Bottle Inn to close soon! Nigel Blake, the current licensee at the iconic Bottle Inn, Marshwood announced yesterday that the pub will soon be closing. . Over the last 20 years the Bottle has had a chequered history, much of which is documented in an article (pages 4-5) from five years ago in the Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Magazine. These broken agreements and unsatisfactory conditions have continued into the present time and have ultimately been the cause of the present situation. It is very clear that the pub can be run as a viable business - indeed its performance under Nigel and Chrissy's stewardship have resulted in several awards. What is not clear is what the owners of the property wish to do with it.   Dated 2/03/17.
Giant Dongle Issue 29! Featuring CAMRA's upcoming AGM in Bournemouth in April, this issue has many other intriguing articles: Pub of the Year 2017; Can I rekindle my passion for the pub in 2017?; Pub Walks among them.  Dated 20/02/17.
Saxon Arms is West Dorset Pub of the Year. This award was presented at Dorchesters Beerex festival on Saturday to 4th February. Rich Gabe made the presentation to landlord Rod Lamont and pub manager Richard Hadley during the lunchtime session. Click on the pic for details from the Dorset Echo.  Dated 9/2/17.
Members invitation to 2017 AGM in Bournemouth Colin Valentine, CAMRAs National Chairman invites Members to this year's AGM in Bournemouth on 7th to 9th April. Read the full article by clicking here or on the picture.  Dated 24/1/17.
Beerex tickets still selling well! The upstairs room at The Corn Exchange is being used for all sessions, so more tickets are available this year. Friday Evening and Saturday Lunchtime sessions are still available on our ticket sales page . Other outlets which are selling tickets this year are: Goldies in Dorchester, The Brace of Butchers in Poundbury and The Boot in Weymouth. [Dorchester TIC is NOT selling them this year]  Dated 21/01/17.
Beerex tickets go on sale! Over 250 tickets were bought during the first three hours when our on-line sales opened this morning. Click the link to go to the ticket sales page.  Other outlets which are selling tickets this year are: Goldies in Dorchester, The Brace of Butchers in Poundbury and The Boot in Weymouth. [Dorchester TIC is NOT selling them this year]  Dated 01/01/17.

Kings Arms in national press! The renovation of one of Dorchesters landmarks grabs the attention of the Daily Mail The restoration of this iconic Dorchester hotel which featured in Thomas Hardy's life and novels has caught the interest of a national newspaper.  Dated 30/12/16.
Dorchesters first Micropub opens! Tucked away down an alley opposite the Trinity Club nestles a cosy new micropub serving six real ales. Temporarily named the "Pop-Up" this new entry to Dorchester's thriving pub scene boasts beers from a wide selection of breweries which will change regularly. Opened by Nicky and Nigel Baker who recently moved to the town the trading hours will initially be from noon to 10pm on Wednesday to Saturday. Certainly worth popping in to try one or two...  Dated 13/12/16.
New bar "The Pursuit of Hoppiness" opens in Bridport.  Situated on the corner of North Street by The Market House Pub, it is small (maximum customers 28). Six ales are on hand-pumps with bottled beers, ciders and wine available. CAMRA members get 10p off the price of a pint. Visit their web site here  Dated 10/12/16.
Giant Dongle Issue 28 - 32 great pages! Articles by 12 different contributors in this issue. Contents include "Buses, Trains, & the IOW"'; "Table Skittles" and a London pub crawl.  Dated 1/12/16.
Beerex 2017 info released! First details available about next years Beerex. With Christmas getting near, Beerex seems a long way in the future, but it is jut 10 weeks to opening day! Click the logo for more info.  Dated 28/11/16.
Welcome to the website of the West Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The Branch is run by a committed group of volunteers who are passionate about pubs, traditional ales, ciders & perries. As part of CAMRA we aim to maintain consumer rights and to promote quality, choice and value.

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