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10th October Ramble ICONPub Ramble
Starts: 8:00pm
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18th October Minibus ICONMinibus Ramble
@South of Stevenage
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20th October Meeting ICONCommittee Meeting
Starts: 8:15pm
@The Crown, Buntingford
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1st November Award ICONBeer of the Festival Presentation
Starts: 12:00pm
@Brodie's Brewery at the King William IV, Leyton E10 6AE
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8th November Ramble ICONHarry Iwan’s Ramble
Starts: 9:30am
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Spring Beer Festivals

There is a trifecta quadfecta(?) of excellent beer festivals coming up in North Hertfordshire, moving south to north we have:

Our Mutual Friend stillage

Our Mutual Friend stillage

1. Stevenage: In the south of our patch and running from this Thursday April 24th to Saturday 26th we have the Our Mutual Friend‘s annual April beer festival with a selection of specially sourced beers on gravity and on handpump. The OMF, a “cider pub of the year” winner, is known for providing an extensive list of real ciders and perries at their festivals. It really is worth a trip to enjoy this multiply-GBG-listed pub’s festival. Here is a partial list of the beers they’ll have available, but they’ll have a wider selection available over the course of the festival as well as many ciders & perries.

Half Moon Stillage

Half Moon Stillage

2. Hitchin: Moving a little north into Hitchin and also running from this Thursday we have the Half Moon‘s HUGE “Champions and Howard’s Heroes” 10th anniversary beer festival. In a truly stupendous effort Howard and the team at the Half Moon have managed to assemble a beer list that includes EVERY CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain since 1996. Aletastic! The pub has a full festival listing available on their website. AND at the Half Moon’s festival on Friday April 25th at about 8pm we will be presenting Wendy & Howard and their team with their 2014 Pub of the Year certificate. Party on!

3. Baldock: Then another short skip north to Baldock and a week after in time we have the 7th Baldock Independent Beer Festival running from Friday May 2nd to Sunday May 4th. This is a great festival run by the Baldock community that raises funds for charity. There is always an interesting, perhaps even eclectic, collection of beers available… keep an eye on their website for details.

4. Aspenden: The Fox are holding their 7th Annual Beer Festival from Friday May 2nd to Monday May 5th. There will be 15 cask ales, 3 local ciders, and great food – plus music and morris dancing. There is more detail on the pub website.

Don’t forget that the North Herts CAMRA branch has our own festival in Hitchin starting on June 12th. It’s going to be a corker! And as a warm-up the Strathmore Arms (in St.Paul’s Walden just south of Hitchin) will be holding their great beer festival the week before, from Thursday June 5th until Sunday June 8th.

So… see you at a festival, or two… or five.

Do tell us about any festivals or similar pub news you know. We are not omniscient and rely on pubs, members, and the public keeping us informed so that we can promote the great work pubs are doing in North Hertfordshire! Tell us via any comment form on this website, by Twitter, by Facebook, or by email:

Wetherspoons Beer Festival

Manor House, Royston - photo (C) JD Wetherspoons

Manor House, Royston – photo (C) JD Wetherspoons We have been reminded that Wetherspoons pubs have kicked off their beer festival now. See message below from the shiny-new Manor House Wetherspoons pub in Royston. The branch area also has Wetherpoons pubs in Letchworth (GBG, LocAle), Stevenage, and Stevenage Old Town (GBG). Dear North Herts CAMRA members – Great news! [...Read on]

2014 Pub Of The Year: Half Moon in Hitchin

PotY Trophy

PotY Trophy

We are delighted to announce that North Hertfordshire branch members have voted, the votes have been tallied, and the Half Moon in Hitchin is our 2014 Pub of the Year!

The standard of good pubs across the branch area is ever on the increase and pubs really need to put[...Read on]

2014 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival

The Hitchin 2014 Beer & Cider Festival will take place from June 12th until June 14th. Check out the full 2014 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival page for more information, and check back for updates!

We will have posters and other material printed and available for pubs and members in the near future -[...Read on]

Beer Festival @ The Our Mutual Friend

A last-minute heads-up, the Our Mutual Friend team have a beer festival kicking off this Thursday (23rd Jan) and running until Sat 25th.

The theme is “Oakham v Osset, with Dark Star in support”. Just the three breweries – but a range of beers covering all styles. The OMF will also have its usual large range of[...Read on]

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival


Whittlesea Straw BearTHIS Saturday, January 11th, members of the North Hertfordshire CAMRA branch will be off to Whittlesea on our traditional excursion to the annual Straw Bear Festival. Below is an itinerary for the day out which includes an early evening Ely Pub Ramble on the way back. Those that do not want to stop at Ely[...Read on]

Hitchin Christmas Crawl

Our annual Hitchin Christmas pub crawl is on Friday December 20th this year.

We start out near Hitchin station at The Nightingale at 19:30 on Friday December 20th, and from there make our way through a list of excellent & varied pubs: The Albert, The Radcliffe Arms, The Bricklayer’s Arms, and The Half Moon.[...Read on]

Minibus Ramble – South of Hitchin – Saturday November 16th

Handpumps in The Windmill, Charlton

Forsaking the joys of X Factor, 8 CAMRA members ventured out on the latest minibus trip to some of the branch’s more remote pubs. Trips like these help members get to pubs they might otherwise not visit to sample the beers and also to score the beers as part of the process of selection for [...Read on]

SCORE YOUR ALES! Nominate your community pub! Join our minibus trip.

North Herts CAMRA Needs You! (for the Letchworth Beer Festival)The next edition of the Good Ber Guide needs YOU – CAMRA member.

Score Your Beers!
I know 2015 is a long way off but at the next Branch meeting & Social (8.15pm Monday 25th November in the GBG listed Standing Order in Stevenage) we will start the process of selecting those pubs good enough[...Read on]

Triple Success for Buntingford Brewery

Polar Star

[This article appeared in the Hertfordshire CAMRA Branches' Oct/Nov 2013 Pints of View - found in good ale pubs throughout Hertfordshire and surrounds! Click here for a PDF of the full newsletter. This article on page 5.] The North Hertfordshire CAMRA branch was overjoyed to see our local Buntingford Brewery win three awards for their beers [...Read on]

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Branch Diary

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  • Pub Ramble

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm, 10th October, 2014

    Location: Baldock

    Description: Visiting The Cock, then White Lion, George, White Hart, Broken Drum, and Orange Tree.

    Meet 8pm at The Cock

  • Minibus Ramble

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 19th October, 2014

    Location: South of Stevenage

    Description: This month we're going to these pubs:
    - Chequers, Bragbury End
    - George & Dragon, Watton at Stone
    - Bull Watton at Stone
    - Inn on the Green, Datchworth
    - Plough, Datchworth

    MINIBUS PICKUPS: from 6pm onwards in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock. £8 members, £12 non-members. Please contact Graham Perry to book 07984 548783 or

  • Committee Meeting

    Starts: 8:15 pm

    Ends: 10:15 pm, 20th October, 2014

    Location: The Crown, Buntingford

    Description: Committee Meeting