Scunthorpe and District
We are a small and friendly local branch of CAMRA,
a national consumer organisation which campaigns on behalf of UK drinkers on subjects such as choice,
value for money, good beer and good pubs.
We have regular meetings in local pubs, plus a programme of social activities including
visits to beer festivals and breweries. CAMRA members and prospective members are welcome
to attend our meetings and socials.
Details can be found here on the website, in the members' newspaper, 'What's Brewing',
or the branch newsletter, 'Iron Brew'; the latter is free and distributed to many
real ale pubs in our area on a quarterly basis and can be downloaded from this page.
For information on pubs local and national, visit WhatPub,
Camra's online pub guide.
The 20th Anniversary Scunthorpe Beer Festival - Royal Hotel, Doncaster Road, 5th - 8th October 2017
Follow the link for further details on this year's Beer Festival and please download
and distribute the poster to help promote the event. Many thanks.
Pub of the Year Presentation, The White Swan, Barton
The Scunthorpe & District CAMRA Pub of the Year was awarded to the White Swan. Since reopening some four years ago,
the White Swan has been well received locally both in terms of an excellent drinking venue and in seeing
a beautiful old building and traditional pub back up and running.
At the time of the presentation to licencees Greg and Lisa Robson by local Camra members Colin and Christine Andrew,
the real ales on offer were Lincolnshire Brewing Company - Friendly Rottweiler 4.5%,
Inveralmond - Thrappledouser 4.3% and Horncastle Ales - Wicked blonde 3.9% from an ever-changing selection.
The pub has gone from strength to strength and continues to develop for the future and a full report
can be found in the latest edition of Iron Brew, downloadable from the link at the top of the page.
Pub of the Season Presentation, The Yarborough Hunt, Brigg
The Scunthorpe & District CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season was awarded to the Yarborough Hunt in Brigg.
The photo below shows Branch Secretary Mark Elsome presenting the commemorative certificate to Yarborough
Hunt licensee Lucy Fensome, flanked by branch members and friends.
Congratulations go to Lucy and all staff at the pub.
Trip to Leeds Beer Festival
Good day at the Leeds Beer Festival in March. Five members made their way to the Civic Hall
at Pudsey to enjoy an excellent and extensive range of cask and keykeg beers situated over
two floors at the hall.
A LocAle card scheme was also in operation where after drinking
five Locale beers the sixth could be had for free. This was the last year at this venue
as the upper floor is being converted into office space. Leeds CAMRA are planning to move
the festival to a university students union in 2018.
About mid-afternoon we caught the
train back into Leeds city centre to visit a few Leeds pubs and round off the day.
These included the Scarborough Arms, Horse & Trumpet, Mr Foleys, Tallboys and Whitelocks,
where some excellent beers were sampled.
Trip to Derby Beer Festival
A small group of Scunthorpe & District Branch members made their way to the first full day
of the Derby Winter Ales Festival held at the Roundhouse near Derby Rail Station,
and were joined by Stef from Grimsby CAMRA. An excellent venue with a great range of
real ales and ciders, spoiled slightly by the lack of available seating.
Standout beers included Blue Monkey Centennial, Bad Seed Seville Orange IPA,
Tiny Rebel Juicy and Wild Millionaire. Around mid-afternoon we took the free 'beer bus'
to the city centre and visited a few choice Derby hostelries including Ye Olde Dolphin,
Silk Mill, Flowerpots, Alexandra and the Brunswick before boarding the train home.
Thanks to Brian for the pub tour. Overall a very enjoyable day. Roll on the Leeds Beer Festival next month!
Winter Pub of the Season Presentation
The Wheatsheaf, Barton-upon-Humber
Some excellent beers on offer at the Winter Pub of the Season presentation to the Wheatsheaf at
Barton-upon-Humber on Saturday 28 January, including Moorhouses White Witch and Lancaster Black.
Also a chance to catch up with old friends.
Congratulations to Gee, Debbie and staff at the pub - a well-deserved award.
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
In mid-January a small group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members met up at
Manchester Central Convention Complex for the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.
This is one of CAMRA's biggest festivals of the year, with over 600 real ales
and over 80 traditional ciders and perrys.
The scale of the event was breathtaking and the range of cask ales was brilliant.
As well as plenty of session strength ales, there were also one or two stronger,
lunatic brews such as Cloudwater's Christmas Cake Imperial Stout at 11.8% ABV
(which we just had to sample naturally!).
There was lots of well-spaced out seating and good quality food stalls as well -
both improved upon since last year. All in all a superb beer festival and enjoyed
by all branch members who attended.
Click here for previous events.