Pubs re-opening Spring and Summer 2021

Keighley and Craven Branch area map

Most pubs in England have reopened for indoor service, hopefully becoming more normal from the government‘s 19th July date. CLICK HERE for a list of pubs in the Keighley & Craven CAMRA area that have re-opened followed by a few with a future reopening date.

Please do visit them if you are able and give them some much needed trade. Please be patient, be respectful to pub staff, and behave sensibly.

Some pubs may continue some measures to protect staff and customers even after they are no longer directly mandated rules after 19th July, so please pay attention to the “system” operating in whichever pub you are in. Above all, enjoy yourself and stay safe. Where pubs are open, we will attempt to provide information we have available on each entry in the CAMRA National on-line database, WhatPub.

And what about the local breweries?CaskIsBack

Local breweries have kept going as best they can with reduced staffing, selling their products using click and collect, delivery, or through third party retailers. It is not ideal for them as businesses and it is not ideal for us as consumers - who like our fresh cask ale properly conditioned and served down the local. Well, after a long wait cask is back in the cellars where it should be so people can enjoy delicious real ale in its natural habitat - at the pub.

If you can‘t go to the pub you can still buy locally brewed beer to drink at home.

See our Breweries page to find links and / or contact details for each brewery in the Keighley and Craven area.


Due to continued disruption caused by Covid-19 we still can‘t distribute a printed Alesman yet. In the mean time we have compiled another virtual edition. It includes an obituary of long-time volunteer Ken Armitage who sadly died in February age 73.
Download here. (small file, should be legible on most smart phones).


CAMRA has joined fources with various industry organisations to say Pubs Matter.

Click on the big red rectangle to find out more about the Pubs Matter campaign,

... here is a really good 10 minute argument, which agrees that pubs matter. It was broadcast on Radio 4 Friday 26 February,

Inn Brief

Due to continued disruption caused by Covid-19 there was no Autumn Alesman this year. We have, however, put together a two-page ‘Inn Brief’ which is available to download here. (small file, should be legible on most smart phones), and you can still download the crossword as a large screen / printer friendly page.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2021 buy now

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2021

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide is the premier guide to pubs selling real ale in the UK. Listing 4500 pubs, both urban and rural the Good Beer Guide is revised and updated each year by CAMRA volunteers up and down the country. The Guide also has a comprehensive list of UK breweries. Local CAMRA members help select the 22 pubs which feature in the Keighley and Craven area.

The 2021 edition launched on 26th October and is available from good bookshops, or click the image to buy from CAMRA‘online shop...

Other CAMRA books worth checking out in CAMRA’s online shop include CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks (published May 2017), which features a walk in our area, and The Family Brewers of Britain (published 2020) which includes an interesting feature on the Timothy Taylor brewery of Keighley.

Attention, Branch Members!

Record National Beer Scoring System Scores for Pubs in the branch area and potentially win prizes. For more information, click here.. If you know what you‘re doing, go straight to enter cards. A “Top of the Pops” list of high-scoring pubs can be viewed in the Members‘ area NBSS section.
Fred Baker is seen here enjoying his prize for August 2020.

Cross Hills areaAle Trail of Cross Hills area

There‘s lots of variety in Keighley and Craven. How about an ale trail in the Cross Hills area? Its about 3 miles and 7 pubs if you do it all in one go. Click here to download a pdf for more information. Obviously we all need to stick within the law and apply guidance in the hope that our areas are not ramped up to stricter regulations.

Grassington HouseAle Trail of Grassington

CAMRA social events are currently suspended to ensure groups of members are not encouraged to gather in pubs, but comply with social distancing guidelines, in order to keep everyone safe. One event planned for a Saturday in the autumn was to visit pubs in Grassington using service buses. Although we will not be holding an event people may wish to support these pubs by going on such a trip. Click here for more information.

Alesman Summer 2020

Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19 there was no printed edition of the Summer Alesman this year. In the mean time a mini-edition is available to download here. (small file, should be legible on most smart phones), and you can download the crossword as a separate large screen / printer friendly page.

Small Brewers Relief Changes

In July the UK Treasury announced changes to Small Brewers Relief (SBR) - the progressive tax system that has revolutionised UK brewing. These changes will reduce the 50% duty threshold from 5,000hl to 2,100hl: small breweries will have to pay more duty, whilst larger breweries could pay the same or less. Strangely this decison was announced ahead of the Alcohol Duty Review: call for evidence which was published 1 October 2020.

