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.

CAMRA’s COVID-19 response

Following government guidance, the following events are cancelled:

  • All York CAMRA branch socials and meetings until further notice
  • All upcoming CAMRA Beer Festivals on 3 month rolling basis

York CAMRA beer festival 2020 is cancelled

We regret to have to announce that this year’s York Beer & Cider festival has been CANCELLED. The need for Social Distancing is clearly going to endure for a considerable time. This would have a massive negative impact on our capacity, destroying the party atmosphere that many come for and making the event unviable in financial terms.

We plan to return to the Racecourse in 2021, provisional dates are 15-18th September 20201. I do hope to see you then.

Thank you to all members who have been involved in the organisation and planning.

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

How to support our breweries and pubs during COVID-19 crisis

1. Buy beer direct from the brewery – a number of local breweries are delivering to York and surrounds, or offering opening times where you can collect your order. Buying from the brewery puts the money direct into their tills and will help them keep the lights on.

2. Buy beer and food from the pub – many pubs are open again, for those that can visit pubs we hope you will go out and support them. If you are not able to get out and enjoy a beer in the pub, the good news is some are still doing takeaway beers and food.

The situation for pubs and breweries is changing daily so do let us know if our list needs an update at web@york.camra.org.uk .

York breweries and pubs open for beer and food collection or delivery during COVID-19 crisis

NameOnline storeNotes
Bistro Guymenu on website

Order by phone
Bistro Guy will be closing the Gillygate restaurant at the end of July.
Read more on York Press

For July they are still doing fresh pizza for collection on Friday and Saturday evenings
Collection only
Order by phone 07946224960 from the special menu (on website)
Brew York
Brew York
Brew York online storeBrew York taproom is remaining closed for the time being. Read on Brew York website

You can still order online for delivery or collect from the taproom Mon-Fri 9-5, Sa-Su 2-7pm
Crooked Tap, Acomb

Latest updates on facebookOpen as pub and for take away fresh beer and cans.
The Fox, Holgate road

Ossett online shopPub is open and they are still running click and collect for Ossett beers
Minster InnFacebook pagePub open, and still doing pizzas and beer take outs

Order by phone 01904 849240

For delivery service & menu go to Deliveroo
PivovarPivovar online storeCans and cask beers in 4pint take outs

Free delivery to York & local area for orders over £5
Rook & GaskillRook & gaskill online storePub open and still doing take out cask & craft beers and pizzas!

Order online and book a collection slot
House of Trembling Madness, LendallHOTM online storeStonegate bar still closed. Lendal bar opening one floor. Bottle shop and fresh beer open on ground floor, and still doing deliveries of beer in York
Victoria VaultsBeers listed on FacebookVictoria Vaults is remaining closed because it is classed as a music venue.

Order by phone 0793 854 0800 or email info.victoriavaults@gmail.com

Delivery in York

Selection of Brass Castle and Bad Seed mini kegs (5 litres/8.5 pints). Ainsty Ale mini kegs coming week comm 8 June.
York Gin
York gin online storeIt's not beer but it's local and it's good!

Shop is open but they're still doing deliveries - Free delivery within 3 miles of York ring road for orders over £18

Local breweries delivering to York or open for collection during COVID-19 crisis

BreweryWhat's availableHow to buyDelivery and discounts
Ainsty Ales
Cans, beer in a boxOrder by phone 01904 703233 or email info@ainstyales

Ainsty Ale beers

"Community Drive-Thru" at the brewery every Thursday 12pm-3pm.
Drive Thru on Friday lunchtime 12-3pm to collect beers

Taproom now open on Saturdays
Bad Co
CansBad co storeUse code BADCO15 for 15% discount.
Bad Seed
Cans and mini kegs, beer in a box

Now brewing new beers!
Order through Brass CastleFree delivery to York on Fridays - order on Brass Castle website.
Brass Castle
Cans, bag in box, mini kegsBrass Castle storeStocking Bad Seed and a few other beers as well as their own.

Free delivery to York on Fridays.

Taproom opening soon as a bottle shop / for collection.

Join Crowler Club to support the brewery and exclusive deals and discounts on orders.
Half Moon
BottlesOrder via email jackie@halfmoonbrewery.co.uk

Half Moon beers
Delivering Thursday & Fridays.

Also available from Brass Castle

Jolly Sailor\
Jolly Sailor brewery logo
Bottles, bag in boxJolly Sailor store
Cans, bottlesRoosters store
Bottles, cansOrder by phone 01423 358382 or email sales@rudgatebrewery.co.uk

Rudgate store
Delivery to all HG and YO postcodes
BottlesTreboom storeFree delivery in York

Open for collection Mon-Fri 12-3pm
Turning Point
Turning Point
Cans, mini kegs and regular tastings

Brewing new beers!
Turning Point storeTaproom now open and still delivering from the online store
Yorkshire Heart
BottlesYorkshire Heart store

Stay in touch while we social distance

CAMRA has created a virtual pub for beer drinkers and pub-goers to get together for a beer and tackle the loneliness and social isolation felt during the Coronavirus lockdown and closure of the nation’s pubs.

Find to the virtual pub here https://theredonlion.co.uk/

Within the walls opened The Online Arms on facebook welcoming locals.

And keep an eye out for online tasting sessions from some of your favourite breweries such as Turning Point and Tiny Rebel.

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.