Branch News

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.


Staff required for the Amber Valley CAMRA Festival

As you will be aware this years' Amber Valley Beer & Cider Festival is going to take place at Strutts Community Centre, Belper from Thursday 26th September to Saturday 28th September.

We will need volunteers to run this Festival, and hope that those of you who have worked here before, plus a few new faces, will volunteer to help. The staffing form is available here.

We are making a few changes this year. The Festival will open from 12noon on Thursday 26th (previously it was 4 pm), but will not open on Sunday 29th. Admission on Thursday afternoon will be free for everyone (not just CAMRA members) and we hope that this boosts attendance. All the bars will take cash, not tokens. We intend to run small Key Keg and Gin Bars, and if you have expertise in these areas and/or would like to be involved in running these bars please let us know.

Staff perks will be on the same lines as last year. There will be free beer/cider tokens per hour worked, including set-up. Anyone working 6 consecutive hours or more on one day will be entitled to a meal token. A taxi service home will be provided for those who are required to work until closing time on Friday or Saturday and cannot get home by public transport. There will be a staff party in December with free food and some drinks provided the Festival is a financial success.

No festival can succeed without a dedicated band of volunteers to staff it. We hope to see you there.


Mild Trail 2019

Amber Valley Mild Trail

During May Amber Valley, in conjunction with Derby, ran a mild trail. The Amber Valley winner was Angels Bar, Belper and the runner up was the Red Lion, Ripley. In Derby the winner was the Smithfield with the Flowerpot as runner up.

We presented the winners certificate to Angels Bar on Friday June 21st and a runner-up certificate to the Red Lion on Thursday 27th June.

Presentation of Certificates

The award winners below were presented with their certificates during March see our Awards page for pictures.

Talbot, Ripley (Pub of the Year Winner)

White Hart, Bargate (Pub of the Year Runner-up)

Thorn Tree, Belper (Winter Ales Trail Winner)

What's your Poison, Alfreton (Winter Ales Trail Runner-up)

Good Beer Guide 2019

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!!

Steampacket Inn, Swanwick
Talbot Taphouse, Ripley
Thorn Tree, Ripley
Holly Bush, Makeney
Spotted Cow, Holbrook
Angels, Belper
Arkwright, Belper
White Hart, Bargate
Black Bulls Head, Openwoodgate
Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse