Scarborough Campaign For Real Ale
News From The East Coast
15th October 2007
The Valley Wins National Cider Award
Our very own Valley pub has won CAMRA's National Cider and Perry Pub of the
Year, click here
for the official press release and if you want see to a dodgy mobile phone
picture then click here.
They fought off some very strong competition and the selection was whittled down
to just four pubs around the country, they then won the national award due
to their knowledge and enthusiasm of cider and perry. Linda and John have done
very well considering Yorkshire isn't known as a cider county!
The Valley are also coming to the end of their highly successful beer festival
featuring the Ales of Wales. They are planning to expand the pub having
acquired the premises next door, one area they are keen on expanding is their
Belgian beer range, already standing at a selection of 40 beers including some
quite hard to get beers including the legendary Cantillon beers.
AGM and other Forthcoming Events
Our AGM is being held this coming Thursday. It is important that members
attend the AGM, the final vote for the Town and Rural Pubs of the Year,
elections of officials, choosing future meeting venues will take place. There
are other events planned, please see forthcoming events in the navigation bar
to the left.
Good Beer Guide 2008 now available
Available from all good book shops or contact us for a copy or click the link
on the navigation bar to the left.
North Riding Has Web Site
The North Riding now has its very own web site
A good place to put the beer list for their forthcoming Halloween beer festival!
16th May 2007
This website is in the process of being brought up to date over the next few
weeks, below is a brief catch up of a few bits of important news from the last
Scarborough Pub Crawl Guide Updated
Our ever popular map has been updated and is available for download, click
the Town Pub Crawl link to the left.
Pubs of the Year
The town pub of the year is currently the North Riding Hotel. The rural
pub of the year is Suddaby's in Malton
Old Scalby Mills now a Genuine Free House
Always a good range of beers when tied to a portfolio, now totally free
the range and quality of beers is better than ever at the Old Scalby Mills
Can't Wait until 1st July for a Smoke Free Pub?
Cellars on Valley Road is now smoke free throughout
23rd May 2006
Anvil Inn - Real Ale Still on the Menu
After a change of ownership, The Anvil Inn, like many rural pubs is now
concentrating on food. However we are heartened that this former Rural Pub of
the Year still has a commitment to Real Ale. They are a genuine free house and
source their beer from local breweries. The owners Alex and Mark tell me that
demand is high and they are planning to put on a fourth handpump shortly.
4th May 2006
Scarborough Pub Crawl Guide Updated
Our ever popular map has been updated and is available for download, click
the Town Pub Crawl link to the left.
20th April 2006
News from The Valley
Our Pub of the Year, The Valley is planning a couple of extra handpumps
such is the demand, including real cider. Furthermore they have informed us
of their monthly beer festivals. See below;
We have had some great support from our regulars and local camra members in
selecting the next counties
The Mini County Beer Festivals we have chosen are;-
(Weekend following the first Friday of the month)
6th October - Somerset ( some ciders too)
3rd November - Manchester
1st December - Scottish (including Highlands & Islands)
5th January - Cumbria
2nd February - Suffolk
2nd March - Lancashire
As usual we are looking to get beers from the small micro brewers
as well as some of the well known favourites
We will be hosting at least 25 to 30 different beers on 7 hand pumps
and more on gravity upstairs
Thank you again for your support
John & Linda Soden
29th March 2006
Beer List for North Riding Beer Festival
The North Riding Beer Festival kicks off on Thursday.
here for full list of the beers.
4th January 2006
All the forthcoming meetings have been published and now appear on the events
page. The Valley have their 'Highlands and Islands' beer festival this
weekend and they have invited interested individuals to attend an informal
gathering to give feedback on further beer festivals and help decide what
counties should be represented amongst other things. A tentative date of
Friday 24th March has been suggested.
26th October 2005
The North Riding is having a Halloween beer festival with up to 15 different
beers with the Halloween theme.
Pubs of the Year - All Change
Suddaby's in Malton was voted Rural Pub of the Year, a fantastic pub
that narrowly lost out to the Anvil last year. It won by a country mile and
has won 6 times out of the last 7 years.
The Valley was voted Town Pub of the Year, a tremendous achievement helped, no
doubt, by their adventurous monthly beer festivals.
All change for the committee, our Chairman steps down and fills the vacant
post of Pubs Officer. We have a new Treasurer and Chairman.
