Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


  • South West pub campaigners unite to show support as pubs reopen across the region Thursday 13 May 2021

    South West campaigners from CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and the Campaign for Pubs have joined forces to urge people to support their local pubs when they are able to open their indoor spaces to customers from 17 May.   The Government confirmed on Monday 10 May that, as a part of the road map back to normal life, pubs can allow customers back inside to enjoy food and drink from next week – the limits of the rule of six or up to two households will apply indoors and groups of up to 30 outdoors.   Commenting on the many challenges pubs have faced since the first lock down 14 months ago and since reopening outside areas, Cornwall CAMRA Branch Chair Vince Curtis said: “While there was much reporting of pub gardens being very busy when customers were allowed back into outdoor spaces from 12 April, this did not tell the whole story. Many pubs do not have large outdoor areas and it would have been unviable for them to reopen while this limiting option was in place. And, when the weather turned cold and wet, many customers stayed away from those pubs that did reopen.   “This has added to the many challenges faced by pubs over the last 14 months. There is no doubt that the COVID pandemic has had a terrible effect on many people and businesses alike. The hospitality sector has been particularly badly hit. We hope that the public can enjoy the social and wellbeing benefits of being back inside the local – not just in its beer garden."   Many publicans have built up substantial debts due to being forced to close and a lack of Government support. While there were loans available and the furlough scheme which were appreciated, these were far from sufficient to mitigate the loss of income coupled with the ongoing overheads for such a very long period.   As the pandemic went through various phases, publicans were faced with draconian restrictions. Whilst this took place, many pubs nationally were shutting down permanently and staff were made redundant with jobs lost in the hospitality sector. The sad fact is that once a pub shuts very rarely can they open again.   Alastair Kerr from the Campaign for Pubs said: “The hospitality sector and in particular, pubs, have had their worst trading year on record and with the continued trading restrictions forced upon pubs, they will and are struggling to survive. Pubs are a corner stone of our society, a bed rock of our communities and a staple of our culture and we should all pull together to ensure that pubs survive and thrive during and after this pandemic. Pubs have faced the brunt of the restrictions that have been enforced by this Government, often with no evidence to back them up, and now more than ever they need all the support they can get. The Campaign for Pubs continues to promote, support and fight for pubs, publicans and their customers all over the UK.”   Vince Curtis continued: “Pubs are vital for community cohesion in many areas. We have seen thousands close in recent years and many of these, although viable as pub businesses, have been converted to other use depriving locals of a place to meet and socialise. We hope that communities will take advantage of now being able to safely enjoy a pubs offering be it indoors or in a pub garden. It’s a cliché but it is the reality with pubs like never before - use it or lose it.   “What this pandemic has proved is how much the hospitality industry gives back to the government financially and how pubs play such an important part in our way of life. From quiet pubs, pubs with music, pubs where you can play a sport or watch sport, pubs where you can dine and much more.   “Now pubs are able to open up more, we need to focus on how to save our locals. The public can play its part in saving this great British institution by using them. Pubs are the hub of the community.”

    Louise Treseder, landlady of the Driftwood Spars in St Agnes, Cornwall (01872 552428) commented, “The worst bit of the last 15 months for me was when we were first closed and the weeks leading up to this, the uncertainty of how the staff were going to be paid was terrible, but once Furlough was announced and I secured a CIBLS loan I felt the business could survive for a while.  When we were reopening the VAT reduction & the business rates holiday added to the relief that we could have a business to come back to.  The constant closing and reopening was hard, we never knew how much to order and worried about wastage which we could ill afford under the circumstances.  We are fortunate that we are in a coastal location and have lots of space we can use, if we were in a city recovery would have been more challenging and stressful.  We are very glad to be reopening inside again as this gives me & the staff certainty that we can be open every day, at the moment it is so weather dependant.  Being on the North coast of Cornwall and exposed to the Atlantic a marquee or structure wasn't really an option as it would easily get damaged - it would a have been a wasted investment.  It will be strange having customers in the B & B again and I'm worried I've forgotten something, but I'll soon work it out when we get open.   It's been challenging for the brewery, but we managed to adapt well, we put our cask beer into minikegs to sell to customers of the pub, but we still have to dispose of almost 50 casks of beer and then the lead in time to reopening wasn't quite long enough so we spent most of last summer trying to catch up with beer production.”

    Amy Newland, landlady of the White Hart in Chilsworthy, Cornwall (01822 833876) added, “We’ve always been here for the community and it was the strangest feeling: as soon as the door closed you lost the soul of the pub. It was cold and empty. We live upstairs and it was upsetting to be there; our lives changed overnight. One night we’re buzzing with lovely customers having a great time, the next night it’s just an empty old building. It was like being in a ghost town. At the very beginning and throughout the first lockdown, we sometimes thought of giving up. It was so hard. People said: ‘It must be amazing, lockdown in a pub!’ But it was the loneliest place you could be!”

    Step 3 – from 17 May Following the move to Step 3, you will be able to reopen indoor areas of your venues. You will be able to serve customers in groups of up to 6 or 2 households indoors, or in groups of up to 30 outdoors. If your venue serves alcohol, table service will be required. Even if no alcohol is ordered, this means customers must order, be served and eat/drink while seated. If your venue does not serve alcohol, customers can order and collect food and drink from a counter. But they must consume food and drink while seated at a table. Indoor entertainment is allowed, including soft play areas. This guidance will be kept up to date as we move through the steps of the roadmap. These are the FAQs from UKH/BBPA/BII -

  • Lockdown Heroes 2020/2021 Thursday 11 March 2021

    In 2020 we proudly announced the recipient of our first “Lockdown Heroes” award. It went to the White Hart at Chilsworthy for their superb effort to serve their local community throughout the covid crisis. They opened a village shop in their pub and made local deliveries of food and drink.

    We are now able to announce a further 10 recipients, all who have gone the extra mile to serve their communities, or even support a more national effort, in getting us all through the gloom that is “lockdown”.

    The pubs receiving these awards are:

    The Bowgie Inn, Crantock, for organising on-line virtual walks of the area, including live-streaming daily outside the pub; also yoga classes, to help people's wellbeing. All these have been reportedly accessed by over half a million people around the world!

    The Buller’s Arms, Landrake, for making home deliveries of meals in the local Saltash/Landrake area.

    The Golden Lion, Menherion, for offering free meals to NHS and front-line workers; latterly delivering to volunteer staff at Stithians vaccination centre. ( refers)

    The Norway Inn, Perranworthal, for making home-deliveries of meals and drink to the local area; available all day, every day.

    The Manor House Inn, Rilla Mill, for delivering meals to those shielding in the local area.

    The Victoria Inn, Roche, for making home deliveries of meals and drink to the local and surrounding area.

    The St. John Inn, St. John Inn. Because of the first lockdown in March 2020 they accelerated development of a new build village shop in the pub car park. St John is fairly isolated with no other facilities. Now in lockdown 3 they are also offering printing facilities for all to use, including a colour laser printer, a laptop (for designing), and a laminator.

    The Victoria Inn, Threemilestone, for making home-deliveries of meals and drink to the local area and also to local businesses for staff lunches. Donations of cases of drinks were made to key workers, care homes etc.

