Branch News

Volunteer opportunities

Are you passionate about real ales? Do you support local brewers and breweries? Would you like to become more involved with a local brewery?

Yes? - then we may have the answer!

CAMRA nationally has a network of Brewery Liaison Officers (BLOs), whose role is to be the official link between CAMRA and a specific brewery, and to build up a good working relationship with that brewery and offer help, advice and support if needed and where possible.

These BLOs are members, just like yourselves, who have volunteered some of their time.

Currently we have vacancies for BLOs for the following breweries; Boot Town, Creaton Grange, Hoppy Family, Maule and Purple Cow.

At the Branch AGM we may have more depending on whether current BLOs wish to step down from their roles. To see all the breweries, with links to their websites, please go here Breweries

If you're interested in a BLO role, or require further information, please email Gary Bridgewater ku.gro.armac.stnahtron@notpmahtron-olpcb

More BLO information here

Branch Officer vacancies

At the 2017 AGM our current Chairman announced his intention to stand down from the role as from January 2018. If you are interested in taking on this role please contact us at ku.gro.armac-stnahtron@namriahc

Branch AGM

We also have the following vacancies, so if you fancy getting more involved in the branch, and CAMRA generally, and would like to take on one of the following roles please contact the Chairman for more details; ku.gro.armac-stnahtron@namriahc

Vice Chair

Publicity Officer

Pub Liaison Officer (South)

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Pub Openings/Re-openings/Closures

The King David, Newnham Road, Kingsthorpe - reopened on 17th November. It appears there are no cask conditioned ales available.

The Old House, Sheep Street, Wellingborough - opened on 17th November.

The Bakers Arms, High Street, Bugbrooke - reopens 1st December.

The Butchers Arms, Greens Norton - reopens 1st December

The Badgers Arms, High Street, Long Buckby - opens December. Long Buckby's first micro-pub.

The Squirrels, Main Road, Duston - closed on 12th November for major refurbishment. Reopens December.

The Bantam (ex Bantam Cock), Abington Square, Northampton is now The Press, a gourmet burger restaurant.

14 November 2017


The next Branch AGM will be at 19:30Hrs on 5th February 2018 at The Lamplighter, 66 Overstone Road, Northampton NN1 3JS. Please note the NEW date.

Branch AGM

8 November 2017

Wellingborough's 'newest oldest' pub, the Old House, is due to open at midday on 17th November 2017. This is a new venture for Hart Family Brewers.

9 October 2017

Branch membership has now passed 2300, 20-30 members regularly attend Branch Meetings.

5 May 2017

Towcester Mill Brewery Tap - Pub of the Year;

14 March 2017

Following our Branch Meeting on 13 March we are proud to announce our 'Pubs of the Year' for 2017;

Town Pub: Towcester Mill Brewery Tap

Rural Pub: Old Kings Head, Long Buckby

Cider Pub: Early Doors, Daventry

Club: Kingsley Park WMC, Northampton

7 March 2017

Another pub closure;

7 February 2017

The following pubs were all recently advertised for sale by Drake & Company, :-





14 December 2016

Hart Family Brewers are planning to open a new pub in Wellingborough;

8 December 2016

Worked is planned to start on the Shipman’s (Drapery, Northampton) during the first quarter of 2017. Updates will be posted in due course.

7 December 2016

The latest edition of Over the Barrel has now been published and is being distributed throughout the county. It can also be viewed here;

6 December 2016

The Shire Horse, Kettering (sister pub to Olde England I & II, Black Prince and Falcon), is due to reopen on Friday 16th December.

22 November 2016

The GRAND OPENING of St Giles Ale House is on Thursday 24th November at 12 noon.

19 November 2016

The Hopmaster General micropub, College Street, Rushden opens on Saturday 3rd December.

1 October 2016

Local brewers in the news;

27 September 2016

Work on refurbishing the Shipmans, Drapery, Northampton is hoped to start in November and last for three months. Once we have an opening date we will let you know.

22 September 2016

Another town pub about to be lost. Planning application was submitted on 12 September, Ref: N/2016/1236, to convert and extend the Victoria Inn, Poole Street, Northampton to form 6 flats.

6 September 2016

Shortlisted finalists for the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2016/17 have been announced. Of particular interest are;

Artisan Local Drink of the Year:
Ashmeads Kernal Apple Juice – New Creation Farm, Nether Heyford
Bad to the Bone – Gun Dog Ales, Woodford Halse
Big Bang Theory – Nene Valley Brewery, Oundle
Guilsborough Gold – Nobby’s Brewing Company, Thrapston
Lucky IPA – Maule Brewing Co, Northampton

New Local Drink of the Year:
Apple Cider 2015 – New Lodge Vineyard, Earls Barton
Attitude IPA – Brigstock Brewhouse, Brigstock
Elderflower Vodka – Jelley Distilleries, Brixworth
King Richard III Cider – Welland Valley Vineyard, Marston Trussell
Podium Gold – Towcester Mill Brewery, Towcester
Wakatu Pilsner – Maule Brewing Co, Northampton

The winners and runners-up will be announced at the Awards Dinner taking place at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club on Thursday 3rd November.