4th September 2005
The Valley has confirmed plans for their County Beer Festivals, the Kent
Beer Festival is now coming to an end and has proved very popular with 20 unique
Kent beers available, it was good to see the pub so busy, beers are on handpump
downstairs and served on gravity upstairs. I am told that this is to be a
monthly event starting on the first Friday of the month as follows;
7th October 2005 - Norfolk
4th November 2005 - Devon
2nd December 2005 - Cornwall
6th January 2006 - Highlands and Islands
The North Riding is to take part in a trial for a new beer that is being tested
out by a national brewer and is one of only 8 pubs selected around the country.
This beer will arrive this week sometime, more news when we get it.
8th August 2005
North Riding Hotel Now Open
Many CAMRA members, regulars of The Cricketers, former regulars of The North
Riding and some 'passing trade' were present at the opening night of the North
Riding. As predicted the beer is in fine form. It looks like 3 regular beers
will be Tetley's Bitter, Taylor's Landlord and Deuchars IPA and then 3 highly
individual beers, honey and ginger have featured in the first selections,
there should be something for everyone.
Valley 'Theme' Beer Festival Planned
The theme being counties of England, I will give further details when confirmed
however the rumour is that The Valley will hold a festival of beers from a
particular county, the first being Kent, 18 beers in total. If successful then
another county will be 'hit' the following month. An innovative idea and is
slated to start on 2nd September 2005.
Let's Take a Ride Out, See What We Can Find
I trekked down to the edge of Hummanby on a rumour that the Royal Oak was
selling decent ale, well it may have been, but the promised 3 interesting ales
chalked up on the blackboard were on 3 handpulls with the pumpclips turned round!
perhaps demand has outstripped the supply? The saviour is that area is of
course Bonhommes at Filey, and we have been getting some very positive feedback
from visitors this holiday season.
6th August 2005
Pub News - All Change at Our Pubs of The Year
Scarborough CAMRA said their goodbyes to Antony and Ros, the Landlord and
Landlady of The Anvil, our Rural pub of the year. We remember pig roasts,
beer festivals, live music, Barbeques, Robbie Williams tributes(!), free beer
all evening(!!) and of course 7 great real ales. They have left for sunnier
climes and we wish them the best of luck for the future. The pub itself
appears to be closed and there are rumours that a couple of chefs are to take
it over, we hope will still be committed to Real Ale.
Stuart and Karen of The Cricketers, our Town Pub of the year, have bought
The North Riding Hotel just up the road. There is no doubt that Stuart's
commitment to real ale is reflected in the 'bottom up' renovation of the pub
starting with the cellar and it is clear that a lot of time and effort as been
put into transforming the cellar. The pub itself has a public and a lounge bar
with 6 handpumps in each, initially there will be at least 6 different beers on,
rising to 12 if required, Stuart tells me that he is planning to carry on with
his highly successful beers festivals. The pub opens at 4pm today and is
located on North Marine Road just north of The Cricketers on the same side of the
The Valley now has a 6th handpump installed (taking out Kronenbourg 1664 in
the process!) purely due to demand, John the landlord tells me that when they
opened their trade was 20/80 real ale to lager, now it is 80/20.
5th June 2005
Trip to Wold Top - Date Now Finalised
We shall be paying a visit to the Wold Top on Monday 13th June.
New Version of the Scarborough Pub Crawl Map
There hasn't been much of a change to the Scarborough beer scene of late but enough to
warrant an update to the pub crawl map, the Cask have had a refurbishment and are
showing a renewed enthusiam for Real Ale, hence their inclusion.
Cricketers Summer Beer Festival
This will take place over the weekend of 8th July 2005.
31st October 2004
Cricketers Beer Festival List
Cricketer beer festival is now available, please click
here for full list of the beers.
30th October 2004
Pubs of the Year 2004
Congratulations to The Cricketers for winning the Town Pub of the Year award
for the 3rd year running, the runner up was the Indigo Alley, The Valley and
Cellars were joint 3rd, as they are practically next door to each other you can't
really visit one and not the other!
The Rural Pub of the Year was won by last year's runner up The Anvil, finally
wresting the award from The Crown Hotel (Suddaby's) after that pub has held it
for 5 years. The Anvil's Summer Beer Festival certainly proved very popular with
CAMRA members who attended on every day!
