CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in the Erewash Valley
started in 1996, when a small group of like-minded real ale
enthusiasts met at the Good Beer Guide listed pub The Dewdrop in
Ilkeston. Their aim was to form the Erewash Valley branch of
CAMRA in a real ale area that was largely neglected by the
neighbouring branches of Nottingham and Derby.
We began life as a Nottingham sub-branch until May 2000 when we
branched out independently, growing from strength to strength
until we can now boast a branch membership of over 1,000 members,
a steady rise year on year.
Now - I can hear a number of you asking "Where is the Erewash
Valley?" - well, if you are a canal enthusiast you would
probably know but for those of you who are not, then the easiest
explanation would be that the area covered by our branch is
approx. 11 miles from North to South and 4 miles from East to
West lying along the valley of the Erewash Canal. This is
between Nottingham and Derby in the County of Derbyshire with
the M1 running up the middle of it and includes Long Eaton,
Ilkeston and Heanor.
Further details of all our branch meetings and social events can
be found on the MEETINGS "N" SOCIALS page of this website.
Click on relevant
logo above for branch pubs participating in the LocAle and
Click on logo to go to What Pub site. To list all real ale pubs
in the branch area please type Erewash Valley (CAMRA) in the
updated 6/2/16. Pages
updated - Home - Meetings & Socials - Pub Discounts.
AGM 7th March
MEETINGS "N" SOCIALS
important details regarding the AGM.
Havelock has reopened. Current opening hours are Mon-Thurs
12.00-11.00 Fri-Sat 12.00-12.00 Sun 12.00-11.00. It is hoped to
serve food from 1st February. CAMRA discount of 20p pint and 10p
a half on all real ales which are priced from £2.80-£2.90 pint.
The Canalside is
temporarily closed until further notice.
has recently reopened under the leadership of Adrian & Sonia
Clarke. They are serving 4 real ales and 1 real cider. Opening
hours are 11.00 am to 11.30 pm every day.
CHRISTMAS SOCIAL 5th
Saturday 5th December saw the branch Christmas social to Leeds
on a mainly dry but very windy day. Pictures above show 3 of the
pubs visited namely Duck & Drake, Lamb & Flag (Leeds Brewery
Tap) and Whitelocks.
Saturday 14th November. The branch made a social trip to the
Ruddington area after first meeting at the Dragon in
Nottingham. Picture above shows the interior of the popular
Frame Breakers which is owned by Nottingham Brewery.
Saturday 5th September saw a group of branch members visit
Chesterfield by both bus and train. After meeting at the Portland
Hotel and then visiting a couple of town centre pubs one group caught
the bus to Whittington whilst some took the opportunity to visit
the beer festival at the Chesterfield Arms. Picture above shows
the Red Lion, Whittington Moor.
FACEBOOK. The new Facebook page is now operating.
Please use the link at the bottom of the page. Could I please ask all members to like the new page to
give us maximum publicity. Thanks.
FOR THE ATTENTION OF PUB LANDLORDS AND
MANAGERS IN THE EREWASH VALLEY CAMRA BRANCH AREA. To update our
contact database it would be appreciated if you could email:
a current contact email address for your premises. Thanks in
What is Beer Surveying? What is involved? How do Pubs get into
the Good Beer Guide? How do I vote and rate by Ales? The
following two articles will give you more details n both these
Beer Surveying information /
CAMRA Branch Awards
submit your Beer scores using the
National Beer Scoring
Website or by emailing with your Name, CAMRA Membership
Number, Pub Name, Name of drink and score to