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.

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A Suffolk pub, appropriately named The Dog, named the most dog friendly pub in the UK
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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?
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Continuing the pub theme (it is a CAMRA website after all) please take a look at our "PUBS WE HAVE LOST page
CAMRA members tend to be, but not exclusively, older segment of the population and some of our first or early drinking holes will have bitten the dust so why not leave your memories (about pubs or drinks you used to enjoy) for others to read and hopefully find interesting.
email your reminiscences to ku.gro.armac.kloffustsew@retsambew and we will publish them for others to enjoy.

What's your idea of a favourite pub?
In 1946 writer George Orwell stipulated ten key points that his perfect pub, fictitiously called the Moon Under Water, in the London area should have (his criteria for country pubs being different, but unspecified):
Do you agree with his choices? Why not email us ku.gro.armac.kloffustsew@retsambew with your list and better still tell us the name of a pub that fits your criteria and we will put your list on our website and your pub will gain some publicity.
Remember this list was written at the end of WW2. To be a favourite pub it must first and foremost serve excellent real beer. Orwell mentions his pub has a creamy draught stout. It may be wishful thinking on your webmasters part but I think dark beers with a little encouragement to get people to try them, could be making a come back

1. The architecture and fittings must be uncompromisingly Victorian.
2. Games, such as darts, are only played in the public bar "so that in the other bars you can walk about without the worry of flying darts".
3. The pub is quiet enough to talk, with the house possessing neither a radio nor a piano.
4. The barmaids know the customers by name and take an interest in everyone.
5. It sells tobacco and cigarettes, aspirins and stamps, and "is obliging about letting you use the telephone".
6. There is a snack counter where you can get liver-sausage sandwiches, mussels (a speciality of the house), cheese, pickles and large biscuits with caraway seeds
7. Six days a week, you can get a good, solid lunch—for example, a cut off the joint, two vegetables and boiled jam roll—for about three shillings."
8. Serves a creamy sort of draught stout, and it goes better in a pewter pot."
9. "They are particular about their drinking vessels at "The Moon Under Water" and never, for example, make the mistake of serving a pint of beer in a handleless glass. Apart from glass and pewter mugs, they have some of those pleasant strawberry-pink china ones, but in Orwell's opinion beer tastes better out of china.
10. You go through a narrow passage leading out of the saloon, and find yourself in a fairly large garden. Many as are the virtues of the Moon Under Water I think that the garden is its best feature, because it allows whole families to go there instead of Mum having to stay at home and mind the baby while Dad goes out alone."

Your can read the full Evening Standard article here Orwells favourite pub article


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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