    The County Arms, Truro, for offering free rooms to NHS workers at nearby Treliske Hospital.

    The Caradon Inn. Upton Cross, for opening a substantial village shop in the pub to serve the locals in a remote location with few other facilities ("shop@the inn").

    Ask any visitor to these shores “What is special and unique about Britain?” and they will probably answer “Pubs”. Well these 11 hostelries have taken “special” to a new level. CAMRA urges you all to visit your local pub as soon as it is permissible and safe to do so. If you can please visit one of these eleven who have done so much to support their communities. They deserve our support and we salute them.

  • Falmouth Beer Festival 2021 Thursday 4 March 2021

    Following the COVID related cancellation of the 2020 event we have further disappointing but not unexpected news. It has been decided that we are not in a position to run a Falmouth Beer Festival this year.

    Last Year our Festival Organiser Sonia Bunce, and our Branch Chairperson Bob Bunce resigned from their committee positions. This followed their stewardship of transforming the Falmouth Beer Festival from the Princess Pavilion location to Events Square where it developed into a hugely successful celebration of beer and cider. We owe them a huge thankyou!

    Replacing Sonia and Bob would have been a huge task in normal times but the ongoing pandemic has meant we have been unable to hold an AGM and therefore are unable to fill the position of Festival Organiser. With the general uncertainty that still exists, coupled with the fact that by the time restrictions are lifted fully (June 21st is the earliest date this is expected), there would be insufficient time remaining to organise such a mega event.

    On a positive note, and in support of #PUBSMATTER we are looking to organise a pubs-based festival in Falmouth and are in the early stages of planning this. Subject to confirmation we hope to have a fortnight long event (week commencing October 11th) involving a series of crawls around 24 Falmouth pubs. Even we couldn’t do all 24 in one go so it will split into 4 crawls each involving 6 pubs. Participants will get to vote for their champion beer and cider of the event. We hope to see you there!

  • Our first “Lockdown Hero” is awarded Tuesday 22 December 2020

    At Cornwall CAMRA we have decided to give recognition to Pubs, Licensees and their staff who have gone the extra mile to serve their communities through the various restrictions that have been imposed during the COVID19 pandemic. We do not just recognise those who have continued to provide delicious real ale but also those who have helped their localities with much, much more. The pub is, after all the beating heart of many towns and villages, acting as a social hub and being a vital part in the wellbeing of all who use them.

    Our first award of “Lockdown Hero” is made to the White Hart at Chilsworthy in East Cornwall. Amy and Ian Durnall only took on the pub in September 2017 and already it has just become CAMRA Cornwall Pub of the Year for the second year running.

    As recently seen by many on the BBC TV show Tom Kerridge – Saving Britain’s Pubs, Amy and Ian had invested in building alterations and opened a pub shop (the only one in the village) just before lockdown hit.

    Ian has always worked full time as a gas engineer and to help play her part Amy was tempted to return to work for the NHS but decided the role she and the pub could play serving the local community would be at least as important. Throughout lockdown they provided take away and deliveries of meals and beer to local residents as well as expanding the range of goods in the shop. This also meant that they could continue to employ their staff and give their chef an apprenticeship.

    So raise a glass to all at the White Hart as they become Cornwall CAMRA’s first Lockdown Hero……And watch this space as there will be more “heroes” coming soon.

  • Clint O'Connor pays tribute to Roger Ryman Sunday 31 May 2020

    Cornwall CAMRA is very sad to have heard that Roger Ryman, Brewing Director, St Austell Brewery, passed away last week, at the age of 52, after a brave battle with cancer.

    When Roger was appointed Head Brewer in 1999, St Austell Brewery was a moribund local brewery, producing mediocre beers, and reliant on its near monopoly of pubs in Cornwall.

    However, newly appointed Chairman and CEO James Staughton knew that the brewery had to expand and diversify if wasn’t to gradually fade into obscurity.

    Step 1, appoint a new Head Brewer. At the interview, the young Roger, from Maclay and Co in Alloa, Scotland impressed James with his enthusiasm and integrity, being honest enough to say he didn’t think much of Tinners, St Austell’s flagship beer!

    To quote James Staughton, “The job of Head Brewer was already effectively his, right there and then - we need not have seen anyone else. He was the breath of fresh air our brewery so desperately needed at the time.”

    Roger’s first new brew was “DAYLIGHT ROBBERY” brewed to celebrate the total eclipse of the Sun, visible from Cornwall that year (1999). Originally intended as a seasonal brew, it was immediately so successful, that it continued to be brewed, until eventually it was renamed “TRIBUTE”, and became St Austell’s flagship ale.

    There then followed a string of successful ales, including PROPER JOB, TRELAWNEY, KOREV CORNISH LAGER, MENA DHU, ADMIRALS ALE (very, very sadly no longer brewed) and CORNISH BEST, creating an entirely new portfolio for St Austell brewery. These beers took the brewery from strength to strength, and St Austell became a major national brewery.

    Roger travelled the country and the world to work with and learn from other brewers, bringing back hops, malts and recipes from all over.

    At the brewery he created a unique team of young brewers dedicated to brewing ales of the highest quality.

    In many ways the quality he created was his most important, but mainly unsung achievement, no longer “St Awful”, a bad pint of St Austell in a pub is now very rare event indeed.

    Roger persuaded the brewery to invest in new plant to improve quality and capacity, and also to build a new Small Batch Plant, with a capacity of 10 brewer’s barrels. This gave his team of brewers the opportunity to experiment, and to create new beers. From the Small Batch Plant came the “Small Batch Club”, thirty outlets, both free and tied trade who would each take and sell a firkin (9 gallons) of the beers produced. This enabled the drinking public to share the tastes and delights of new and very different ales from the brewery on a regular basis.

    Roger was a very good friend to CAMRA, supporting our festivals and events, with ales and through his colleagues, with financial help. He was always ready to help, advise and support other small brewers in Cornwall.

    No tribute to Roger would be complete without mentioning the “Celtic Beer Festival”, held at the brewery in November each year. The first was held in 1999, after Roger had been at the brewery for just six months, providing a showcase not just for St Austell beers, but for beers from all Celtic regions, including, of course, many local beers. Last year’s festival was the 21st, but of course, with Corona Virus, we do not know if it will be held this year. This festival has achieved an outstanding reputation throughout the nation as one of the best beer festivals in the country, (to me it is the best, but then, I am biased.)

    Finally on behalf of Cornwall CAMRA can I pass on to Toni, his wife, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues in the brewing industry our most sincere condolences.

  • Roger Ryman Saturday 30 May 2020

    It is with enormous regret that we announce the untimely death of St.Austell Brewing Director Roger Ryman. There is a fitting obituary on the St.Austell Brewery web site.

