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Updated 13-05-2021

You can go into a pub from 17th May. Government guidelines below

  • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
  • There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules.

Pubs start to re open from 12th April

From 12th April pubs will be allowed to serve outside premises. Please adhere to the Pub’s requirements. Be nice, its not been easy for anyone. Below is a link to information we have, if you have any updates please send to chair@rutlandcamra.org.uk

NEWS : Rutland CAMRA beer festival June 24th to 27th Oakham CANCELLED

March 2021. So Boris has spoken, and its not good news for the industry we love.

We had hoped that we might be able to hold the Rutland CAMRA Beer Festival at the end of June. This is now not going to happen, sadly.

Whilst we are all unhappy not to be able to bring you our great festival, cancellation is the only course of action available.

Even if restrictions were to be lifted in June there is not enough time to get a safe event organised so please bear with us and we will lobby for clarity with our own MP and via our National HQ, go to www.camra.org.uk  as to when we can go down the pub again. We briefly discussed holding an event in the Autumn but have come to the conclusion that this is not viable so we look forward to 2022.

I would like to thank all those from the branch who have put a lot of work in already. Also thanks to our sponsors , I hope we can count on your support in 2022.

Plans are afoot to arrange social get togethers at pubs in strict adherence to Government rules. Watch the website and Facebook pages for more information.

Please stick to the rules, get a jab if offered and look out for people in your families and communities. Please be kind and safe.


Jon Whowell
Chairman, Rutland Branch of CAMRA

Pub of The Season Summer 2020 has been awarded to The Grainstore, Oakham.

Pub of The Season Autumn 2020 has been awarded to The Green Dragon, Ryhall

Congratulations to both Pubs, please continue to vote for Pubs on Whatpub.com

Rutland recognises COVID Hero Pubs and Breweries 27th November 2020

COVID UPDATE 27th November 2020

I am sure that we all have seen the intended tier structure and its implications for Rutland. We are mainly surrounded by Counties that are now at tier 3 and our hearts go out to those Pubs and businesses that will suffer.

We must keep on obeying the strict rules if we are to maintain or even improve on our tier level. I trust that our MP, who I will be writing to, and County and Borough Councillors will lobby to improve the situation for all of us.

Branch members have nominated a number of Pubs in Rutland that have supplied Real Ale drinkers with quality beers and for being a major part of their Community during the Covid-19 lockdown periods of 2020.

And we thank them for keeping us going. A copy of the certificate is attached.

These pubs are :

Empingham Cricket & Sports Club 
Grainstore Brewery Tap, Oakham
Wheatsheaf, Langham
Railway Inn, Ketton
Plough, Greetham
Green Dragon, Ryhall
Exeter Arms, Barrowden
The Boot, South Luffenham 
White Lion, Whissendine

Jolly Brewer Stamford    was selected despite it not being in Rutland but they led the way in supplying take away beer immediately after the first lockdown was announced

The Branch also wanted to recognise the valuable work done by our local breweries, as you can’t have a Pub without beer, and so Baker’s Dozen, Ketton and The Grainstore Brewery, Oakham will receive an award in our usual quality frames !

 It is hoped that these will be presented in a socially distanced manner as soon as lockdown reverts into tier 2.

Please, please, comply with advice and obey the Pub’s rules also please respect the investment these Pubs and Breweries have made to keep us safe and sane

 Jon Whowell, Branch Chairman Rutland CAMRA chair@rutlandcamr.org.uk

Exeter Arm, Barrowden is fighting for survival 27th Nov 2020

Rutland CAMRA supports the efforts to keep this vital pub going https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/pubs-future-hangs-in-the-balance-9142743/

Our Branch Magazine the Tiny Pint 21 sadly will not be will be in your pubs soon, but here is a link to it

Rutland CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2020 is The Railway Inn Ketton, see news page

A fine winner

Welcome to the Rutland CAMRA Web page. From Jon Whowell Chairman Rutland CAMRA Chair@rutlandcamra.org.uk

We are a body of over 200+ men & women, most of whom live in Rutland, who are dedicated to preserving Real Ales & Cider in Real Pubs and Clubs for Real People like you and me. In these awful times the Pubs of Rutland have striven to keep both their customers and communities happ. Beer deliveries, beer & food takeaways and serving windows have helped . The licensees, staff and suppliers are to be praised and thanked for doing this vital work.

Now its up to all of us to support your local, and if safe , not so locals.

Obey the instructions, they are there for your benefit. Do not try and be clever or it will be back to lockdown for an even longer period.

We all feel for the pubs and businesses in Leicester and hope that this can be resolved safely soon. Some of our pubs in the “border” regions have not opened as they have justifiable concerns for safety.

So come on we are all adults, now is the time to show it, be safe, be kind and enjoy your next pint as soon as you can. Jon Whowell 13th July 2020


Meetings are usually held around the County on the 2nd Thursday of the month, details on the Events page, we also hold social and survey trips which usually involve visiting pubs – very hard work. So do keep an eye for these.

Visit our Events Page

Enough from me, thank you for visiting us and I hope you come and support us and our Pubs soon.