Pubs and Club of the Year 2015 – results now in

Thanks to all Durham CAMRA members for taking part in the recent poll for branch pubs and club of the year for 2015.

The votes have now been counted and validated and you can see the winners and runners-up listed on the Awards pages. Congratulations to those and all the others who received votes in very competitive and closely run contests.

Voting now open for 2015 Pubs and Club of the Year

A good number of nominations were received from branch CAMRA members to become Pubs and Club of the Year for 2015.

Voting is now open and to encourage participation a draw will take place from all valid votes received for a small prize of bottle conditioned ales.

Visit to see how you can vote.

Nominations received are listed there to help you but you can still vote for ANY pub or club of your choosing in the Durham branch area. You must be a CAMRA member from the Durham branch to participate.

Champion Beer of Britain Nominations Open

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The nomination period for the Champion Beer of Britain competition is now open. All CAMRA members can submit nominations, which will be used to help select beers for the regional competitions. The winners of the regional competitions go through to the national finals. There are eleven categories available, but you do not need to nominate beers in all categories.

To vote, go to and log in using your member login details. You will then be able to nominate up to five beers in each of the eleven categories. Members without internet access can submit proxy votes via members of the branch committee. Nominations close on Saturday, November 30th.

Branch Pubs and Clubs of the Year 2015

It will soon be time for us to choose our Pubs and Clubs of the year for 2015 from our branch area which then go forward to regional Pub and Club of the Year competitions. We have five categories – Town Pub of the Year, Country Pub of the Year, Club of the Year, Town Cider Pub of the Year and Country Cider Pub of the Year.  In 2014 the holders are The  Victoria Inn, Durham, The Ship Inn, Middlestone Village, Durham City Rugby Club, The John Duck, Durham and The Black Lion, Wolsingham respectively.  The Victoria and The Ship went on be placed 2nd and 3rd in the regional competition.

You can find a list of recent winners at

We would like all of our branch members to have a say in who should get the awards for 2015 and we would like to hear from you now with any nominations for the best pubs, clubs and cider pubs in our branch area, so that a short list can be drawn up and a vote held. There are no rigid criteria as to which establishments can be nominated other than they must be in our branch area and must serve real ale.  For the cider pub they must have a commitment to providing real cider on a regular basis and nominated clubs need to be open to card carrying CAMRA members. You may however want to consider such thing as community involvement, atmosphere, decor, range and quality of ales, events held, facilities, value for money, customer service and so on.

So if you have a favourite pub, club, or cider pub that you think deserves
to have the title of Pub/Club of the Year, then please let us know by sending your nominations to by the end of October.

Durham Beer Festival Returns in August

Festival Poster

The 2014 Durham Beer Festival takes place on the 27th-30th of August. Featuring 120 real ales and 30 ciders/perries, including all-new Battle of the Beers entries, it is a great opportunity to try something new.

The festival will be at the Durham Students’ Union building on New Elvet, Durham. Food, soft drinks, wine and spirits will also be available.

Edit: Beer and Cider lists are now available!

Opening Hours

  • 6pm-11pm Wednesday (CAMRA members from 4pm)
  • 11am-11pm Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Volunteers Needed

Would you like to try pulling a few pints? Working at the beer festival is great fun and no previous experience is needed. If you are interested, please see the Volunteer pages.


Would you like to support the festival and get your message out too? Your company logo or personal message could be on a beer or in the programme, for everyone to see. Please see the Sponsorship page for more information.