Socials & Survey Trips
With around 106 Real Ale pubs, and the possibility of that number being added to, the Amber Valley Branch of CAMRA encompasses a wide area with three main towns – Alfreton, Belper and Ripley – and many villages. It’s important to note that the Amber Valley Borough Council’s area and Amber Valley CAMRA’s area are not the same – the Erewash Valley Branch is responsible for Loscoe, Heanor, Langley Mill, which are all within the Borough Council territory.
Amber Valley CAMRA’s boundaries go from as far west as Idridgehay, near Wirksworth, which we don’t cover, to Jacksdale, just over the border in Nottinghamshire. We go north to South Wingfield and Oakerthorpe, while Milford, Makeney and Holbrook are ours, but Duffield isn’t. We have Kilburn and Horsley Woodhouse, but not Horsley or Smalley, while our boundary with the Erewash Branch is Codnor, for which we are responsible. We also have Shottle, Turnditch and Ambergate pubs.
With so many pubs scattered over a wide area, it’s difficult to get to them all, and although we run monthly Beer Survey trips from March to November we can only cover around 54 pubs, just over half the total, so any feedback regarding beer quality and availability of Real Ale is much appreciated.
For details of the previous survey trips please read the various posts on our blog.
For the monthly social survey trips via minibus please contact Trevor Spencer by e-mail at: email@example.com, or mobile number 07982 943 944 for more details or to book your place.
Additionally, please find below a list of proposed dates for City and Town Pub Walks.
Saturday 21st September - Ashfield (Sutton, Kirkby & Mansfield)
Meet in the Dandy Cock in Kirkby between 12:30pm and 1pm.
We will leave the Dandy cock just after 1pm and walk to the Dog House.
Next, it’s a 10-18-minute bus ride to the Scruffy Dog in Sutton from either Pond Street or the Nags Head stops.
Then it’s a walk or a 4-10-minute bus ride from Sheepwash Lane to Firerock and a visit to the Wrinkly Dog opposite.
Finally, it’s a 14- minute bus ride to Mansfield from Outram Street where we will continue on foot to:
Old Brewery Bar (Prior’s Well brewery’s new bar which opened in July 2019)
All the buses will be Trent Barton buses a Zig Zag ticket is recommended.
More info on the pubs in the pub map here:
Further walks to be confirmed.
Saturday 31st August - Derby -
Around 16 members and guests gathered at the Furnace to commence a stroll around Derby. We then visited -
Annie's Burger Shack
Monday 26th August - Bank Holiday Monday around Ripley visiting -
Cider Saunter Sat 27 July
A stroll around Nottingham took place to coincide with their cider month on Saturday 27 July 2019. The pubs visited included:
Saturday 22 July Nottingham
Walkers met in the VAT & Fiddle and then visited:
Saturday 22 June - Sheffield
13 members enjoyed a walk on a lovely sunny day taking in the pubs below.
Sheffield TapBroadfieldCrown InnWhite LionBrothers Arms (the pub owned by the Everly Pregnant Brothers)Sheaf ViewCremorneAlbionBeer Engine
14 members enjoyed a walk on a nice day taking in the pubs below.
Red Lion Jacey’s Micropub Beer Parlour Glass Works (formerly the Spireite) Neptune Chesterfield Arms Chesterfield Alehouse