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, social@bolton.camra.org.uk 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 chair@bolton.camra.org.uk

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 chair@bolton.camra.org.uk

Thanks

Bolton


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

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 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

Bolton CAMRA – Harwood Social – Saturday 9th July 2022

As part of Bolton Beer & Cider Week, we are visiting pubs in Harwood that are often visited less than some others. Please beer score when visiting these pubs.

Meet at Bolton Bus Station to catch the 507 bus at 12.40 arriving at Harwood at Lea Gate shopping centre. There is a 10-minute walk to the first pub The Grey Mare.

Grey Mare, 154 Tottington Road, BL2 4DA. 1 regular and 1 changing cask ale. Food available

Seven Stars,157 Lea Gate, BL2 4BQ, 1 regular, 1 changing

House without a Name, 75 Lea Gate, BL2 3ET

Nook & Cranny Tap House, 12 Gate Fold, BL2 3HN, 3 changing ales

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 – June 2022

The latest update from your CAMRA Branch

Next Meeting 
A quick reminder that the next Branch meeting is this Thursday 9th June at Spinning Mule, Bolton. The Branch has chosen some beers to be on the bar for the evening.
Future dates can be found here.    

Socials
Our next social event is Saturday 18th June.  We are visiting some of the pubs of Blackrod and Horwich.  Meet at 1pm at JR’s Ale House in Horwich.  Full details are on the social pages

Summer Pub of the Season
The Branch meeting is your last chance to vote for Summer Pub of the Season 2022. Voting remains open online until midnight on Wednesday 8th June. 
The shortlist is
Brewery Tap, Westhoughton
Kings Head, Deane
Masons Arms, Egerton
Mosley Arms, Breightmet

Best wishes
Graham Walsh

Bolton CAMRA Branch Chair


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Blackrod and Horwich Social – 18th June 2022

Continuing the Pub survey socials, we are visiting pubs in Blackrod and Horwich that are visited less often than some others. Please beer score when visiting these pubs. All are on the 575 bus (Arriva) route and can be covered by a system one day bus pass.  The 575 from Bolton to Wigan runs every 20 minutes during the day. The social will start at JR’s Ale House at 1.00pm.

JR’s Ale House, 176, Chorley New Road, BL6 5QW, 5 changing ales

Leaving to catch the bus at either 1.57 or 2.17 bus to

Poacher, 1-3 Scot Lane, Blackrod, BL6 5SG One regular and one changing ale. Food available

Catching the bus back towards Horwich stop at

Rivington Pub and Grill, Station Road, Blackrod, BL6 5JF, 1 regular and 2 changing ales. Food available

Catching bus again to Horwich stop at Winter Hey Lane and walk up to

B33R@33, 33, Lee Lane, BL6 7AX, 2 changing ales, real cider

Tails & Ale, 141 Lee Lane, BL6 7AG. 3 changing ales

Tap & Cork, 179, Lee Lane, BL6 7JD. 2 changing ales

There is the choice of ending the social at either Blackedge Brewery Bar or the Crown (or both)

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

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