Boton CAMRA – Bolton Beer Walk – Saturday 2nd October 2021

No need for trains and buses except the one that brings you into Bolton.  Meet at the Hen and Chickens, at 12.30pm.

The following is a list of pubs to be visited on this social.

Hen and Chickens, 143 Deansgate, BL1 1EX, 5 changing cask

The Greyhound, 146 Deansgate, BL1 1BB, 3 changing cask

One for the Road, Bolton market, BL1 1TJ, 3 changing ales, closes at 5.30pm

Swan & Barristers, Bradshawgate, BL1 1EL, 4 changing cask

Old man and Scythe, 6-8 Churchgate, BL1 1HL, 2 changing cask plus cider

If your favourite isn’t on the list let me know and we can include on the next social.

If you need any further details, please contact or call Gill on 07967585670

Gill Smart, Social Secretary

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Bolton CAMRA – Horwich Beer Walk – Saturday 11th September 2021

The Horwich Beer Walk will begin at the Bank Top Ale House. Meeting at 1.00pm. The walk will continue by visiting the following pubs. Anyone not wanting the walk from the Ale House to the other pubs can catch the 125 bus which stops outside the Ale House. Any one that wants a diversion can walk to JR’s Ale House on Chorley New Road and meet up with us again later

Bank Top Ale House, 34 Church Street Horwich

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

Tap and Cork, 179 Lee Lane, BL6 7JD

Blackedge Brewery Bar, Hampson Street, BL6 7JH

The Crown, 1 Chorley New Road, BL6 7QJ

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

Gill Smart, Social Secretary

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Bolton CAMRA Branch update

Branch Social

Our first face-to-face social event since the lifting of lockdown restrictions will be this Saturday 21st August.  Meet at Great Ale at the Vaults at 12 noon for a trip around some of our town centre pubs – The Greyhound, One for the Road, Northern Monkey Bar and Old Three Crowns. All welcome. 

Branch Meetings

The next Branch Meeting will also be the first face-to-face meeting since lockdown. It will be held Thursday 2nd September 8pm, at the Millstone on Crown St in Bolton Town Centre (behind the Elephant and Castle)

Branch AGM

This is notice 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 on the CAMRA website, or contact for more details. 

It’s awards season! 

Our pubs have done rather well over the last few weeks. There are plenty of presentations coming up.  All welcome to come along.

Thursday 26th August at 7pm The Bridge Hotel in Horwich was recently announced as the winner in the Community Local category of CAMRA’s Pub Design Awards.  There will be a virtual national event taking place with all the winners. Come down to the pub on the night to celebrate.

Thursday 9th September from 7.30pm – Pub of the Year Presentation to Northern Monkey Bar, Nelson Square 

Sunday 12th September from 3pm –  CAMRA Golden Awards Presentation to The Crown, Horwich

Wednesday 6th October from 7.30pm – Cider Pub of the Year Presentation to The Beer School, Market St, Westhoughton.  This will mark CAMRA Cider Month during October!

If you can’t make the dates, try to support these and some of our other great pubs and clubs by paying them a visit if you can. Help us by letting us know what real ales are on the pumps. You can do this using or email


Graham Walsh

Bolton CAMRA Branch Chair

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Bolton CAMRA Social – Saturday 21st August 2021

Our first social since lockdown started last year. This time we are visiting Bolton to support our local pubs instead of going further afield. The plan is to meet at 12.00 at our first venue, The Vaults. Pubs to be visited are as follows:

Great Ale at The Vaults: Vaults Below Market Place, Bolton, BL1 2AL

The Greyhound: 146 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BB

One for the Road: Stalls F14 to F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, Bolton, BL1 1TJ

Northern Monkey: Nelson Square, Bolton, BL1 1AQ

Old Three Crowns:    14 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BR

We can expect good quality cask ales  from all pubs mentioned.

It would be good if we have an idea of the number of people joining the social. If you are planning to attend can you please either text me on 07967 585670  or drop me an email on

Look forward to seeing you

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

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The All Party Parliamentary Pub Group

The Pubs APPG is a group of MPs from across parliament, and our goal is to promote and campaign for the interests of pubs, landlords and the communities around these pubs both in Westminster and beyond.

