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 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.

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, but will update the news when we can.

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

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.

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 at an even on 5th May.

Summer is a great time to visit the wee country pubs

Summer is a great time to get out and about - and there’s no better excuse than to visit some of the great wee country pubs around our patch.  Pubs such as the Old Smugglers Inn at Auchencairn (top left) or the Farmers Inn at Clarencefield (bottom left) are flying the flag for cask ales only a short drive from Dumfries. They deserve more

attention from  local ale drinkers.

The Clachan Hotel at Dalry (right) is another ‘gem’.

Why not make a point of paying some of them a visit over the next couple of months?

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 should be a joint “Pub Crawl” in Dumfries in October.  Keep your eye out for details.

Broons Bar makeover complete

Broons Bar in Dumfries has not been great for cask ale in the last 3 years ... but it has been getting a proper makeover lately and will be reopening towards the end of August.

The owner also has the Clachan Inn at Dalry and the Wigtown Ploughman - each of which are doing well for real ales.  He is very enthusiastic about cask ale and wants to move the pub "upmarket" and is aiming for a better class eating establishment.

it should be reopen about the 25th of August.