Wyke Smugglers listed as Asset of Community Value!   As two pubs in Wyke had closed in the last two years we decided that it was important to get the last pub recognised as an important part of the community.  We had some concerns as our last attempt along this route a few years ago was turned down, leaving the Albert Inn in the hands of redevelopers. We're pleased to see that our Council have accepted that the last pub can be listed and thus receive some level of protection.  Dated 20/11/15.
New owners for Dorchester's iconic Kings Arms!   Today's Dorset Echo reports that the Draco Pub Company has bought the building and will refurbish it before it re-opens.  The company own three other pubs: Timbrell's Yard, The White Hart and The Swan. All are in Somerset and have been refurbished to a high standard. Their respective web sites describe them as "pubs first". Beer is then the first thing mentioned in their descriptions. It will be great to see a return to an "ale led" resurrection of this famous landmark.  Dated 17/11/15.
Giant Dongle Winter Edition 2015 is here! Plenty more for you to read: More from our PubLinkers; Rich's Desert Island Beers; Beerex is on the horizon; Greetings from the West...   Dated 17/11/15.
Sly Fox in Osmington opens today!   A new name as what was the Sunray reopens under new owners.  Announced by an advert in todays Dorset Echo this re-opening promises the locals that they will get their "Village Pub" back. Lets hope they follow the trend set by other recently resurrected West Dorset village pubs (Fox at Corscombe, Black Dog at Broadmayne, Chetnole Inn at Chetnole) in selling a good choice of Real Ales. Time will tell.  Dated 6/11/15.
A new bar for "Lost Souls" from the Clock House!   A new temporary bar is open in Chideock called "the lost souls bar".  It provides a refuge for customers from the village by offering another watering hole whilst the Clock House rebuilding work proceeds. To find it go North from the Clock House until the 30mph limit sign - it is just there. Hours are 12-3 lunchtime and 6-close in the evening. Shut on Sundays. They are serving mainly Otter and Branscombe beers with occasional others.  Dated 6/10/15.
Royal Oak, Weymouth Quayside has a six week festival from next week.   "Proud of our Ales" will feature 60 ales over the period.  Expect about 15 to be available at any one time. There will also be the usual excellent range of ciders. More info on our festivals page.  Dated 13/09/15.
Clock House - further problems looming!  We reported the destruction of this pub belonging to Mike Long and his family by fire at Easter. The building was home, business, livelihood and their major asset with three generations all living and working there.   Although the family were appropriately insured, getting work started on rebuilding is complicated and at the moment, uncertain. Insurance can cover the loss of a year's trading, but the family are half way through that with no prospect of any income beyond that. With no income, a loan is not possible. Without a loan or a guarantee building work cannot start. They have started a crowdfunding page to help them at Gofundme Click to read more.  Dated 12/09/15.
Our Autumn Edition 2015! The 23rd issue of our Newsletter is published. Learn what our PubLinkers do; Desert Island Beers; Beer Calorie Labelling. Lots to read!   Dated 11/09/15.
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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