  • Thursday 7 May 2020
  • Falmouth Beer Festival 2020 Sunday 19 April 2020

    We regret to announce that the CAMRA Falmouth Beer Festival for 2020 is cancelled. We hope to hold an event in 2021

  • LOSTWITHIEL BEER FESTIVAL Friday 13 March 2020
    Lostwithiel Community Centre

    Fri. 13th. March 7-11pm. Local Real Ale - Craft Gin & Vodka, with music from The Kenny Barnes’ Gang

    Sat. 14th.March 11.00am-10.00pm. Local Real Ale with live Six Nations Rugby

  • The Forgotten Corner of Cornwall Pub Tour Friday 6 March 2020
    Leap year Saturday the 29 February was the occasion of a grand pub tour in the Forgotten Corner of Cornwall for 33 CAMRA members. Most of us arrived at St Germans station, much to the surprise of the train manager who had never seen so many people get off at this quiet station in the winter.

    Our coach took us the short hop to our first pub, the newly reopened Halfway House at Polbathic. We were welcomed by Lloyd the landlord, who had Bath Ales Prophecy, South Hams Eddystone and Dartmoor Dragon’s Breath on handpump plus a local cider on gravity. We indulged in a pleasant pint or two in this comfortable pub at the gateway to the peninsula.

    Tearing ourselves away for our next pub, we headed east to Wilcove. The Wilcove Inn overlooks the Royal Naval Dockyard on the English side of the Tamar a mile and a half away across the Hamoaze reach of the River Tamar.

    This pub is owned by the Antony Estate and was closed for six months in 2019, refurbished and re-opened in July with Gemma as licensee. The Wilcove also had Prophecy plus St Austell Tribute and Draught Bass on handpump. The Bass was a whoopsie but quickly replaced by Exeter Ferryman in excellent condition.

    Again the timetable called, but we nearly didn’t make it beyond Wilcove as the coach couldn’t get up the hill! Lucky it was low tide so we could back up. On the third run up, we surmounted the hill and headed south west to the historic little port of St John.

    The village is situated at the head of St John's Lake, a large inlet of the Hamoaze. It centres around the medieval church which can be traced back through 1490, 1150 to an original Norman church of 1080. The St John Inn is a lovely village pub run by Rob and Gill and carries the emblem of the Cross of St John, which refers to the Order of St John which is an Order of Chivalry of the Crown and first came into being around 1080 when a hospital was established in Jerusalem by Benedictine monks to provide care for pilgrims, hence the then Knights Hospitallers and, yes, right down to today’s St John Ambulance. The pub cares for pilgrims of a different sort, who usually arrive by coach or car! Libations on offer were Draught Bass, Cornish Crown Porter and Black Sheep Ram Tackle. We also enjoyed a good value lunch. The various rooms of this cosy stone pub are adorned with pewter plate, military artefacts, horse brasses and many pictures. I even spotted a Devil Among The Tailors. There was a request about giving a mention to someone keeping a list of the top 100 pubs serving Bass.

    Devil among the tailors game

    Eventually, we had to make a move westwards towards Crafthole. The coach managed the hill out this time! The Little Fox Hotel, Crafthole, is a charming 14th Century hotel, formerly the Liscawn Inn, which lies back from the road and is set in over 3 hectares of grounds with fine views of Dartmoor. Steve had handpumped Wadworth Dirty Rucker and Skinner’s Betty Stogs or was it Splendid Tackle for us, at only £2.50 per pint.

    After a pleasant hour in the Aspects Bar, we left the residents to their peace and quiet, as we made our way to the last pub of the trip. We were faced by another hill to get out of the Little Fox so some of us bravely volunteered to walk up the driveway which allowed the coach to successfully reach the road and take us the half mile to the Finnygook Inn in the village centre of Crafthole.

    Supping in the Finnygook

    The large 15th Century Finnygook Inn gets its name from the ghost, or gook, of a famous local smuggler, Finney. Some stories claim that he wore a woman’s gook bonnet in public to hide his face. These days, he would be rather obvious as shown on the pub sign whatever he wore.

    Slimmer of the year!

    A few years ago, the Finnygook suffered a disastrous fire but has been luxuriously repaired in a modern style and is open as a restaurant, hotel and bar. Landlady Errica provided us with Bath Prophecy and Fuller’s London Pride to sup in comfort while watching the rain showers outside.

    At the end of an enjoyable day we returned to the station for our trains home. Thanks to Cornwall Branch Public Transport Officer and Social Secretary (East), Roger Webster, for organising such a grand day out.

    Steve Barber

    And finally..........A selection of other pictures from the day

  • South West Regional Meeting in Swindon Saturday 15 February 2020
    Venue The Kings, 20 Wood Street, Swindon SN1 4AB. Starts at 1230

    The meeting is in the main function room on the first floor, but please buy your drinks from the main bar downstairs. Directions Wood Street is in Old Town, Swindon; about 25 minutes walk from Swindon Railway Station.

    There are regular bus services from Fleming Way, about 5 minutes walk from the Railway Station, up the hill to Old Town.

    From the Railway Station follow the signs for ‘Town Centre’ until you reach a pedestrian underpass leading to the shops.

    Fleming Way is above the underpass and has numerous bus stands. Those going up to Old Town include:-

    • Swindon Bus Company 11 • Swindon Bus Company 12 • Swindon Bus Company 22 • Swindon Bus Company 25

    Alternatively if you arriving by bus into Swindon, or go to the Bus station, use the following buses:- • Stagecoach 9 • Stagecoach 49

    The bus stop you want in Old Town is ‘Prospect Place’ the opposite side of the road to the main post office. From the stop walk towards the roundabout ahead of the bus and then turn left into Wood Street. The Kings is on the left half way down Wood Street. Buffet (£7.50 per head)

    The Kings will be supplying a buffet for anyone who would like to eat there.

    The buffet will consist of:- • BBQ Chicken Wings • Sweet Cherry Cream Cheese Peppers • Mini Duck & Hoisin Spring Rolls • Sausages Glazed with Honey & Mustard • Selection of Vegetarian Quiches • Selection of Freshly Made Sandwiches

    The cost per head is £7.50 each and should be booked in advance with ku.gro.armac.nodniws@tcatnoc by Monday 10th February. We will collect payment on the day.

  • Exciting voluntary role of Regional Secretary is available Thursday 30 January 2020
  • Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • CK Burns Night Saturday 25 January 2020
  • Exeter Winter Ales Festival Friday 17 January 2020

    If you wish to volunteer Download staffing form here

  • 2019 Falmouth "Twixtmas" walkabout Monday 6 January 2020
    The last Saturday of 2019 saw the annual walkabout around Falmouth’s pubs as well attended as always. Apart from Cornwall members we were joined by folk from Cardiff, Worthing, South Devon and Hampshire. What was particularly pleasing was there were new faces joining us. As has become traditional we assembled at the Seven Stars on the Moor and enjoyed some excellent beer in this very traditional, unspoilt hostelry.

    Some of us made our way up to the Boathouse, more fine real ale awaited accompanied by some stunning views over Carrick Roads.

    Back down the High Street and our next visit was the Hand Bar, which sadly by the time you read this has closed its doors for the final time, a sad loss to the town.

    Other members of the group had in the meantime also visited Pennycomequick which didn’t disappoint.

    Most of the group then reconvened at Beerwolf Books.

