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Pub Updates

Below are the latest pub updates that the Branch is aware of since the publication of Durham Drinker Issue 117:

Real ale become available

Black Bull, Old Shotton Bistro 21, Aykley Heads, Durham Green Tree, Bishop Auckland Tanfield Lea Working Mens Club, Tanfield Lea Salutation, Framwellgate Moor but then closed Sambuca restaurant Durham Ye Olde Fleece, Bishop Middleham Whistle Blower, Consett (former Coach and horses)

Real ale removed

Old England, Great Lumley Quarry Burn, Hunwick Hamsteels Inn, Quebec Angel, Durham


Merry Monk, Bishop Auckland - no real ale Queens Head, Shildon - no real ale Dunelm Ridge, Pity Me (after refurbishment) Mill, Seaham - no real ale


Mill, Seaham - temporary open again White Tun, Witton Gilbert - becoming convenience store Shoes, Sacriston Marquis of Granby, Framwellgate Moor (temporary - open again) Pub & Kitchen, Cassop (water burst reported in June - still closed August) Due to reopen end September Kings Head, Lanchester temporary for refurbishment Salutation, Framwellgate Moor Daisy Hill near Sacriston now Carlito's Ristorante


Cooperage, Bowburn -demolished Fir Tree, Wingate - open as a Co-op convenience store Head of Steam, Durham - increased no of pumps to five Durham Light Infantry, Gilesgate - demolished Red Lion, Chester-le-Street - improved real ale provision - local beers Olive Grove, Spennymoor - Improved real ale - local beer included Hogans, Bishop Auckland renamed The Mitre - still no real ale.

Q&A: Assets of Community Value

If you're interested in seeing a pub listed as an Asset of Community Value, CAMRA are holding an online Q&A on Facebook and Twitter (handle @CAMRA_Official with hashtag #ThisPubMatters) on Wed 26th August from 2-3pm

WHEATSTOCK Beer & Cider Festival

WHEATSTOCK Beer & Cider Festival and much more! The Wheatsheaf Inn, Durham Road, Chester-le-Street DH3 2AB is holding this (with help from Durham CAMRA) starting Friday evening 22nd May and continuing throughout Saturday and from 1 to 7pm on Sunday. Sunday is WHEATSTOCK day with beer, cider, kids entertainment, barbecue, bouncy castle and 6 hours of live music. For more details check out

CAMRA launches General Election Campaign

With voters heading to the polls on 7th May, now is the perfect time to ensure pubs and real ale are priorities for the next Government. CAMRA has now launched its General Election campaign and has produced a Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale.

So far more than 570 candidates have pledged to:

  • Support well-run community pubs
  • Promote Britain’s 1,300 breweries
  • Represent pub-goers and beer drinkers

CAMRA’s goal is to improve on the 670 candidates who supported us before the 2010 General Election.

CAMRA’s Head of Communications Tom Stainer said: "CAMRA now has around 170,000 members, more than many of the main political parties, so it’s important politicians listen to and reflect the views of our members when it comes to real ale, real cider and perry and pubs. Supporting pubs as vital community assets as well as ensuring Britain’s brewing industry gets the support it deserves should be high on any prospective candidates list of priorities."

Please help support this campaign by:

  • Urging your Parliamentary Candidates to sign our pledges
  • Ask your Candidate to support CAMRA’s Manifesto via our General Election website:
  • Organise a meeting with your local candidates to discuss how they can support CAMRA’s key campaigns
  • Attend Hustings events in your local area and ask questions about beer and pubs (for question suggestions contact
  • Use social media to promote the campaign by tweeting @CAMRA_Official or using #ge2015
  • Share this campaign: Tell your friends and family all about how they can also get involved

Branch AGM

The 2015 AGM of the Durham Branch of CAMRA is to be held on Tuesday April 14th at The Ship Inn in Middlestone Village, DL14 8AB ( Starting at 19:30 the AGM will receive reports from the outgoing Branch Committee, debate and vote on any Motions received, and elect the new Branch Committee to serve until the next Branch AGM in April 2016. The AGM is open to all CAMRA members; just ensure you have your current membership card with you. There will be time after the AGM to socialise with other members and food will be provided. If you have any Motions you wish to present to the AGM, please email them to the Secretary before 17:00 on April 7th 2015. Nominations for Committee positions must be received prior to the start of the meeting. To help us arrange catering and transport, it would help us if you could indicate your intention to attend the AGM. If you require transport to the AGM we will need to know where you would like to be picked up from. To register your intention to attend, please email the Secretary. We look forward to seeing you on April 14th.