Welcome to the Web Site of the North London Branch of CAMRA - The Campaign for Real Ale
Welcome to the North London Branch of CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale), which covers the postal districts of WC1 and most areas of North and North West London not in the Boroughs of Enfield and Barnet (see below for more detail). CAMRA was formed in 1971 as the voice of the beer-drinking consumer, at a time when real ale was rapidly disappearing from our pubs, and now has over 150,000 members.
Here in North London we monitor what is happening in the brewing industry, whilst also checking the beer quality and range in our pubs but we also have a social side too. This year we are celebrating our 40th birthday and are having a number of events during the year. The highlight is our Big Birthday Bash on Saturday 29th March, between noon and 5pm, in the downstairs bar at the Penderel's Oak, a regular entry into CAMRA's Good Beer Guide. The address is: 283-288 High Holborn WC1V 7HP (nearest tube; Holborn or Chancery Lane). You can find more details at:North London's 40th Big Birthday Bash
Each year CAMRA publishes the Good Beer Guide and all of the entries are pubs selected by local branches for the quality of their real ales, not easy when we have around 800 pubs in our area. And to help us get around them, we meet every week, usually on a Tuesday, and visit a selection of pubs with an official Branch Meeting every few months. Details can be found on the Branch Diary page Branch Diary.
We have also produced a series of guides to pubs that serve real ale in various parts of our area - WC1, N1, NW1/NW5, NW3/N6 and the latest covering WC1/2. All these guides have now sold out. Details can be found here Local Pub Guides
Each year, members vote for their Pub of the Year, a highly prestigious Award, more detail of which can be found here Pub of the Year Awards 2013
One major problem is the number of pubs that are closing and being converted into flats, restaurants or offices. Every CAMRA Branch has a Pubs officer, whose job is to monitor the situation, and North London CAMRA will always campaign vigorously when a pub under threat is worth saving. See the Contact page for details.
The London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival is organised by the Branch and takes place every March at the Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, WC1 and is the best way to find a great range of real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beer all under one roof. Details can be found at London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival .
The branch produces an email newsletter. This is a basic text-only email sent out overnight every Thursday with the main aim of advertising the forthcoming socials. It also contains news and information from within the branch area including forthcoming beer festivals and a full list of known beer festivals in the Greater London area. The list is run by Yahoo! Groups and is open to non-CAMRA members and those outside of our branch. You can join yourself at the weblink below, you will need to set up a Yahoo profile, this does not take long.
So if you'd like to get involved come along to our events and if you are not a member, why not join CAMRA and make your voice heard. If you'd like to become a member of the Campaign for Real Ale you can join up online at the national CAMRA website. Follow the Join Us link over in the left hand margin.
Alternatively, you can fill in the membership form in London Drinker magazine, which is available in a number of pubs in the branch area. Go to London Drinker Magazine for a list of pubs where the magazine is currently available.
If you have any questions about local Branch membership then please feel free to contact our Membership Secretary Paul Barnard ku.oc.dranrabluap.reeb@luap
The North London Branch covers a wedge shaped area of London starting in the centre with WC1 (Holborn, Bloomsbury) and moving out to cover Camden, Islington, Haringey, Finsbury Park, Highbury, Hampstead and Highgate, Holloway, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Tottenham, Stoke Newington, Wood Green, Cricklewood, Kentish Town, Kilburn and St Johns Wood.
CAMRA is part of the European Beer Consumers Union, which is a consortium of beer consumer organisations across Europe. If you do not live in the UK, then why not consider joining one of CAMRA's sister organisations? For more information see http://www.ebcu.org/
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