Home Page of the Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA Branch

Rose & Crown, Highworth, 1871

CAMRA was formed in 1971 because there was a real danger that real ale was going to disappear - to be replaced by keg beer. Many brewers had already stopped brewing real ale.

CAMRA in Swindon & North Wiltshire began on 18th October 1974 when a small group of enthusiasts held the first meeting at Wadworth's Brewery. At that time there were very few pubs in Swindon and the surrounding area that served Real Ale.

The Wheatsheaf on Devizes Road was a popular watering hole among real ale fans then. It still is, but there is so much more choice today.


Swindon Beer Festival 2018

The beer of the festival was won by Hop Kettle Liquid Highway.

Hop Kettle BLO Gill White, brewer Matthew George and Swindon Beer Festival organiser Bill Bendall
Hop Kettle BLO Gill White and Swindon Beer Festival organiser Bill Bendall present the winners shield and certificate to Hop Kettle brewer Matthew George.

See Our Beer Festival for more details.

Good Beer Guide 2020

You may have noticed that the 2019 Good Beer Guide has recently been released. What you may not realise is that the process to select pubs for the 2020 Guide is about to start. The local branch draw up a list of candidates in December and they are surveyed in January and February for suitability. Swindon and North Wilts are limited to 17 pubs so there normally has to be a vote at the end to determine who eventually goes in! If you would like a pub to be added to the list please with your choice.

Why not give a CAMRA Gift Membership for Christmas?

CAMRA Christmas Gift Membership 2018 CAMRA Gift Membership - the perfect gift for the beer lover, and it lasts all year!

Surveys Needed

The following pubs are in need of a survey. Please help to keep our pub database up to date. Here is a Blank Pub Survey Form if needed.

Click on the pub name to see the current details on the WhatPub site. If you have changes you can send them to the Swindon branch by clicking the "Send an email to the CAMRA branch" link after the pub details.

Aldbourne Sports & Social Club,Oxford Street, Aldbourne,SN8 2DQ
Ashford Road Working Men Club,17-18 Ashford Road,Ashford,SN18 3NT
Avebury & District Club,Avebury, Marlborough,SN8 1RB
Baybury,2 Frogden Road Swindon,SN1 7AP
Bedwyn & Dist Royal British Legion,23 High Street Marlborough, SN8 3NU
Boundary House,1 The Street,Swindon,SN25 3ER
Burbage & Eastern Royal British Legion Club,58-60 Eastcourt road Burbage,SN8 3AJ
Chiseldon Royal British Legion Social Club,6 Draycott Road Chiseldon,SN4 0LRZ
Clifton,Clifton Street Swindon,SN1 3PY
Dolphin,177 Rodbourne Road,SWINDON,SN2 2AF
Fox & Hounds,10 High Street,SWINDON,SN25 1HX
Gorse Hill Working Men Club,Chapel Street ,SWINDON,SN2 8DA
Kembrey Inn,Cricklade Road,Swindon,SN2 8YS
Wheatsheaf,Ermin Street,Swindon,SN3 4NH