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.

Upcoming Events

  • October 15 to December 1 – Ale Trail – Collect stamps from 17 pubs for the opportunity to win beer prizes.
  • October 21 – City Pub of the Season: Spring 2020 – Walmgate Ale House
  • November 12 – Friday Five: Starting at 7:30pm in The Phoenix, then onto The Masons Arms for 8:15pm followed by The Postern Gate, Red Lion and The Hop.
  • November 20 – Survey Bus Trip: Leaving York at 11:30am, there will be stops at The Mended Drum in Huby and The White Bear in Stillington followed by a stop in Easingwold with five pubs to sample.
  • December 3 – Friday Five : Starting at 7:30pm in Thomas’ of York, then onto Lendal Cellars for 8:15pm followed by Harkers, Punch Bowl and Old Starre Inn.
  • December TBC – Beverley Busy Trip

Pub of the Year 2020 presentation @ The Slip Inn

We were delighted to finally award The Slip Inn the long overdue Pub of the Year 2020 award and can confirm that, although we have waited a year for this presentation evening, the beer is as good in 2021 as it was when we surveyed pubs in early 2020.

Locals and CAMRA members gathered at the Slip in expectation of a brilliant evening and they were not disappointed.  First lets mention the beers: the regulars were of course on: Leeds Pale, Tims Boltmaker and Rudgate Ruby Mild. These were supplemented by beers from Brass Castle, Oakham, Abbeydale, Titanic and Bad Seed.  Quite a selection which many towns would struggle to emulate and all in just one pub.

If you don’t know the Slip please seek it out, you won’t be disappointed.
The trophy will enjoy its new home for this year and our Pub of the Year process will resume with a new lucky winner to be selected for 2022 but the Slip will always be a winner to us.

Cider Pub of the Year 2020 presentation @ The Maltings

A week on from our Pub of the Year 2020 presentation, we were able to celebrate our Cider Pub of the Year 2020 – The Maltings.

This fantastic pub should not be a stranger to anyone who has drank in York in search for quality real ales and real ciders.

A short walk from the railway station, we can think of no better gateway to the city’s fantastic array of pubs than this great institution.

While many members favour real ale, we all entered into the spirit of things by sampling the many ciders available before being treated to an impromptu cellar tour!

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. It will continue to focus on Real Ale, showcase local breweries and offer a wide variety of drinks including foreign keg beer, real cider and perry,  wines and mead. It also includes a wide variety of food and music.

To clarify, any 2021 beer festivals being held at the Knavesmire site – including the ‘Oktoberfest’ focussing on German beer, food and entertainment – have no connection to CAMRA so therefore we will not be able to answer any queries regarding them.

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

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, production our Ouse Boozer was paused. We are working on producing a few stand alone editions in the coming months and will look to resume regular quarterly publishing in 2022.