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40 Years at The Victoria, Durham

CAMRA Durham chairman Peter Lawson presenting landlord Michael Webster with certificate

CAMRA Durham members gathered at Durham's Victoria Inn recently to celebrate a milestone in the pub world. Michael Webster first stepped behind the bar in 1975, and forty years on, not much has changed at the Vic. There are now five handpumps and even more whisky and whiskey, but the building, the roaring fires, and the atmosphere thankfully remain unchanged.
Here's to the next forty years!

Spennymoor FC and The Salvin Arms

A FOOTBALL club’s plan to reopen a disused pub as a clubhouse and community hub by Christmas has been put back until the New Year.

Spennymoor Town FC wants to take over the Salvin Arms pub, on King Street, which went into liquidation earlier this year, and rename it Moors Bar.

Full story:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14138135.Spennymoor_Town_FC_s_club...

Latest Pub News from our branch area

The Colliery at High Jobs Hill near Crook has reopened and is now called the Copper Mine with three handpulls, two usually in use.

Durham City's first micropub, the Station House has opened at the foot of Station Bank.

The Woodman Inn, Durham has had a refurbishment and is now a serving light bite menu as well

Rather belatedly we have discovered the Durham Amateur Rowing Clubhouse serves real ale and similarly Masonic Hall in Chester -le-Street, Details being collected for Whatpub.

Marquis of Granby, Framwellgate Moor

Marquis of Granby, Framwellgate Moor - no real ale.

10 December 2015. All 4 Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter hand pumps had been removed earlier in the day and replaced with keg Old Brewery Bitter. Landlord said decision made in the spring but only just implemented. Ironically, real ale OBB had improved in quality since new landlord/landlady been in position (after decision to remove hand pumps); they are trying to get hand pumps reinstalled.

POTY and COTY Nominations

It will soon be time for us to choose which of the pubs and clubs in our branch area should hold the titles Pubs and Clubs for the year – our winners will then go forward to the North East Regional Pub and Club of the Year competitions.

Durham CAMRA has five categories for these awards: 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 2015, the holders of these titles have been, respectively:-

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