Welcome to the South Devon Branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale

Hello everybody

CAMRA have now issued official instructions with regard to the virus

1) Physical gatherings at the national, regional and local level can no longer take place regardless of whether, or not, they have already been advertised in What's Brewing or our own magazine

2) Official CAMRA beer festivals will also not take place in the period up to the end of June with a rolling review after that date. That will include the future of The Great British Beer Festival in August and our own Sunshine Beer and Cider Festival in July. Tucker's Maltings in April has been postponed together with Summer Moon in june.

3) All national competitions have been suspended including Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and Club of the Year.

Sorry that it is not the best of news as it will disappoint many of you.

Keep safe and hope to see you all later in the year.

Chairman, Bob

**** It has now been confirmed that the Great British Beer Festival has been cancelled for this year ****

COVID-19 latest pub and Brewery News for our area.

It is warming to see that most breweries appear to be still operating albeit at reduced levels. Having said that the information is a little complicated in that some breweries will deliver bottles/draught beer (with or without charge) including beers of different volumes in various types of mini kegs. Others are selling from their shops, but some are asking you not to visit and the only way to check what is available is to make contact with them directly or via their website. For that reason, I have kept detailed information to a minimum and do not want to convey false information.

The same type of complications also appear with the pubs. Some will be doing beer takeaways and some just food, but there are day and time restrictions and again you will need to make direct contact.

Pubs and in no particular order.

Queen's Arms Brixham (our Pub of the Year) and doing take away draught beer

Teign Cellars, Newton Abbot and takeaway beers in boxes and probably bottles together with food.

Dartmoor Lodge, Ashburton and food deliveries including Sunday lunch as far as Newton Abbot

Cridford Inn and food, groceries which include fish

Shipwrights, Shaldon and food takeaways

Bridford Inn real cider and food collection including Sunday lunch

Tally Ho, Littlehempston with Wed and Fri food collections with the possibility of some beer

Cider Bar, Newton Abbot doing cider take outs

Rugglestone with food collection and bottled beer

Old Commerial Inn, Bishopsteignton and building a shop for takeaways including bakery with black puddings and scotch eggs and two draught beers

Bishop Lacy, Chudleigh with food takeaway during the week and Sunday lunch local delivery

Ring of Bells Bishopsteignton and delivery of two real ales

Further information about what pubs are doing in our area:

The default setting for WhatPub has been changed to show only pubs offering ‘Takeouts and/or deliveries’.

There are about 50 pubs at present in our area offering this service and they can all be seen by searching WhatPub for ‘South Devon CAMRA’.



Bays have launched a new on line shop with discount code.

The address is https://shop.baysbrewery.co.uk (it is not on the website) with a 35% discount by entering loyalty 35 at the end of the transaction

Delivery postcodes TQ 1-14, PL 1-9 and 21, EX 1-9 and 11 with 2 or more cases or £28 spending delivery free.

Cases are £21.44 and an 18 or 36 pint box of Gold at £25.99 and £42.24

It seems to be a special offer for CAMRA members

Black Tor (delivery)

Red Rock including bottles and a 'real' lager (delivery)

Salcombe (9 pint in box and free delivery)

South Hams

Teignmouth (again bag in box as previously reported)

New Lion - https://store.newlionbrewery.co.uk/ - online store went live on 29/04/2020 with an extended delivery area to the following;

Totnes, Dartington, taverton, South Brent, Stoke Gabriel, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge, Aish, Paignton, Ipplepen, Rattery, Harberton, Harbertonford, Denbury and the surrounding area

Hunter's Brewery are doing free delivery for most of Devon (£12 for 20 bottles)

Riviera are doing free delivery to Torbay and Newton Abbot with Drunken Porter (4.6%) imminent then Riviera Gold and RBC in May (9 pint mini kegs + 18 and 41 pint pressurised barrels). They are happy to deliver in any quantity, within reason, bottles, small and large casks, 9-pint mini-kegs.

Out of Branch area

Exeter Brewery rumoured to be free delivery to any Devon address and includes a 5 litre mini keg

Crossed Anchors are doing home delivery

Roam brewery are doing free deliveries in and around Plymouth with postcodes PL1 to PL9, Fridays delivery only and card payments only.

My thanks to and in no particular order: Russell Davies, Andrew Thomson, Peter Lister, Chris Bradbury, Adrian Dyer, Alan Waldron, Roger Adams, Lawrence Stringer, Philip German, Brian Clargo, Dave Maddison, Chris R, Sue and Colin Stains, Amanda and Dave Buckler, David Fletcher, Duncan Moss and Les Flower. It really was good to hear from you all.

That's all for now and look forward to having a drink with you in more clement times.

Thanks, Chairman Bob


The local Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale run by a commited group of volunteers who are passionate about pubs, traditional ales, ciders & perries. As a part of CAMRA we aim to maintain consumer rights, promote quality, choice and value for money. We support the public house as a focus of community life and aim to increase awareness and appreciation of real ales, ciders & perries.

Through our team of Brewery Liaison Officers (BLOs) we report regularly to National CAMRA HQ with the latest news, brews and general information on the breweries in our branch area.

This website serves to provide information about our local and regional activities including information on our branch meetings and social programmes together with information on pubs, breweries and the growing number of local beer, cider & perry producers.


We are very fortunate in South Devon to have almost 400 pubs scattered in the many towns & villages across our branch area, many of which serve a range of excellent real ales. Many advertise in our quarterly News & Brews Magazine which is distributed to key real ale outlets in our area and is available for download from this website.

Our choice of pubs for inclusion in the national CAMRA Good Beer Guide is primarily made by Camra members, local and visitors alike, voting for the beers they drink and scoring them using the NBSS (National Beer Scoring System) via what pub.com. Please vote for every beer you drink be it home or away to ensure we have the best pubs in the GBG.

Each spring we vote for our branch Pubs of the Year (POTY) with choices being made for the best town and rural pubs and an overall Pub of the Year. The winner then goes forward to the regional finals and potentially the national finals. We have a good record of success in the regional POTY finals.


Landlord presentation night at the Rugglestone.Our local membership is currently around 660. We are delighted to welcome new members and if you would like to be involved in branch activities socially, assisting at beer festivals, carrying out pub surveys for What Pub or acting as a Pub Liasion Officer please email any of the branch officials or just turn up at one of our meetings or socials which are all detailed in the Social Diary section of this website.

We source and sell, at cost, a range of garments bearing the South Devon Branch logo and details of the range can be found on our Merchandise Range page.

Visit the South Devon CAMRA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/southdevoncamra/), keep in touch via the website and our News & Brews Magazine or even better, come and join us at socials and meetings. You will be amongst friends!