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.


Ouse Boozer Correction

In Issue 144 of the Ouse Boozer, our article entitled ‘Biggest Award for Smallest Pub’ incorrectly stated that The Blue Bell, Fossgate was free-of-tie and able to buy ale for all pumps from any brewery. This is not the case and we regret the error.

While our contributors try their best to write accurate articles, sometimes genuine mistakes occur. All our writers are volunteers who want to celebrate beer and they would never intentionally cause issues for pubs they love.

The online edition has been edited to remove this error and this correction will be printed in Issue 145 of the Ouse Boozer.


Upcoming Events

  • August TBC – Town and Country Pub of the Season presentation at The Woodman Inn
  • August 12 – Friday Five starting at The Duke of York, York Railway Station
  • August 19 – Cycle Social starting at The Walnut Tree Heworth
  • August 30 – Branch Meeting
  • September 14-17 – York Beer and Cider Festival

Further details can be found on our diary page.


York CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2022

We are pleased to confirm that the our beer and cider festival is going ahead!

We will once again be returning to the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17 September offering a selection of over 500 ales as well as nearly 100 ciders and perries. We can promise there will be something for everyone!

Our new festival website will be going live soon with further details regarding ticket options and prices.

We can’t wait to welcome you back!


York CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022

Congratulations to the The Blue Bell, Fossgate on being awarded our Pub of the Year 2022!

A well-deserved winner among a tough field of eight excellent nominees. Thank you also to all members who helped whittle down the hundreds of fantastic pubs in our branch area and who ranked the final shortlist.

Congratulating the Blue Bell on their win, Chairman Chris Tregellis said:

“Whenever I visit the Blue Bell I always seem to get into a pleasant conversation with someone and always enjoy the experience. It’s fitting that the Blue Bell should be our 2022 Pub of the Year and I look forward to chatting to many more real ale drinkers on 22nd June when the presentation is made.”

We are looking forward to celebrating The Blue Bell at our presentation evening on June 22 alongside CAMRA members and regulars.


Ouse Boozer – our quarterly magazine

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

Advertising is available at competitive rates for pubs and breweries. If you would like to enquire about quarter page, half page or full page adeverts, please email Jordan Hennessy via comms@york.camra.org.uk

Our latest issue is Summer 2022.

Check out the archive for issues going back to 2012.

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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