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Notice of 2020 (Virtual) AGM

We have decided that in view of the response to Covid-19 still preventing us from meeting in person, we will hold an AGM Meeting using Zoom on Tuesday 22nd September 2020, at 7-30pm. A link for this meeting will be made available closer to the time.

The Dunelm Arms - Online Tuesday Socials

In these times of physical social distancing it's important to try and remain connected, so we'd like you to join us at our virtual pub "The Dunelm Arms" on a Tuesday evening from 8pm staring from April 28th.

The Dunelm Arms is being hosted on Zoom, so you just need to visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547461566?pwd=NzI0TDhmeUFja1VkYUpFRTBRVFRYUT09 after 8pm to join us (mobile/tablet users will need to install the free Zoom app).

Postponement of 40th CAMRA Durham Beer Festival

It is with a sense of both disappointment and inevitability that CAMRA Durham announce that there will be no CAMRA Durham Beer Festival this year. While the 2020 CAMRA Durham Beer Festival has been cancelled, the 40th CAMRA Durham Beer Festival has merely been postponed, and will happen when it is both safe and appropriate.

Mike Ryder

It is with great sadness that CAMRA Durham has to announce the passing of member Mike Ryder (photo: front right), who died last week after contracting Covid-19. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Notice of AGM - 2019

Dear Members,

Notice is hereby given that the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Durham Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 8th April, at the Tap & Spile, Front Street, Framwellgate Moor.

Pub and Club of the Year 2019

This year a new award as been created by providing separate Town, City and Country titles to provide recognition to the work done by pubs in the other urban centres in the branch region.

The Town awards are for the best pubs in these towns:
Bishop Auckland, Crook, Chester-le-Street, Consett, Ferryhill, Peterlee, Seaham, Sedgefield, Spennymoor, Stanley and Tow Law

Pub and Club of the Year

As reported in issue 128 of Durham Drinker, our annual Pub and Club of the Year award-winners have been chose, and we’ve been out and about presenting certificates. Naturally, we took the opportunity to make a night of such presentations.

June 2018 Update

Pubs re-opened with real ale:

  • Stapylton Arms, Hawthorn
  • Seaton Lane Inn, Seaton
  • Dun Cow, Bournmoor
  • Bonny Moor Hen, Stanhope
  • Black Bull, Wolsingham
  • Cross Keys, Esh

Forthcoming socials:

Pub and Club of the Year 2018 Results

Congratulations to our Pub and Club of the year winners:

Town Pub - The Vic, Durham
Country Pub - Three Horseshoes, Leamside
Club - Tanfield Lea WMC
Town Cider - The Station House, Durham
Country Cider - The Black Lion, Wolsingham

Runner up for Town Pub was The Station House, Durham
2nd place in the Country Pub was The Surtees Arms in Ferryhill Station with The Ship at Middlestone in 3rd place

Press Release: A Festival of Celebrations

Lots to celebrate at the 37th Durham Beer Festival that will be open from 12 noon to 10.30pm on Thursday 31st August, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September 2017 at the Durham Students Union building, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham City!

This year's festival will be opened around 6.00pm by Mark Anderson, Managing Director of Maxim Brewery, a major sponsor of the beer festival for many years, who is celebrating the tenth anniversary of start of brewing in Maxim's brewery in Houghton-le-Spring.

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