March 2015

CAMRA's General Election Campaign

With voters heading to the polls on 7th May, now is the perfect time to ensure pubs and real ale are priorities for the next Government.

CAMRA has now launched its General Election campaign and has produced a Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale. So far more than 649 candidates have pledged to:
  • Support well-run community pubs
  • Promote Britain’s 1,300 breweries
  • Represent pub-goers and beer drinkers
CAMRA’s goal is to improve on the 670 candidates who supported us before the 2010 General Election. 

CAMRA’s Head of Communications Tom Stainer said: “CAMRA now has around 170,000 members, more than many of the main political parties, so it’s important politicians listen to and reflect the views of our members when it comes to real ale, real cider and perry and pubs.

“Supporting pubs as vital community assets as well as ensuring Britain’s brewing industry gets the support it deserves should be high on any prospective candidates list of priorities.”

Please help support this campaign by:
  • Urging your Parliamentary Candidates to sign our pledges
  • Ask your Candidate to support CAMRA’s Manifesto via our General Election website: 
  • Organise a meeting with your local candidates to discuss how they can support CAMRA’s key campaigns
  • Attend Hustings events in your local area and ask questions about beer and pubs (for question suggestions contact
  • Use social media to promote the campaign by tweeting @CAMRA_Official or using #ge2015
  • Share this campaign: Tell your friends and family all about how they can also get involved 

New Downloads page and Beer Scoring forms

A Downloads page has been added to the website to gather together various downloadable documents. This includes the 2015 editions of the Beer Scoring forms, superseding the previous 2014 documents. Please use the 2015 versions for this year’s beer scoring.

Branch Pub of the Year: Overall Winner

This year’s Edinburgh & SE Scotland CAMRA Pub of the Year overall winner is....

The Stockbridge Tap, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh.

The runner up is the Volunteer Arms (Staggs), North High Street, Musselburgh.

Branch Pubs of the Year 2015

The results of this year’s Pub of the Year awards are as follows:

City of Edinburgh Pub of the Year 2015
The Edinburgh Pub of the Year is the Stockbridge Tap, Raeburn Place.
Runner Up: the Cask and Barrel (Southside), W. Preston St.

Borders Pub of the Year 2015
The Borders Pub of the Year is The Bridge Inn, Peebles.
Runner Up: The Cobbles, Kelso.

Lothians Pub of the Year 2015
The Lothians Pub of the Year is the Volunteer Arms (Staggs), North High Street, Musselburgh.
Runner Up: The Grey Horse, Main Street, Balerno.

The overall branch Pub of the Year will be announced shortly.

Pub Finder updated

The Pub Finder database has been updated with the latest branch pub database information as of 1st March 2015. The search results from Pub Finder now also include a link to the corresponding WhatPub entry for the pub.