4:13pm Thursday 13th June 2013
MAY was a busy month for the Salisbury and South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The regular branch meeting, open to all members, was held at the The Village Freehouse on May 1.
Fourteen members joined the monthly minibus trip, which visited the Pelican at Stapleford, The George and the Plume of Feathers at Shrewton and the King’s Head at Chitterne, before finishing at the Rose and Crown, Tilshead, where we were served delicious homemade pasties and chips.
Several members helped at the Rugby Club Beer Festival in May and saw a book signing at the Haunch of Venison with Geoff Brandwood, author of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs.
The monthly “city crawl” visited the New Street area, taking in the Old Ale House, the New Inn, the Wig and Quill, the Cloisters and the Queen’s Arms.
A group of branch members took to public transport to visit country pubs, catching a bus to Lover and then walking through the woods to The Cuckoo at Hamptworth and The Lamb at Nomansland. Another group caught a bus to Berwick St James for lunch at The Boot, then walked to The Swan at Stoford for its beer festival. Several other pubs held beer festivals over the late May bank holiday, including current branch pub of the year, The Winchester Gate.
Branch members continue to be busy this week with the Beerex beer festival at the arts centre on Friday and Saturday.
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