North Notts

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Welcome to North Notts CAMRA

The North Nottinghamshire (shortened to North Notts) CAMRA Branch was formed in 1979 and currently has around 310 members.

The North Notts CAMRA Branch area stretches south as far as Laxton and Marnham, north as far as Misson, Haxey Gate (North of Misterton) and West Stockwith, west as far as Worksop and its suburbs and east as far as the River Trent. Marnham and West Stockwith are both at the side of the Trent. Retford is roughly in the centre of the Branch area.

There are currently 147 or so pubs and clubs listed in the area, not all sell real ale though, and the Branch has 14 entries in the 2021 Good Beer Guide.

In the 2020 Good Beer Guide there are 4 entries in Worksop, 4 in Retford and 6 in the villages. Branch members contribute to the selection of the pubs for the Good Beer Guide through beer scoring on What Pub on the NBSS (National Beer Scoring System) and by voting at the Good Beer Guide selection evening which is held in February.

Branch members vote for the Pub of the Season (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) awards and also the Pub of the Year.

The Mallard situated on Worksop railway station was voted North Notts CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2020.

Valued team member at the Mallard, Carol, with the Pub of the Year 2020 certificate.

In 2021 due to the pandemic there was no Pub of the Year award.

In 2019 the Brew Shed was voted North Notts Pub of the Year, Nottinghamshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019 and was runner-up in the East Midlands Pub of the Year 2019. A great achievement. Let's hope the Mallard can achieve that next level.

There are 8 micro breweries operating in the North Notts area, Lord Randalls Brewery at Laxton being the latest. Yes I am bias, but they do brew some cracking beers, some of which have been award winning. Pheasantry Best Bitter won its category at the 2015 CAMRA Great British Beer Festival, a brilliant achievement. A lot of our breweries have beers in various pubs, some even have their own pubs, and their beers are at many beer festivals. Keep an eye out for them.

Branch Meetings are usually monthly and usually on the first Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the month although it sometimes happens were the Branch Meeting is combined with a Saturday social. The AGM, when Branch Officials are elected, is in April. We do try to move the Branch Meetings around the area but not all pubs are suitable and sometimes not available. Branch Meetings usually start at 7.30pm and all members and non members are welcome but non members cannot vote at the meetings.

Emails are sent out to North Notts members that receive emails regarding dates and venues for forthcoming Branch Meetings and they are also listed on the website under Diary. Branch Meeting minutes are now posted on the website in the Members’ Area.

The Branch has regular Social Events. Everyone is welcome on the Socials, even if the person is not a CAMRA member. Often members or member’s partners and friends will meet up part way through a Social. Details of Social Events are sent out via email, listed on the website under Diary and presently are posted on the notice boards in the Brew Shed and BeerHeadZ at Retford and the Mallard on the railway station and Fuggles Chapter One at Worksop.