Welcome to the website of the Bath & Borders branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
CAMRA is a national, independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights. Bath and Borders branch is just one of many throughout the UK with a total membership of over 130,000. Between us we put on dozens of beer festivals every year, campaign for all things beery, including fighting the closure of breweries and pubs, and, after selflessly visiting many hundreds of pubs and drinking thousands of pints (‘surveying’ is what we call it), we all contribute towards the annual Good Beer Guide, as well as the full national online guide to all pubs and many bars, WhatPub.
Our branch covers a wide area, which encompasses not only Bath but also towns and villages in Wiltshire and Somerset. In Wiltshire these include Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, and Warminster, and, in Somerset, the City of Wells, Frome, Shepton Mallet, Midsomer Norton, and Radstock. Recently, we have taken on some pubs from the, sadly closed, Heart of Wessex region, and so now include villages such as Bruton and Evercreach.
The City of Bath, one of the finest cities in the country for real ale, is the jewel in our crown and the Bath Beer Festival is one of the longest running CAMRA events in the region. The whole branch area is a rich haven of real ale and splendid pubs, and it contains no less than sixteen excellent breweries / brewpubs.
We have over 300 pubs, bars and clubs open in our branch area, plus quite a few that are sadly closed (but we still keep a watchful eye on them). The best way to find a pub in the area you are in, or are planning to visit, is via our national CAMRA pub guide WhatPub. Just enter the name of the place, be it a city such as Bath or Wells, or one of the many towns or villages we cover, some listed above. You can see the area we cover on our Branch map, and, a recent addition, a map of all of our pubs, here.
Please note that, while we try to make these entries as accurate and comprehensive as possible, some mistakes and/or omissions may well occur as pubs close, open, and change in some way, so please let us know of any changes or updates.
Alongside the Bath Beer Festival the branch runs events on a more-or-less weekly basis. These include socials and meetings, brewery visits, minibus trips to outlying pubs, joint events with neighbouring branches, and even an annual weekend away. If you’re a CAMRA member in the area, or even just somebody interested in beer, please feel free to come to any of our events. Click on the Branch Diary link for full details. You can also email us via our contacts page.
The diary for all Bath & Borders socials and meetings can be found here.
2022 Good Beer Guide out 12th November 2021.
The 2022 edition of the ever-popular CAMRA Good Beer Guide was launched on Friday 12th November 2021. The book is available from main bookshops and you can buy it direct from CAMRA here: https://shop1.camra.org.uk/product/the-good-beer-guide-2022/
The cover price is £15.99, with a discounted price for CAMRA members purchasing online of £13.99 plus £2.50 postage.
In addition there is an updated app version available for download on both iOS and Android devices.
The Good Beer Guide is an ideal Christmas or birthday present for anyone who enjoys a pint. It is the only properly and independently researched guide to the best pubs for real ale and cider across the UK. A huge amount of dedicated research is put in by unpaid volunteers across the country to ensure that the pubs with the best kept real ale are included in this prestigious guide, so thank you to everyone that has contributed towards this.
The new ‘ Pints West Winter 21/22 ‘ is out now!.
Here is the latest online Pints West packed full of beer, pub and brewery related articles. Well done to the editor and all the contributors for knocking it out of the park in these challenging times! And now look out for the real paper version coming to a pub near you very soon!
CAMRA Bath Beer Festival
Sadly, due to the uncertain circumstances, we could not plan for a festival in the first half of 2022, but we are actively looking into holding one when the future is more certain.
The 2020 CAMRA Bath Beer Festival, our fourth Winter Ales Fest, was held on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of February (2020) at the Widcombe Social Club.
You can read an article by Trevor Cromie on the 2020 festival on our Beer Fest page here.