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CAMRA Durham


Lockdown regulations were eased with Pubs and Clubs allowed to re-open from July 4th for on-sales. Many of Our Pubs and Clubs did re-open on this date, whilst others are delayed re-opening until they could put in sufficient measures to keep staff and customers safe. We are also, sadly, aware that some venues have also announced that they will not be re-opening. On September 18th new local restrictions were imposed in County Durham by the government. This has had a further impact on the licensed trade and have reintroduced some further temporary and permanent closures

We really need your help keeping track of local closures and re-openings; but please only find this information while keeping in-line with current UK Government guidance. If you know of anything that may be of interest to us please email us.

The closures we are aware of as at October 1st 2020 are:

  • Green Tree, Bishop Auckland - TEMPORARY
  • Queens Head, Chester-le-Street - closed by Greene King up for sale
  • Travellers Rest, Crook - closed will not reopen till 2021 spring/summer
  • Dunelm Club, Durham City - TEMPORARY
  • Woodman, Durham - not reopened refurb appears to be going on/stalled
  • Big Jug, Durham - not reopened
  • Black Bull, Frosterley - will not reopen
  • Oddfellows Arms, Haswell - TEMPORARY
  • Australian, Howden-le-Wear - may have been closed some time
  • Fox and Hounds, Kirk Merrington - closed for some time - planning application in for housing
  • Half Moon, Kirk Merrington - signs up from Admiral to let but some signage seems to have been removed unknown when closed
  • Golden Lion, Leadgate - sign outside - closed till further notice
  • Hamsteels Inn, Quebec - now a tea room, closed some time
  • Royal Hotel, Stanley - closed - new tenant needed
  • Earl Derby, Stanley Crook - closed some time now a private residence
  • Brown Trout, Sunnybrow - closed put up for sale by owner
  • Black Bull, Wolsingham - closure announced from October 31st

You are advised to join our Facebook group to keep abreast of latest developments and to consult for information on individual pubs and clubs.

You may also wish to engage with CAMRA's national campaign, #pullingtogether, through the national website at or over on Facebook at

Above all, please remain safe at this time. Remember there are ways to continue to enjoy and support real ale and local businesses without putting yourself or others at risk. We look forward to seeing you all in the, hopefully, not too distant future.

Welcome to the official website for the Durham Branch of CAMRA.

CAMRA Durham represent CAMRA across most of County Durham leading local campaigns to save our real ale pubs, clubs and breweries, and campaigning for a fair deal for real ale drinkers. We are also responsible for organising the annual CAMRA Durham Beer Festival. This is usually held after the August Bank Holiday in Durham City and showcases real ales from both local and national brewers along with a number of real ciders and perries. More information on the Beer Festival can be found on our sister site Run by a committee of volunteers, we meet on a monthly basis in pubs around the Branch area to discuss local and national matters as well as general Branch business. These meetings are open to all CAMRA members. We also hold regular social gatherings where members can get together without the formal business of the monthly meeting. More information on the Branch, committee and our activities can be found here on our website. Please note that we are in the process of making major alterations to our website so we apologise if things go a little wrong over the next few weeks. If you experience any problems, please email the webmaster.