Stewartry “Safaris” were a great success

The Branch bus trips to the ale pubs in the Glenkens and East Stewartry on Friday 20th June and Kirkcudbright & Auchencairn were voted a great success.

The bus was more or less full for both trips in great summer weather - as we headed firstly for the Clachan Inn at Dalry - the Ken Bridge Hotel, the Thistle Inn at Crossmichael -  then on the 25th July to the Masonic and Selkirk Arms Kirkcudbright and Auchencairn.  We finished off at the Laurie Arms each time.

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  Dumfries & Stewartry Branch News

        

14 Dumfries & Stewartry pubs selected

for the 2015 Good Beer Guide

As usual, the Branch has been able to select 14 pubs for CAMRA’s 2015 Good Beer Guide.  The selection followed voting by local members at the beginning of 2014.

Congratulations to the successful pubs .... 

Commiserations to the other great pubs that just failed to make it.

The Black Bull at Moffat is open again. 

The good news is that the Black Bull at Moffat has reopened after a closure of nearly 2 years.  We have no word on its ales at the moment.

The Kirkcudbright Bay Hotel and The Moffat House Hotel have started serving real ale. 

The Kirkcudbright Bay (formerly the Commercial Inn) will have ale on a least for the summer months - which means that the town has 3 ale pubs.

The Moffat House Hotel is serving Broughton Merlin - so with the good news about the Black Bull, that gives the small town an incredible 6 ale pubs

The Black Bull at Lockerbie serving ales

Best news of the lot, however, is that the Black Bull at Lockerbie is serving cask ale for the first time in many years.  The town has been an ale drinker’s nightmare for some time.

We’ll confirm the position as soon as possible

Cavens voted Branch Pub of the Year for 2014

Cavens Arms in Dumfries has once again been voted Branch Pub of the Year. In a poll of local members, Cavens drew most votes followed closely by the The Laurie Arms at Haugh of Urr.  The Clachan Inn at St John’s Town of Dalry took the 3rd spot.

Solway Branch Vice-Chair Paul Clarinbold presented Cavens with its Certificate on 5th May.

The Queensberry has given up cask ales ...

The Queensberry Hotel in Dumfries has finally thrown in the towel with regard to cask ales.

Part of the Smith & Jones chain, the hotel has dabbled with cask ales since it opened a few years ago.  Seems they have now decided to stop serving it.  We’ll update you if the position changes ...

Good joint-meeting with the

Solway Branch

Thanks to all who turned up for the joint meeting with the Solway Branch at the Blue Bell in Annan on 21st July.  We had eleven members and Carlisle just pipped us by turning our 12!

A useful meeting which helped clarify the

relationship between ourselves and Solway Branch - now our ‘mother branch’.  It also let the Carlisle

members know we can work locally.

When visiting we presented the 2014 POTY Certificates to Sandra at the Laurie Arms (Runner-up) and to Laura & Phil at the Clachan (3rd place).

More Safaris ...

We intend to run another couple of Safaris in the near future - one to pubs in Annandale and one to Nithsdale.

  Let Liam Chalmers know NOW if you are interested

We have plans for more joint ventures - the first of which is a joint “Pub Crawl” in Dumfries on 11th October.  The details are on the Notice Board

Broons Bar  re-opened as

“The Urban Grill”

The former Broons Bar in Irish St. in Dumfries has had a makeover and has reopened as “The Urban Grill”.  We had hopes that it would be promoting cask ales as the owner also has the the Steamboat Inn at Carsethorn, the Clachan Inn at Dalry and the Wigtown Ploughman - all of which do well for real ales. 

Sadly,  the pub is featuring only one ale and intends to concentrate on meals.  We’ll keep you updated after it has been running for a couple of months.