Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

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Campaign for Real Ale is a voluntary organisation consisting of over 160,000 ordinary drinkers, run by an unpaid, elected National Executive and backed by a small core of professional executives. It speaks for drinkers everywhere in fighting to save pubs and breweries from closure, and in attempting to improve quality and to ensure pub standards are raised.

Our branch covers all of the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough as well as the Isle of Axholme in Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire as far as Goole and a small area of North Yorkshire.

New members are always welcome either at branch events, including the Annual Beer Festival - either visiting or volunteering.

You can also help 'rate' your local pub using the National Beer Scoring System - you can do this by logging in through WhatPub.


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Pubs of the Season - Winter: THE OLD SCHOOL INN, Epworth, District

“From wellies to stilettos” is an unusual motto for a pub. But the philosophy behind it is a successful one which has resulted in this CAMRA award.

Situated on the outskirts of Epworth, The Old School Inn  was originally a school which served the town for decades. The school closed in the 1970s and was re-opened as a pub in the late 80s. It went through various changes of ownership before being bought by Greene King who sold it to the Dent family in 2012. Since then it has been a free house which has undergone a major refurbishment.

It’s a pub which caters for all sections of the community. Food is served Wednesday–Saturday from 12-9:30 and on Sundays from 12-5 with separate menus for bar and restaurant. Of course, the reason for this award is the beer which certainly impressed our members on a recent social. Four cask ales are always available – Timothy Taylor Landlord and Brains’ Reverend James ( The regulars insist!) as well as two rotating guests. Recent guest beers have included Sharp’s Doom Bar, Tom Wood Bitter and Wychwood Hobgoblin. The pub is always keen to try ales from new outlets – take note, brewers!

Doncaster and District CAMRA will be presenting this well-deserved award on Saturday, 7th February at 9pm. It should be a really good occasion. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Pubs of the Season - Winter: THE WHITE SWAN, Town Centre

What makes the White Swan a Pub of the Season? Great quality local real ales at affordable prices, friendly and knowledgeable service, and that feeling of a town centre retreat where you can have a chat, read the paper or just sit and enjoy a quiet pint.

Glentworth beer is just £1.95 a pint and has been joined by a regular beer from the ever-popular Doncaster Brewery range at £2.50 a pint. There’s also Black Sheep Best Bitter at £2.25 a pint. Opening times are: Sun 11-10; Mon 10-10; Tue-Sat 10-11. Bar Meals are served on weekdays (10am-5.45pm), with a breakfast menu until 12noon, and on Sundays (11am-3.45pm). The offerings include a host of home-made Irish-inspired meals, with a selection at two for £7.99.

Doncaster & District CAMRA shall be making our presentation to Nikki and all her hardworking staff including Mandy, Kerry and Kirsty (Who by the time you read this will have moved on to pastures new after several years of diamond service at the Swan) on Thursday 12th February at 9pm - We hope to see you there.

Support Firelfy - Sponsor a Beer at this year's Beer Festival

Doncaster and District CAMRA’s 25th annual festival will take place at The Hub, Doncaster College,from Thursday April 9th until Saturday 11th.

This year's festival will feature around 130 cask ales and real ciders, as well as a range of bottled foreign beers and fruit wines. There will be live entertainment, beer tasting events and many other features to make up a great experience for our visitors. See the next edition of Donny Drinker for full details.

For every festival we adopt a charity. This year our members have voted to support Firefly Cancer Awareness and Support. This is a Doncaster based charity staffed by volunteers who provide free transport for local cancer patients and their families.  It’s a worthy cause which has helped many people in our area, including some CAMRA members. We will raise funds at the festival which will go directly to Firefly to keep the service running.

One of our most popular methods is through beer sponsorship. All beers and ciders are available for sponsorship at £25 each, with the first £5 going directly to Firefly.

Any individual or company wishing to take part will receive two free entries to the festival, each with the first drink free. In addition, you’ll be named in the programme and on our website as a Friend of Doncaster CAMRA and, if you have a website of your own, we’ll arrange a link.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a beer – or some other aspect of the festival such as T-shirts, a bar, the entertainment etc. should email:

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