Here is the latest news about pubs and breweries in the branch area.

  • OktoberFest 2018 Friday 12 October 2018

    Join in on our major local fundraising event of the year, with over 220 real ales, ciders and perries, most originating in Hampshire (LocAle) plus live music throughout the weekend. The Real Ale will be in the main marquee, managed by Branch CAMRA volunteers. Upham has their own sponsored bar in the acoustic tent and there will be a “quiet tent” selling Craft Ales. Additionally the site has local food, produce and gift stalls, activities, displays and other family attractions throughout the weekend. Sat and Sun daytime are especially family-friendly. The Sunday session has free entry for under 16’s accompanied by an adult. Souvenir glasses are available to hire/buy.

    Open: Fri 5pm - midnight (Works Night Out); Sat 11am - Midnight; Sun 11am - 6.00pm. Advance tickets recommended.
    BONUS - CAMRA members (any branch) have free admission upon production of their current membership card. Secondary proof of ID may be required (credit card, driving licence etc.).
    Further information about tickets and programme are available at:
    Local branch Volunteers will be required for all open public sessions, for set up, racking up and take-down, daytime for the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening. Please contact CAMRA Volunteer Co-ordinator Jeff Salt moc.yks@tlasffej to find out details on how and when to help and in what areas. No experience necessary but fun guaranteed!

  • Wetherspoon's Beer Festival Wednesday 10 October 2018

    Wetherspoon's Beer Festival - National - from Wednesday October 10th to Sunday 21st. 30 beers as advertised in the new Wetherspoon's magazine

  • POTY Presentation Monday 3 September 2018

    The Waggon and Horses in Hartley Wintney will have its Joint Pub of the Year award presented at 19:00 Tomorrow Tuesday 4th September.

  • New landlady takes reins at The New Inn, Basingstoke Monday 20 August 2018

    Kelley Bowers has taken the reins of the once-troubled pub, The New Inn, in Sarum Hill in addition to her landlady duties at the King of Wessex, in Winchester Road. The idea is to give the pub its own distinctive identity.

    Plans include live music nights every other Saturday evening focusing on giving local talent a stage to make their own and making every Friday night at the pub specifically LGBT focused.

    The Gazette reported last week that a fifth of pubs in Basingstoke and Deane had closed since 2010.

    Rounded figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that of the roughly 100 public houses and bars operating across Basingstoke and Deane in 2010, 20 had closed by 2017.

  • Wonston Arms is Wessex Pub of the Year Wednesday 15 August 2018


    The Wonston Arms, our local Pub of the Year has just been announced as the Wessex Regional Winner and will go forward to the next round towards the National Pub of the year. Well done to Matt and his team!

  • GBBF Winners = LocAle champion Wednesday 8 August 2018

    Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout wins Supreme Champion at GBBF

    LocAle for the north of our Region wins the big prize


    2018 Overall Winners

    Brewery Beer Region
    Supreme Champion Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout Central Southern
    Silver Green Jack Ripper East Anglia
    Bronze Mordue Workie Ticket North East England



    Brewery Beer Region
    Gold Greene King XX Mild East Anglia
    Silver Rhymney Brewery Dark Wales
    Bronze East London Brewing Co. Orchid Greater London



    Brewery Beer Region
    Gold Orkney Red MacGregor Scotland & Northern Ireland
    Silver Mighty Oak Captain Bob East Anglia
    Joint Bronze Bank Top Flat Cap Greater Manchester
    Joint Bronze Acorn Barnsley Bitter Yorkshire


    Best Bitters

    Brewery Beer Region
    Gold Mordue Workie Ticket North East England
    Silver Bishop Nick 1555 East Anglia
    Joint Bronze St Austell Tribute South West England
    Joint Bronze Salopian Darwin’s Origin West Midlands


    Golden Ales

    Brewery Beer Region
    Gold Salopian Oracle West Midlands
    Silver Salopian Hop Twister West Midlands
    Joint Bronze Abbeydale Moonshine Yorkshire
    Joint Bronze Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter Central Southern


    Strong Bitters

    Brewery Beer Region
    Gold The Dark Star Brewing Co. Revelation Surrey & Sussex
    Silver Bays Devon Dumpling South West England
    Bronze Kinver Half Centurion West Midlands



    Brewery Beer Region
    Gold Colchester Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter East Anglia
    Silver Cromarty Red Rocker Scotland and Northern Ireland
    Bronze Derventio Cleopatra East Midlands
  • Irvings Captain B awarded"Beer of OktoberFest 2017" Monday 6 August 2018

    Irvings Brewery's Captain B awarded "Beer of the Festival" for OktoberFest 2017. The presentation was made in April at their Brewery

  • Old House at Home, Newnham Reopens Saturday 4 August 2018

    The Old House at Home in Newnham, Near Hook has reopened as a Pub/Restaurant after a successful campaign by the locals. The pub has been shut since January 2015, and was bought by Red Oak Taverns in the summer last year. The petition stated: “We know that the pub has been successful in the past and can be again. The village is ready to buy it and re-open it as a great local pub with good food, beers and wines. Please help us to keep our pub.”
    The Plea was answered and the pub s now back at the centre of Village life again.