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The Eagle and Child, Staveley
Westmorland CAMRA is delighted to announce that their Summer 2013 Pub of the Season is the Eagle and Child at Staveley. Congratulations to all concerned.
Westmorland CAMRA is very sad to report the passing of our dear friend and Branch Life President Alan Risdon on May 15th in Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Alan was voted one of CAMRA's top 40 campaigners last year after a life promoting real ale. He wrote an article in two parts on his life of imbibing for our Lakes and Ale magazine issues 30 (page 8) and 31 (page 10).
Alan's funeral will be held on Tuesday 28th May at the chapel at Beetham Hall at 12:00, followed by a natural burial in the nearby woods. Flowers are welcome, but nothing that is not bio-degradable please. This will be followed by a celebration of Alan's life in the Golden Rule in Ambleside from about 13:30.
Minibus transport is being arranged, please contact David Currington or Rik Still for more information, their details are on the branch contacts page.
The George and Dragon, Dent
Westmorland CAMRA is delighted to announce that the George and Dragon at Dent has now become the CAMRA West Pennines Cider and Perry Pub of the Year for 2013, following on from winning the branch award.
Congratulations to Gary and his team.
The pub will now go forward to the national level of the competition.
The Midland Hotel, Appleby-in-Westmorland
Westmorland CAMRA is delighted to announce that their 2013 Pub of the Season is the Midland Hotel in Appleby-in-Westmorland. Congratulations to Clive and his team.
The presentation, along with that of the Cider and Perry Pub of the Year award (see below) will take place on Monday 11th March at the Midland Hotel.
The Midland Hotel had to survive a vote off to win, and therefore the Riflemans Arms in Kendal has been awarded Pub of the Year runner-up.
The Red Lion, Sedbergh
Westmorland CAMRA is delighted to announce that their Winter 2013 Pub of the Season is the Red Lion at Sedbergh. Congratulations to all concerned.
Isle of Dogs also won gold in the Premium Bitters section, and Hawkshead Lakeland Lager won bronze in the speciality bottled beers section. Their were also Golds for Barngates Cat Nap and Cumbrian Legendary Ales Langdale and Croglin Vampire in their respective sections.
Three of our Westmorland pubs have recently won major national awards. The Black Swan in Ravenstonedale, which is our own pub of the year for 2012, has now won the AA English National Pub of the Year award.
The Black Swan has now also won the Good Hotel Guide national award for the best pub with rooms. A new display cabinet may be required!
Many congratulations to all of them on their achievements.
The new 2013 CAMRA Good Beer Guide is now available, listing the best Real Ale establishments in the United Kingdom. For your copy either follow the link on the right hand side of this page, or contact Tony Jackson.
Cumbrian breweries have come away from the CAMRA National Champion Beer of Britain competition with several awards, including the big one, the national award for the best beer in Britain, which went to Coniston brewery for their No.9 Barley Wine. This follows up their national award for Bluebird Bitter in 1998.
Congratulations to all brewers who make these lovely beers, and thanks to all drinkers who love them and voted for them, to all those who did tasting cards, over and over again and to all those who sat on the judging panels at all levels.
Aren't we lucky to have such great beers in Cumbria!.
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George Osborne has spoken and he's still taking a third of your pint......Now it is time to have your say.
Say no to the beer tax escalator to make beer more affordable and support the Great British pub.
To save your pint the e-petition needs 100,000 signitures, will yours be one of them?
In his Budget speech George Osborne announced the Government's intention to continue its damaging approach to Britain's beloved pubs as a further inflation plus 2% increase on beer will bring about yet more price rises at the bar, and further job losses in the sector.
Around £1 on every pint goes to the tax man in beer duty and VAT - we urge you and your beer drinking friends to fight back and sign the e-petition.
The beer and pub industry supports almost 1 million jobs and contributes £21 billion to UK GDP. It's time to speak out against the Government to stop damaging pubs, real ale, and your pocket.
The new version of the Breweries of Cumbria Poster is now available, including all the new breweries that have been started since the original version was produced. Full details are here.