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The Campaign for Real Ale is the leading consumer organisation that campaigns for real ale and the rights of those who drink it. CAMRA's membership is drawn from across the world and now stands are more than 150,000, many thousands of whom volunteer large quantities of their time in furtherance of CAMRA's aims. As an independent body we represent the consumers, not the business interests of any brewery or trade organisation.


Queens Vaults Top Cider and Perry* Pub


The Queens Vaults in Westgate Street, has been voted Cardiff's top Cider and Perry Pub. This is the second year running the Queens Vaults has received this award and it will now go on to compete in CAMRA's national Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year competition.

The pub has a special stillage behind the bar which allows it to serve six traditional ciders and perries from artisan producers. These include Gwynt Y Ddraig from Llantwit Fardre near Cardiff and many producers from elsewhere.


Cardiff CAMRA Pub Of The Year - Update

With reference to the previous article on this subject, members have not yet been able to make a final choice. The shortlist has now been narrowed down to two, which are:

Lansdowne, 71 Beda Road, Canton.
Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.

If you are a CAMRA member and have visited both these pubs within the last twelve months, please email giving your name and CAMRA membership number stating which of the two pubs is your favourite. The deadline is Monday 9 February 2015.

The qualities we are looking for in a Pub Of The Year are:


Nicholson's comes to Cardiff

If you have been to London, you may well be familiar with the Nicholson's chain of pubs. These are traditional pubs, often quite fine architecturally, well restored and serving an interesting range of real ales.

There will shortly be a Nicholson's pub in Cardiff. The O'Neill's pub in Trinity Street is currently closed and undergoing alterations. When it reopens on Thursday 4 December it will be named the Old Market Tavern.

Hopefully, it will make another fine addition to Cardiff city centre's growing pub scene.


Vote for Cardiff's Pub Of The Year

Last year's Cardiff Pub Of The Year

Cardiff CAMRA is currently deciding what will be its next Pub Of The Year and, if you are a CAMRA member living in Cardiff, we would like your help.

A shortlist of candidates has been drawn up as follows:
City Arms, Quay Street.
Gwaelod y Garth Inn, Gwaelod y Garth.
Lansdowne, 71 Beda Road, Canton.
Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.


Vote for the Champion Beer of Britain

In Fagin's Ale and Chop House, Taffs Well, a pint of the beer that won Gold in the Champion Beer of Wales competition this year.

From now until 30 November, if you are a CAMRA member, you can vote in the Champion Beer Of Britain competition.

To do so, visit the and log in as a member. Once in, just follow the instructions.

The initial stages of the competition are based on regions and Welsh members will be asked to vote for beers brewed regularly in Wales. Your votes will help determine which beers will be judged during special tastings at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival next year.


Enjoy the day of beer festivals

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Saturday 12 July is a day of beer festivals, with festivals taking place at both Hereford and Bishop's Castle, in Shropshire, and Cardiff CAMRA is offering the opportunity to visit either. Our coach will be leaving Cardiff at 0930 and will arrive at Hereford around 1100 giving those who want to attend Hereford CAMRA's Beer On The Wye festival an hour to explore the city of Hereford before the festival opens at 1200.

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