November 2017 (12)

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Welcome to the NOVEMBER edition of the Liverpool & Districts CAMRA Branch Newsletter


If you have ANY news, relating to pubs or real ale, that you think should feature in this monthly newsletter, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet it and include @LiverpoolCAMRA.


Any opinions expressed in this newsletter are that of the writer & not necessarily those of CAMRA or the branch.

Andre Fu

Vice Chair


The November Newsletter can also be pdfdownloaded here363.45 KB


Thank you to the following people for their contributions to this edition:

Tony Morgan, Matt Valentine, Sonia James Henry, Howard Perry

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Warning to pubs

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Someone is going into pubs impersonating one of our committee members and asking for money for Good Pub Guide entries. We never go into pubs to collect money for anything. The Good Pub Guide is NOT a CAMRA publication. Entry into the Good Beer Guide is not bought but is decided via beer scores submitted by members into Whatpub. Merseyale adverts are NOT paid for in advance and we NEVER ask pubs for cash.

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Xmas Party

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December Get-together – Christmas Party - 2nd December

Xmas 2017

Tickets for our Christmas Party can be bought in two ways either on line from:-

...or alternatively, there will be a SMALL number of tickets available on the door. Tickets CANNOT be reserved.

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Ticket Details

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21st - 24th February 2018

Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Brownlow Hill (click here for map)



Tickets will be going on sale: 

Saturday 9th December (Noon): Liverpool CAMRA members

Monday 11th December (Noon): Members of surrounding CAMRA branches

Wednesday 13th December (Noon): CAMRA members nationwide and non members

Further details including links will be up once confirmed. Please be aware these dates may change.

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Over 18s Only. Sorry no children or babies. 


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Master logo Orange web 2018Would you like to help sponsor our beer festival in 2018?


A full page advert in the festival programme will cost  £200; you will receive up to £100 in entry tickets for the session(s) of your choice.

A half-page advert in the festival programme will cost £100; you will receive up to £50 in entry tickets for the session(s) of your choice.


For £1000 you can be the exclusive sponsor of the festival t-shirts. Alternatively five sponsors could also share the costs between them. 

Your logo will go on the back of the t-shits so customers will see it as the volunteers turn round to serve. 

Beer glasses

For £1000 you can sponsor the festival beer glasses but due to the size there is space for only one sponsor

For further details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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IMAG8859CAMRA has named the best four pubs in the country as part of it’s Pub of the Year 2017 competition, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.
Two rival pubs from the North West have made the list this year - Wigan Central in Wigan and the Cricketers in St Helens. Wigan Central boasts a unique railway-themed interior and sources real ale from all over, with continental bottled beers displayed in a ‘beer library’. The Cricketers is a friendly, local community pub saved from closure just four years ago that boasts 13 handpumps on the bar and runs beer festivals and jam nights throughout the year.
A presentation for reaching the final 4 will be taking place in the Cricketers on Sat 18th Nov from 3pm.
Both of these pubs are easily accessible by train using the Northern Rail service from Lime Street to Preston, which runs on an hourly basis Mon – Sat departing Lime Street at 28 minutes past the hour during the day but other slower, stopping services are also available.
Also among the finalists is the Weavers Real Ale House in Kidderminster, a relatively new, one-room micropub. It serves eight real ales and four ciders and perries on handpump and has six craft beers on tap. Finally, also in the running, for the second year in a row, is the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft, East Anglia. A thriving, traditional back-street pub, the Stanford Arms serves mainly local beers and ciders, and boasts live music at the weekends.
All of the pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer.
The finalists will now have a chance to win the National title, to be announced in February 2018.
The competition co-ordinator, Andrea Briers, said: “All of these pubs should be very proud of themselves for reaching this stage in the competition. It is a huge honour to be considered one of the top four pubs across the country. While each of these pubs offers something unique to their visitors, they all share the foundation of what makes a great pub - a warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent service and a fantastic range of beers.”

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Pub of the Year 2018

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We have now started to accept nominations for the branch Pub of the Year (POTY) 2018. Paper forms will be made available on the remaining coach trips this year and at all future Get-togethers (including the Christmas Party).

Members are invited to nominate their favourite city centre pub and/or their favourite suburban pub, but you do not have to vote for both. You may vote for a city centre pub and leave the suburban box blank or vice versa. This is the means by which the pubs are selected that go forward to the judging stage. Nominated pub(s) must be within the branch area (i.e not in St Helens, Wirral or Formby etc), so please don't waste your vote.

Only one set of nominations per member will be allowed. They can also be made via the on-line form on the branch website (from October) or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, membership number and nominations. Reminders will be issued through Twitter / Facebook and via the monthly branch newsletter.

The closing date for nominations is SATURDAY, 27th January 2018 @6pm. This is to give ample time for the judging process.

