Welcome to South Oxfordshire CAMRA
Spring - Summer 2016
Woodcote Rally 2016
The annual Woodcote Rally this year runs over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of. It’s been going now for over 50 years and as usual will feature steam traction engines, vintage cars, static displays and all manner of sideshows. For most of that time your South Oxfordshire Branch of CAMRA has operated the beer tent. Well over £400k has been raised for charities, and the SOX beer tent is one of the main contributors. As ever, we’ve ordered a great range of beers (many from local brewers but with a good sprinkling of others from further away), local ciders plus lager and wine. Our volunteer staff look forward to welcoming thirsty rally-goers again. See the Woodcote Rally website for details of all the events.
New Micro-pub opens in Wallingford
The Keep Alehouse and Wine Bar has opened its doors at 1A Castle Street in Wallingford. The landlords Sam Smith and Rob McGregor were greeted with many more punters than they expected on their opening evening on Friday 20th May.
A number of our members have already been to check it out and have found a good choice of ales from local breweries mainly served straight from the cask. Hopefully a few more of us will experience South Oxfordshire's newest pub on the Branch social on the 16th June.
Branch Pub of the Season for Spring 2016
times a year the Branch makes a Pub of the Season award. In May we had
the pleasure of awarding Spring Pub of the Season to Paul and Evelyne
Burrows of the Highwayman,
Exlade Street. (In case you don’t know, Exlade Street is just off the
A4074 – take the Checkendon turning.) Paul and Evelyne sell top-class
ales (of course) but the Highwayman also has an enviable reputation for
its excellent food. A worthy winner, and well worth a visit.
Branch Club of the Year for 2016
supports clubs, as well as pubs, and each year runs a competition to
find the UK Club of the Year. The South Oxfordshire Branch nomination
for 2016 is the Goring Social Club. The GSC has the attributes you look
for in a club – three real ales at competitive process, a range of
activities and a friendly welcoming atmosphere. The picture shows Club
Steward Dave Dean receiving the Branch award from chairman David Cooper.
GSC has form in this competition – in 2013 it won the Regional award
and we’re keeping our fingers crossed it can do it again this year.
The Revitalisation Project
CAMRA has launched the Revitalisation Project to determine the path the Campaign takes in the future. It is potentially the biggest change in the Campaign's ethos since its launch in 1971 and we need you to help 'shape this future'. To find out more, visit the
Revitalisation Project or attend one of the consultation meetings taking place near you. Meetings in or close to our Branch area can be found on our Events page.
Calling all pub landlords and brewers in the Branch area
If you are throwing a beer-related event at your pub or brewery we would love to hear about it! Please
contact us to let us know about your event and we will post it here as well as on our social media.