Volunteer opportunities - Branch Officer vacancies
We currently have the following vacancies, so if you would like to get more involved in the branch, and CAMRA generally, and would like to take on one of the roles please contact the Chairman for more details; ku.gro.armac.stnahtron@namriahc
Young Persons Coordinator
Brewery Liaison Officer - Braybrooke Beer Co
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Branch Diary page updated - Branch Diary
21 May 2018
Northampton County Beer Festival - Becket's Park, Northampton - Friday 1st June to Sunday 3rd June
Planning is well under way, with beers selected and ordered, and cider selection almost complete.
We just need people - to drink and to volunteer to staff the event. Have you volunteered yet?
Further updates here: https://www.facebook.com/NorthamptonCountyBeerfest/
18 March 2018
Pub of the Season (PotS), Pub of the Year (PotY) and Good Beer Guide (GBG) pub selection
Each year Northamptonshire branch, as do other branches nationally, selects pubs within its area for PotS and PotY awards, and nominates pubs for inclusion in GBG.
One of the commonest types of question we get asked is “...why don't I get the opportunity to vote on these best pub awards? “
The easiest answer to that is along the lines of “Come to Branch Meetings and get involved in the selection process.”
We do appreciate that this may not be possible, and there is another way to get involved.
For a pub to get to that stage in the first place we need the help of yourselves, our beer-drinking, pub-going members. We need you to drink beer and score it on WHAT?UB! https://whatpub.com
It’s quite straight forward and can be done at the time on any mobile device, internet/network connectivity permitting, or after the event on your laptop, tablet, PC etc. Just log into WHAT?UB! with your CAMRA member number and password and search for and select the pub(s) whose beer you want to score.
You should now see a ‘Submit Beer Scores’ panel, and a ‘Beer Scoring’ tab which takes you to a page explaining the scoring system.
Once a score has been submitted we can see it on the beer scoring database. We look at the average scores and number of scorers, the more scorers and the higher the average score the more chance the pub has of being selected for PotS, PotY or GBG.
Once we have our shortlist we ask members to volunteer to visit the pubs, drink the beer, make a few notes and give us their opinion on whether the pub deserves the award or inclusion in GBG. All this information is then collated and the pubs voted on at the relevant branch meeting.
It really is that simple. No secret meetings, no collusion with, or persuasion from, the pubs, just the feedback we receive from our members.
12 March 2018
At the branch meeting this evening the following awards were decided;
Pub Of The Year - Early Doors, Daventry
Cider Pub Of The Year - Coach and Horses, Wellingborough
Pub Of The Season (Town) - St Giles Ale House, Northampton
Pub Of The Season (Rural) - Bulls Head, Arthingworth
5 March 2018
Today saw the distribution, by email, of our first monthly branch newsletter. If you haven't received this, and would like to, sign in to the national CAMRA website and update/add your email address in the 'My Membership' section. An online, downloadable version is available here:
6 February 2018
Following a well-attended and successful AGM at the Lamplighter on 5th February, we are pleased to announce that Dean Cornwall was duly elected as our new Chair. We wish him well in his new role.
We would also like to thank the outgoing Chair, Ian MacAulay, for all his hard work over the past few years and wish him well for the future.
Please see Branch Contacts for the full list of committee members.
31 January 2018
Frog Island saved!
20 November 2017
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
NOTIFICATION OF AGM
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.
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, http://www.drakeproperty.co.uk/properties/ :-
KING WILLIAM IV, 2 GREEN END, KINGSTHORPE - Sold February 2017
OLDE RED LION, 15 HIGH STREET, KISLINGBURY
THE BAKERS ARMS, 34 HIGH STREET, BUGBROOKE
THE BUTCHERS ARMS, 10 HIGH STREET, GREENS NORTON
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.