CAMRA is asking people to sign this petition on the parliament petitions website.

The Alcohol Duty Review aims to improve the current system to make it simpler, more economically rational and less administratively burdensome on businesses and HMRC. The call for evidence seeks views from respondents on how well the current system works (both for the individual duties and as a system as a whole), and also looks at:
• should the method of alcohol taxation be standardised?
• should the duty categories be changed or unified?
• should products be consistently distinguished by their strength?
• should distinctions be made based on the place of retail?
• should small producer reliefs be extended or standardised?
• could duties be uprated for inflation in a more consistent manner?
• should a single process for approvals, declarations and payments be introduced?
• could more be done to tackle avoidance and evasion of duty?

Pubs re-opening between the two lockdowns (July 4th to November 2nd) - what were they like?

If you haven‘t been to the pub yet, because you are still a bit nervious about what to expect, former branch Pubs Officer and webmaster wrote up his experiences of pubs in Settle, where he now lives, during the first week after the July re-opening. Read Richard‘s experiences here, although this account has been superseded by Tier 2 restrictions in Autumn 2020 and by outdoors only rules for April 2021.

Richard has promised to update his article, but because you had to have a substantial meal to be able to buy a beer, even if sitting outdoors under tier 2 rules, it was taking him a while to get round the Settle pubs!

It‘s different, but so far, so good, both from the point of view of feeling safe, and having an enjoyable drink. Richard‘s advice: If you‘re worried, pick a pub you found safe and relaxing before Covid, choose a time you expect it will be fairly quiet, make a table reservation if that is the pub‘s current policy and be brave! Remember, licensees are just as worried about their own health and the well-being of their staff as they are about keeping you safe. They have worked hard to make visiting their pubs an enjoyable experience, while sticking as best they can to all the government guidelines and recommendations and they deserve your trade.

Pulling TogetherActivities During Covid-19 Restrictions

Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, the campaign created numerous and innovative ways to support the beer trade, this in anticipation of the eventual re-opening of the pubs and clubs, which, of course, has now happened.

As a branch, we maintained a guide to pubs and breweries hosting regular alternative activties during the Covid-19 restrictions. Some of these activities have continued where pubs have re-opened, and some pubs, who are not ready to open yet, may be continuing activities they started in lockdown. Click here to see these pubs in our area on CAMRA‘s WhatPub website. NOTE: This list now shows BOTH pubs offering services and pubs that have re-opened. Please let us know of additions or alterations via our contact page.  CAMRA, with SIBA and Crowdfunder, launched Pulling Together to support pubs, breweries and cider makers through the Covid-19 crisis. See for more information.

Brew2YouCAMRA also launched Brew2You. It is an app which offers on-line ordering to pubs and breweries providing home delivery. This app can be downloaded from the Brew2You website. Our national team decided it was important to help pubs and breweries as soon as possible rather than wait until more sellers (or cellars?) have joined.

Alesman 136 Spring 2020

The national closure of pubs has paused the distribution of our Alesman magazine in its tracks. We have therefore made the Spring 2020 edition available to download here. (8.1MB, and best seen on a PC because the layout does not fit a mobile phone screen). Obviously many event dates mentioned are up in the air at the moment. Crossword entries can be e-mailed to the address shown next to the crossword.

With thanks to our advertisers: Bingley Brewery (Wilsden), Boltmakers Arms (Keighley), Brown Cow (Keighley), RLBS (Keighley), Flappit (A629 near Cullingworth), Goose Eye Brewery (Crossflatts), Timothy Taylor Brewery (Keighley), Wuthering Heights (Stanbury), Bar 13 (Settle), Fleece Inn (Haworth), Talbot Arms (Settle), Boars Head (Long Preston), Counting House (Silsden), Fox & Goose (Hebden Bridge), Helwith Bridge Inn (Ribblesdale).

Our upcoming branch events:

As government continues attempts to manage the spread of COVID-19 it remains a quiet period for social gathering. It is a difficult time for many of us including our friends who are pub licencees and staff. Keep safe everyone and don‘t put unnecessary strain on the NHS.

See our events page for information on upcoming events though they are subject to postponement or cancellation.

What‘s new

April 2021 - Pubs re-opening Spring 2021 - a list of pubs we know have re-opened or are re-opening soon

July 2020 - What are pubs like under current restrictions? - a personal view from Settle

February 2019 - Alesman advertising rates from Spring 2019

National Beer Scoring Bonus Pubs for the current month

To view the pubs that have been selected for bonus points for this and next month, click here

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