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All Branch Meetings begin at 8pm and transport can be arranged by contacting Brian Maudling.  Transport cost £7 per person from anywhere in the branch area.

(New members and potential new members always welcome - just come along and make yourself known!)

Next meetings and socials - next to come at top. Branch meetings, start at 8pm unless otherwise stated.





The Lowther Club, Whitehaven confirmed for Wed. 7th February for 8pm  (upstairs room)


Wed. 7th March at The Royal Oak, Seaton for 8pm (branch meeting).




Next meeting and POTS award at the Bower House, Eskdale Saturday 7 th October 1pm

November meet…………………………Pheasant, Wythop Mill, Bass. Wednesday 1 st Nov 8pm

Pre-Xmas meeting and social combo discussed with food options but nothing definite

decided other than location ……. Galloping Horse, Harrington Wednesday 6 th December


January meeting to be confirmed but …………Manor Arms, St Bees on Sat Jan 6 th is likely



Next branch meeting will be held in Gosforth at Kellbank - 8pm on Wednesday 6th Sept.

Branch transport available for both, let Eileen Lithgow know asap.


Launch of the Good Beer Guide at the New Cock and Bull Cockermouth on Thur 14th Sept 6 for 6.30 pm where you may purchase discounted copies

We have selected THE BOWER HOUSE INN at Eskdale Green and will present them with their award on Saturday 7th October at 1pm, followed by a Branch Meeting at the same venue.

December meeting is planned for The Galloping Horse Harrington

August branch meeting 2nd, Swinside Inn, 8pm, Branch transport available - let Eileen know.

June Branch meeting at Kirkstile Inn,  Loweswater, Wed 7th at  8pm. Branch transport available - let Eileen know.

MARCH branch meeting will be  Wed 1st, at the BUSH,COCKERMOUTH.


TRIP:  Saturday  1st  April

The Letters Inn,  Aspatria has been chosen for our branch Spring Pub of the Season 2017 award and we will hold our branch meeting there on Saturday 1st April, starting at 12 noon. We make the presentation during this visit.
This will be followed by visits to the Grey Goat, Baggrow and the Last Man Inn, Plumbland. Kirkstile Beer Festival will be our next stop - where 20 beers will feature, from 10 different breweries and the last stop will be the Swan, Cockermouth, or you can take the chance to visit other Cockermouth pubs if you wish.
We expect this to be a very popular day out, starting our branch meeting early at 12 to fit everything in with ease.
Please contact Eileen asap if you wish to use the branch's transport.



The AGM will be at GOSFORTH HALL HOTEL on the first Wednesday in May (3rd)
Please consider offering to help with the work of the committee! (as much or as little as you like)









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2016 Forthcoming branch meetings (8pm on first Wed each month) and other events



3rd Feb  The Albert St Bees,

Proposed - all to be confirmed or otherwise

March - Keekle Inn,

Beer Festival Seascale Windscale Club 17th - 19th

April The Commercial at Dearham

May AGM  Irton Hall



2015 Forthcoming branch meetings (8pm starts) and other events

7th Jan - Stanley Arms, Calderbridge

4th Feb - Old Gin House, Gt Clifton

4th March  - Globe, Hensingham

1st April – the Pheasant, Bassenthwaite
6th May - AGM The Rugby Union Club at Bleach Green, Egremont.

9th May - POTS presentation for Spring to The Cock and Bull in Cockermouth.The award will take place on Saturday afternoon , time to be confirmed

3rd June – The Strands, Nether Wasdale.
1st July Gosforth Hall, Gosforth
October 7th Inn @ Ravenglass

November 4th Golden Lion, Maryport

December 3rd    Middle Ruddings, Braithwaite


2014 Forthcoming branch meetings and other events


On the afternoon of Saturday 20th September the branch will be visiting Keswick Brewery. It promises to be an interesting and enjoyable event, with also several other real ale establishments being visited on the day. Most notably, the Newlands Adventure Centre, which is surely a first for the branch.

On Wednesday 3rd September at 8pm, a monthly branch meeting will be held at Middle Ruddings Hotel, Braithwaite. They are always very hospitable, and we can expect very excellent beer before heading for home at 10pm.

Branch transport for both these trips will cost £7 per person. Should you wish to use book a place on either or both, please contact Brian Maudling on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07972050679.

Finally, the branch has secured transport to ferry volunteers at the Taste Cumbria beer festival home on the evenings of the 26th and 27th September. It is likely that this bus will leave from outside Jennings Brewery at about 10pm.


Saturday July 26th Cumbria Cider Pub of the Year presentation (also the  Regional Cider POTY) is to the George & Dragon, Dent, at 4 pm on Sat July 26th.  All are welcome and there is always a discount on B&B for CAMRA members. Food there is great, and on the bar will be the full range of Dent beers and probably best range of ciders that you could get at one event and in one pub in this part of the world!  All members and friends are welcome!