    I am not sure if the beer had started to kick in but judging by the picture it had ( or Beerwolf Books had started to tilt!). From here it was a short drop down to the Oddfellows Arms, a traditional pub that knows how to look after ale.

    Our final destination was the ‘front where the group reassembled and enjoyed some wonderful beer overlooking Custom House Quay. All too soon it was time for people to start heading for home, hopefully everybody enjoyed themselves and we look forward to repeating the experience next year.

    Inside the 'front Maurice of Worthing - Living proof Trumps wall should start at Devon!!

  • "Blue Skies" in St.Ives Tuesday 17 December 2019

    Beers going down well

    On December 17th 2019 about 30 Camra Kernow members met at St.Ives Brewery for a "Blue Sky" session to discuss and identify what we thought was the important stuff to focus on in 2020. But mostly it was about beer and frivolity. It also gaves us a chance to present Marco with his silver award (golden ales) for XPA form the Falmouth Beer Festival

    Watch this space for news of the "blue sky"results!!!

  • "Blue Sky" brainstorming results Saturday 7 December 2019

    On Saturday 7th December the Branch was invited to St Ives Brewery to vote on the activities they hold close to their campaigning heart; some are prescribed by CAMRA HQ as mandatory, but this was a blue-sky meeting. Blue sky, a place where rules do not exist and the top 20 is solely down to voting members ideals. Following a lively review of the Activities below 30 active members cast their votes, selecting up to 20 activities out of the 39 listed. The idea is that these votes will be taken on board and help focus the committee for their aims going forward.

    The results make interesting reading with a strong view on localism shining through with activities in the county being central with visits to local pubs and breweries ranking highly alongside the quarterly branch Magazine. Engaging possible new members through Social media, young members and through the Royal Cornwall Show scored surprisingly low. A turnout of 30 members verses the ~1,400 CAMRA Kernow members does make the scoring subjective to the view of only 2% of the membership.

    Without acceptation attendees at the meeting aired the same concern “Mobilising the CAMRA Kernow membership to become active is the fundamental Branch challenge.

    Too often the organising and managing the activities is taken by so few in voluntary organisations”

    The Blue-Sky Results


    Local communication tools - One & Ale our Branch Magazine and the Branch Website Local Engagement Activities & Days Out - Branch Trips & Festivals Acknowledging top Pubs – Through Whatpub & Pub of The Year awards Branch Branding – Clothing representing local CAMRA membership Mandatory Fundamentals – Financial and Membership management


    Acknowledging Pubs – Good Beer & local Guides Brewery Promotion – Tasting notes, Promoting producers, Awards, BLOs & CBOB Mandatory meetings – Branch & Committee meets Cider Promotion - Promoting producers, Awards,


    Protecting Pubs – Monitoring pubs Opening & Closing, ACVs Mandatory meetings – Committee meets Acknowledging top Pubs – Cider Pubs & Clubs

  • Sunday 1 December 2019
  • Larking about on the Lizard Saturday 2 November 2019

    Heritage coast group. Beers in hand.

    A group of hardy individuals boarded the coach at Camborne Railway Station in early November and headed out on to the windy Lizard peninsula. Our first port of call was Mounts Bay Inn, Mullion, the venue for our latest branch meeting where we were greeted by our hosts Peter and Cheryl who very graciously supplied the first drink on the house which was hugely appreciated. After a very positive meeting and fortified by a splendid buffet, we moved onto the Halzephron Inn at Gunwalloe, an old smugglers inn overlooking the sea and reputed to have a tunnel behind the fireplace where we received a warm welcome and found some well kept ale and cider.

    From here it was onto Helston and the famous Blue Anchor, home of Spingo Ales, this historic pub is well worth a visit and good range of ales ensured all tastes were catered for.

    Chairman Bob presented a Falmouth Beer Festival award to owner Simon Stone for Spingo Special, Tom from Keltek Brewery was also present and received awards for Pilot Gig Porter and Golden Lance. Congratulations to both breweries.

    Porthleven was our next destination and the Ship Inn which is situated right on the harbour, the group split themselves between the bar and the adjoining Smithy and sampled some more well kept beer.

    Sadly, the day was coming to an end and we boarded the coach for the trip back to Camborne, although some of us did delay the train journey home and popped into the John Francis Basset for a nightcap!

    Vince Curtis

  • Haywood's Apple Picking Adventures Saturday 19 October 2019

    CAMRA Kernow members were joined by Regional Leaders to Go picking....


    Cider Picking Adventures at Haywood's Cider Farm

    Haywood Farm is located in the beautiful Allen Valley, near the village of St. Mabyn, approximately 4 miles from Wadebridge. The Bray family have farmed here since 1919, but cider has been produced on the farm’s granite cider press for centuries, supplying the families and labourers with the Westcountry’s favourite drink.

    Tom Bray started making cider with a group of friends in 2003, and since then his enthusiasm, passion and expertise have continued to grow. Over the last five years, he has propagated and planted fourteen acres of orchards, carefully selecting varieties for their quality and suitability to the Cornish climate, all helping to create top-quality cider.

    Marching towards the trees.... Haywood's cider trees full of beautiful Apples

    After a Short Journey from Bodmin, the intrepid group of Apple lovers match towards the trees.....and my god was there a lot of trees and a bountiful abundance of apples.

    Under them trees is where the apples be......and oh mu god is there apples!!!! Let the picking your buckets....apples away!!!

    The team set about pick apples from the rows of trees. This is a real community events with locals turning up throughout the day, bring their kids and dogs who all mucked in. The aim to support Tom and the Haywood's team, meet new people and have bit of fun throughout the day.

    Snack Time….Regional Director Gareth McDonald and CAMRA Kernow Festival Organiser Sonia Bunce washing down the cheese with a swig of Tom's Cider. Champion Cider connoisseurs Regional Cider Director Bob Southwold and CAMRA Kernow Cider Rep Linda Dopson....savouring the mornings efforts through the art of cider drinking

    After a couple of hours and a trailer load of apples picked...we stopped for Cheese and of course the form of Apple juice and of course Tom's fantastic medium cider...

    Tom leading the picking with Vince, CAMRA Kernow Deputy Chair close behind What an Epic adventure....Tom Bray owner of Haywood's Cider Farm with a young helper overlooking of South West Regional Direct, South West Regional Cider Rep and Kernow CAMRA Cider Rep all having an appley good day!!!

    Back on to the trees, as we load up the tractors buck with more than just apples...!

    Then the trees were empty and the task done....Cheers all A massive sense of achievement washed down with a swill of cider and pork baps....Cheers All!!!

    Finally were back on the family table for a fill of pork rolls, with of course beautiful apple source, all swilled back by a glug of cider...

    I feel especially proud of the volunteers who all supported the efforts, a few aches and pains would have been woken up with in the morning, some knees and back were waning towards the end of the day....But everyone as team gained a massive sense of achievement as we all pushed through together to complete the rows of trees..... A round of applause to all involve and many thanks Tom and the team for hosting us for the day....Lets get booked in for next year....

    That's a cart load of of several for the day!!! Stevie B quenching his thirst with a Pint of Penny at Skinner's Ale House on the way home.

