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 are nearly up to date and the December 2021 event is the Moortop at 172 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4DU (Map) and it will be presented from 8pm onwards on Thursday 30 December 2021.

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

You can still read the full description of all the Pub Of the Month presentations here.

Weekday Wanders

Next event - Wednesday 15 December 2021 - Rochdale

This new venture is targeted at people who are available mid-day and fancy a few leisurely beers in an afternoon outing. This may be especially appreciated by those who don't fancy going out late on dark Friday evenings when pubs are likely to be populated by more raucous individuals. The Weekday Wanders are designed to depart Stockport 11:30 onwards [bus/train time dependant], to arrive at a local destination around 12noon to 12:30pm. We will then visit three or four worthy pubs where we will spend around a leisurely 45 minutes to an hour before moving on.

It is not intended as a rapid tour of all the Good Beer Pubs in a locality, but a peaceful pint in a number of decent pubs. Return is envisaged at around 4:30pm to beat the rush hour - if it still exists!

Our December outing will stretch a little the description as local, but because of rail connections it can still be reached in a respectable hour(ish) journey. We will be visiting Rochdale on Wednesday 16 December, full details can be found here.

Trip to Macclesfield — 30th October 2021

A full day out visiting watering holes just down the road [railway?] in Macclesfield. Departing on the 11:57 train ex Stockport station with a scheduled return into Stockport at 18:38.


Full details 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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