Today, with the support of CAMRA, we’re launching an Inquiry.

We want to listen to you and make recommendations to the Government about the best ways to support pubs in the coming months.

I want to ask you to take part and make your voice heard. You can get involved on our website by taking a short survey, just click on the link here.

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Branch Pubs which have re-opened

These are the Branch pubs which we understand have reopened for outdoor-service since 12th April. This information is our best knowledge but we can’t guarantee it is correct.  Please check opening times and booking arrangements before you go.  Be aware that you need to check in or sign in for test and trace so please be prepared and be patient with bar staff. 

Please keep us informed of other reopened pubs at
If you do visit a pub try to order a fresh cask beer if available and give it a score on

Alma Inn
Hen & Chickens
Northern Monkey (from Friday)
Victoria Inn (Fanny’s), Markland Hill
Bob’s Smithy Inn (from Friday)
Beaumont Arms, Ladybridge
Waggon & Horses, Westhoughton
White Lion, Westhoughton
Robert Shaw, Westhoughton
Cherry Tree, Blackrod
Goose & Gander, Blackrod
Red Lion, Blackrod
Poacher, Blackrod
Beeley’s, Horwich
Original Bay Horse, Horwich
Blundell Arms, Horwich
Jolly Crofters, Horwich
Brewery Bar, Horwich 
Tails and Ale, Horwich (from Saturday)
Wayoh Brewing Co, Horwich
Crofters, Bradshaw
Railway, Bromley Cross
Nook & Cranny, Bromley Cross
Spread Eagle, Bromley Cross
White Horse, Harwood
The Thomas Egerton
Mosley Arms, Breightmet
Britannia, Farnworth
Market St Tavern, Stoneclough
Grapes, Stoneclough
Kearsley & Ringley Conservative Club (members only)
Horseshoe, Ringley
Unity Brook Inn, Kearsley
Wilton Arms, Belmont

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CAMRA’s Golden Awards

To celebrate, CAMRA wants to recognise 50 people, groups of people or businesses that have made a significant contribution to CAMRA’s aims. 

Do you know any person or business you think worthy of a nomination? These do not need to be CAMRA members, but anyone who in the past 50 years has gone above and beyond to further the aims of CAMRA. It could be a publican, brewer/producer, pub/club champion, or a campaigner for beer, cider or perry for example.

Nominations are now open and will close on 16 March 2021 (our 50th anniversary).  For details see: 

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Pubs and breweries need more financial support to survive new lockdown: CAMRA

Responding to the new national lockdown in England and the announcement for grants of up to £9,000 for hospitality businesses, CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said:

“The national lockdown is yet another devastating blow for an already struggling industry, which follows hot on the heels of nearly a year of restrictions, curfews and forced closures.

“It is clear now more than ever that the Government must introduce a new, long-term and sector-specific financial support package to help these businesses survive the coming months. While one-off grant support is welcome, it is nowhere near enough to cover the haemorrhaging costs for pubs and breweries that don’t see any end in sight.

“What is particularly concerning in the latest announcement has been the confusion around whether pubs will be able to operate on a level playing field with supermarkets and off licences during this lockdown – as they have been able to previously. Takeaway sales, in sealed containers, for people to take home, were a real lifeline for the trade in previous lockdowns and restricting that route to market now would be a death knell for many pubs. This will once again provide an unfair advantage to supermarkets and off-licenses that don’t face similar restrictions.

“The Government must recognise that local pubs are a force for good and play an important role in bringing people together, tackling loneliness and social isolation, and supporting their local communities. When this nightmare is over, they will be vital to the nation’s healing process – so long as they are still standing.

“A new, dedicated and decent financial support package must reach our pubs and breweries quickly to save them from permanent closure and help hard-working licensees through this incredibly difficult time.”



This morning (5th January 2021), we’ve written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to seek urgent clarification and assurances for licensees that they will able to operate on a level playing field during the latest lockdown in England, and to ask that brewers and cider makers also receive grant support. Read the letter below:

Dear Mr Sharma,

I am writing from CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, to seek urgent clarification and assurances for consumers and licensees across England that pubs and social clubs will be able to operate on a level playing field with supermarkets and off-licences during this latest lockdown.

