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25th April Festival ICONSocial at the Half Moon
Starts: 7:00pm
@The Half Moon, Hitchin
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2nd May Festival ICONSocial at the Baldock Independent Beer Festival
Starts: 7:00pm
@Baldock Independent Beer Festival, Brandles School, Weston Way, Baldock
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10th May Minibus ICONMinibus Hertfordshire PotY trip
@Hertfordshire Pub of the Year contenders
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16th May Ramble ICONPub Ramble
Starts: 8:00pm
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27th May Meeting ICONBranch Meeting and Social
Starts: 8:45pm
@The George, Hitchin
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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! the Wetherspoons real-ale beer festival starts today, with 50 exquisite ales brewed especially for the event across all of our Wetherspoons pubs across the country with ales varying from as local as Cambridgeshire to as far afield from New Zealand & South Africa, including our first ever Spanish beer to flow through the pumps of our Wetherspoons pubs.

Here at the Manor House of Royston we pride ourselves on quality ale with a wide range of ales throughout the year and with our festival spanning over two weeks until the 13th of April we feel we should celebrate with the CAMRA members who share the same passion as us over the fortnight, so as an exclusive offer from The Manor House we are offering 50p of per pint off festival ale to all members of CAMRA all you have to do is show your members card at the bar and we will reduce the price from £2.29 down to just £1.79 per pint of festival ale, or you can try three, third pints of ale for the exact same price!

We look forward to seeing you here at The Manor House in the near future and to hearing your discussions about the festival ales and which ones quench the taste buds of your members the most, if you wish to inquire of the sorts of ales we will have on sale follow the link below to see which beers are available throughout the wetherspoons and you can also read some blogs from Dave the Wetherspoons real-ale guru plus special guests and vote on which ale you prefer (after tasting of course!)

I hope you enjoy your AGM this evening and can’t wait to see you in the pub!

Yours sincerely,

Harrison (cellar champion The Manor House)

Emphasis and links added by us. I do like the sound of having a “cellar champion” – thanks for your message Harrison.

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]

2013 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival Report

Hitchin Hedgehog pump clip artIt was with some trepidation that we opened the doors of the 2013 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival. A change to a new venue outside the town centre and shifted to three months later in the year than usual – would anybody show up? We need not have feared!

We counted 2119 drinkers coming through[...Read on]

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From the Archives

Rob Scahill, landlord of the Orange Tree in Baldock, helps out

Hitchin Festival Report

Branch Diary

   April  2014 »
  • Committee Meeting

    Starts: 8:15 pm

    Ends: 10:15 pm, 7th April, 2014

    Location: The Radcliffe Arms, Hitchin

  • Minibus Trip

    Starts: 6:30 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm, 12th April, 2014

    Location: South East of Stevenage

  • Social at the Half Moon

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm, 25th April, 2014

    Location: The Half Moon, Hitchin