• CAMRA National Club of the Year
    CAMRA National Club of the Year
    Cheltenham Motor Club Wins National Club of the Year
  • CRAF2016
    Branch Photo Albums including pictures of CRAF2016
  • National POTY
    National POTY
    Cheltenham’s Sandford Park Alehouse is CAMRA ‘National Pub of the Year’
  • Beer Festivals
    Beer Festivals
    Branch Beer Festival Guide - Beer Festivals in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds.
  • Campaign
    Campaigns - Assets of Community Value and Local Planning

Welcome to Cheltenham CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. We are a voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.The Cheltenham Branch has around 1,000 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

Next 5 Diary Events

21st February, 2017 - Branch AGM
22nd February to 23rd February, 2017 - Ale Amble To Worcester
25th February, 2017 - Harbour Brewing Co Tap Takeover
3rd March, 2017 - Deya Tap Room Open
8th March, 2017 - Monthly Social - March
Full Branch Diary

Cheltenham Motor Club is crowned CAMRA Club of the Year once again

For the second time in five years the Cheltenham Motor Club has won the award for CAMRA UK Club of the Year. Since winning in 2013 the Motor Club has made it to the final four shortlist every year since.  A great and ever-changing choice of real ales, outstanding quality and cellar skills and improved facilities have been central to the Motor Club’s continuing success. Until the announcement of the new CAMRA UK Pub of the year, later this month, the Sandford Park Alehouse remains the UK Pub of the Year. This means that , for a short time, Cheltenham will simultaneously be home to the CAMRA UK Club and Pub of the Year.

A Cheltenham club which caters to motor enthusiasts has won the prestigious Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Club of the Year award for a second year.

The Cheltenham Motor Club first secured the coveted title in 2013. Since then, the club has made significant improvements to its seating and bar area, demonstrating a clear commitment to improving the experience of its members and guests alike.

This friendly and welcoming club, formed in 1906, usually has six real ales and three real ciders on tap, alongside its new bottled beer bar and a Belgian draught beer. The club area has also recently been extended into the former committee room to create a larger seating area. It runs two beer festivals a year and is decorated with motoring paraphernalia and boasts an extensive collection of pump clips.

The club will be presented with a plaque by CAMRA Judge Keith Spencer to commemorate the award at an event open to the media on the 15th February at 1pm.

John Holland, Chairman of CAMRA’s Clubs Working Group says: “While the other finalists in the competition are great examples of well-run and welcoming clubs, Cheltenham Motor Club really set itself apart. Rather than resting on its laurels, they have taken huge steps to improve their bar area and beer selection.

Beyond this, it is clear that the local community passionately support Cheltenham Motor Club and that the club is a pivotal fixture in the local community.”

Neil Way, Cheltenham Motor Club Manager says: “As a long time member of CAMRA I am totally overwhelmed and honoured to win Club of the Year for a second time. I am lucky to have a very supportive wife, a supportive committee along with a very hard working, motivated and loyal bar team. The locals are tremendous too.

Winning Club of the Year in 2013 was a huge achievement for Cheltenham Motor Club and it generated a jump in trade from which we have been able to build and capitalise on. We could not have afforded to renovate the clubhouse if it hadn’t been for the increase in business that winning the CAMRA Club of the Year previously generated. We are very grateful to CAMRA and hope to build on this year’s award as well.”

The CAMRA Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. All nominated clubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.

Runners up in the competition are Albatross Club in Bexhill, Dartford Working Men’s Club and Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club which all host beer festivals and boast a wide range of well-kept fantastic real ales.

Cheltenham and Gloucester Beer Week – 2017 (CGBW2017)

Some great news for the coming year – Cheltenham Beer Week will be back this time including  Gloucester in the equation. So for the first time (certainly in the UK), they will putting on a duel-centre Beer Week which will be held over the 10 day period between 15th and 24th September.

Leigh Norwood is setting up an organising committee of people who have time and effort to devote to the organisation of this event and whilst they have a reasonable number of volunteers, they could always do with others. So if you have some free time and would like to be involved in organising this exciting event, please get in touch with Leigh at Favourite Beers. If you are a venue that would like to be involved this year, please reach out to Leigh.

Look out for new web and social media sites for the new event #CGBW2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all Cheltenham branch members. Some of you might have made a new year’s resolution to have a dry January. If so spare a thought for your local landlord and why not still visit your local for soft drinks.