This lockdown is necessary, and everyone must do what they can to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Publicans in England are ready to do this, as they have done twice before, and will continue to help the local response in their communities.

However, pubs and hospitality venues must be allowed to operate on a level playing field with supermarkets and off-licences. Just a few months ago, the Government made temporary alterations to premises licences, allowing pubs to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, on a level playing field with supermarkets and off-licences. This move was welcomed by industry groups and consumers and was touted by Government at the time to allow some trade to continue.

The latest regulations and guidance appear to restrict pubs from selling any alcohol, except through delivery services, which is not a viable option for most licensees. This is grossly unfair and the latest in a series of measures that have restricted hospitality businesses, while handing an advantage to large supermarkets at the expenses of small, community businesses.

Please urgently clarify that hospitality businesses will be able to operate as off-licences, on a level playing field with supermarkets, selling alcohol in sealed containers for consumers to take home.

Underlying all of this is the need for an adequate, dedicated financial support package that must reach publicans, and brewers and other supply chain producers, as soon as possible.

One-off grant support announced this morning is welcome, but with hospitality businesses facing an indefinite closure period, this will not provide the certainty of adequate ongoing support to safeguard businesses and jobs. It is also unclear as to whether brewers and cider producers will be able to access the funding – please urge Department and Treasury colleagues to confirm that they will as soon as possible. As well as grant funding, the support package must include an extension of the VAT cut to include alcoholic drinks to support wet-led pubs, and it is essential that the business rates holiday for all hospitality businesses is continued for 2021/2022.

Pubs and social clubs will be a central part of the recovery from the pandemic – both for the mental and social wellbeing of communities and for the economy, but this will not happen if hardworking licensees cannot afford to open their doors again on the other side of this lockdown, whenever that may be.

As always, CAMRA, our members and beer and pub lovers across the UK want to support our community pubs, social clubs and the wider hospitality sector when it can reopen again.

Please ensure that licensees are treated fairly, and that a proper business support package is in place so that everyone will have a local to return to when it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,

Nik Antona

CAMRA Chairman

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Tier announcement underlines the importance of financial support for pubs and brewers

Commenting on the announcement that almost all of England will be placed into Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: 

“After an agonising wait, licensees across the country have had their worst fears confirmed – in all but three council areas in the country, pubs will either be closed or only able to open if they are serving substantial meals. 

“This is especially devastating in the run up the Christmas, where people in Tier 3 areas won’t be able to go to the pub at all, and those in Tier 2 areas won’t be able to visit to socialise safely with those outside of their household – which will increase feelings of loneliness and social isolation after a year that has been tough for many.  

“CAMRA has been clear – we do not think that evidence has been produced to justify extra restrictions on hospitality, and particularly wet-led pubs, but if the Government wants to proceed, they must announce more financial help. 

“It is really very simple – hospitality businesses have been singled out for extra restrictions, so they must be given dedicated support.  

“This needs to take the form of increased grant funding to cover rent and costs, and include an extension to the business rates holiday, and an extension of the VAT cut to alcoholic drinks. 

“This is vital to ensure that communities will have locals to return to in 2021 and can once again reap the social and wellbeing benefits of pub–going.”

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CAMRA welcomes the decision to allow beer and cider takeaway sales during lockdown

Commenting on the publication of lockdown regulations which state that alcohol can be sold as takeaway or delivery if it is pre-ordered by phone or online, CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said:

“I am delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns of thousands of CAMRA members, concerned pub-goers, and beer lovers who have e-mailed their MPs in the last 48 hours urging the Government to allow pubs and breweries to sell alcohol as takeaway during the second lockdown.

“This is a vital lifeline for local pubs and breweries across England over the coming four weeks, giving them a lifeline of income and allowing people to support local businesses.

“CAMRA continues to call on the Government to bring in a comprehensive, long-term financial support package to support all pubs and breweries through the lockdown and the tough months that will follow this winter. Without a sector-specific support package, we risk seeing thousands of pubs and breweries closing their doors for good.”

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