Saturday 2nd August -  there will be a branch social to pubs in Keswick and the presentation of the Runner-up Pub of the Year to Dog and Gun. Public transport to be used.

Wed 6th August at 8pm, Brown Cow, Waberthwaite - branch meeting and social. All welcome, including new members. Transport will be provided.

Sat Aug 9th Cumbria Pub of the Year
The Cumbria POTY presentation is to the Prince of Wales, Foxfield at 1.00pm on Sat 9th Aug. This pub is well known by those in the know! Travel there is easy - train to Foxfield and cross the road carefully! All members and friends are welcome. You could also plan short walk into Broughton and try the Manor Arms which was Cumbria Pub of the Year last year and well worth a visit. Take family with you? Send them off to do the nature reserve walk in Foxfield!

Tues 12th - Sat 16th August - the world's largest real ale festival - at Olympia in London. A fantastic event which 55,000 people are expected to attend the event! There will be more than 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to try, and plenty of entertainment and food to enjoy! Many of us never miss it!  See more at:  gbbf.org.uk

August 30th - all four Cumbria branches will meet at 1pm in the Vagabond to chat about what is going on in the county, particularly what is in the Good Beer Guide and how we choose the Cumbrian Pub of the Year.

Wed 3rd Sept at 8pm Middle Ruddings, Braithwaite - branch meeting and social. All welcome, including new members. Transport will be provided.

26th - 27th September 2014 Taste Cumbria Food and Beer Festival, Cockermouth.  Overall, this is a fantastic event for all the family and on the Friday and Saturday, in the Jennings Brewery Maltings, there is a wonderful opportunity for real ale lovers to sample the biggest range of Cumbrian beers available at any one time!!  If you are a CAMRA member please consider helping us with it!  No experience is necessary but help is need both in the week prior,  when the venue is being set up for the festival, and also when it is open for helping serve beers and staff various stands! People who would like to help but are not members may join beforehand or on the day! A membership application for is included in this magazine or you can join online - there are currently 164,577 members!

· Saturday 12th April meet in The Lifeboat, Maryport at 13.00 for tour of pubs in the town as part of Community Pubs Month

· 7th May, The Horse and Groom, Gosforth – Branch AGM

· 4th June, Pennington Arms, Ravenglass – Branch meeting


· 2nd July Kirkstile Inn Branch meeting

Branch meetings begin at 20.00 and we aim to conclude business at 21.30 to allow time for

socialising. There will be a branch meeting in August, bring venue suggestions to AGM.



5th  February  2014   (Changed!!!) The Lifeboat Maryport

all at 8pm - all welcome




2013 events

4th December 2013  THE SWAN,  COCKERMOUTH


23rd |November

On Saturday 23rd of November West Cumbria branch of CAMRA will be presenting the Autumn Pub of the Season award to The Snecklifter, Duke Street, Whitehaven.

Members are advised to arrive ahead of the presentation, which will be no sooner than 1 o'clock in the afternoon. After trying one or two of the excellent range of beers there, it is planned that we visit several of the town centre pubs, with possible entry in the 2015 Good Beer Guide in mind. These will likely include Billy McGrady's, The Candlestick, The Tavern and The Puncheon.

As public transport has good availability on a Saturday afternoon, no branch transport will be provided. This will also give members the flexibility to call in to as many, or few, pubs as they would like, or even visit any pubs that have not been listed above

On Saturday May 18th there will be a branch trip visiting a number of pubs.  We will start at about 12.30 at The Kirkstile Inn, spending about an hour and presenting the West Cumbria Pub of the Year Runner-Up certificate.

We will then be going on to Buttermere, having an hour to visit either or both of The Bridge and The Fish.  It will then be on to Braithwaite, with a choice of Middle Ruddings, Coldedale Inn or Royal Oak for a further hour, though the POTY presentation will not take place at Middle Ruddings that day. Finally, it is hoped to visit the Swinside Inn, approaching Newlands Valley, heading home just before 5 o'clock.


1st May. AGM will be held at the Horse and Groom, Gosforth


POTY / POTS award trip

"On Saturday May 4th there will be a branch trip visiting a number of pubs.  We will start in Cockermouth to give the landlord and landlady of The Castle Bar their West Cumbria Pub of the Year Runner-Up certificate.  We will then be going into The Swan, the only pub in Cockermouth selling Jenning's Mild as part of May is Mild month.  It will then be on to  The Bush at Tallentire to present them with the Pub of the Season certificate.  The cost of this will be £7.00 per person.  To book onto the trip contact Brian Maudling on either 07972050679 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Kathryn Flagner on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

POTY / POTS award trip 2

"presentation to the branches Pub Of The Year – The Middle Ruddings Hotel, Braithwaite – on May 18th."


