North Devon

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

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  • Exeter Festival of Beer Thursday 18 January 2024


  • Volunteers wanted for North Devon Beer Festival Saturday 19 August 2023

    It's back! The North Devon Beer Festival is being held at the Barnstaple Pannier Market over the late August Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 27th - Monday 28th) from noon each day.

    This festival is a showcase for all that's best in North Devon ales, ciders and gins, plus some good food and great music. (And for any CAMRA members willing and able to put in a shift behind the bar there's still room for one or two more! Or if you fancy chatting to people about CAMRA and North Devon we'll have some info for you to give away.)

    Please contact Dave: moc.liamtoh@jdnosretap

  • Club of the Year the Royal British Legion Club at Hartland Wednesday 19 July 2023

    Steward Marcel Jeffrey was awarded certificate by members Chris Wells and David Eldred.

    Club of the Year the Royal British Legion Club at Hartland

  • Pub News Wednesday 12 July 2023

    In these challenging times for the hospitality industry - it’s always best to start with some good news - and thankfully there’s plenty of it this time around.

    Black Horse - Braunton

    It seems Braunton pubs are experiencing something of a renaissance. The Black Horse in Church St is now under new management so it’s a warm welcome to business partners Grant and Daniel who’s aim is to offer restaurant quality food while embracing a range of Real Ales. Elsewhere in Braunton the White Lion continues to generate good vibes with latest reports of Proper Job, Jail Ale and Bass all being served on one evening! Also, the London Inn is now serving up some pretty decent London Pride by all accounts.

    On the north coast there seems to be a bit of a trend as two more pubs appear to have been added to the Hall and Woodhouse (Badger Brewery) portfolio with The Rising Sun and the Rock House at Lynmouth both now joining the previously acquired Red Barn at Woolacombe.

    Not far off the north coast at Blackmoor Gate, the Old Station House Inn has been bought by a subsidiary of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust, along with adjoining house and adjacent land. New manager Mark Halliday has said there are no plans to change this successful community pub and restaurant, although eventually the Trust does plan to restore the railway to the former station site.

    In Ilfracombe, it’s congratulations to the George and Dragon - the pub was among only 15 from across the UK selected as finalists for the 2023 Community Pub Hero Awards. As a result, licensees Jon and Linda Quinn were invited to the House of Commons to meet local MP Selaine Saxby and the other 14 finalists, having raised more than £170,000 for local good causes during their 18 years at the pub.

    And just around the corner from the George, it’s good to see the Ship and Pilot back to something like its old self - selling at least 2 real ales and feeling more like a pub again! In Barnstaple, the Rolle Quay has recently reopened with new tenants, so the very best of luck to them.

    The Champ - Appledore

    It’s also good to see the Champ at Appledore back in business - under new community management apparently but still serving Clearwater Ales and still a mecca for live local folk music and blues music fans, so well worth a visit this summer. They have recently announced more extensive opening hours; please refer to their Facebook page / Website for details.

    Excellent news too from Great Torrington where the long-time CAMRA favourite - the Black Horse - is now under new management and has reopened after closing in the 2020 lockdown. This iconic Grade 2 listed coaching inn in the Square has recently undergone a major refurbishment of the public spaces and is regularly serving 5 real ales, mostly from southwest brewers including Dartmoor, Exmoor, St Austell and Bath Ales.

    And no doubt there a great deal more happening out there that we’re not yet aware of - so why not let us know so we can include it in a future edition of our branch magazine?

  • Cider Pub of the Year Winner - Bull and Dragon Meeth Tuesday 11 July 2023

    Mike and Becky were delighted to receive their award from Richard Squire our Cider Rep.

    Cider Pub of the Year - Bull and Dragon Meeth