Pubs Officer Vacancy
The committee were all re-elected unopposed at our last AGM, however there is
a vacancy for a Pubs Officer should anyone be interested.
Beer Festivals Galore!
Check out the events page for details of no less than 3 beer festivals
coming up in our area in the next few weeks.
20th August 2004
News for the 'Active' Members
The 'usual suspects' will travelling to the Peterborough Beer Festival and
the highly successful Chairman's BBQ will be held again this year, contact this
website for details. The AGM date and venue has been decided, The Valley on 6th
October, the committee will be elected and the Pubs of the Year announced. The
Cricketers Pub maybe having a beer festival on the Guy Fawkes weekend, more
news when we get it.
1st August 2004
Beer Festival News
The Malton Beer Festival was a great success, Scarborough CAMRA was well
represented, although not an 'official' event as travelling by train was so easy,
17 of us attended on the Friday, with quite a few doing it all over again on the
Saturday despite a few sore heads on the Saturday morning! A highlight was
drinking Hambleton's Lavender Honey beer accompanied by a string quartet!
The Anvil have told us that they will be having more beers on at their beer
festival than last year, 50+ this time, check out their
Pickering Pub News
Pickering's Real Ale renaissance continues with
The Middleton Arms in the
village of Middleton, just about a mile west of Pickering. A genuine free house
with no ties to a brewery or a pubco. A husband and wife team, Jayne and Tony,
bought this old Cameron's pub, which the previous landlord had run for the last
37 years, in April 2003. This pub is 'Ryedale's first completely non smoking
country inn' a trend that seems to be gaining in popularity. This pub has built
up a decent food trade, but of course we are interested in the beer; 3 real ales,
Timothy Taylor's Landlord, a beer usually from Hambleton's and another guest
from a micro-brewery. We wish them well.
7th July 2004
The Cricketers Beer Festival was a great success. Friday night was especially busy
The Hole in the Wall have a change of licensee yet again. We wish them the best
The Anvil tell us they now have live music every Friday. Hamps Tramps are
playing on 23rd July and will also be playing the beer festival along with
Johnny Jump Up Band, Rob Donnelly and Staytuned over that weekend.
2nd July 2004
Beer Festival Under Way
The 2nd Cricketers Beer Festival kicks off today click here
for a full list of the beers. The highlight is a 8.3% stout brewed by Stuart,
the Landlord and the Boat brewery
and is named 'Mick's Cricketers Special' after Mick Toal, a regular of The Cricketers
who died tragically at the age of 42.
The lastest Ouse Boozers are out in the pubs around Scarborough.
15th June 2004
On-line Beer List at The Anvil
The Anvil informs us that their latest beer list in on their website, click
Beers on at the moment are;
||OLD SLUG PORTER
26th May 2004
The Nags Head in Scalby village has changed hands.
The White Swan at Hummanby (an Enterprise pub) has also changed hands and now
has 2 real ales available, including Black Sheep.
In Scarborough, The Rosette is to become an eatery/steak house type establishment
and The Scalby Mills has new signage, dropping the word 'Hotel' from its name
and the Daleside connection. A recent trip out to Pickering still confirms the
Royal Oak as the best pub for beer, although the Bayhorse is worth a visit and
The Rose is now selling Deuchars IPA, returning back via
sees a fine selection of 7 real ales.
Brewing at Suddabys
has now been contracted out to
Hambeltons for the
'forseeable future'. Strategic and business reasons are cited. Staying with
Hambeltons their brewing operation is so successful that they maybe on the look
out for bigger premises.
Wold Top informs us
that Mars Magic will now be an Autumn/Winter seasonal beer and Wold Gold, light
(in colour) and ABV 4.8%, will be their Spring/Summer seasonal beer. Mars Magic
will continue to be available in bottle form however. Full information on the
brewery and its beers is available on its 'new, improved' website at
It is hoped that at some stage in the not too distant future Scarborough branch
will be visiting the brewery and also taking the opportunity to visit the
'brewery tap', The Falling Stone at Thwing.
19th April 2004
Pub and Beer Festival News
The Spa in Scarborough has recently changed hands. Interesting developments
may happen this summer regarding the take over of The Unique Pub Company by
Enterprise and Pubmaster by Punch Taverns, over 450 pubs will have to be sold
nationwide. This licensing area is well represented by these pub companies, so
perhaps we will see a few pubs up for grabs.