5th June 2013: Victoria Hotel, Drigg

3rd July 2013: Jennings Brewery (Proposed)


27th - 28th - 29th September - Taste Cumbria Beer Festival in Cockermouth




Wed 9th January 2013: Green Dragon, Workington


9th February: afternoon trip for Pub of the Season ( Winter)  to the Castle Bar, Cockermouth. Other pubs will be visited.

Pheasant Bassenthwaite for February (1st Wed)

Pennington Arms, Ravenglass in March   (1st Wed)

Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater on 10th April




Wed 5th December 2012: The Castle Bar, Cockermouth

Wednesday November 7th The Globe, Hensingham

Wednesday November 5th, The Castle Bar, Cockermouth

Monday October 29th, Beer Festival meeting.  7.30 start at The Waterfront, Whitehaven.

We have confirmed that the 18th August will include a visit to Ennerdale Brewery where we will
sample their ales and complete beer tasting cards.

We will go there first at 11.30am before going on to the Fox and Hounds for the award at 1pm.

West Cumbria Camra Branch will visit the Furness Branch Beer Festival
on Saturday 1st September at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston


The Brook House at Eskdale has now been confirmed as the location of the September meeting.


· 3rd October 2012: The Masons Arms, Gilcrux

· November 2012 (Date T.B.C.): Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth

· December 2012: Whitehaven area (beginning of winter months travel arrangements)


, the proposed visit to Cumbrian Legendary Ales has now been confirmed for Saturday 6th October and the visit to the beer festival at Ulverston’s Coronation Hall on will take place on Saturday 1st September.


(Also, a visit to Cumbria Legendary Ales (Hawkshead) has been booked
for Saturday 29th September.  This is a very popular brewery visit and
our BLO Dave Latham from the Furness Branch has expressed an interest
to join us on that day)

So that people are available to help with the Taste Cumbria beer festival (29th / 30thSept) the date of trip to CLA has been postponed to October 6th.


Beer Lovers' Dinner will be held on a Saturday this year
The Coronation Hall is the venue on 17th November, the same date and venue as the next Wets Pennines meeting, which will be attended by National Executive member and Director of CAMRA, Brett Laniosh.

Contact Eileen Lithgow email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you
would like to be included in any of these planned trips. Hope to see you
for some excellent beer and chat

Tuesday July 10th - first meeting date for planning next year's beer festival, in the Candlestick, Whitehaven starting at 8pm.  All branch members are welcome to come along and help organise this.


23rd June - The Brown Cow Beer Festival followed by visit to The Strands, Netherwasdale for runner up POTY

4th July 2012: The Royal Oak, Beckermet - meeting


Punchbowl, the Green - beer Festival  - 7th July - more here








Past meetings - the ones you have missed!!

AGM on 2nd May at Calder House, Seascale.

26th May -  (Pub of the Year award)  The Brook, Cleator. Also the Manor, St Bees
on the same day for Pub of the Season presentation

6th June
-  Branch Meeting  Middle Ruddings, Braithwaite near Keswick. Runner up award for Pub of the Year

March 2012: The Stag, Crosby

April 2012: The White Horse, Scales

The branches winter 2011/12 Pub of the Season Award goes to The Barn Bistro at Gilcrux.  The presentation will be made on Saturday February 11th at 2.30.  A bus is being organised to take us there.  We will also to visit some other pubs in the area that are difficult to get to on public transport.  For a place on the bus please contact Eileen or Geoff Lithgow at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 07814646245 or 07855022936.

Cumbria Branches

Saturday 4th February 2012, Furness area.

Wednesday 4th January 2012

Branch meeting - 8pm at Cons Club, Workington

Wednesday 7th December

Branch meeting - 8pm at Cons Club, Whitehaven

GBG nominations.

Sat 10th Dec

POTS presentation, Horse & Groom, Gosforth

No transport, no time notified

Wednesday 2nd November

Branch meeting - 8pm at Blue Bell, Workington

Friday 11th November

Beer Lovers' Dinner, Kendal

26th November, 2011 - West Pennines meeting

12:30 the Borough, Lancaster.  All members welcome to meet with others from Lancashire, Cumbria and IOM branches.


CASK Ale /Local Pubs Week (1st - 9th October)

Recruitment drives in:

Saturday - Gosforth; Sunday - Egremon; Monday - Tavern Whitehaven 7pm; Tuesday - somewhere in Cockermouth; Wednesday - one of the two pubs in Gilcrux; Thursday - 7pm Blue Bell, Workington also maybe in Egremont; Friday - somewhere in Maryport; Saturday - Great Broughton - probably Punch Bowl but may be Volunteer. No other times notified yet. Watch this space for updates.

update: 1761, Cockermouth,  tomorrow evening (Thursday) 8.30-10.30

The Horse and Groom, Gosforth, will offer samples of beer all this week.

