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

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

Bolton CAMRA Social – Wigan Trip – Saturday 22nd January

Travel to Wigan by bus or train depending on which is easiest We will meet in Wigan Central at around 13.00 for a beer or two before visiting some, or all, of the pubs listed below. If catching the train from Bolton Station trains leave at 12.14 or 12.36 arriving 12.31 and 12.53 respectively (off peak return fare £5.90). Please check train times before leaving as some services are being cancelled due to lack of staff. Catch the 575 bus from Bolton at 11.30 (11.45) calling at the Crown, Horwich at 11.57 (12.12) arriving in Wigan at 12.33 (12.48) Later bus in brackets

Wigan Central, Arch No. 1 and 2, Queen Street, WN3 4DY. 6 changing ales

The Raven, 5 Wallgate, WN1 1LD. 4 changing ales; food available

Swan & Railway, 80 Wallgate, WN1 1BA, 7 handpumps with 4 changing beers

Sherringtons, 57 Kenyon Road, WN1 2DU. 6 changing ales; A short walk out of town but well worth a visit

Doc’s Alehouse, 85 Mesnes Street, WN1 1QJ  (Formally Docs Symposium now under new  ownership) 4 changing ales

There are plenty of other pubs in Wigan so this list is just suggestions. If your favourite is not on the list let us know on the day and we can visit. 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 Social – Chorley Post Christmas Social – Thursday 30th December

Meet at 1.00pm at the Crown on Chapel Street, Chorley. Pubs to visit will include those listed below. It is always a good afternoon out in Chorley.  Trains and buses run regularly from Bolton but please check on the times of the Christmas services for both train and bus.

Crown, 46-48 Chapel St., Chorley, PR7 1BW

The list of pubs we intend to visit is still being finalised. Details will be here soon.

Please contact Gill on social@bolton.camra.org.uk or 07967585670

Gill Smart

Social Secretary


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Social – 125 bus trip – Saturday 13th November 2021

The 125 stagecoach bus runs between Bolton and Preston regularly throughout the day from Bolton Bus Station along Chorley Old Road to Horwich.  The buses run every 10-15 minutes during the day so there are no timings on this trip. Check the time of the buses when you are in each pub.

The trip is planned to start at Bunburys.  Followed by visits to some or all of the suggested pubs below

Meet at Bunburys at 1.30pm with enough time to enjoy a beer or two

Bunburys, 397, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 6AH

Hope & Anchor, 747 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5QH

Here is an option to stop off at Bobs Smithy and The Jolly Crofters. Both of which are on Chorley Old Road

Bank Top Ale House, 34 Church Street Horwich

Tap and Cork, 179 Lee Lane, BL6 7JD

Blackedge Brewery Bar, Hampson Street, BL6 7JH

The Crown, 1 Chorley New Road, BL6 7QJ

Of course, like all our trips we don’t stick rigidly to the plan. If a pub has some special beers, then the stay is longer.

If you need more information email social@bolton.camra.org.uk or if you can’t make the start and want to catch up with us, please call Gill on 07967585670.

Gill Smart, Social Secretary


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Branch Update

Branch AGM

A reminder that the Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 7th October 8pm at Northern Monkey Tap on Chorley Street Industrial Estate (not the Northern Monkey Bar on Nelson Square!).   

Branch Officers will be up for re-election. If you have an interest in volunteering to take on a Branch position, you can find role descriptions here, or contact chair@bolton.camra.org.uk for more details. 

Dates for the Diary

  • Tuesday 21st September, 8pm – Club of the Year 2021 Presentation to Bolton Ukrainian Club.  All welcome
  • Saturday 2nd October, 1pm – Greater Manchester Regional Meeting, Britons Protection, Manchester
  • Wednesday 6th October, 7.30pm – Cider Pub of the Year 2021 Presentation to The Beer School, Market St, Westhoughton.  This will mark CAMRA Cider Month during October!
  • Saturday 9th October 2021 – Bolton Town Centre Social – Meet at Hen & Chickens at 12.30pm – full details here

Champion Beer of Britain 

Voting is now open for nominations for Champion Beer of Britain, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world.

Just go to cbob.camra.org.uk.  

CBOB categories have now changed to fit the updated CAMRA Beer Styles.  You are no longer restricted to beers from the North West Region, although you may wish to choose your favourite pints from local breweries. Both Bank Top and Blackedge have picked up category awards in recent years.


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News