May is Mild Month and the Cricketers will be having no less than 8 milds during
May, staying with The Cricketers, they have announced their 2nd Beer Festival
for 2nd - 4th July. The Malton Beer festival will be held 29th July - 1st
August and The Anvil will have their summer beer festival from 27th - 30th August
4th March 2004
A Pickering Watering Hole
Recently the Real Ale scene in Pickering can only be described as 'disappointing'
or 'average', so it is reassuring to find an oasis in this desert. Information
from local (and not so local) CAMRA drinkers point to the Royal Oak in Eastgate.
This pub is owned by the Unique Pub company and the Landlord is keen to promote Real Ale.
He has, however, gone a stage further than most Landlords by looking at the opportunities
presented by a link up with SIBA. The result
is that a couple of interesting guest beers can usually be found. The new beers
are going down well with the locals and tourists alike, after all there isn't that
much in the way of competition! Too late for an entry into the 2004 Good Beer Guide,
surely a strong contender for 2005.
20th February 2004
Contrary to some reports, the Highlander is still very much on the real ale scene,
we have also heard good things about a former favourite The Scarborough Arms, with 5 or 6
real ales being available. It appears that there are some changes at the Hole in the Wall,
more news when we get it.
22nd December 2003
The Anvil's Winter Warmers
The Anvil goes from strength to strength (and I don't just mean the ABVs!) by
informing us of their Xmas beers, take your pick from Black Sheep Best,
Old Speckled Hen, Harviestoun's Good King Legless + Bitter and Twisted,
Hobgoblin, Rudolphs Revenge and Well's Winter Cheer.
18th December 2003
Malton Beerex a Great Success, Head of Steam Closes
A number of Scarborough CAMRA members visited Suddaby's at Malton last week not
once but twice! The first time was for the presentation, for the 5th consecutive
year, of the Rural Pub of the Year award which neatly coincided with that start of
their winter beer festival, after much tasting of various beers a trip by train was
deemed necessary to show our support on the Friday. It is reported that it was
very well attended and highly successful.
The Head of Steam has admitted
defeat and closed their loss-making Scarborough pub. They are a small pub chain
and problems of logistics and staffing issues played their part in the closure.
9th December 2003
Anvil Announces Winter Beer Festival
The Anvil on Main Street, Sawdon YO13 3DY
has announced that it will be holding
a Winter beer festival, some may remember the highly successful 2003 Summer beer
festival. The dates are 23rd, 24th and 25th January 2004,
there will be 20+ cask beers all inside, live music and good food.
The Â£3 entrance fee includes a free pint. Scarborough CAMRA will be running a coach
to this event, please contact Bill Broadmore or via this
website for further details.
Filey and Scarborough Pub News
The beer scene in Filey seems to be making a gradual improvement with
Bonhommes leading the way with 2 or 3 decent beers to be had, another pub to watch out for
is The Crown on Queen Street with beers such as Taylor's Landlord and Black Sheep
from the Enterprise Inn's portfolio. A former Good Beer Guide pub The Imperial is
thought to be up for sale. Up the road towards Scarborough
The Hare and Hounds at Staxton has a couple of beers on, 5% Hogoblin being one of them.
It is rumoured that Riskers in Scarborough sometimes puts a real ale on
'when there is demand for it'.
And finally, Scarborough CAMRA presented Graham and Irene of the Indigo Alley
with a certificate of recognition for their 1000th guest ale, rumoured to be a Roosters'
brew simply called 'M', a 4.7% beer dry hopped beer that not only tasted great
but was free! We look forward to MM!
29th November 2003
Cropton Beer Festival - A Great Success
Scarborough CAMRA took a full coach of nearly 50 people to this event.
The place was very busy indeed but a marquee helped alleviate the crush,
live music in the marquee was very well received. 5 bars served over 50 different
beers, ciders and foreign beers and lagers.
Special 'Cricketers' Beer to be Brewed
To celebrate the 1st Birthday of Chloe, the daughter of the Cricketers'
Landlord and Landlady, a special 4.5% stout is to be brewed by
the Boat brewery
called 'One Not Out', a 600 litre run is planned and the Valley is also going to take
a firkin (9 Gallons) while the Cricketers will have a kilderkin (18 Gallons),
available from Sunday 14th December 2003.
