Closure of Caledonian Brewery Announced

On 25th May, Heineken announced their intention to closed the historic Caledonian Brewery in Slateford Road, Edinburgh, with the potential loss of 30 jobs. The brewery, famous for its award-winning Deuchars IPA, has been in existence for more than 150 years, having been established in 1869 by George Lorimer and Robert Clark, and is the last major brewery in the city.

The full story can be found on What's Brewing. CAMRA have also issued a press release on the closure.

CAMRA urges Heineken to enter discussions with all interested parties and find a viable way forward for this historic brewery.

Overall Branch Pub of the Year 2022

We are pleased to announce that the Dreadnought, Leith has been judged the overall Branch Pub of the Year for 2022. Congratulations to Toby, Roisin and the team.

Pub of the Year Awards 2022

The winners of the 2022 Branch Pub of the Year awards are as follows:


1st Dreadnought

2nd Roseburn Bar

3rd Stockbridge Tap


1st Staggs, Musselburgh

2nd Dean Tavern, Newtongrange

3rd Grey Horse, Balerno


1st Cross Inn, Paxton

2nd Exchange Bar (Daltons), Hawick

3rd Hunters Hall, Galashiels

Cider Pub of the Year

Jolly Judge, Edinburgh

Every year local CAMRA members vote to select Pubs of the Year for Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders.

To be considered, a pub must consistently sell real ale in good condition as measured by members beer scores.

Members then judge the pub on the quality of the real ale and other aspects such as the service, welcome, atmosphere, style, decor, value for money and community focus.

The overall winner for Edinburgh & SE Scotland will now be selected by a team of CAMRA judges and announced in mid-March.

Pints of View Winter 2021


Due to the current circumstances, the Winter 2021 issue of Pints of View has been published (slightly later than usual) as an online digital edition only. This issue includes the latest pub and brewery news, plus features on pub companies, outstanding pub conversions and restorations and a pub history quiz. You can read it on the Issuu platform here, and it will be available shortly to download as a PDF from our Publications page.

Real Ale Quality Awards 2021

Beer scores received from members since November 2019 have been used to select the winners of the 2021 Real Ale Quality award. The results were announced at the November branch meeting.

This year’s Branch Real Ale Quality award winners are:
  • Edinburgh City - Kay’s Bar
  • Lothian - Riccarton Inn, Currie
  • Borders - Allanton Inn, Allanton

Runners up:
  • Edinburgh City - Roseburn Bar
  • Lothian - Ferry Brewery Tap Bar, S. Queensferry.
  • Borders - Plough Inn, Leitholm

The overall branch winner is the Allanton Inn in the Borders. We plan to do a presentation to them in the New Year.