    Pick up some of this fantastic cider served both Traditional Still and Sparkling available across Cornwall for details see

  • Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Saturday 5 October 2019
    The Fantastic Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Volunteers

    The Falmouth Beer Festival 2019 Team

    Creating the Festival.....

    Start of the Day 1... Creating the Festival on Events Square The Marquee Frames goes up by 2pm

    John Heard of Tintagel Brewery Pop's in to Delivery his beers and collects awards for Excalibur & Poldark Ale Sort out the 246 Barrels....and 96 ciders into order and rack them up..

    Take a Moment and breathe the crisp air at the rear of the Marquee The final touches are Added, Including the doggie Bar courtesy of Driftwood Brewery And 2 days Later we are Ready to Rumble....

    Judging the Champion Beers & Ciders of Cornwall 2019

    Judging the Festival Beers & Ciders commences Some of our CAMRA tasting panel members join the panel of Judges

    Tables of our regular judges Judges new for this year from local business and Falmouth Town Council

    The Winners are......


    GOLD Harbour Brewery - Ellensburg Session IPA

    SILVER Tintagel Brewery - Merlin’s Muddle

    BRONZE Skinner's Brewery - Hops & Honey

    Harbour Brewery Champion Beer of Cornwall Pete Martin from Driftwood picking up his awards Marco from St Ives Brewery picking up his award Rob Orton pick up the St Austell Brewery awards Joe from Firebrand & Altarnun Brewery receiving his awards The Dynamite Valley Team picking up their Awards Betty Picking up the Award for Skinner's Hops and Honey Theo picking up his Award for Castle Brewery Tom from Keltek Brewery Picking up his awards Simon picking up the Award on behalf of Tremethick Brewery Simon picking up the Award on behalf of Tremethick Brewery


    GOLD Venton’s Devon Cyder Thirst Responder

    SILVER Perry's Cider Vintage

    BRONZE Sandford Orchards Creely Vintage


    GOLD Cornish Cyder - Pure Drop

    SILVER Riverside Cottage - Cider

    Champion Cornish Speciality Ale 2019

    GOLD Skinner's Brewery - Hops & Honey

    SILVER Sharp's Brewery - Sunset Red

    BRONZE Woodman's Wild Ale - Wild Mild

    Champion Cornish Porter 2019

    GOLD Keltek Brewery - Pilot Gig Porter

    SILVER Padstow Brewing Company - Pilot

    BRONZE Driftwood Spars Brewery - Bolsters Blood

    Champion Cornish Strong Mild and Old Ale 2019

    GOLD Driftwood Spars Brewery - Alfie's Revenge

    SILVER Tremethick Brewery - Dark Ale

    BRONZE Blue Anchor Inn - Spingo Special

    Champion Cornish Stout 2019

    GOLD Dynamite Valley Brewing Co. - Black Charge

    SILVER St Austell Brewery - Moo Juice

    BRONZE Castle Brewery - Stoggy Stout

    Champion Cornish Bitter 2019

    GOLD Dynamite Valley Brewing Co. - Gold Rush

    SILVER Treen's Brewery - Essential

    BRONZE Keltek Brewery - Lance

    Champion Cornish Strong Bitter 2019

    GOLD Tintagel Brewery - Merlin’s Muddle

    SILVER Harbour Brewing Company - IPA

    BRONZE St Austell Brewery - Hicks

    Champion Cornish Best Bitters 2019

    GOLD Driftwood Spars - Forest Blond

    SILVER Treen's Brewery - Classic

    BRONZE Forge Brewery - Tamar Source

    Champion Cornish Golden Ale 2019

    GOLD Harbour Brewery - Ellensburg Session IPA

    SILVER St Ives Brewery - XPA

    BRONZE Firebrand Brewing Co - West Coast IPA

    The 6 Tutored Tasting's went down a storm......

    St Austell's Rob Orton lead a path through St Austell Brews Pete Martin, Brewer and Owner at the Driftwood Spars brewery reveals the history and legends behind his beers

    Adam & Head of Cider at the Stables , leading us through the award winning Ciders Tom from Alternun Brewery, walking us through the progressive flavours of Firebrand brews.

    Tom Bryant, Head Brewer at Keltek Brewery steps up to unveil some new Award Winning Keltek Brews. Mark Rudge talks utilising wasted Cornish orchards and conserving the natural environments

    Some pictures through the festival...Much love to all the festival goers

    Adam Parfitt Rocking out Glamourous Ladies at the festival

    Opening Evening fills up nicely Out of County Bar Team 2019

    All Smiles on the Fast Track Desk.....Yes even Mark is smiling!! Cornish Bar Team

    Cheer Guys, Someone's enjoying the Tutored Tastings Truro Male voice Choir kick off the Cornish Shouts and Sing-a-longs's

    The Festival Merch and Membership Team The Backbone of the Festival the Cornish Bar

    A sketch , one of 2 share by one of our traveling beer lovers The immense Cider Bar

    A couple of our young members.....thanks so much for help us out! Betty up to her old tricks, with the 2 Beard Boys!!

    The Spoon's crew relax after a hard session on the bars! The final night with Cyderfex, rocking us out ……. Thanks Falmouth its been a pleasure.

  • Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom Wednesday 2 October 2019

    Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom

    My name is Mikey and I live in Filey in North Yorkshire. I just wanted to message you to say that I've very recently finished writing a book and it has now been published on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle format. The book is called Weird, Wondrous & Historic Pubs of the United Kingdom and it has taken me around 10 years to write. I have visited all of the pubs inside and it covers numerous counties in England, and also covers Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I have a great foreword at the beginning of the book written by one of the co-founders of Wold Top Brewery in East Yorkshire and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery in North Yorkshire. As this is my first ever book, I am wanting to spread the word to every part of the UK to get it out there. The Facebook fan page is for anyone to join and on it I will be keeping people updated by posting interesting facts and photos of the pubs I have visited in the book. The Amazon links and to the Facebook page are below:

    Paperback -

    Kindle -

    Facebook page -

    Feel free to share the above

    Kindest regards, Mikey

  • North Coast BBQ and Pub Tour Saturday 17 August 2019

    Bearded Brewery Group Photo

    35 CAMRA Kernow members and new adventurers joined together at the Steam Bar, the Great Western Hotel, Newquay, on a Gorgeous summers day, where we joined the coach to leave the hustle and bustle of the popular seaside town for a venture up the North coast.

    Beers at the Steam Newquay

    First Stop was just past the Airport and the remote location of The Bearded Brewery at Saint Mawgan. A full range of ciders were on offer alongside a selection of Bottle beers from Atlantic Brewery, and a range of boutique beers, ciders and spirits from around the world.

    CAMRA Members having cider times! In the beer shop at Bearded Brewery Bearded Brewery Ladies

    Sparky introduced us to the Breweries past and talked of days gone by when he and his business partner Rob brewed cider under the stairs through their college years for friends and how they acquired this barn on this populate shooting estate. The home of the Bearded Brewery.

    Bearded Brewery Menu Bearded Brewery Sign Sparky at Bearded Brewery

    Everyone had a cider or 3, blending concoctions from the 4% light fruit offerings through to the headbanging 10% ciders.....something for everyone. Then we headed off to the Traditional, Falcon Inn nestle in the village at Saint Morgan, a Good Beer Guide regular.