1 September 2016

It appears that Hunsbury Craft brewery will start brewing again shortly, although nothing further is known at this stage.

25 August 2016

Following the successful relaunch of J.Church Brewing, beers are now also being brewed under the 'Olde England Ales' name.

23 August 2016

A new micropub, the St Giles Ale House, is due to open at 45 St Giles Street, Northampton. Initially 6 real ales, 6 real ciders and a small selection of continental/craft beers will be stocked. Possible opening is in 6 weeks time, so mid October hopefully.

20 August 2016

The former Bootleggers pub/bar in Northampton has been sold and is now a Chinese restaurant.

28 July 2016

A campaign by residents in a Northamptonshire village has saved their local pub from being converted into houses.

A new landlord now hopes to reopen The George in Ashley, in the far north of the county, in September.

10 July 2016

Beer Guerrilla, the new off-licence on the Wellingborough Road, Northampton, is due to open at midday Saturday July 16th.

10 June 2016

Northampton's newest pub, the Lighthouse on the Wellingborough Road, opened at 5pm on 9 June. It sells itself as a sports bar, with fourteen 58 inch TVs, and a fish & chip restaurant/take-away. It also claims to have one of the largest beer ranges in the county, with more than 50 beers/ales from around the world dispensed from over 40 keg/craft beer/cider taps and 3 hand-pumps.

27 May 2016

The Penny Whistle, Abington Square, Northampton has now reopened, albeit in a smaller format than before due to the front part being converted into a bookmakers.

13 May 2016

The current owners of the Bell Inn, Finedon, Dennis and Jo Willmott, are retiring after 47 years and have put the pub up for sale. It is for sale through Berrys with a guide price of £595,000.

10 May 2016

Vale Brewery have put the Victoria Inn, Poole Street, Northampton up for sale. Freehold price of £275,000

3 May 2016

The first of the beer lists for Delapre 2016 have now been uploaded to the Beer Festival Page on this site. The others will follow once they are finalised.

29 April 2016

An application for change of use has been submitted to turn part of the Royal Mail sorting and delivery office in College Street, Rushden into a micropub. If the application for change of use is granted, Stop4.Beer will operate the site as a freehouse named The Hopmaster General and it is planned that it will open to the public in late summer.

The Watercress Harry pub in Market Street, Kettering, which is currently closed, has been taken on by operator Amber Taverns. Amber Taverns hope the pub will open in August or September under the name The Stitching Pony, named in respect of the town’s leather trade.

22 April 2016

It has been reported that the Eastgate, Abington Street, Northampton, has been sold by McManus Pubs to Burger King. A public consultation on plans to turn the pub into a Burger King will end on May 9. The first floor of the pub is likely to be converted into residential accommodation.

13 April 2016

Three more pubs in the county lost:-

Barn Owl, Northampton - approved to be converted into a Co-op food store

Fox & Hounds, Wellingborough - approved for conversion to residential use

The Blue Bell, Gretton - application submitted for conversion to residential use

On a more positive note, The King William IV, Kingsthorpe village, reopened on 6 April, being run by Stewart and Sue Neal

21 March 2016

The Broadmead pub, Broadmead Avenue, Northampton is now shut and boarded-up. The whole site appears to have been bought by a company involved in 'Development And Selling Of Real Estate/Development Of Building Projects'.

12 March 2016

J Church Brewery will be moving into one of the cellars at The Black Prince (formerly The Racehorse, Northampton) in April and along with his great beers will brew some special dark ales exclusively for the pub.

11 March 2016

Towcester Food Festival June 11/12 2016. 100 artisan food and drink stalls, chef demos, free tastings and live entertainment. Free on-site car parking.

A number of local ale and cider producers usually attend this event.

09 March 2016

Saxby's cider - new bottled and draught ciders available from March 21st, a rhubarb cider made using juice from the Yorkshire rhubarb triangle and a limited edition Oak mature table cider available in 75cl bottles.

01 March 2016

The Trumpet, Wellingborough Road, Northampton (owners: The Spirit Group) has recently undergone a refurb and claims to offer 10% discount to CAMRA card-carrying members.

The King William IV, Kingsthorpe village, has ceased to trade due to market pressures.

The Racehorse, Abington Square, Northampton now on long-term lease to owners of Olde England. Due to reopen in March as the Black Prince.