Branch News

Branch Update – October 2021

With our pubs now fully open for business again, branch activities have restarted. Branch meetings are being held, the next two being on November 4th at the Steampacket, Swanwick and on the 2nd December at the Hunters Arms, Kilburn. We will also be running our Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year competitions; nominations and judges are needed for both of these. Pubs to go in the Good Beer Guide 2023 will be decided at a meeting next February; beer scoring provides the raw input for this meeting.

Socials have resumed, so far we have remained in the branch area, visiting Belper, Ripley and Alfreton, with trips to Chesterfield and Nottingham planned.

I have been approached by plenty of people asking whether the branch will be running a beer festival next year. As Branch Chairman I would like to see this happen, and a number of possibilities are under consideration. However, before going further, we need to know that there are people willing to take on various roles vital to the running of a successful festival. Specifically these are Minute Secretary, Publicity Officer, Staffing Officer and Program Co-ordinator. If you feel that you can help in any way, please contact me at


Chris Rogers

Amber Valley Branch Chairman

Branch Secretary Required

We are still 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.

Pub of the Year 2020

The results of the Amber Valley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 competition were announced at the AGM 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

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