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 21/2/17. Pages
updated - Home - Meetings "n" Socials - CAMRA discount
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Draycott Tap House has
delayed their opening to the 1st March at 4.00pm
Another new micro pub The Dog & Parrot in Eastwood opens its
doors on Friday 24th February.
here for details.
The Poacher, Ilkeston has now re-opened as the Prince of Wales
following a refurbishment.
11th FEBRUARY 2017.
A pleasant day was spent by several branch members at the
Hucknall Beer Festival.
10th DECEMBER 2016.
Saturday 10th December saw the annual Christmas Social which
this year visited Newark. The event was very well attended and a
good time had by all. Pictures above are as follows:- Top Left,
Just Beer Micropub. Top Right, The Vaults. Bottom Left, Clay
Tavern, Bottom Right shows Ruby our newest CAMRA recruit with
owners Will & Jayne.
MOST IMPROVED PUB
OF THE YEAR
Wednesday 7th December 2016. The Three Horse Shoes, Ilkeston was
awarded the branch Most Improved Pub of the year.
BRANCH SOCIAL 29th
Saturday 29th October saw a branch social trip to visit the
micro pubs in Langley Mill, Heanor, Marlpool and Ilkeston. First
port of call was the Bunny Hop in Langley Mill before catching
the bus to Heanor where we visited the Redemption Alehouse and
Angry Bee. The more energetic members of the group then took a
walk to Marlpool Alehouse whilst the rest followed on by bus.
Final micro pub visited was the Burnt Pig, Ilkeston. Thanks to
Carole and Michael Golds for organising this social.
POTY SURVEY TRIP 14th MAY 2016
Saturday 14th May saw a mini bus survey trip to visit all 6
finalists in the South Derbyshire area. Pictured above is the
first port of call "Old Dog" at Thorne near Ashbourne. Thanks to
new chairman Martin Williams for organising the bus and also
volunteering to drive for the day. He missed some great beers!
PRESENTATION 9th MAY 2016
Monday 9th May heralded the award for Branch pub of the year to
the Dewdrop, Ilkeston. The picture above shows the award and
excellent range of beers. Pictured far right is new chairman
Martin Williams who made the presentation. The occasion also
marked the 20th anniversary of the branch which was formed at
26th MARCH 2016
On Saturday 26th March the branch paid a memorable visit to
Lichfield. Pictured above are 2 of the pubs visited namely Horse
& Jockey and Duke of Wellington. Centre picture is the branch
member that avoids all the photographs!
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