Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA

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Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA

CAMRA has been campaigning for real ale, pubs and drinkers' rights since 1971. It has a large and growing national membership. Each member belongs to an individual CAMRA Branch in the UK - like this one.

If you're not already a member, do join online at CAMRA Membership.


LET'S CALL TIME ON THE GREAT BRITISH PUB SCANDAL

Save Pubs We call on the Government to stick to its promise to introduce a Pubs Watchdog to prevent valued pubs from being placed at risk of closure due to unfair practices in the pub sector.

Why is this important?

A Pubs Watchdog is urgently needed to govern the behaviour of large pub companies (which own around a third of UK pubs) and ensure publicans are treated fairly. A key role for the Pubs Watchdog would be to ensure rents and wholesale prices are reasonable.
Last year the Government recognised that “there is some real hardship in the pubs sector, with many pubs going to the wall as publicans are struggling to survive on tiny margins. Some of this is due to pubcos [pub companies] exploiting and squeezing their publicans by unfair practices and a focus on short-term profits. Four Select Committee reviews since 2004 have highlighted these problems” (Vince Cable MP, January 2013).
In 2013 the Government rightly concluded that “a change in the law is now needed to shift behaviour”. However, time is rapidly running out to introduce these important changes.

Please click on the image to go to the petition website, where you can sign the petition and find more information about this important issue.


Local pub database

Swindon Pub Guide

We have got an online pub guide covering this branch. It contains about 300 pubs, bars and hotels, nearly 180 of which serve real ale. Please click on the image on the left to open our pub database in a new window.
If you visit any of our pubs, just give us some feedback. If there has been no change to a pub, just let us know the date of your visit - no need for a survey. You can print or download the survey form as a pdf file. Pub Survey Form.pdf.


Beer Festivals and other events

The Inn With The Well at Ogbourne St George Beer Festival 17-Apr to 23-Apr-14

Ten beers and lots of events.
Please visit the website for more information.


GluePot


Nine Elms at Old Shaw Lane, Shaw, Swindon, SN5 5PD Beer Festival 09-May to 10-May-14

The landlord writes, 'This is our first run at a small festival and we will have nine ales, two ciders and a perry.
There is no charge and we are looking at half to third glasses for tasting.
The Nine Elms recently became a freehold and we are looking at expanding our ale offering.
Curry is available to purchase from YeahYa@TheNineElms. This is an independent company looking to expand their market.'
Please visit the website for more information.




Crown Hotel at Aldbourne Beer Festival 23-May to 25-May-14

Please visit the website for more information.




The Crown Inn at Pewsey Beer Festival 18-Jun-14

The Crown Inn at Pewsey (home of Worlds End Brewery) are hosting their Summer Solstice Beer Festival from midday. This year's theme is yet to be announced.




Four beers from Arkell's this spring/summer

Arkells beers

More new beers from Alex and the brewing team at Arkell's brewery to look forward to.



The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London 12 - 16 August 2014



The 28th Swindon Beer Festival 23 - 25 October 2014



Local pubs in need of a survey

Here is a list of pubs within the branch that are in need of a survey:

Bakers Arms, Badbury, SN4 0EU
Bakers Arms, 121 Beechcroft Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN2 7RE
Clifton, Clifton Street, Swindon, SN1 3PY
Duke of Edinburgh, Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 1AE
Foresters Arms, Malmesbury Road, Leigh, SN6 6RH
Freke Arms, Swanborough, SN6 7RN
Jolly Tar, Queens Road, Hannington, SN6 7RP
Kembrey Inn, Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 8YS
Messenger, Covingham Square, Swindon, SN3 5AA
Moonrakers, Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 5AA
Old Nick, 61 Station Rd, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7DS
Outside Chance, 71 High Street, Manton, SN8 4HW
Pelican, Bath Road, Froxfield, SN8 3JY
Prince of Wales, Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HT
Red Lion, 59 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7AQ
Red Lion, Axford, SN8 2HA
Rolleston Arms, 73 Commercial Road, Swindon, SN1 5NX
Royal Oak, 24 Devizes Road, Swindon, SN1 4BQ
Rudi's, 21 Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PR
Seven Stars, Gores Lane, Bottlesford, SN9 6LW
Silks On The Downs, Main Road, Ogbourne St Andrew, SN8 1RZ
Southbrook, Southbrook Street, Swindon, SN2 1HF
Swiss Chalet, Chapel Street, Swindon, SN2 8DA
White Hart, Oare, SN8 4JA
White Hart, Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN3 4JD
White Horse, Winterbourne Bassett, SN4 9QB
Woodlands Edge, Midwinter Close, Peatmoor, Swindon, SN5 5EZ


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Last updated: 18-Apr-14