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Vote for Cardiff's 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.
Pen and Wig, 1 Park Grove.
Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.


Help decide the pubs to be listed in the 2015 Good Beer Guide

Do you know that if you are a CAMRA member you can help select the Cardiff pubs to be included in the 2015 Good Beer Guide?

Cardiff CAMRA covers the whole of the City and County of Cardiff and, during the next few months, will be selecting up to 14 pubs to go in the next edition of the Guide. This will be done on the basis of the quality of the real ale in each pub.

CAMRA members can have a say by logging into Having been to a pub and tasted its real ale, visit that pub's detailed Whatpub entry and complete the form towards the right hand side of the page.


Double pub guide launch by CamRA

September sees the launch of not one but two new pub guides.

The First is an old favourite, the Good Beer Guide. First appearing in 1974 is now in its 41st issue. GBG remains the only guide listing pubs selected by a nationwide team of thousands on the basis of the quality of the pubs real ale. It also contains a unique list of all the real ale breweries currently operating in the UK, which now numbers well over a thousand.


Cardiff CAMRA to visit West Somerset Railway Beer Festival

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Every year, CAMRA organises a beer festival at Minehead Railway Station in Somerset. The station forms the western terminus of the West Somerset Railway which, at over 20 miles long, is the longest heritage railway in Britain. This year, on Saturday 7 September, Cardiff CAMRA will be running a coach trip to the festival.


Cardiff CAMRA celebrates 25 years of cider campaigning

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In 1988, CAMRA set up APPLE, its organisation tasked with campaigning for real cider and perry. On 16 May, APPLE celebrates its 25th anniversary, which includes a special cider-tasting social at the Queens Vaults in Westgate Street. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which starts at 2000 hours.

Over the years, APPLE has been active in many areas including running cider and perry festivals, running cider and perry bars at beer festivals, assisting in the publication of CAMRA's Good Cider Guide and arranging annual Cider and Perry Of The Year competitions.


CAMRA celebrates Community Pubs Month at the Lansdowne


April is the month when CAMRA and other organisations involved with the pub trade celebrate Community Pubs Month.

This recognises the important role that pubs have in the community. They provide a meeting place where neighbours can get together to socialise and where community organisations can meet and plan their activities. They provide a venue for responsible drinking and for eating out.


Westgate Street Tops for Beer and Cider

Queens Vaults

When it comes to beer, Westgate Street and its neighbouring thoroughfares is the place to be. However, the area also has much to offer traditional cider drinkers.

The City Arms, Fire Island, The Gatekeeper and the Prince of Wales all regularly serve traditional ciders or perries*. Top of the list though is the Queens Vaults, which serves up to six ciders and perries. These recently included products from Gwynt y Ddraig and Raglan Cider Mill (see illustration).

* Perry is similar to cider but is produced by fermenting pear instead of apple juice.

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