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:

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 starting at Bootham Tavern at 7:30pm moving onto The White Horse at 8:15pm followed by The Exhibition, Hole in Wall and Three Legged Mare.
Friday 8 October – Friday Five social starting at The Black Horse, Monkgate at 7:30pm moving onto The Keystones at 8:15pm followed by The Royal Oak, The Golden Slipper and The Snickleway Inn.
Friday 12 November – Friday Five social, venues TBC



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.


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.


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.