Angel and Anvil Announce New Beers on Sale
The Angel has Marston's Pedigree and Deuchars IPA on sale.
The Commercial has London Pride as a 'permanent guest'.
The Anvil has live music on the 1st Wednesday of each month. The beers on at the moment
are: Black Sheep's Emmerdale and Riggwelter, Old Speckled Hen,
Hambleton's Back in a Flash, York's Centurion's Ghost,
Harviestoun Brooker's Bitter and Twisted and Shepherd Neame's Bishops Finger.
Going on will be: Malton's Golden Chance, Slater's Monkey Magic, Hobgoblin,
Black Sheep Best, Wold Top's Mars Magic and Cropton's Rudolph's Revenge.
20th November 2003
Old Scalby Mills Re-Opens After Flood
The Old Scalby Mills pub has re-opened after being closed for a short time due to
a water main overflowing and flooding the pub, after a thorough clean up operation
the pub is open and trading as normal.
Cropton Beer Festival Visit Nearly Sold Out
Hurry, hurry, hurry if you wish to visit the Cropton Beer Festival on Friday
28th November you'd better be quick as only a few places are left, contact Bill Broadmore
or this website for more details.
14th November 2003
The Landlord at The Angel in Scarborough (a Pubmaster pub) is keen to promote
Real Ale within the confines of his approved portfolio, however there are some good beers to be had,
Deuchars IPA for example, and we wish him well for the future.
In the run up to Christmas, our Pub of the Year, The Cricketers will be having some quite 'interesting' beers
on at various times. They were partly chosen because haven't been previously available at the pub.
It is hoped that Itchen Valley's Treacle Stout will be amongst these beers.
The Indigo Alley will shortly be serving its 1000th different Real Ale,
a remarkable achievement in just over 4 years of trading.
At current rates of consumption, the beer will be on about early December and it's promised to be a
'bonus' for customers!
Check out The Black Lion, North Street, Scarborough. A 'proper pub' in the
heart of Scarborough and from the feedback we are getting from local CAMRA members,
reports are good. One to watch for the future.
23rd October 2003
Town Pub of the Year Announced
Congratulations go to The Cricketers for winning the Town Pub of the Year award, this is the 2nd year in a row that The Cricketers have won the award.
This year saw the pub run a highly successful Beer festival. The presentation will take place on 3rd December 2003.
The runner up was The Indigo Alley.
However it should be noted that in 4th place was The Valley,
this is a great achievement as the pub didn't figure on the real ale scene a year ago.
Rural Pub of the Year Announced
Congratulations go again to The Crown Hotel(Suddaby's), Malton for winning the Rural Pub of The Year award.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Suddaby's have won this award.
The presentation will take place on Wednesday 10th December 2003.
The runner up was The Anvil, Sawdon. Helped, no doubt, by the highly successful beer festival they held in the summer!
Scarborough CAMRA AGM
The Annual General Meeting was held in The Cricketers, it was nice to see a few new faces.
Committee members were elected and re-elected, for full details see the branch contacts page.
16th October 2003
The Good Pub Guide is NOT a CAMRA publication
The Scarborough Evening News ran a piece on The Star at Harome
It referred to it as 'CAMRA's Pub of the Year' and according to the Scarborough
Evening News this pub has a whole page dedicated to it in CAMRA's Good Pub Guide.
CAMRA do not produce a 'Good Pub Guide', they do however produce The Good Beer Guide.
As this pub is in the York branch
area their pubs officer Geoff Henman sent the following letter to The Scarborough Evening News
which they duly published
Scarborough Evening News 20/10/03
17-23 Aberdeen Walk
Tel : 01723 363636
The Star at Harome (for Publication)
It is appreciated that you are giving publicity to successful public houses especially the Star Inn at Harome. However may I correct a statement made in your recent article "The Star shines as best pub" The award of Pub of the Year and the reference to a whole page being devoted to the pub in the "2004 Good Pub Guide" gives the impression that the award and the publication are produced by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The annual guide from CAMRA is the Good Beer Guide and although the Star has featured in previous guides it is not actually in the 2004 edition.
CAMRA recognises special all round quality of the Star, it is included in the latest edition of "Room at the Inn", our guide, indicating a high standard of accommodation where high quality real ale is available.