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Surtees Arms Yard of Ale beer festival

Wednesday April 19th to Sunday April 23rd.
Please note that the dates in Durham Drinker 124 diary dates are incorrect.
April 19th to 23rd are the correct dates

Tyne Bank - Meet The Brewer

The Water House (Wetherspoon’s) on Durham’s North Road is being “taken over” by the Tyne Bank brewery. Starting with a meet the brewer session at 6:30pm on Wednesday 15th February, the pub will be featuring a range of ales from the brewery until Sunday 19th.

Pubs and Club of the Year 2017 Results

The results of CAMRA Durham Pubs and Club of the Year for 2017 as voted by members were ratified at the January meeting as

Town Pub of the Year
1st Victoria, Durham City
Runner up Station House, Durham City

Country Pub of the Year
1st Smiths Arms, Castle Dene, Chester-le-Street
Runner up Dun Cow, Seaton

Club of the Year
1st Tanfield Lea Working Mens Club
Runner up Durham City Rugby Club

Town Cider Pub of the Year
Station House, Durham City

Country Cider Pub of the Year
1st Black Lion, Wolsingham
Runner up Black Bull, Frosterley

Congratulations to all and all the best in the regional competitions.

Thanks to all members who took the time to vote, the winner of the voters draw for a copy of the Good Beer Guide 2017 was Martin Ibbott from Durham

Yard of Ale Brewery Visit

We're taking a trip down to Yard Of Ale Brewery on Friday January 27th
Breakfast, brewery tour, lunch and a couple of beers for just £15. Bus will be doing two pick up/drop offs, from The Company Row in Consett & The Water House in Durham.
Pop in to either The Company Row or The Water House to buy tickets.
Also a tap takeover by the brewery at the that weekend.

Win a copy of the 2017 Good Beer Guide by voting in our Pubs and Club of the Year competition

Hello Members,

It will soon be time for CAMRA members in Durham Branch to choose which of the pubs and clubs in our branch area should hold the titles Pubs and Club for the Year for 2017. These will then go forward for consideration as CAMRA North East Regional Pubs and Club of the Year. There are 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.

Throughout 2016 the respective holders have been Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham City, The Dun Cow, Seaton, Tanfield Lea Working Men's Club, The John Duck, Durham City and the Black Lion, Wolsingham. Ye Old Elm Tree and Tanfield Lea WMC both went on to take 3rd places in the NE regional judging, whilst the Black Lion won NE Regiona Ciderl Pub of the Year and was then placed 4th in the national final (very well done Sara-Jane!).

You can find a list of recent winners at

We would like all of our branch members to have a say in the awards for 2017 and would like to hear from you now with any nominations as best pubs and club (with real ale) in Durham Branch's area - those with the most nominations will be added to the winners of the our Pubs of the Seasons in 2016 (the Grey Horse, Consett, the Half Moon, Durham City, the Smiths Arms, Castle Dene and the Pollards, Bishop Auckland) to make a short list from which the winners will for 2017 will be selected..

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 and, for the cider pubs, they must have a commitment to providing real cider on a regular basis. You may, however, want to consider such thing as community involvement, atmosphere, decor, range and quality of ales, events held, customer service and so on.

So, if you have a favourite real ale pub, club, or cider pub that you think deserves to have the title of Pub/Club of the Year, please let us know by sending your nominations to by the end of December, Don’t forget to let us know the reason(s) for your choice. You can, of course, nominate in all five categories and, for joint memberships, both parties can vote, but separately please.

To make a nomination you must be a CAMRA member from the Durham Branch area, so please include your membership number in the e-mail. This will be used for verification purposes only and your selections will not be disclosed.

To encourage members to submit nominations, a copy of the Good Beer Guide 2017 will be awarded to one lucky member whose name will be drawn immediately after the closing date from among those who have voted.

Dave Thornton

CAMRA Durham Pubs Officer

December 2016