Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020

We will be voting for Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year, Club of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year at the next meeting on Thursday 5th March 8pm at The Millstone in Bolton town centre. Voting can only be done in person at the meeting, with a valid CAMRA membership card.

Pub of the Year Finalists are:

Brewery Bar, Horwich
Great Ale at the Vaults
Hen & Chickens
Northern Monkey
One for the Road

The winner is decided from a combination of votes at the meeting, average beer score through the year and scores from judges who have visited all pubs and scored using CAMRA guidelines.

Club of the Year Finalists

Bolton Ukrainian Club
Ellesmere Rd Recreation Club, Morris Green
Hilltops Sports & Social Club, Blackrod
Horwich RMI
Lostock Sports Club

Cider Pub of the Year Finalists

Bank Top Brewery Ale House, Horwich
Bank Top Brewery Tap
Beer School, Westhoughton
Brewery Bar, Horwich
Nook & Cranny, Bromley Cross

The winner is chosen from a combination of votes at the meeting and scores from judges who have visited all pubs and scored using CAMRA guidelines

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Brewery News [February 2020]

CLAY BROW NANO BREWERYA New England IPA and a coffee stout are in the pipeline. MARTLAND MILL BREWERYDespite all the Dry January hype trade has remained steady. They’re currently working on developing a new beer which will hopefully be available soon. PROBLEM CHILD BREWERYAnother beer festival is being planned for the rugby league Magic Weekend…
Source: Wigan Branch News

Club News [February 2020]

The extended opening hours at the Standish Unity Club continue to prove popular. On the other hand, real ale prices have increased by 10p a pint to £2.80 a pint which hasn’t proved quite as popular as the new opening hours. I am pleased to report that Standish Unity Club was voted club of the…
Source: Wigan Branch News

Beer Quality Accreditation Scheme – 2019-20

PosterTrafford & Hulme branch is one of several CAMRA branches participating a a trial of a Beer Quality Accreditation Scheme. Recognizing pubs consistently selling well-kept real ales is an important aspect of CAMRA’s campaigning to improve beer quality at the point of dispense and this new accreditation scheme is a means of recognizing quality. Pubs that gain accreditation can publicise the fact, including the display of the attached window sticker. The award is made based on scores entered into the National Beer Scoring Scheme by CAMRA members. CAMRA memberes are encouraged to score all real ale, cider and perry that they drink. For more information on this see the Beer Scoring page. 

The following pubs and clubs within the branch have currentlt achieved the requied standard and been awarded this accreditation. The scores will be reviewed on an regular basis, and additional pubs who attain the required standard will be added to the list.



Assembly (Urmston) 
Barking Dog (Urmston)
Beech Inn (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Beer House (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Carters Arms (Sale)
Cheshire Tap (Altrincham)
Chorlton Tap (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Church Inn (Flixton)
Costello’s Bar (Altrincham)
Dulcimer (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Elektric (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Flixton Conservative Club (Urmston)
Font (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Hillary Step (Whalley Range)
J P Joule (Sale)
Jack In The Box (Altrincham)
Lord Nelson (Urmston)
Old Packet House (Altrincham)
Pi (Altrincham)
Prairie Schooner Taphouse (Urmston)
Sedge Lynn (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Strange Brew (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Tim Bobbin (Urmston)
Unicorn (Altrincham)

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Bolton CAMRA Branch – Darwen beer ramble – Saturday 14th March, 2020

We meet at One For The Road at 11.45 to have a beer before catching the 12.28 bus to Darwen (No 1 leaving from stand C), arriving in Darwen at 13.04. Some pubs we can visit are listed below. If anyone has a favourite within walking distance not listed below then let us know on the day and we can visit it.