    The giant deckchair providing a great source of amusement for photos and a sense of helplessness, as we flailed around trying to dismount the structure. Shortly after we headed to the beach and the Merrymoor Inn, down at Mawgan Porth.

    Merrymoor Inn, St Mawgan Merrymoor Inn, St Mawgan

    A recently refurbished beer garden was calling us sun worshippers to the amazing coastal views. A pint or two of Sharps Own went down a treat, whilst taking a few shots of the scenery.

    Then on to our final stop, the Two Clomes at Quintrell Downs, for what only be described as a fantastic pint of Harbours Ellensburg session IPA. The tranquil gardens of this historic pub, and 2019 Good Beer Guide entry provided an opportunity to catch a few rays and a nibble on the complementary homemade sausage rolls.

    Picture from The Steam Newquay

    Finally we headed back to Newquay and the Steam Bar, before catching trains and buses back to the corners of the county. Many thanks to Hopley's Coaches and our driver Simon for looking after us on the day.

    Cheers All, Until next time. Bob

    See the pictures from our North Coast BBQ and Pub Tour
  • Black Flag presentation Sunday 28 July 2019

    The Black Flag Brewery team of Brothers Nico & Ben have recently opened their Brewery Tap at the recently re-located Black Flag Brewery.

    5 keg beers, a cask line and a real cider handful offer a great selection of drinks being enjoyed by a good number of locals..

    Falmouth Beer Festival Presentation to the Nico and Ben at the Black Flag Brewery. Bronze Award for Champion Golden ale of Cornwall 2018 for Chameleon

    Above Bob Bunce CAMRA Kernow chairman presenting Ben & Nico with a bronze golden ale award for their beer Chameleon which won at last years Falmouth Beer Festival.

  • South Devon CAMRA beer festival Thursday 25 July 2019

    Our neighbours at South Devon CAMRA are asking for staffing volunteers to help at their Beer Festival to be held on 25th to 27th July 2019 at Teignmouth Rugby and Football Club. This is the second Festival they have staged since 2012 and we need your help to ensure that it is a successful event! They need volunteers in many areas and we would be delighted if anyone could help at what promises to be a fun event...

    There will be space available for camping - either tents or camper vans. Below are the various files relating to volunteering to work at the festival which are self explanatory. There are various jobs that you can help with so please have a good look and just choose a role and a time that suits you.

    SD CAMRA volunteer form 2019

    SD CAMRA volunteer letter July 2019

    SD CAMRA Emergency Plan sunshine 2019

    Please email responses to Carol at moc.liamg@9102lavitsefenihsnus or by post to the address which is on the staffing form.

    We look forward to a great festival. Please do visit the South Devon branch website at to keep in touch with festival news.

    Cheers Bob... On behalf of Carol Doree

  • Falmouth Pub Guide Update - Volunteers Welcomed Thursday 27 June 2019
    Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide

    Malcolm our local guide co-ordinator is embarking on re-vamping and re-writing the Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide and has requested your help.

    Can you lend a hand? A get together is arranged for Thursday June 20th at the Oddfellows in Falmouth for a 19:30 start. If your willing to lend a hand and get involved drop Malcolm a note to say your coming or if you cant make the date but would like to get involved on moc.liamg@03newomloclam

    A second session in now planned for a meet in The Packet Station, Wetherspoons in Falmouth on Thursday 27th June from 12:30 PM, give Malcolm a shout if you able to join him.

    Here's a copy of the last Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide

    Many thanks for yours support!

    Help write the next Falmouth Real Ale Pub Guide
  • Royal Cornwall Show 2019 Thursday 6 June 2019

    The Royal Cornwall Show - A Showcase of Cornish Brewing 6th – 8th June, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

    In collaboration with the Brewers Alliance and the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA. We are hosting a Cornish Ale bar for the third year in a row to showcase the diversity of Cornish beer. Come and meet your fantastic local brewers and some Kernow CAMRA members.

    Royal Cornwall Show Team 2018

    The White Hart Team



    INBOUND Train from the West to Plymouth arr. 10:17, Train from the East to Plymouth arr. 10:39

    Plymouth Station dep. 10:54, Gunnislake Station arr. 11:40

    Gunnislake Station dep. 11:45 then transport will be provided to the White Hart, Chilsworthy arr. 11:50

    Welcome to the White Hart, Chilsworthy Kernow CAMRA's pub of the year! Presentation of POTY Award, followed by a complementary buffet.


    Including the Rising Sun Inn , Gunnislake.

    The Tamar Inn , Calstock

    The Boot Inn , Calstock

    Carpenter's Arms , Metherell

    OUTBOUND White Hart, Chilsworthy dep. 17:15 by provided road transfer to Gunnislake Station arr. 17:20

    Train from Gunnislake Station dep. 17.29 Plymouth Station arr. 18:14

    Alternatively depart from Calstock Station dep. 17.40 Plymouth Station arr. 18:14 (Please allow at least 10 minutes uphill walk from either The Tamar Inn or The Boot.

    Train to the East Plymouth dep. 18:25 or Train to the West Plymouth dep. 18:39



    The is a charge of £5 as contribution towards the transport costs.

    Please deposit to the Kernow CAMRA Treasurer: Barclays Sort Code 20-74-20 Account No. 73951421. with Regional and 'your surname' as a reference, Thank you.

    Your contact for the day is moc.liamtoh@retsbewregor or 01566 779896 / 07818 032612

  • Britain’s best cider and perry revealed at Reading Beer Festival Tuesday 7 May 2019

    Well done DAVID and all at St Ives Cider for their Silver Award at CAMRA National Cider & Perry Awards

    David Pictured above receiving his qualifying Award at Falmouth Beer Festival which saw his progression to the National Competition.

    The CAMRA National winners were:


    GOLD – Mayfayre’s Cider (Herefordshire)

    SILVER – St Ives Forager (St Ives, Cornwall)

    BRONZE – Ampleforth Abbey (North Yorkshire)


    GOLD – Cleeve’s Orchard Perry (Ross-on-Wye)

    SILVER – Ralph’s Medium Perry (Powys)

    BRONZE – Out of the Orchard Perry (Newent)

  • The St Agnes Stroll Social Saturday 4 May 2019

    A good few CAMRA Kernow members, friends and dogs joined the 2nd of the Saturday Strolls around St Agnes. Starting at the Railway Inn where there a good few beers in great shape, including the fantastic Timothy Taylor Landlord. After admiring some of the shoe adorned walls, we were off to the St Agnes Hotel.

    The Railway Inn , St Agnes The Railway Inn wall of shoes

    A St Austell pubs, included in the Small Batch Brewery club. A blinding pint of the latest Small Batch Brew, Bloodline was enjoyed by all, except the cider drinkers!

    St Austell Small Batch Blood Line The counting room at the St Agnes Hotel

    A brisk walk down the hill and we arrived at the re-named Bear Bar (Previously the Peterville Inn). The house brew produced by Laines Brewery of Brighton wasn't to everyone's taste, unlike Sharp's Sea Fury which hit the spot perfectly.

