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Wigan Central - Propect Breweries New Venture

Dan & Gina Buck (Ex-‘Great Ale Year Round?in Bolton Market Hall) have been appointed as managers of Wigan Central - Prospect Brewery's latest venture.

Wigan Central is located in Number 1 Railway Arch in Queen Street, Wigan ?just a few metres from Wigan North Western railway station. Due to open November/December.

CAMRA Announce Tim Page as New Chief Executive

Tim Page has joined CAMRA as our new Chief Executive. He will take up his new post on 3rd November 2014. Tim joins us from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and has a great deal of experience in the management and operation of organisations in the charity and not-for-profit sector.

Durham Massey Brewery Shop Temporarily Closed

The Dunham Massey Brewery shop is currently closed for four weeks (from 29/09/14). This is due to the brewery being upgraded as they are installing new equipment in the brewery.

Regional Pub of the Year Announced

The winner is the Harewood Arms, Broadbottom (High Peak branch)
1st Runner up - White Lion, Leigh (South East Lancs branch)
2nd Runner up - City Arms, Manchester city centre (Trafford & Hulme branch)

The Regional Director will be organising the presentation. The date will be added to the Calendar of Events as soon as arranged.

Regional Club of the Year Announced

The winner is the Ukrainian Club, Bolton (Bolton branch)
1st Runner up - Stalybridge Labour Club, Stalybridge (High Peak branch)
2nd Runner up - Eccles RFC Club, Eccles (North Manchester branch)

The Regional Director will be organising the presentation. The date will be added to the Calendar of Events as soon as arranged.

New Micro Pub Opened in Wigan

Chris & June Docherty (formerly of the Royal Oak and Docherty's in Wigan) have opened their new micro-pub called "Doc's Symposium". It was previously the Mesnes Perk licenced coffee bar and is located at 85 Mesnes Street, Wigan, WN1 1QJ.

The micropub will be offering 5 real ales, draught continental lagers and wheat beers, and a selection of food from the deli-counter.

Opening hours will initially be 16.00 to 11.00 Thursday to Sunday and if things go well opening may be extended to Monday-Wednesday.

Champion Beer of Britain 2014

CAMRA are pleased to announce this year's Champion Beers of Britain as follows:

Supreme Champions

Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker

Oakham, Citra

Salopian, Darwin's Origin

Champion Bottled Beer

Marble,Chocolate Marble

St Austell,Proper Job

Spire, Prince Igor Imperial Russian Stout


Bank Top, Dark Mild

Branscombe Vale, Mild

Castle Rock, Black Gold

Best Bitter

Salopian, Darwin?s Origin

Redwillow, Directionless

Joint Bronze
Langton, Inclined Plane Bitter
Purity, Mad Goose


Saltaire, Triple Chocoholic

Offbeat, Way Out Wheat

Peak Ales, Chatsworth Gold


Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker

Mighty Oak, Captain Bob

Joint Bronze
Flowerpots, Flowerpots Bitter
Sambrooks, Wandle Ale


Oakham, Citra

Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop

Salopian, Hop Twister

Strong Bitter

Church End, Fallen Angel

Blue Monkey, Ape Ale

Loch Ness, HoppyNESS

WhatPub for All!

WhatPub is the most comprehensive online guide to pubs serving real ale and is CAMRA's new national online pub guide.

The system was launched to members last September for members only. Now WhatPub is available to all.

WhatPub provides details of over 35,800 pubs serving real ale, making it the definitive online pub guide for the real ale drinker.
In addition, WhatPub provides full details for over 21,000 of those pubs, with details of real ales available, opening times, and description of the pub.

Additionally WhatPub is now optimised for mobile browsers.

If you access WhatPub from a smartphone, like an Android or iPhone, you will now find that WhatPub now functions in a way very similar to an App. Each function WhatPub is scaled to fit optimally on a mobile device, with a full pub entry divided into a series of screens.

WhatPub also now provides more details about pubs:

  • You can search for pubs that offer a discounts to CAMRA members
  • You can get more details about specific features and facilities
  • You can search for pubs that have important historic interiors

All of these details are maintained by thousands of CAMRA volunteers in over 200 branches across the UK, and include updates from members like you who Submit Updates using the online form.

Look out for promotional posters and beer mats appearing in your local pubs, and please tell your family and friends about WhatPub!

Find a Cider Pub in Greater Manchester

In due course the "Cider Pubs In Greater Manchester " webpage will list all the pubs and clubs within the Greater Manchester region that sell real cider or perry.

At the moment this is a work in progress.

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