Caskbar, 165 Duckworth St., BB3 1AT; Mayflower tap with 4 ales

Old Chapel, Railway Road, BB3 2RG: a Wetherspoons pub with 8 changing beers. Previously was a Methodist Chapel. Food available

Taps Bar, 11 Railway Road, BB3 2RG: Cask ales plus craft beers from around the world

Bridgewater, 2-10 Church St. BB3 2RE: 3 regular cask ales from Bank Top and Thwaites plus 3 changing. 10% discount for CAMRA members

Number 39, 39-41 Bridge St., BB3 2AA: Hopstar brewery tap with 4 regular Hopstar and 1 changing

Darwen Tap, 47 Blackburn Road, BB3 1EJ: A micro bar with 4 changing cask ales

Victoria Hotel, 94 Suddell Road, BB3 3HW: Freehouse with 2 changing cask ales (often Hopstar)

If anyone is thinking of joining us in Darwen please all me and for information about where we are; Gill 07967585670

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Weekday Social – Little Lever – Tuesday 18th February, 2020

The February weekday social is to visit some of the pubs in Little Lever.

We will meet at   One For The Road, Stalls F14 to F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, BL1 1TJ, at 1.30pm to have a beer before we walk to the bus station to get the 524 Diamond bus to Bury from stand J. These buses run every 10 minutes and will take approximately 15 minutes to get to Little Lever.

The pubs we plan to visit are:

Jolly Carter, 168 Church Street, BL3 1BW, 5 changing real ales

The New Inn, 56 Church Street, BL3 1BE, 2 regular ales and 1 changing

Henighans, 71 Lever Street, BL3 1BA, 2 regular Bank Top

Little Lever Working Men’s Club, Victory Road, BL3 1HZ, 2 changing ales

This is just a suggestion of the pubs to visit. We are always open to other suggestions from others if they have a particular favourite

For more information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Southport CAMRA – Chorley Social – February 15th

A few of the Bolton CAMRA branch members will be joining the Southport CAMRA branch in Chorley for their Social on February 15th.

We will be meeting at The Bob Inn at 12pm. There are a number of fine pubs to choose from in the town which can be seen here Click. This is a joint social with CoLAPS (Coast of Lancashire Ale Preservation Society).

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Chorley Trip – Saturday 22nd February

Meet at 1.00pm at the Crown on Chapel Street. Pubs to visit will include those listed below. It is always a good afternoon out in Chorley.  Trains from Bolton leave at 12.20 and 12.25 arriving in Chorley at 12.34 and 12.44 respectively. The fare is £6.00 return. 125 buses leave from stand P at Bolton bus station every 10 minutes with the journey taking just under one hour. A Central Lancashire Day rider ticket is £4.90 which would allow a stop off in Horwich on the way home if required.

Crown, 46-48 Chapel St., Chorley, PR7 1BW

Shepherds Hall Ale House, 67 Chapel Street, Chorley, PR7 1BS

Ale Station, 60 chapel St., Chorley PR7 1BS

Bootleggers, 21 Bolton St., Chorley, PR7 3AA

Malt’n’Hops, 50-52 Friday St. Chorley, PR6 0AH

The Shed, Fazackerly Street, PR7 1BG

Cuckoo’s nest (formerly Toastie Tavern, D’owd Inn) 111 Market Street, new micropub with 3 changing ales

Flat Iron (formerly Market Tavern), 21 Cleveland Street, PR7 1BH recently refurbished 4 changing ales including a mild

There are plenty of pubs to choose from and although most don’t serve food there are plenty of places in Chorley to eat.

For more information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Weekday Social – Bolton – Friday 17 January 2020

Recent discussions at various socials it was decided trial a monthly weekday social. The first of these is in Bolton.

We will meet at the Greyhound on Deansgate at 2.00pm and can decide which of the following pubs we will visit.

Greyhound, 146 Deansgate, BL1 1BB, 2 changing ales

 Old Three Crowns, 14 Deansgate, BL1 1BR, Theakston’s Old Peculiar is often on the bar

Northern Monkey, Nelson Square, BL1 1AQ, brewpub with 4 changing ales

Great Ale at the Vault, Vaults Below Market Place, BL1 2AL, 4 changing ales

One For The Road, Stalls F14 to F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, BL1 1TJ, 3 changing ales

Swan, 2-4, Churchgate, BL1 1HJ, 3 changing ales

Barristers Bar, 7, Bradshawgate, BL1 1EL, 5 changing ales

For more information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News