In order to nominate a pub for Pub of the Year 2018, you MUST be a member of the Liverpool & Districts CAMRA branch. Full terms and conditions can be found on the voting page

Andre Fu

Pub of the Year Co-ordinator


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Coach Trips 2018

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6th January- Altrincham 10.50 depart

3rd February- Lymestone Brewery Tap (Stone) and Newcastle-under-Lyme 10.30 depart

3rd March- Halifax Steam Brewery Tap (Hipperholme) and Halifax proper 10.30 depart 

14th April- Sheffield 9.50 depart


9th June- Church End Brewery Tap (near Nuneaton) and Hinckley 9.30 depart

7th July- Bewdley and Kidderminster 9.30 depart

11th August- Ilkley and Bingley 9.50 depart

8th September- Derby 9.50 depart

6th October- Oakengates (Telford) Beer Festival and Market Drayton 9.50 depart

3rd November- Cheshire (probably Sandbach and Congleton) 10.50 depart

Bookings will only be taken up to 4 months in advance


See Coach Trips page on how to book

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Brewery News

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Ale Pump Red IconAs reported in last month’s newsletter, Big Bog Brewery in Speke has launched a new beer. Mire is described as a tawny coloured session ale with an ABV of 3.8% and is now available in pubs. Another two new beers are currently being developed. Both are expected to be pale ales, one featuring American hopes and the other to be made using Australian hops. More details to follow.

Following the rebrand and crowdfunding project, Flagship Beer (formerly Ship & Mitre Brewing) are planning a bottle conditioned range. Pub stalwarts, Sublime (3.7% session pale) and Silhouette (4.5% dry Irish stout) will be joined by a new session porter and pale ale.

Having already won the Brewer of the Year at our awards evening earlier this year, Rock the Boat Brewery have won another award. The brewery gained first place in the Labologist’s Society Standard (Individual) label category for the label for their Waterloo Sunset. This award is essentially beer label of the year and was presented to David Barker at a ceremony in Salford  in October. The label was designed by Ruari McDowall from Southport, a design former student who was taught by Dave’s wife when she worked at Southport College. The award can be seen behind the bar in the Corner Post, Bridge Road, Waterloo.

The Republic of Liverpool Beer Company, the rebellious offshoot of Stamps brewery, continues to highlight the 'obscene' gap in wealth between London and the South east, and the rest of the country. They are launching two more beers in their range. The first is a new beer named Independence IPA, a 3.7% ABV pale ale. The second is “Full up London Greed” (Stamps Brewery Mail Train, 4.2% ABV, relabelled). The new beers will be launched in the city centre and advertisedon social media. They will also be available at the Christmas Market at the Liver Hotel, Waterloo (2nd Dec )and at  a pop-up event at 2 Pilgrim Street, Liverpool  (8th- 9th Dec) alongside the football and art related group, FANSCAPES

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The Flute

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As reported previously, the Flute on Hardman Street has undergone a major refurbishment and has now re-opened. The pub is owned and operated by Luton-based Stonegate Pub Company. Stonegate have been busy sprucing up several of their outlets in the city centre recently. The Flute, joins the Crafty Chandler (Concert Square) and the William Gladstone (North John Street) in undergoing a refurbishment.

I, and a guest, were lucky enough to be invited to pre-opening event on Thursday 9th November to see the results of the changes and sample some food items from the new menu.

The rear of the bar has been totally re-modelled and features a large mirror embellished with the pub name. Some of the high tables and the fixed seating have been removed to give the feeling of more space. The remaining booths now have a small screen TV fitted which will show live sports and additional screens have also been installed over the rear of the bar. The floor has been stripped back and re-varnished. The exterior has also been repainted. An additional handpump has been installed, making 6 in total. The new pub manager is committed to having at least 3 beers on during the week and this will increase during the weekend. Local breweries will feature more too including Liverpool Organic and Coach House from Warrington. A 10% discount on real ale will continue to be offered to CAMRA members all day, every day on production of a valid card. The Flute will be hosting a Meet the Brewer event featuring Coach House to coincide with their VIP Night on Friday, 24th November.

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Sanctuary Tap

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Pub Sign IconAs reported in the Liverpool Echo earlier this month, a former building society in the city centre is set to be transformed into a real ale pub. The Furness Building Society on Castle Street is due to be renovated into a venue selling real ale and pies. Sanctuary Tap, will be offering a selection of real ales in an old school pub setting. Alongside regular beers the pub will also offer guest ales on rotation. A variety of pies will be on offer - including vegan and vegetarian options alongside several types of mash, including mustard mash and root mash.

The pub's name is inspired by the sanctuary stone situated right outside on Castle Street. The sanctuary stone is one of the only surviving surface monument of the city’s medieval past and is believed to be one of the boundary markers for Liverpool’s fairs, which are first mentioned in 1292-1296.

This new venue is not to be confused with the Sanctuary BAR which is on Lime Street.

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Weld Blundell

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Pub Sign IconThe Weld Blundell in Lydiate has finally re-opened after a significant investment and refurbishment. The pub is a joint venture between MSR Pubs Limited and Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken). It now features open fireplaces and an outdoor area and currently has 3 handpulls.  MSR also currently operate the Yew Tree in Preston and the Plough in Euxton.

226 Southport Road, Lydiate, Liverpool L31 4EF; Website:; Facebook: @thewellie

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