    The Bear Bar Bear Bar St Agnes

    Final destination was the fantastic Ale and Sausage Festival at the St Agnes hotel where we were joined by head Brewer Pete Martin and the CAMRA Kernow members who has made a beeline for the Beer Festival.

    Driftwood Beer Fest

    A good day had by all, cheers and good health to all. It was great to see everyone, including new comers to the Saturday Strolls from both Liskeard and Newquay....we hope to see you again.

  • Help us make sure we choose the right pubs to represent Cornwall in the Good Beer Guide 2021 Wednesday 24 April 2019

    We need your Help !!

    Throughout the last year the quality of in excess of 6,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA application. Theses scores along with visit reports have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the Pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall. A selection of these very best pubs are then nominated by the CAMRA Kernow Members to be consider as Pub of the Year or Cider Pub of the year.

    Here's a list of the pubs in Cornwall and the number of scores they have received in the first quarter of 2019. In excel and as a PDF.

    Can you visit pubs in your town and submit the scores to

    We would need at least 4 scores per pub from 3 different reporters for a good confidence level.

    All of the details of whatpub scoring and how to use the app can be seen here.

  • Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference in Dundee Friday 5 April 2019

    We've had an unprecedented response to our call to register to attend the 2019 Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference in Dundee next April. Not surprisingly, over 750 members have already put their names down as it's 8 years since the event was held in Scotland.

    It's open to all CAMRA members and is free to attend and we'd love to see you there too. Just log in with your membership number and password to register. If you've forgotten your password you can re-set it here.

    Over the Weekend you can discover great breweries and pubs; relax in the Members' Bar within the Caird Hall; take part in the AGM & Conference and join in discussions too. Beyond CAMRA-related activity, there's a huge amount to discover in Dundee - including the newly-opened V&A museum. Plan your weekend here.

    Everyone registered to attend will be contacted early next year about the range of organised brewery and pub trips on offer. So don't miss out - Pre-register now! Volunteering – be part of it! Help is needed in all areas - including setting up; in the CAMRA shop, on the information stand, counting votes - and in the Members' Bar. Volunteer Here. We look forward to welcoming you to Dundee

    Neil Leeson National Coordinator, Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference

  • Wednesday Walkabout - A5 bus route Newquay to St Merryn Wednesday 27 February 2019

    Wednesday 27 February started as a foggy late-winter morning as members made their way to Newquay for the start of a meandering pub crawl to pubs on the north coast A5 First Kernow bus route.

    Our intrepid leader, Steve, was found having his breakfast in the Towan Blystra Wetherspoon pub in Newquay, where a pint of Bay’s Devon Dumpling made a good start to the day.

    By the time the bus got to Newquay Airport, the sun had burned off the fog and we were in for a sunny day. This A5 did not descend into the Vale of Lanherne to the village of St Mawgan-in-Pydar, so we strolled down the lane past the Tudor buildings of Lanherne Carmelite Convent of Contemplative Sisters. However, we were contemplating the beers at the Falcon Inn where Dartmoor Legend, St Ives Boilers Golden Ale and Wadworth 6X were on offer, discounted for us as CAMRA members.

    The bus timetable called, so we reluctantly left magical St Mawgan behind to follow a magical mystery tour through villages, airfields and holiday camps to eventually arrive at St Merryn. There are two pubs in the area, the Farmer’s Arms in the centre of St Merryn and another St Austell house the Cornish Arms in Treveglos, some 700 yards to the north east. Sadly, there was only time to visit the Farmer’s Arms for a pint from a choice of St Austell Cornish Best Bitter, Proper Job or Tribute before the next bus heading back to Mawgan Porth to the Merrymoor, where Sharp’s Original went down very well.

    Suitably revitalised (can I use that word?), we decided to walk to the Traveller’s Rest at Trevarrian, have our last pint, and pick up the next bus back to Newquay. The Traveller’s Rest is only 1000 yards from the Merrymoor – an easy stroll? Not quite; There was the small matter of the 240 vertical feet, most of which is climbed in the first third of the journey. Now we know why the pub is so called. A rest we had with St Austell HSD to fortify us before the bus duly arrived.

    This is an interesting area of Cornwall, always close to the north coast with quite a few pubs in scattered communities that we did not have time to visit. Our quaint, bucolic road system means that the bus takes ages to make progress across country so that only a few pubs can be reached in a day but it proved worth the effort as the photos show.

  • Cornwall CAMRA Beer Price Annual Survey for 2018 Monday 25 February 2019

    Thanks to CAMRA members who scored their beer on WhatPub in 2018, we have information to help us to select pubs for the Good Beer Guide. 20% of those scores also had a price for the beer which allows us to calculate movements in beer price over the year. We had 1292 prices for real ales in any Cornish pub. It is well-known that Wetherspoon prices are consistently well below the prices in almost all other pubs, and we have one very prolific member who scores a lot of Wetherspoon beers. In fact, 43% of all the prices reported were for beers in Wetherspoon pubs. Therefore it is helpful to show the price trends for all pubs and also without the Wetherspoons. The results by month for 2018 for the average, highest and lowest price per pint plus the number of prices are shown in Table 1 and Figure 1 for all pubs and in Table 2 and Figure 2 for pubs excluding Wetherspoon.

    Table 1 Beer prices for all pubs by month in 2018

    Figure 1 Beer prices for all pubs by month in 2018

    Table 2 Beer prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon by month in 2018

    Figure 2 Beer prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon by month in 2018

    The trend in prices for all pubs between 2013 and 2018 is shown in Table 3 and Figure 3. For 2017 and 2018, the trend for non-Wetherspoon pubs is shown in Table 4 and Figure 3.

    Table 3 Annual beer price trends for all pubs

    Table 4 Annual beer price trends excluding Wetherspoon pubs

    Figure 3 Annual beer price trends for all pubs from 2013 to 2018 and average prices for pubs excluding Wetherspoon for 2017 and 2018 only

    The low average price for the whole of 2018 for all pubs was caused by a disproportionately high number of Wetherspoon prices. The average price of beer excluding Wetherspoon before 2017 would be higher than the values for all pubs but we do not have the data to complete the table.

    So, our limited data shows that the price of a pint in a non-Wetherspoon pub in Cornwall in 2018 was £3.57, and for all pubs was somewhere between £2.92 and £3.57. If we get more scores and more prices reported in 2019 then we can calculate a better survey next year.

    Steve Barber, Cornwall NBSS Coordinator

  • Far West for a Wednesday Walkabout Wednesday 23 January 2019

    Cornish Crown porter presentation

    A group of CAMRA Kernow members went down to the far west for a Wednesday Walkabout on 23 January. Our first and last port of call was the Crown at Penzance where we partook of the excellent Cornish Crown beers and presented brewer Josh Dunkley with a CAMRA certificate for his win at the 2018 Falmouth Beer Festival with Silver in Champion Cornish Porters for Cornish Crown Porter.

    It was a pleasure to meet our good friends and formerly active CAMRA members Ted and Joy James in the Crown. We then took the bus to St Just for a tour of the four pubs there. The first was the excellent Star Inn, a Good Beer Guide regular.

