, 39-41 Bridge St., BB3 2AA: Hopstar brewery tap with 4 regular Hopstar and 1 changing

Victoria, 94 Suddell Road, BB3 3HW: Free house with 2 changing cask ales (often Hopstar)

If anyone is thinking of joining us in Darwen please call me and for information about where we are; Gill 07967585670


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Public Transport to Dunham

It’s never been easy to get to our rural pubs without a car. But it can be done with a little advance planning. We have the TransPennine Trail for walkers, horse rides and cyclists. We have the Bridgewater Canal if you’ve hired or can afford to buy a narrowboat. And we still have a few bus routes.

Recently though the long-standing Altrincham – Warrington bus route was diverted away from Dunham Massey and Dunham Woodhouses, leaving such fine pubs as the Axe & Cleaver, the Swan with Two Nicks, the Vine, the Rope & Anchor, and the Dunham Apple Barn even more isolated. The reasons are complex but centre on the low bridge where the canal crosses Woodhouse Lane (the B5160). The bridge hasn’t changed, nor it seems have the buses. But the safety margin between the height of the bus and the height of the bridge has been reviewed. The bridge is now signed as 9 feet high and the buses are officially 9 feet and 3 inches tall. They can’t pass under the bridge, and there’s nowhere convenient for them to turn, so they run via Partington instead.

But changes are in hand!

Firstly, two LocalLink (“dial a ride”) bus services have been extended to cover Dunham Massey – see https://tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/local-link and https://locallink-booking.tfgm.com/Registration.

Anyone can use them but you must register and book in advance, so it’s not suitable for spontaneous “looks like a nice day” trips. You can register for the Dunham Massey service – https://tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/local-link/area/dunhammassey – which also covers Lymm and Partington. Or for the Partington service – https://tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/local-link/area/partington – which to be honest seems to be exactly the same thing. You don’t need to live in Dunham Massey, or Partington, or Lymm; you can live on the Moon and still use this service.

The LocalLink buses take concession cards and Getmethere cards and System One cards and tickets, so no need to pay twice if you use two different bus routes. Or you can pay on the bus (provided you’ve booked). It’s a flat fare of £2.65 per journey, and yes, they do still take cash.

Secondly, the Greater Manchester Transport Committee has been discussing the problem of serving Dunham Massey and Dunham Woodhouse. They’re planning to support a new bus route numbered 280. It will run hourly during the day between Altrincham, Bowdon, Dunham Massey, Dunham Woodhouses, Warburton, Partington, Carrington, Ashton-on-Mersey and Sale. (And back again!)

Thirdly, Warrington bus CAT5A will be diverted slightly to serve the Rope & Anchor – but not the Vine. It will run from Warburton to Sinderland Road via the Dunham Road, then Henshall Lane, Red House Lane and Altrincham Crematorium. The CAT5 bus will continue to serve Partington.

The changes to the 280 and CAT5A routes should take effect at the end of April. The LocalLink buses will be revised at the same time. They will concentrate on providing a service in the early morning, the evening and on Sundays, when the 280 doesn’t run.

The new timetables will be on Transport for Greater Manchester’s website in April, at https://tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/service-changes.


Source: Trafford & Hulme

Pub of the Season Autumn 2021 – George Hotel, Hayfield

Our branch Pub of the Season for Autumn was presented to the George Hotel in Hayfield on Saturday 20th November. The comfortable and welcoming pub is in the centre of Hayfield village. On cold days there is a real fire in a magnificent old fashioned range to sit by and warm your cockles. A good variety of hand pulled beers from the Marston’s stable is available and walkers are welcome. All in all it’s a pub well deserving of the award and well worth a visit. The photograph shows Branch Chairman Ben Zwierink, right, presenting the award certificate to licensee Steve Nagy

POTS Autumn 2021 George Hotel


Source: High Peak, Tameside & NE Cheshire News

Bolton CAMRA – Egerton / Bromley Cross Survey – Saturday 19th February 2022

A different trip from the one originally advertised. Chair, Graham Walsh, has requested the branch social travels to Egerton/Bromley Cross to survey some of the pubs that branch members visit less often. The pubs to visit are all on Blackburn Road and Darwen Road. This trip does involve some walking although the No. 1 bus runs regularly (every 20 minutes along Blackburn Road) so can be used to travel from some of the pubs. If unsure of the locations there is a map posted below. You can also print off a copy of the map here.

The group will meet at 1.00pm at the Cross Guns and then travel down Blackburn Road until meeting with Darwen Road. The following pubs are included.

Cross Guns, 390 Blackburn Road, BL7 9TR. 2 changing beers. Food served from 12.00

Thomas Egerton, 227 Blackburn Road, BL7 9SR. 4 changing beers. Food served from 12.00

Masons Arms, 156/158 Blackburn Road, BL7 9SB. 2 changing beers

Flag Inn, Arnold Road (off Darwen Road), 6 changing beers, Food from 12.00

Nook & Cranny, 211/213 Darwen Road,3 changing beers

Catch the No.1 bus at Bolton Bus Station to the Cross Guns at 12.35 (12.13) arriving at 12.59 (12.37), earlier times in the brackets. After visiting the Nook & Cranny there is a choice of walking back to Blackburn Road to get the bus (after 6pm they are every 30 minutes) or alternatively it is a short walk to Bromley Cross Railway Station. Trains to Bolton run once an hour at 9 minutes past the hour. Check times of trains before travelling as they can be changed.

If you need any further details, please contact social@bolton.camra.org.uk 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