Whittle Taps

We are pleased to announce that as of today (Monday 12th December) Whittle Taps will be offering a 10% discount to card carrying CAMRA members on their real ale and on their craft keg (every day).  It will also apply to the one real cider that is on hand-pump.
Cheers to Joel for arranging this.
For more information on Whittle Taps visit their web site http://www.whittletaps.co.uk/

Cheltenham Motor Club is once again a national finalist

Congratulations once again to Neil and his team as we are pleased to announce that The Cheltenham Motor Club has once again made it to the finalist round of the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Club of the Year awards for the fourth year in a row. Let’s hope they can go one better this time and win the National title.

 This friendly and welcoming club, formed in 1906, has once again made it to the final round because of its clearly demonstrable commitment to high quality real ale and welcoming atmosphere. It usually has five ales on tap and four ciders and is decorated with motoring memorabilia and an extensive collection of pump clips.
The CAMRA Club of the Year competition awards is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine with the simple aim of finding the best clubs serving real ale most committed to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. Clubs are nominated by CAMRA branches across the country and judged by a panel of volunteer CAMRA members throughout the year.
John Holland, CAMRA’s National Club of the Year coordinator says: “It is a fantastic achievement to be considered one of the top four real ale clubs in the country. We are seeing more and more clubs making quality real ale a priority, which makes the competition stronger than ever.
“Clubs play a huge role in many local communities across the UK. They provide a safe, social environment in which to enjoy a pint with people who you know and trust. They can help people build and strengthen social networks and can be a lifeline in times of need. To be a part of a club is to be part of a family.”
 The other three finalists include the Albatross Club (RAFA) in Bexhill, the Dartford Working Men’s Club and Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club.  All finalists were presented with a commemorative plate at the Club Mirror Awards last night. They will then have to wait until spring next year to discover which will be named CAMRA’s Club of the Year.

Christmas Social

With Halloween and bonfire night firmly behind us it’s time to start looking forward to Christmas.

Once again to celebrate the December social will be a festive curry night

This year the venue will be Balti Walla on the Bath Road. It’s Bring Your Own Beer so you not need to worry about fizzy lager.

Date is Tuesday 6th December at 7pm

Price is £14.95 per person for their party menu which includes: –

Papadams+ pickles, Vegetarian platter starter, 4 curries between 4 (3 meat, 1 vegetarian), Rice each, Nan between 2. More details at http://www.baltiwalla.co.uk/party-menu.html

Vegetarians can order a bespoke deal.

If you are interested deposits of £5/head to the Sandford Park Alehouse by November 28th latest.

The Spectre – New CAMRA Discount and Beer Festival

From today, Monday 10th October, CAMRA members can get 10% discount on ales (not ciders) on production of their card at The Spectre, 73-75 High Street, Cheltenham.

They currently have a beer festival running with about 60 different beers available for the landlord to choose from and as part of the festival, which runs to the end of October, they are also running a promotion card, buy 5 and the 6th is free during the festival.
Beer is £2.40 a pint.  So with 10% CAMRA discount and the 6 pints for the price of 5 card, it works out at £1.80 a pint.  We do of course encourage responsible drinking.

The Campaign for Real Ale raise over £380 for local charity

Caption (L to R): Grant Cook (Festival Organizer), John Crossley, Veronica Emary, Tony Lucas (Cheltenham CAMRA), Peter Sharpe, Kirsty Bradbury (Cobalt Health).

Thanks to generous donations from people attending the 2nd Cheltenham Real Ale Festival, Cheltenham CAMRA were able to present a cheque for £381.25 to local charity Cobalt.

Upon leaving the festival everyone has the option of cashing in any unused beer tokens, or donating the value to charity. Each year a different local charity is chosen.

Cheltenham CAMRA Festival organizer, Grant Cook, said: “It’s a testament to the community spirit of CAMRA members and supporters that they chose to donate. We are very happy to support a charity that has such an impact on the well-being of so many local people.  

The wonderful Town Hall location, a choice of around 120 different real ales and 40 ciders and perries helps bring in dedicated drinkers to our festival. Not only do they enjoy themselves, but they are also generous supporters of the festival charity.”

Peter Sharpe, CEO, Cobalt Health said: “In order to provide the extensive scanner and treatment services, we need to raise funds from events, donations and charitable support. Donations like this make a real difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer, dementia and other life-limiting conditions.”

Kirsty Bradbury, Cobalt Fundraising Engagement Officer, said: “I would like to thank Cheltenham CAMRA, and all those who attended the festival and donated to CobaltHealth. I know, from attending last year, that the Cheltenham Real Ale Festival is a fun event with a great choice of beer, cider and perry.”