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.

For Whatpub information about pubs in the branch area click here

Website last updated 9th January 2019

Latest News

New Year message from our Branch Chairman

Our next branch meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th January at 8pm in the fantastic Risby Crown & Castle off the A14 near Bury St Edmunds, just 200 meters from the CLAAS tractor factory.

We are looking for nominations for two awards:

West Suffolk Pub of the Year. We had a few nominations at our December meeting, but we would like more. Is your local a bastion of great real ale, is it the centre of the community and does it deserve greater recognition? Reply to the email and let me know.

Good Beer Guide 2020!! We need to choose our entries before the spring. Does the quality of your local demand it to be in. Being in the GBG brings recognition to the hard work the publican does to serve great quality real ale and cider. Reply to this email to let me know.

We have a very active Twitter account and an up to date website with news and events happening in West Suffolk. Go take a look and tweet us @wscbeer

Do not forget to score you beers. It may seem odd to some, but this is the best way for CAMRA to keep up with the changing quality of the real ales being served locally. WhatPub, where you can put in your scores, is also a fantastic resource of opening times, pub features and has a map of all the pubs in the region.
Ed. note: See Whatpub link at top of this page

Members of West Suffolk CAMRA featured in Wetherspoons news this month! We were kindly invited by the Bury St Edmunds Corn Exchange to preview their beer festival.
(Picture credit Wetherspoons News)

For your information Martin Bates has stepped down as chairman of the branch and I was elected at the AGM in November to replace him. Martin has done an exceptional job running the branch and wanted to step down to concentrate on the East Anglian Beer Festival which has grown into an almost full-time job! I’ve only been in the area (Haverhill) for 3 years, having moved from Hertfordshire and being from Newcastle. I would love for you to tell me where the good pubs are and to support CAMRA in promoting Real Ale and Cider and most importantly in saving local pubs for the benefit of yourselves and your community.

Happy new year from everyone at West Suffolk CAMRA and we hope to see you soon at one of our meetings.

Chris Hall

Although in our Branch we have in excess of 1000 members, only a small number actively participate in campaigning activities. We would like more members to get involved. So if you are one of our members who has yet to come along and help us, please do so, its all about having fun and getting things done....and enjoying great ales of course!

Next Beer Festival Meeting

Wed 16th January 2019 - see diary for details

Discover details of Beers, Cider, Food and Entertainment and lots more exciting additions
that will be making their debut at the 2019 festival in May.
Keep checking back for latest information and make a note of the date.
Latest Festival News
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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?
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