Welcome to the website for the West Suffolk and Borders branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) which is financed by membership subscriptions, sales of books and merchandise and proceeds from national and local beer festivals. CAMRA is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee.
Our local branch has over 1000 members so why not join us.

NEW link to whatpub for info about pubs in the branch area here

Also on this page 28th EABCF Branch reports and articles link Lost Local?West Suffolk TwitterPub WalksCAMRA members lobby ParliamentCAMRA TwitterDisclaimers

Can you help your local CAMRA branch organise the 2019

The Branch is already starting preparations for the 28th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival which will be held at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds 1st-4th May 2019 with the intention that it will be the biggest and best yet with exciting new attractions and facilities for festival goers.
A successful festival relies on good organisation with volunteers committing some of their time to help to prepare and run the event. If you would like to help with the festival please contact the organisers at the address below.
The event also offers excellent sponsorship and advertising opportunities for local businesses.
Please contact ku.gro.armac.kloffustsew@lavitsef for more information.


Check out the latest news from branch members on our Branch Reports and Articles page here


Lost local Does this remind you of a pub you know?
Read this interesting blog here


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Walk No. 1 Thurston-Pakenham-Thurston

This easy circular walk takes you through varied Suffolk countryside and villages and past three real ale pubs.
What more excuse do you need?
For more information see Pub Walks page or click here


On 31st October 2018 hundreds of CAMRA members descended on Westminster to send a message to MPs about the very serious threats facing pubs.Pic of CAMRA members lobbying Parliament 31st October 2018
All agreed there must be urgent reform to business rates, Beer Duty and the Pubs Code to save the Great British pub from extinction.
The Lobby Day day saw the launch of CAMRA’s three point plan to save the Great British pub, and encouraged MPs to commit to.
1. Introducing a preferential rate of duty for draught beer.
2. Reforming the business rates system to address the unfair burden on pubs.
4. Conducting an urgent review of the Pubs Code so that the Market Rent Only option becomes a genuine choice for tenants.
CAMRA members held meetings with MPs throughout the day, which culminated in a rally with speeches from the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Mike Wood MP, as well as Ruth Smeeth MP and Alan Brown MP.
The Lobby came the day after the Budget, which contained the very welcome decision to freeze duty on beer and cider, and the announcement of a new package of business rate relief that will help smaller pubs.
While this change will see annual savings of up to £8,000 for some pubs, CAMRA is extremely disappointed that pub-specific rate relief has been scrapped, meaning that pubs with a rateable value of over £51,000 will lose out. Many of these pubs saw the largest rates increases after the last revaluation, and are struggling under sky-high bills that threaten them with extinction.
CAMRA’s National Chairman, Jackie Parker, said: “While welcome, the Budget measures are just a sticking plaster which doesn’t tackle the root issue. There must be long-term change and reform to business rates, Beer Duty and the Pubs Code to stop the decline of pubs closing which is currently 18 per week.
“The Lobby Day has been a huge success. It gave members an opportunity to speak to their MPs direct about tackling the root causes of pub closures, need for fundamental reform to ensure that pubs remain at the heart of communities and continue to make a valuable contribution to our society, culture and economy.”
Speaking at the Members’ Rally, Mike Wood MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group added: “We need to make sure that we have a proper review of local business taxation which goes beyond what was announced (in the Budget) on business rates, so that pubs of all sizes are actually taxed at a fair rate and we have a taxation system fit for the 21st century rather than the 1950s, and one that recognises the economy as it is now rather than one that was based solely on land values.”


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Website last updated 29th Aug 2018