Great Gable will be featuring 'beer tasting' at Wasdale Agricultural Show this
coming Saturday, 8th October, on the stall for their brewery.

Next Beer Festival Meeting  

Wednesday October 19th, 7.30 at The Cons Club in Whitehaven.  All welcome.


Wednesday 5th October

Branch meeting - 8pm at The Barn at Gilcrux

Wednesday Aug 10th

Presentation of runner up Pub of the Year Award to Lifeboat, Maryport, 8pm. Please use public transport.

Saturday  6th August - trip

Branch Social around Keswick area. (30+ beers)

£5 for members - book early - contact as above - non-member friends/family welcome £10.

Wednesday Aug 17th

Presentation of Pub of the Season Award to Last Man Inn, Plumbland

20th Aug, 2011 - Cumbria Branches meeting

12:30 at King's Head Carlisle. All members welcome to come and discuss CAMRA in Cumbria with members of the other three branches.

Wednesday 7th September

Branch meeting - 8pm at the Wasdale Head Inn

Saturday 17th September

Cumbria POTY presentation and social, Sat Sept 17th: visit to Ennerdale Brewery 12 noon. POTY presentation 2pm, The Brook Cleator.  TP Transport available from Whitehaven rail station (book ASAP - Phone 01946 62986 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Saturday 25th June

Presentations:  Pub of the Year runner up, Brown Cow, Waberthwaite; Beer of the Festival, Beckstones, to be presented at the Punchbowl at The Green near Millom; and then on to the Blacksmith’s Arms.

It is the Brown Cow's beer festival that weekend, too.

Wednesday 6th July

Branch meeting - 8pm at  Fox & Hounds Ennerdale Bridge

Wednesday 1st June

Branch meeting - 8pm at The Last Man Inn, Plumbland

West Pennines meeting

21st May, 2011 - 12:30 the Station Inn at Oxenholme.  All members welcome to meet with others from Lancashire, Cumbria and IOM branches.

Saturday 7th May – Presentation  and trip:

Pub of the Year, the Brook, Cleator Moor, followed by a trip to the Kirkstile Inn beer festival at Loweswater. No information about transport yet. Contact either social secretary

Branch Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 4th May Branch AGM at Tithe Barn, Cockermouth

Branch meeting

Wednesday April 6th, The Hound at Arlecdon, 8pm

Branch meeting

Wednesday March 2nd, Horse and Groom at Gosforth,

Presentation of Pub of the Season Award - The Boot inn, Boot

Sat 5th Feb, 2pm

Branch meeting - Good Beer Guide 2012 selection

Wed 2nd February 2011 - The Old Captain's House, Bigrigg

(Was planning to get extra guest beers for us)

Branch meeting

Wed 5th January 2011 - Tavern, Whitehaven 8pm - in newly opened upstairs bar. (Get real ales at usual bar)

Presentation of Beer of the Festival award, to Foxfield Brewery,

Saturday 18th December, Prince of Wales, Foxfield, 1:15pm

Presentation of Pub of the Season Award

Saturday 27 Nov 2.30pm at the Calder House Hotel Seascale. The presentation for the Pub of the Season will be made. No CAMRA bus laid on, but remember that Seascale is accessible by rail. Also, the courtesy bus from the Gosforth Hall Hotel is available to link up Gosforth to Seascale and ensure that CAMRA members who go on to Gosforth are back in Seascale for the rail journey home.

Beer Festival meeting

Monday Nov 17 at 7.30pm at the Candlestick Whitehaven. Initial meeting to discuss next March's Whitehaven Beer Festival. All members welcome. Meeting should take about an hour.

December 1st - Branch meeting, 8pm, Swan, Cockermouth Book bus with Steve

For transport by minibus to all branch meetings phone Steve on 07854 643 274

or email him at transport (at) westcumbriacamra.org.uk (only £5 per trip, for CAMRA members only)

Please book early


We are planning to attend Cockermouth Beer Festival on the Quiz night! Do join us! Minibus possible if enough want to use one.

On Thursday 2nd December Cockermouth Round Table are holding a Charity Quiz at the Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth from 7-11p.m.
The entry fee is £5 per person which includes a free pint glass and a magazine about local beers.
You can play as a team or individually. There will be prizes up to £100.

Hawkshead Village Winter Ales Festival

"We are organising our first beer festival for the weekend of the 3rd December to coincide with the Christmas Fair. It will be based around the the 4 village pubs with about 25 seasonal beers to drink over the weekend.There is a full program of entertainment, stalls and food organised for the weekend."

Sounds good!!!

Last Updated on Friday, 15 December 2017 14:54