Real Ale Quality Award 2018

At the November branch meeting, the beer scores received from members since February 2018 were used to select the winners of this year’s Real Ale Quality award.

This year’s Real Ale Quality award winners are:
  • Edinburgh City - Cask & Barrel (Southside)
  • Lothian - Ducks Inn, Aberlady
  • Borders - Plough Inn, Leitholm
Runners up:
  • Edinburgh City - Roseburn Bar
  • Lothian - Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh
  • Borders - Craw Inn, Auchencrow
The overall branch winner is the Plough Inn, Leitholm. We plan to do a presentation to them in the New Year. More information to follow.

Staggs Bar - National Pub of the Year Finalist!

Staggs Reaction
CAMRA Scotland & NI Regional Director, Sarah Crawford, presents Nigel Finlay with the National PotY Finalist certificate.

After being voted Lothians Pub of the Year and Overall Branch Pub of the Year, Staggs Bar, Musselburgh went on to win the Scotland & Northern Ireland Pub of the Year award in August. They have now been named as a Finalist in the CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2018 competition - or in the words of the CAMRA press release, “one of the best four pubs in the country”!

The winner of the National Pub of the Year title for 2018 will be announced in February 2019. Well done to Nigel and Katie, and best of luck!

Scam Warning for Publicans

CAMRA Edinburgh & SE Scotland have become aware that, on a few occasions this year, people claiming to be from CAMRA have visited pubs in Midlothian and asked for money to be entered in to a guide.

We would just like to be clear that we never ask for money for entry in to our guides or for a posting on our websites.

We do sell adverts in our magazine Pints of View, but should you take out an advert you will be invoiced after publication.

We may also offer CAMRA Good Beer Guides for sale but in that case, should you choose to buy one, we will hand over the book at the time and give you a receipt.

Good Beer Guide 2019


The 2019 Good Beer Guide is now out. Now in its 46th edition and features 4500 of the best real ale pubs in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The original independent guide to good beer and good pubs also lists every real ale brewery currently operating and their key beers. All entries are researched and selected by members of CAMRA branches.

There are around 45 pubs, hotels and other outlets open to the public within our branch area in the new Guide. For more information, see the GBG page at the national CAMRA website.

Pints of View Summer 2018 issue


The Summer 2018 issue of Pints of View is now available in real ale pubs throughout the branch area. This issue includes all the regular pub and brewery news, plus features on the tiled paintings of the Cafe Royal, microbreweries in India, this year’s Scottish Real Ale Festival, and more. Look out for a copy in a pub near you. This issue will also be available online on the Publications page shortly.