Welcome to the Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA Branch

We are a very active branch of some 1,550 pub, beer and cider lovers drawn from the south of Manchester and most of the old county borough of Stockport. For full details of boundary see the Area section of the About us tab by clicking here.

When the branch was originally formed in the Printers Arms in January 1974 it was initially known as South Manchester and covered a much larger area than current. Originally it also covered what are now the boroughs of Salford, Trafford and even as far as Warrington! Because we jumped the gun slightly, the Urban District Councils of Marple and Bredbury were not included, as they only became a part of Stockport when Greater Manchester was formed in April 1974. This accounts for the anomaly of the Stockport & South Manchester Branch not covering the whole borough of Stockport! Then again, calling ourselves West & Central Stockport and South Manchester would be a real (if accurate) mouthful.

Our activities vary from social outings to beer festival, through regular monthly consumer surveying (better known as a Meanders or Stagger), to campaigning about endangered beer types. For more information click here.

Fancy yourself as an ace reporter? Why not help with our award winning monthly magazine Opening Times. With at least 16, and often 24 A4 pages of copy required articles are always welcome. More details here.

Diary of Events

Here is the current "live" Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA Branch's Google diary. The diary of events is now getting back to a near normal schedule.

If you wish to open it as a separate window click here

Pub of the Month

With around 400 pubs to choose from in the Branch area, to be chosen for this award a pub has to have done something outstanding.

A number of contenders are considered, with a winner emerging after, a sometimes exhaustive, selection process. That is the hard part over, now to the presentation of the award. This takes place (usually) on the fourth Thursday of the month starting at 8pm.

Presentation of the Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Month for may 2022 is to the P5 (formerly Platform 5; Cheadle Hulme; Junction) in Cheadle Hulme and it will be presented from 8pm onwards on Thursday 26 May 2022.

For a fuller description of why this pub is Pub Of the Month read the full article.

You've missed
Mild Magic 2022

1st April to 15th May

Stockport and South Manchester's award winning trail

This was a this six week long passport scheme travelling around a selection of the pubs who are selling mild in the area. Collect stickers and win prizes. The more you participate the greater the prize.

We must also also say a big 'Thank you very much' to our sponsor, Hydes, who still produce not one but two milds and brew them both all year and not just for Mild Month.

Full details, final pub list and location map can be perused here

The work has been done so now all it needs is for YOU to take part!

Weekday Wanders

June's Weekday Wander — Chorlton
11:30am Tuesday 31 May 2022

Yes, I know the date is in May, so how can it be June's Weekday Wander?

In all previous years, Monday would have been a Bank Holiday, and this Wander would have been later in the week, but for this year only (well, until another monarch reigns for 70 years that is) we have a double Bank Holiday on Thursday and Friday. We could put the Wander back a week, but that leaves two events on the same week, and from Monday 13 June many of us are involved with setting up and running the Stockport Beer & Cider Festival. So you see why we have been backed into a corner.

11:30am11:35am Stockport Bus Station stand H2 for 23 bus (or stand AA [192 stand on Wellington Road North] for 11:42am 25 bus)
11:35am12:07pmBus travel [Arrive 12.21pm if on 25 bus]
12:10pm1:10pm Spread Eagle526-528 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, M21 9LDNo
1:15pm2:25pm Sedge Lynn21a Manchester Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, M21 9PNYes
2:30pm3:25pm Beer House57 Manchester Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, M21 9PW
NOTE: If visiting Font instead of Dulcimer leave at 3:50pm
3:30pm4:30pm Dulcimer567 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, M21 0AENo
4:00pm5:00pm Font115-117 Manchester Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, M21 9PG
NOTE: Does not open until 4pm on Tuesdays
Multiple options for bus travel is outlined below. Taking the tram to East Didsbury, then onwards by bus, appears to be feasable, but it is only minutes quicker as it relies on buses to complete journey to Stockport.
Bus 23 Chorlton to Stockport via Didsbury
Bus 25 Chorlton to Stockport via Burnage

A listing of the future Weekday Wanders can be found here.

Stockport Beer Town

A leaflet showing all the cask ale outlets within the town centre of Stockport.

For anyone interested in beer, pubs and breweries, Stockport really is one of Britain's best Beer Towns.

Robinsons have been brewing here since 1838 and you can take a tour of the present brewery to see the old alongside the new.

Several other breweries came and went over the years and in more recent times, a few micro-breweries set up close to the Town Centre. Some have now moved elsewhere or closed, but Remedy Brewhouse in the Market Place and Fool Hardy Ales at the Hope Inn remain in production.

In the small area covered by this leaflet, you can find over 30 pubs and bars pouring around 80 different cask ales from across the nation. Not only is there a huge selection of beers, but you can also enjoy your drink in all sorts of establishments - from music bars and micro-pubs to community ale-houses and nationally important heritage inns.

Stockport has it all; it's a premier league Beer Town. Come along and enjoy the scene - and don't forget to tell all your friends about it.

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A Little Help Required

… a little being the operative word.

Stockport & South Manchester Branch now has some 1,600 members. Like most volunteer organisations, it is a small handful of people that do all the work, which at times gets a little tedious.

I can't believe that out of such a large membership there are not a few more bodies who couldn't spare the odd hour once or twice a year. How about a stroll around your local pubs and shops and putting up Beer Festival posters. What about an hour helping erect all that metalwork which forms the stillage for the beer at the Festival. No skill is required, it clips together in an {almost} fool-proof manner, it doesn't even require big muscles.

Do you know it takes around 160 full time people to run the Festival? That is only 10% of our branch membership but we are dependent on people from other branches to staff it!

Come on lads and lasses, get involved. That 'handful' of volunteers mean you are well looked after in this Branch. Don't take that 'handful' for granted — they will not be with us forever.

To miss quote Mr W Churchill;

"Never in Stockport Beer Festival,
      was so much owed,
            by so many,
                  to so few."

David Sharpe — one of the Few

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