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Octoberfest Tickets on sale from today!!  Our sales campaign for our festival on 6th and 7th October starts today. More details here. We'll have 70 beers from the West Country and Dorset and a good selection of local ciders as well.   Dated 17/07/17.
Rest & Welcome reopening now 15th July!  Building work continues and pub has remained closed. A member heard a reopening date on local radio last week and the pub web site now confirms this.   Dated 06/07/17.
The Little Ship on Portland has reopened.  Member RW told us at the end of June the pub had reopened under new management. Beers at that time were Doombar and Butcombe Original.  Dated 05/07/17.
The Bottle Inn, Marshwood has reopened.  Member JP reports "I went to the Bottle on opening day - two Ringwoods and Hobgoblin available".  Dated 03/07/17.
Giant Dongle Issue 30! New Dorchester Pub Guide; International Womens Day; Broadchrurch to Bridport; Latest News & What's On.  Dated 31/05/17.
Rest & Welcome reopening 27th May!  There was an advert in Yeovil Beer Festival Programme this weekend for The Rest and Welcome which is currently shut undergoing refurbishment. Opening 27th May according to the programme and their web site.   Dated 25/04/17.

Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth reopens!  A couple of days before Easter some of our members reported the pub as open again. We've now had it confirmed by the management. This is great news for the town . The pub will be open Thursdays (4-12) and Fri-Sun (12-12). Real Ales from Skinners will be on the bar as well Dartmoor Jail Ale. There's a discount for CAMRA members as well, so get along there and give it a try!   Dated 22/04/17.

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Real Ale Pub Guides! We've long been impressed with the local guide sheets produced by our colleagues in Kernow (Cornwall). . We have also been thinking of producing some sort of guide for our area. The rapid rate of change within our pubs makes keeping guide books up-to-date impossible. So we decided on the sincerest form of flattery and have stated to produce pub guides of our own area. Click the picture to see our first one. Click this link to see the areas we plan to cover.   Dated 10/04/17.
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.
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.

The website provides information about our activities locally. You can find out more about who we are, our branch meetings & social activities. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

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