Branch News

Amber Valley Branch Update

Clearly these are difficult times for everyone, so I thought I ought to put together an update of where we stand with various Branch activities.

Branch Meetings will be suspended while pubs remain closed. As soon as pubs are allowed to re-open, I will call a Branch Meeting so that we can discuss the way ahead. Survey trips are obviously suspended while pubs remain closed, and will resume when pubs re-open and Trevor deems it is safe to resume them.

Belper Goes Green has been cancelled for 2020. Our Beer Festival at the Rugby Club in July 2020 has not been cancelled yet, but CAMRA are conducting at rolling 3 month cancellation period for beer festivals. Their next review date is April 10th, and given the current situation it appears virtually certain that they will instruct us to cancel. I will keep the Branch informed. I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has already put time and effort into organizing these events, and hope that both can run as normal in 2021.

The current situation does, at times, seem very bleak, but it will not last for ever.

Amber Valley Chairman

Beer Festival News 2020

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer Festival will this year (2020) take place on 9th to 11th July at Belper Rugby Club.

The opportunity arose through Belper Rugby Club to hold the 11th Amber Valley beer festival in the first half of July in a large marquee and therefore enjoy the long daylight & warmth of mid-summer, something the branch had never been able to do since we began.  This gives the event the rare chance of a “reboot”.  Through running the real ale and cider bar at Belper Goes Green, the branch is already very familiar with the rugby club and its wonderful hosts.

Our new site is right across the road from the previous venue which allows people to continue using excellent public transport links to reach Belper.  Another incentive to change the timing came from the loss of Derby's summer beer festival that was held around then – so we're making some attempt to fill the gap. Perhaps too, there's only so many miserably-wet beer festivals anyone or any branch could endure - we more than deserve a turn in summertime! The specific choice of date was down to the availability of both the marquee and the lead Saturday night band (THE MIDNIGHT PUMPKIN TRUCKS).

Pub of the Year 2020

The results of the Amber Valley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 competition were announced at the AGM last night as follows -

First place - White Hart, Bargate

Second place - Dead Poets, Holbrook

Third place - Old Oak, Horsley

Congratulations to Sean and the team at the White Hart and thanks to all members who nominated pubs to go into the competition and all those who judged the eight finalists.


The Amber Valley CAMRA Winter Ale Trail top three placed pubs are -

1st Hunters Arms, Kilburn

2nd Codnor Inn,  Codnor

3rd George and Dragon,  Belper

Branch Secretary Required

We are now seeking a new Branch Secretary following the 'retirement' of Nora who has done sterling work in the role.  If you are interested or know of anyone who would like to volunteer for this vital position please contact our Chairman.  The duties that come within the Secretary's remit are detailed in this profile.

Cider Pub of the Year 2020 

Winner Angels Bar, Belper

Runner-up Dead Poets Inn, Holbrook

Angels Bar, as Amber Valley Cider Pub of the Year 2020, will go forward to the East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year Competition, judged in March 2020.

Please see Awards for more information.


Member assistance requested

Could all members please help us to keep our area  information updated by entering any updates for their local pub into What Pub this will really assist our pubs member and enable you to have current info when you venture further afield.

Good Beer Guide 2020

Our Branch is allocated 12 entries and it's always a tough job choosing entrants from the wide array of fantastic pubs we have in Amber Valley - Congratulations to all our entrants!!

Angels, Belper
Arkwrights, Belper
Beehive Inn, Ripley
Black Bulls Head, Openwoodgate
Holly Bush, Makeney
Old Oak, Horsley
Red Lion, Ripley
Steam packet Inn, Swanwick
Talbot, Ripley
White Hart, Bargate