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We are now part of

the Solway Branch

We are once again a sub-Branch of the

Carlisle-based Solway Branch of CAMRA.

Following our failure to appoint a committee at our AGM in October and the decision of the Special General meeting in January, we’re back to being a sub-Branch of the Solway Branch.

Liam Chalmers is still the Branch contact if you have any queries or comments.


Dumfries & Stewartry pubs selected for CAMRA’s 2014 Good Beer Guide

As usual, the Branch has been able to select 14 pubs for CAMRA’s 2014 Good Beer Guide.  The selection followed voting by local members at the beginning of 2013.

Congratulations to the successful pubs .... especially the Craigdarroch and the Old Smugglers who have made it for the first time. 

Commiserations to the other great

pubs that just failed to make it.

It’s not easy choosing 14 out of

about 45 pubs which sell ale.

Moffat’s Stag Hotel now doing cask ale

Moffat has been suffering from the closure of the Black Bull Hotel for the last year or so (see below).  Good news however is that the Stag Hotel is serving cask ale.  Recent brews on offer were Cairngorms Trade Winds and Deuchars IPA.  Both were considered “in good nick”.

Withe the Stag doing ale, it means that the wee town has four pubs doing real ale.  The others are the Star Hotel, The Annandale Hotel and the Coachman Bar.  Not bad!

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.

Cavens will now be judged against the winning pubs from CAMRA’s Ayrshire & Wigtownshire, Glasgow and Renfrewshire Branches for a place in the final

judging for the

Scottish Region Pub

of the Year for 2014.

Keep your eye out

for details of the

presentation event ...

Visit to the 2013 Carlisle Beer Festival

We couldn’t get ‘a single organised group’ for the 2013 Carlisle Festival which was held from 31st October to 2nd November. However, a number of smaller  groups ventured forth.

Our photo shows one such set who went on the Friday afternoon.

Pictured (left to right) are Liam Chalmers,Trevor Hayward, Roger Ede, Jacquie Mawson and Tony Mawson.

Looks like they were having

a good time ....

Moffat’s Black Bull still closed

No good news on the Black Bull at Moffat.  The owners - PunchTaverns - seem to be no nearer

getting a new tenant.

It would be a disaster if this historic

old pub would be lost altogether.

We’ll try to keep you advised of

the position.

Interestingly. the Railway Tavern is

still open - but no real ale.