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Vote for Cardiff's Pub Of The Year 2016

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


Trip to Mid Wales Beer Festival and Heart of Wales Brewery on Saturday 21 November

By popular demand, our annual visit to this beer festival held in the pubs of Llanwrtyd Wells In Mid Wales. The festival is held in the town’s three pubs including the Neuadd Arms Hotel. This is the home of the Heart of Wales Brewery which we plan to visit.

Pick ups at Cardiff city centre (outside National Museum) at 1000, Manor Way (The Philog) at 1010 and Treforest (Otley Arms) at 1030, giving around six hours at the festival itself, arriving back around 2100. Total tour price £18.


Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival going ahead

A venue has been found for the 2015 Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival. This is The Depot, a converted warehouse in Dumballs Road, Cardiff and recently the venue for several street food festivals and Cardiff Brewfest.

The Festival will take place from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 November and will be open from 1100 (1200 Thu) to 2300. Entry will be £5, with a free beer token for CAMRA members.

Over 120 different beers are planned along with 60 ciders and perries plus an impressive selection of local award-winning street food.


Achieving CAMRA's aims

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Cardiff CAMRA recently agreed its main aims for the forthcoming year. These are:
1) To promote the Real Ale scene in Wales and Welsh Real Ale Breweries including developing further the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival.
2) To better interact with our members and the public particularly with the aim of encouraging members to play an active part in Branch activities regardless of whether they attend formal meetings.
3) To promote and protect Cardiff pubs, providing up to date information on them, and particularly the Real Ales, Ciders and Perries they serve.


Trip to Severn Valley Railway Beer Festival

On Saturday 5 September, Cardiff CAMRA is running a trip to the Severn Valley Railway. Highlight will be the annual beer festival held on Bridgnorth Station by Telford and East Shropshire CAMRA.

We will leave from the National Museum at 0830 and, after picking up at Gabalfa and Newport, plan to arrive at Kidderminster Station at 1045 so those who wish to can continue their journeys by train on the Severn Valley Railway. For those who don't, our coach will continue to Bridgnorth Station, arriving at 1130.


CAMRA names Cardiff's top pubs

Binki Rees receiving her award at the Lansdowne

CAMRA has named its top Cardiff pubs. For the first time ever, it is making “Pub Of The Year” awards to two pubs, one suburban and one city centre.

Suburban “Pub Of The Year” is The Lansdowne in Lansdowne Road, Canton, which was overall winner last year.

Manager, Binki Rees was delighted. “To have the award for the second year running, and it being a relatively new business is something I am totally over the moon about, and blown away” she said.


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.

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