North Hampshire Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) campaigns for good quality real ale, community pubs and consumer rights, all carried out with a lot of socialising, enjoyment and fun.

Welcome to North Hampshire Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a group that enjoys pubs and beer festivals, supports local pubs and breweries, and campaigns for a better deal for the pub user.

With over 740 members the group's area stretches from across the northern reaches of Hampshire including the main centres of Andover and Basingstoke. Hartley Wintney and Odiham are included to the east; Whitchurch, Sutton Scotney and Stockbridge are to the west, and Tadley and Kingsclere are northern-ish, but we don't reach as far as the Watford Gap ;-)

The group is part of national CAMRA, with a membership of over 192,000 and which has been going strong since 1971.
Social events and meetings are regularly held with enjoyable walkabouts, town and city trails, while visits to beer festivals and breweries all appear from time to time within the calendar. Check out the Events and Branch Diary for new Events

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Matthew Todd, The Wonston Arms

Matthew Todd, The Wonston Arms - nominated for Publican of the Year 

Before Matthew took over the Wonston Arms, it was almost lost. He rescued this tiny, almost derelict, wet-only pub, and has never looked back. With innovative ideas for pop-up food (fish & chip van Tuesdays, pizza oven Wednesdays), a community café for charity once a month (over £7000 raised for various charities), regular live music, and quiz nights, Matthewmost importantly rounds it off with the great drinks selection: 4 real ale pumps with an ever-changing selection; close to 200 gins, and countless other tipples to suit every palate. Matthew has won various awards, including the CAMRA 'Best Pub of North Hampshire' and national 'Pub of the Year' for 2018.

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CAMRA names the top four pubs in the country

All four of the pubs will now go on to the final competition to win the ultimate Pub of the Year title, to be announced in February 2020. The competing pubs include:

  1. The Swan With Two Necks in Pendleton (2014 winner) - an outstanding and recently renovated traditional pub set in a pretty Pendleside village that's deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike. Five constantly changing ales and one real cider are served along with delicious home-cooked food, and there's plenty of outdoor seating and lovely open fires when the weather grows colder.

  2. The George & Dragon in Hudswell (2016 winner) - a pleasant walk from Richmond (if you don't mind the 300+ steps!) brings you to the pub's large beer terrace with fantastic panoramic views over the Swale valley. Rescued by the community in 2010 and refurbished, it boasts its own library, shop, allotments and other community facilities as well as food and drink.

  3. Bell, Aldworth, Berkshire (1990 winner) - this perennial gem is the only pub with a heritage interior in Berkshire. Its name refers to bells which were part of the coat of arms of the traditional landowners. It’s large open garden and excellent beer attract walkers and drinkers from far and wide.

  4. Red Lion, Preston, Hertfordshire (new finalist!) - This attractive free house dating back to 1844 stands on the village green and is the first community-owned pub in Great Britain. There is an ever-changing list of beers including many from small breweries and Ray and Jo prepare the fresh home-made food, sourcing their ingredients locally. The pub also hosts the village cricket teams and fundraises for charity.


Upcoming Events

Attendee Information Travel & Accommodation Food & Drink
Organised Trips Fringe Activities
The New Bingley Hall, Birmingham -- 4-8 February 2020
BUY TICKETS
Register to attend If you have any further questions, please contact us on: membersweekend@camra.org.uk

POTY/COTY 2019 Results

CONGRATULATIONS on winning the National POTY 2018

 © John Buckley
The Wonston Arms, our local Pub of the Year has just been chosen as the National Pub of the Yera. Well done to Matt and his team!

Presented with the Award on Thursday 28th February

A true community pub in the heart of the village, the Wonston Arms serves four real ales from local breweries plus 160 gins. It opens on Mondays for darts matches, a fish and chip van visits Tuesdays, curries are delivered Fridays and a fishmonger visits on Thursdays. Folk music takes place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and it is also home to regular jazz sessions, quizzes, and a photography club. The pub has been named Branch Pub of the Year three years running, and has a focus on raising money for charity.

Nigel Jones, CAMRA’s Regional Director for Wessex and the Channel Islands said: “Matt and his team have created a fantastic rural village pub with a great atmosphere by shaping it around the community and its needs. They have realised that it takes something special to create a sense of real belonging so that people want to come out of their homes and back in the pub.

The Wonston Arms serves excellent cask ales and is a great social environment for all. There is also a community business benefit which both emanates from, and contributes to, Matt's success. Regular "pop-up" hot food, music, community, charity and educational events add to the "must be there" feel. In these testing times for pubs it is a real credit to them that it is so popular. This pub really deserves to go all the way in this competition.”

COTY 2019 Presentation Saturday 8th June 2019
Presentation of the 2019 Branch Club of the Year, Basingstoke Sports and Social Club, 12pm
POTY 2019 Presentation Saturday 4 May 2019

Presentation of the 2019 Branch Pub of the Year, Wonston Arms 2pm

Runner Up POTY 2019 Presentation Saturday 25 May 2019

Presentation of the Runner-up 2019 Branch Pub of the Year - The Plough, Little London, 2pm.

Interview with Matt at the Wonston Arms Friday 5 April 2019

  • From failing boozer to winner of the biggest pub prize of them all, Wonston Arms Landlord Matt Todd tells us how he did it. InaPub News article






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