    A pint of St Austell Cornish Best Bitter or two went down well. We dragged ourselves away from the conversation there and walked a few yards to the Kings Arms in the square.

    Another cosy granite St Austell pub where Tribute was enjoyed in front of a big open fire. Another short walk across the square brought us to the imposing granite Wellington Hotel, also St Austell, for another pint of Tribute.

    Finally, we made the final few yards to the equally imposing Commercial Hotel where we settled in the bar at the back for our final pint of Sharp's Doom Bar before catching the bus back to Penzance. The depths of winter may not be the best time to appreciate the most westerly town in Cornwall at 5 degrees 40 minutes west (further west than Campbeltown of whisky loch fame) but few such small towns can boast so many pubs.

  • 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales Friday 18 January 2019

    Would you like to volunteers for the 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales

    Dear CAMRA member,

    The 30th Exeter Festival of Winter Ales (FOWA) will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January 2019 at Exeter City Football Club.

    If you would like to help at the festival, please complete the attached Staffing Form. Any member volunteering will be asked to sign a copy of the 'Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations' (copy attached for reference) when they register at their first session of working indicating that they have read the document and will abide by the regulations. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact details on the form. I look forward to hearing from you,


    Jan Dwan
(FOWA Staff Manager)

    Jan Dwan (FOWA Staff Manager) moc.kooltuo@nawd_naj

  • Twix-mas Walkabout Friday 28 December 2018

    A group from Cornwall, South Devon, Plymouth, Cardiff and Surrey/Hants toured seven pubs in Falmouth: Seven Stars, Packet Station, Pennycomequick, Prince of Wales, Beerwolf Books, Grapes and Front. Dan and Nigel raced up Jacob's Ladder. Nigel won in spite of giving Dan a good start! A good time was had by all as you can see. Cheers, Steve

  • Chilsworthy Branch Meeting at the White Hart Saturday 8 December 2018

    On a wet December Afternoon we headed towards the White Hart at Chilsworthy high on the banks above the Tamar River, maintaining the border between Cornwall and England

    The White Hart Team The beautiful buffet Dave of Forge Brewery

    The fantastic team at the White Hart kept some great local beers and presented a smashing fresh buffet. Dave from Forge brewery also joined us to be presented with his certificates from Falmouth Beer Festival.

    See the committee reports and minutes from the meeting in our members' area.

  • Two Clomes Presentations Saturday 1 December 2018

    CAMRA Kernow’s December social welcomed both members and non-members to join together in recognition of the Two Clomes entry to the Good Beer Guide, on Saturday.

    Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs

    A fine selection of ales from Sharp’s Brewery, Rock and Harbour Brewery, Bodmin were be on the bar. We were joined by Andrew Madden, Head Brewer and Alex Jacques, West Cornwall representative of Sharp’s Brewery, Rob & Sparky the cider creators form St Mawgan’s Bearded Brewery…All of whom will be presented awards for their success at Falmouth Beer Festival judging of Champion Beers and Ciders of Cornwall. The event was be followed by a Walkabout around Newquay.

    Rob & Sparky of Bearded Brewery

    Bearded Brewery Cider Makers were presented with Supreme Champion Cider of Cornwall 2018 Third place for Suicider and Cornish Fruit Cider 2018 Gold with Moustache Mango & the Bronze with Unshaven Maiden.

    Andrew & Alex of Sharp's Brewery

    The Sharps Team were presented with Champion Cornish Stout 2018 Silver - for the seasonal Cross Haven Oatmeal Stout and the Champion Cornish Best Bitter 2018 Silver for Atlantic.

    Phil behind the Bar at the Two Clomes

    Phil and the team at the Two Clomes provide fantastic quality ale, alongside some complementary mice pies and a very warm welcome. Everyone who attended raised a glass to the Two Clomes entry to the Good Beer Guide.

    Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs Two Clomes, Quintrell Downs

  • The St Austell Celtic Beer Festival Get Together Saturday 24 November 2018

    On Saturday 24th November a number of CAMRA Kernow Members attended the fantastic Celtic Beer Festival... Celtic Beer Festival Rugby's ON!

    Here's a few picture's from the event...

    Congratulation for the Bronze Award in the 2018 Champion Bottled Beer of Britain with St. Austell Brewery's, Big Job Celtic Beer Festival Celtic Beer Festival Brewers Alliance Bar Celtic Beer Festival The Management Celtic Beer Festival Tasting Table Celtic Beer Festival Rock On!! Celtic Beer Festival Imperial Black Square

  • Wednesday Walkabout - Liskeard Wednesday 21 November 2018

    A selection of Steve Barbers photos from the CAMRA Kernow Wednesday Walkabout on a wet and gloomy 21 November.

    A good number of Kernow members turned out plus one from Plymouth. We visited the King Doniert (without getting Stoned), the Albion, the White Horse, the Red Lion and the Barley Sheaf. The rain stopped and the moon came out on the way home. A few cheery beers we had by all.

  • November Branch Social and Presentations Saturday 10 November 2018

    On Saturday 10th November CAMRA Kernow headed to Crowlas and St Ives for a Branch Social and Falmouth Beer Festival Presentations.

    First Stop the Home of Penzance Brewery, the Star Inn Crowlas

    Star Inn, Crowlas

    Including the Presentation to John and Kim Coulson for Polgoon's Mount's Bay Scrumpy. The champion Cider of Cornwall 2018.

    Polgoon Champion Cider of Cornwall Presentation

    And Presentation to the Penzance Brewery, for the Champion Mild of Cornwall 2018, accepted by Steve Bidwell, longstanding bar keeper of the Star, who departs for tropical shores in 3 months after 19 years behind the bar.

    Followed by a trip to the Good Beer Guide new entry The Pilchard Press, St Ives for some lovely beers.

    With Presentations to Marco of St Ives Brewery for the Champion Cornish Golden Ale 2018 Silver with St Ives - XPA and David of St Ives Cider for the Champion Cornish Cider Runner up with St Ives - Forager.

  • Branch Meeting at the Stag Inn Saturday 27 October 2018

    Some pictures from the CAMRA Kernow Branch Meeting held at the Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth

    I great pub that supports local breweries and produces amazing curries.

    Congratulations to Stuart of Woodman's Wild Ales (pictured above) and to Sarah and Simon Treen for their Falmouth Beer Festival Awards. Many thanks to Gary for opening up for Saturday lunch to host us.

    Then after our trip down to Dynamite Valley Brewing at the Viaduct works.

  • Wednesday Walkabout - Padstow Wednesday 24 October 2018

    Another fantastic Walkabout around our beloved Padstow.

    Des and the Padstow Brewery Awards . Champion Strong Bitter of Cornwall 2018 - Padstow IPA

    Congratulations to Des, Caron and Simon at Padstow Brewery on their Gold for Padstow IPA in the Falmouth Beer Festival 2018 Strong Beer of Cornwall Competition.

    A selection of pictures from our Walkabout, including the Padstow Brewery tasting room, the famous London Inn and the Golden Lion home of the Old obby oss!