Keighley and Craven Winter Pub of the Season basking in January sunshineNext local branch event

Our next Branch event is a Skipton Beer Festival planning meeting this Wednesday (16th January) at the Brown Cow, Keighley, starting at 8pm.

There are still places remaining on the minibus surveying trip to Ribblesdale on Saturday 19th January. Bus departs Keighley Railway station forecourt at 12.30pm. Contact Jenny to book a seat. The trip will visit Helwith Bridge, Settle, Hellifield, Lothersdale and more.

Planning has started for Skipton Beer Festival 2019. Scheduled for the weekend 25th to 27th April, the event will return to Ermysted‘s Grammar School Refectory for a fifth year. Look out for more information in the New Year.

Winter 2018/9 Pub of the Season

Our Winter Pub of the Season goes to one of the highest pubs in the branch area. On Saturday 9th February, members of the branch will present the award to the Wuthering Heights Inn in Stanbury. Full article to follow....

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 front coverAttention, 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. Each month there are bonus points for a carefully selected list of pubs. View this month‘s list (at the foot of ‘Whats New’ section). A “Top of the Pops” list of high-scoring pubs can be viewed in the Members‘ area NBSS section.

Pub of the Year 2019 surveying has also started. To see how you can get involved,log into the Members‘ Area and click “Pub of the Year 2019”. Please take part!

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 launched

September 13th saw the launch of the latest edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, 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. Click the image (left) to buy...

Other CAMRA books worth checking out are CAMRA‘s Wild Pub Walks (published May 2017), which features a walk in our area, and CAMRA‘s Yorkshire Pub Walks (published March 2016), which includes several walks in the Bradford/Keighley/Yorkshire Dales area.

Richard Candeland presents Pub of the Season Summer 2018 award to Tony, Janette, Ethan and Harvey Clarke at the Talbot Arms, Settle, July 2018Summer 2018 Pub of the Season

Our Summer Pub of the Season goes to one of the oldest inns in the branch area. On Saturday 28th July, Janette and Tony Clarke at the Talbot Arms, Settle were presented with the award. The Talbot, a family run free house dating from 1642 offers a range of up to 6 well-kept local ales alongside good value food in a pleasant and bright environment. More information..... (Photo above shows branch member Richard Candeland presenting the award to the Clarke family - left to right, Harvey, Janette,Tony, Richard and Ethan.)

Wood you believe it?

Over the weekend of 6th and 7th of July, several members of Keighley and Craven branch visited a unique event, held in North Shields on Tyneside. Woodfest is organised by the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW), an organisation with an even longer history than CAMRA. It is a beer festival at which every beer sold has been matured in and is served from wooden barrels. We had a great time and would recommend you look out for next year‘s event, if one takes place. We‘ll certainly be going again. Read Colleen‘s short report here.

Awards! Awards! Pub, Club and Community Pub of the Year

Community Pub of the Year 2018 presentationSpring is when Keighley and Craven CAMRA present our annual Pub and Club awards, of which there are three. The first was Club of the Year, presented to Oakworth Social Club, a thriving social club a couple of miles out of Keighley Town Centre. It now goes on to the regional Club of the Year competition. The award was presented tp Louise Shimmin and Dale Walsh, who manage the club, on Tuesday 17th April.

Branch Pub of the Year 2018 went to the Falcon Inn in, Arncliffe, in beautiful Littondale. The award was presented to Steve and Joanne Hodgson on Sunday 8th April. For more information about the place, check out the Winter 2016/7 Pub of the Season article.

Our newest award, Community Pub of the Year,was presented to the Bay Horse, Oxenhope on Wednesday 23rd May. This award commemorates the life of branch member, Lynda Smith who died in December 2015, and who was an ardent supporter of good community pubs and good cask beer. The Bay Horse, at the top end of Oxenhope village, is popular with both locals and visitors. With 3 changing cask beers alongside Taylors Landlord and/or Boltmaker, the Bay Horse hosts regular local events, and a weekly music session.

John and Annie show off their Pub of the Season plaque, Counting House, Silsden.Winter Pub of the Season and other celebrations

Our Winter Pub of the Season was agreed at our December branch meeting and is: the Counting House, Silsden. Located in a former bank, the Counting House only opened in March 2016. Four cask beers are usually available, often featuring a dark beer. A presentation of this award took place to John and Annie (photo right) on Wednesday 31st January. More information.....

Also in Silsden, on 18th November, branch members were proud to present a plaque to Lisa, Francis and the staff at the Kings Arms, to celebrate their tenth consecutive appearance in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide. Well done!

New canalside pub wins Summer award

On 25th July 2017, branch members turned out in force to present the Boat House in Skipton with our summer “Pub of the Season” award. The Boat House only opened as a pub in Spring 2016, so winning this accolade so soon is a major achievement. Five cask beers mainly from local breweries are available, one of which is usually a dark beer. One pump is reserved for Tiller Pin, a beer brewed especially for the Boat House by Wishbone Brewery in Keighley. Cider and perry and food are also available. The Boat House, accessed via an arch off Coach Street or along the canalside from Coach Street bridge, looks out onto the canal basin, one of the best views in Skipton.

What‘s new

Pub of the Year 2018 presentationStaff, customers and CAMRA members celebrate at the Keighley and Craven Pub of the year 2018” presentation on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Falcon, Arncliffe, Yorkshire Dales.

December 2018 - More LocAle Spotlights from Alesman: Winter 2018

September 2018 - CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide 2019 launched

August 2018 - More LocAle Spotlights from Alesman: Autumn 2018

July 2018 - Seasonal award for one of the branch‘s oldest establishments - Pub of the Season Summer 2018

July 2018 - Settle down for a drink - a quick tour of Settle‘s pubs (based on article from Skipton Beer Festival programme)

July 2018 - A unique experience - WoodFest 2018 Some of the beers available in North Shields at WoodFest 2018

June 2018 - LocAle Spotlights from Alesman for Summer 2018

June 2018 - Awards, Awards! Pub, Community Pub and Club of the Year 2018

February 2018 - A pub you can count on! Pub of the Season Winter 2017/2018

December 2017 - New Alesman advertising rates (from Spring 2018 issue)

December‘s NBSS “Hit List”

Double 'first-visit' points will be awarded in December for the following 10 pubs:

Pubs are included in the above list to encourage members to visit them and rate the beer, because we are short of feedback on them. Inclusion in the list does not constitute a recommendation from Keighley and Craven CAMRA.

NOTE: As January is 'voting' month, and the Good Beer Guide short list has now closed, there will be no January “Hit List”.

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