York CAMRA Branch

York CAMRA is a branch of the national Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). CAMRA is a well-established national organisation with more than 160,000 members which aims to promote traditional real ale and pubs.

York CAMRA Is Back

While your Committee continued the work of the Branch behind the scenes during the pandemic, we have are pleased to announce that social events and presentation evenings can now resume with our diary quickly filling up.

We are eagerly looking forward to the following events in the coming weeks:

Tuesday 10 August – Pub of the Year presentation at The Slip Inn from 7pm
Friday 13 August – Friday Five social starting at the Bay Horse, Blossom Street at 7:30pm moving onto The Windmill Inn at 8:15pm followed by The Punch Bowl, The Artful Dodger and The Ackhorne.
Tuesday 17 August – Cider Pub of the Year presentation at The Maltings from 7pm
Friday 20 August – Cycle Social beginning at The Deramore Arms, Heslington at 7pm heading towards St Vincent Arms, Sutton Upon Derwent.
Wednesday 25 August – Beer Garden of the Year presentation at The Waggon and Horses from 7pm
Tuesday 31 August – Branch meeting at 8pm, venue TBC
Friday 10 September – Friday Five social, venues TBC

The Slip Inn is our Pub of the year 2020

We are delighted to announce that The Slip Inn, on Clementhorpe is the York Branch Pub of the Year for 2020. The pub remains closed as the layout does not allow for safe social distancing. We look forward to presenting the award when they open.

Paul Crossman, landlord and pubs campaigner gave us his response to the award (click through to read in full):

2020 has turned out to be a strange and very difficult year in so many ways. Most of us have never experienced a time like it, and this very much includes the pub world. We were among the very first businesses to close, and will inevitably be among the last to reopen, something which is especially true for small community-orientated pubs like our own.

While essential workers have toiled to keep our nation fed, functioning and as safe as possible, the employees of tens of thousand of pubs have by necessity become “essential non-workers”, furloughed en-masse as part of an effort to salvage as much of the hospitality industry as possible for the future. The kind of close social experience that is our true stock-in-trade has been rendered temporarily, tragically, toxic, as we have all collectively found ourselves with no choice but to suppress our natural, normally very healthy, social instinct to gather and mingle.

So it would seem, on the face of it, a strange and perhaps frustrating year for The Slip Inn to find itself honoured with the award of York CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

Yet in time-honoured tradition we have chosen instead to look on the bright side. Click through to read response in full

York CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival Postponed To 2022

It is with regret that we have had to postpone our annual Beer & Cider Festival to 2022. Unfortunately with all the costs associated with holding an event of this scale, we could not proceed with the level of uncertainty that still remains.

While not yet confirmed, we are currently making plans for next year’s festival with the provisional dates of 14-17 September.

York Branch Area

The York branch covers an extensive geographical area, which includes Selby, Tadcaster and rural parts of North and East Yorkshire, as well as the city of York itself.

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Neighbouring us is the Scarborough Branch of CAMRA who have their own website.

Branch Meetings and Socials

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, all upcoming branch socials and meetings are cancelled. We look forward to welcoming you to them in the nearest future.

All events are published on our website calendar, along with local beer festivals.

Ouse Boozer – our quarterly magazine

Issue 142 Winter 2019

Our magazine, Ouse Boozer, is distributed free to real ale pubs in the branch area and available to download from the branch website.

Latest issue is Winter 2019.

Check out the archive for issues going back to 2012.

Due to COVID-19, our regular spring Ouse Boozer will not be published. We hope to be back in the summer.

FAQ for Beer festival organisers and licensees

Beer festival organisers – we can help get the word out on our website and social media pages. Check out our Beer festival organiser FAQ page.

Licensees – if you want to know more about real ale, locale, get Ouse Boozer delivered for your pub, then check out our  Licensee FAQ page.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for get in touch – here’s our contacts page.

Unspoilt and heritage pubs

Heritage Pubs

York is blessed with a number of delightful pubs with historic interiors. Find historic York pubs, and historic pubs nationwide on the Heritage Pubs Website.

A new edition of the book, your definitive guide to the nation’s most important historic pub interiors is available on the CAMRA books online store.