Welcome to the Heart of Warwickshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). This site has information about our branch, including our planned events, contact details, downloadable copies of the branch magazine, the “Beer and Ragged Staff“, our local pubs and breweries and our annual beer & cider festival.

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2024 Harbury Beer & Cider Festival

Planning is well underway for the 2024 Harbury Beer Festival, with 31 beers, mostly from Northamptonshire plus a few from local breweries. Click on the image to go to our Festival Page for full details including beer and cider lists, admission charges and your chance to save by buying advance tickets.

Tickets are now on sale

Beer & Cider lists have been posted

Branch News

News Archive

Old Post Office 10th Anniversary Celebrations

The Old Post Office will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Friday 19 July. Situated at 12 West Street in Warwick, the “OPO” has become a firm favourite in the town and for visitors alike.

The “OPO” first opened its doors back in 2014 to high acclaim and has been in every edition of the Good Beer Guide since then. It has also been winner or runner-up in the Heart of Warwickshire CAMRA Pub of the Year competition every eligible year – an amazing nine times. This included being local winner three times and in 2018 it went on to win the County Pub of the Year.

The pub was the vision turned into reality of Tom Douglas, ably assisted by daughter Gemma and wife Gill – Tom bringing his years of licensing experience and Gemma her expertise in beer selection ensuring there was always something interesting to tempt the tastebuds.

In April 2023 new owners Tim and Rachel took on the reins, keeping the character and ethos of the pub while carrying out some light renovations including the installation of a much-needed cool room. This also allowed an expansion not only of the beer offering but also addition of a full range of spirits, wine and soft drinks.

The anniversary will be officially marked in a ceremony by the Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Dave Skinner, at approximately 7pm on Friday 19 July. It would be great to see lots of branch members there.

The festivities start from 3pm on Friday and include Tom’s Tombola, hosted by previous landlord Tom Douglas, as well as snacks on hand and beers and ciders selected by a few pub “celebrities”. The fun continues Saturday daytime including the usual regular 3-5pm live music slot with firm favourite Wes Finch and his band (pictured below).

“We feel honoured to be able to celebrate 10 years of The Old Post Office” said Tim Maccabee, current licensee. “We’ve been here for just over a year but already feel right at home in this lovely community pub. But of course, we wanted to include Tom, Gill and Gemma in the celebrations and are looking forward to seeing many of our regulars to share a glass or two!”

Our HoW CAMRA chair, Julie Griffiths, commented: “Heart of Warwickshire CAMRA is blessed with a thriving real ale scene and The Old Post Office is one of the best! There’s always a warm welcome at The OPO and always something interesting to try on the bar. We’re delighted to congratulate the team and regulars on 10 wonderful years!”

Below you can see some old and new pictures of The OPO and a couple of the brilliant Wes Finch, who is performing at 3pm on Saturday 20 July. If you recognise John Parker, the bass player, he was in Nizlopi, famous for the JCB Song about 20 years ago.

Harbury Beer Festival Barrel Sponsorship

We are looking for companies and individuals to sponsor barrels at the Harbury Beer Festival. It costs just £30. Please contact admin@how.camra.org.uk if you are interested.

Warwick Pub Walk

The landlords of the five Warwick pubs featured in the 2024 Good Beer guide have produced a leaflet describing a walk around the pubs. Full details are here.

2024 Pub of the Year

The results are now available for the 2024 Pub Of The Year.

CAMRA Good Beer Guide

CAMRA’s flagship publication is the Good Beer Guide, which lists all of the pubs serving the best real ale in the country. It is available as a book and as an app for your phone. The app also includes all of the data from CAMRA’s WhatPub guide, which lists virtually all the pubs in the UK, even if they do not sell real ale and is invaluable when you’re out and about.

Click above for the 2024 Good Beer Guide book
Click above for the app
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