Bolton pubs need financial help to survive local lockdown closures

Commenting on the Government’s decision to close pubs in Bolton as part of local lockdown measures, CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said: 

“Many pubs have struggled to re-open this summer, having invested their dwindling reserves to do so safely and securely in line with COVID-safe guidance. A second shutdown in Bolton is a devastating blow for these pubs and local people’s livelihoods. 

“Given the significant impact a second shutdown would have on the industry, the Government must introduce a new financial support package and extend the furlough scheme for pubs that are forced to close in local lockdowns. This is the only way to avoid permanent closures and further job losses.   

“Pub companies must also immediately cancel rent for tied pub tenants in Bolton. Tenants shouldn’t be forced to pay rent if they have no turnover. 

“CAMRA continues to encourage people to use pubs in safe and responsible way. While people in Bolton are unable to enjoy a pub pint with friends and family at the moment, they can still show support for their local pub by using takeaway or delivery services.”

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Campaigning – Small Brewers’ Relief

The Government recently announced a review of Small Brewers’ Relief (SBR).  This is a scheme which allows small breweries, producing less than 5,000HL a year, to pay a lower rate of duty (50%).  SBR has been instrumental in helping many small breweries to establish, compete and flourish. The announcement has already proposed the reduction of the SBR threshold to 2,100HL.  This will result in large increases in costs for many breweries, many of them familiar names. 

In a letter to Kemi Badenoch MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, CAMRA joined calls for the Government to rethink its plans to remove SBR from the smallest brewers to allow larger brewers to pay less, and to publish more information about any other proposed changes as soon as possible.

You can help support small brewers by signing the petition to reverse the change at

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Pubs. Pints. People.

The Campaign for Real Ale’s new podcast Pubs. Pints. People. brings you interesting stories each week about the world of beer, cider and pubs. Tune in every Tuesday with hosts Katie Wiles, Ant Fiorillo and Matt Bundy as they chat to special guests and learn about beer writing, brewing jobs, cider making and more. Each episode includes a ‘dive’ into CAMRA’s 50 year archive and a beer and food recipe, courtesy of food editor Sue Nowak.  Click here for the link to listen to the Podcasts.

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Bolton CAMRA Social to support the flood affected pubs in Hebden Bridge – Possible date: Saturday 2nd May 2020

After hearing of the floods in Hebden Bridge caused by Storm Ciara earlier this year it was decided that we would run a branch social to the town to show our support. Obviously, we can’t do this until the pubs are open again.

I have been in touch with the Chair of Halifax and Calderdale branch and as of the end of February some of the pubs were ready to open but many were not.

We have pencilled in Saturday 2 May for our trip. I will be in touch with the Branch chair about individual pubs and hopefully by the beginning of May the pubs will be open again.

It would be good if several branch members could join us and we can meet up with some members of Halifax and Calderdale branch.

Travel times and pubs to visit will be on the website once I have more information

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

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Bolton CAMRA – Social to Rivington Brewing Company – Saturday 28th March 2020

We shall meet at the Crown Hotel in Horwich at 12.00 for a beer before our walk to Rivington Brewery, Home Farm, Horrobin Lane, Anderton, PR6 9HE.

Food is available if you would like to eat here before we set off for the walk to the brewery.

For those who don’t want to walk we can arrange a taxi/mini bus from the Crown to the brewery and share the cost. We would expect to leave the Crown around 1.00pm. It would be useful if we knew how many people would like to share a taxi.

Please contact Gill on or on 07967 585670 to let me know or if you have any other queries

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Bolton CAMRA branch

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Bolton CAMRA – Stockport trip – Saturday 18th April 2020

will meet at Bolton Station at 12.00 to catch the 12.11 train
directly to Stockport arriving at 12.51. The return fare is £6.70.
There are return trains to Bolton are 17.12, 17.36, 18.05 and 18.12

Pubs we
can visit include the following:

The Crown, 154 Heaton Lane, SK4 1AR. 5 changing beers

The Magnet, 51 Wellington Road, SK4 1HJ. 12 changing beers

Petersgate Tap, 19a St Petersgate, SK1 1EB, 5 changing beers

Bakers Vaults, Market Place, SK1 1ES, Robinsons with 3 changing beers

The Armoury, 31 Shaw Heath, SK3 8BD Robinsons

Olde Vic, 1 Chatham St. SK3 9ED (opens at 5pm) 5 changing beers

are plenty of other pubs in Stockport 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
or call Gill on 07967585670

Smart, Social Secretary

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Bolton CAMRA – Weekday Social – Bromley Cross – Friday 20th March 2020

The weekday social for March is a visit to Bromley Cross. We plan to meet at the Railway on Chapeltown Road at 1.30.

There is a
train from Bolton station at 13.00 which arrives in Bromley Cross at
13.09. There is also the bus option with the 533 and 541 buses
running from Bolton to Bromley Cross on an hourly service. The 533 is
a hourly service with a bus leaving the Interchange at 12.50. The 541
is a half hourly service with buses leaving at 12.43 and 13.13.
Journey for both services is approximately 30 minutes.

The pubs
we intend to visit are:

The Railway, 37 Chapeltown Road, BL7 9LY with 3 changing beers. Food is available

The Nook and Cranny, 211/213 Darwen Road, BL7 9BS with 3 changing beers

Spread Eagle, 126 Hough Lane, BL7 9DE with 3 changing beers. Food available

The Flag, Arnold Road, BL7 9HL, 6 changing beers

For more
information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email



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Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020

We will be voting for Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year, Club of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year at the next meeting on Thursday 5th March 8pm at The Millstone in Bolton town centre. Voting can only be done in person at the meeting, with a valid CAMRA membership card.

Pub of the Year Finalists are:

Brewery Bar, Horwich
Great Ale at the Vaults
Hen & Chickens
Northern Monkey
One for the Road

The winner is decided from a combination of votes at the meeting, average beer score through the year and scores from judges who have visited all pubs and scored using CAMRA guidelines.

Club of the Year Finalists

Bolton Ukrainian Club
Ellesmere Rd Recreation Club, Morris Green
Hilltops Sports & Social Club, Blackrod
Horwich RMI
Lostock Sports Club

Cider Pub of the Year Finalists

Bank Top Brewery Ale House, Horwich
Bank Top Brewery Tap
Beer School, Westhoughton
Brewery Bar, Horwich
Nook & Cranny, Bromley Cross

The winner is chosen from a combination of votes at the meeting and scores from judges who have visited all pubs and scored using CAMRA guidelines

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