Rutland Camra Pub Of The Year 2020

The winner of this year’s contest is the Railway Inn in Ketton following their success as Pub Of The Season in 2019

The Railway Pub, Ketton, Rutland
The Railway Pub, Ketton, Rutland

The Pub has 4 hand pumps, usually Grainstore and Oakham but guest beers from Bakers Dozen have made a good showing. They also offer an interesting range of Gins

A good range of local beers

Landlord and Landlady, Jamie and Linda Betts, are building the 19th century Pub into a real community hub with dominos, darts and pool featuring.

On a Monday evening from 5pm a chip van pulls up and customers are welcome to eat their fish and chips inside the Pub. Quiz nights Thursday are popular and an open mic’ night every 3rd Wednesday attracts local talent.

Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 5 to 11, Friday 5 to 12, Saturday Noon to 12 and Sunday 12 to 9pm. Their Facebook  page is Its hoped to get a website set up shortly, the telephone number is (01780) 721 050. The Pub is next to Ketton Parish Church on Church Lane, Ketton,  PE9 3RD .

The Pub itself is not huge but cosy and a warm welcome awaits.  There’s a small patio garden at the back of the Pub. With open fires, a great dog, and good beer what more do you need?

Fire loving dog

This is a Pub well worth making a diversion for.

Autumn Pub of the season – voting begins

Well hello everyone! 

Gosh aren’t these exciting times! Test Match…..Brexit(sorry)….POTS voting. PLEASE don’t get too excited however, although I always reckon a couple of pints helps steady the nerves. Now then- to business!  

1. The 3 Pubs/Clubs shortlisted through beer scoring for the Autumn Pub Of The Season (POTS) are …in no particular order

  • Empingham Cricket and Social Club 
  • Green Dragon Ryhall 
  • Grainstore Oakham. 

Please VOTE for your choice, by EITHER sending your vote electronically or vote in person at the September branch meeting (see below) . NB Please send your electronic votes to: (This is a temporary arrangement as both our new pubs officer and our newly retired pubs officer are currently unavailable) You MUST include your name and CAMRA number when you send your vote. Why not use this weekend to pop round them all?  E-Voting closes at midnight on Wed Sept 11. You don’t have long! 


2. The next Branch meeting will be held on Thurs.SEPT 12 at the ‘Plough’ in Greetham. The (relatively) new licensee is very keen to meet us, so let’s try to get a decent turn out. Normal agenda .We will kick off @ 7.30 pm. They are generally jolly affairs so please contemplate attending. Let’s crowd out the pub! . 

3.Our membership continues to grow apace, so thank you for your efforts! Remember the challenge is for EVERY member to coerce/persuade someone else to join. We had 219 members as of our AGM , but I can report that our branch membership as of 01 September now stands at 227! That’s some increase…so let’s keep this up! 

4 Talking of the AGM , the (draft) minutes of the meeting can be found on our website (see above). The main news is that officers remain the same EXCEPT that we have a new Pubs Officer, Andrew Hull, who takes over from Dave Laughton who had filled this role with great aplomb, skill and humour for a good number of years. We thank Dave very much for his contribution to the branch and wish Andrew well as he takes up the reigns (Burghley topical jest)

Andrew has made the reasonable plea that members HELP him in this role by keeping him informed of pub news as he will not be able to monitor all that is going on . Eventually we would like members to volunteer to ‘adopt’ a pub/s and regularly update him on what is going on in these pubs re beers/ciders on offer/ changes in licensee/beer festivals etc. We are getting the pubs officer email address switched over to Andrew, but it is not yet operational.

Rich Harris has also offered to ‘shadow’ me in my roles of Branch Secretary/Membership Secretary and we will be getting together soon to organise this. Thanks Rich! 

5. Cask Ale Week is scheduled for 19-29 September, and as a branch I have gained the Chair’s enthusiastic approval that we need to get behind this initiative.

  • I have written to all the pubs that I have email addresses for(my list is not complete) to tell em that they should at least investigate supporting this week and that they can get info at .   
  • Can we ALL visit at least one pub (hopefully more) during this week and then:

(1) Write a very brief report of your visit ..ales/ciders available /any other points of interest and send it to ME . I will forward to Andrew.

(2) Score your visit (if you are not sure HOW to please have a look at the instructions on our web site)

(3) Tell the licensee why you are there; check to see if they are CAMRA members; and if they are NOT then try to persuade them that they should be. Either give them a leaflet OR simply tell em yo visit the CAMRA web site and click on the join up button. 

Well that’s all I think you can cope with! See you at the Branch meeting in Greetham…perhaps all 227 of us…that would certainly make a page article in ‘what’s brewing’….

Wassail,  and of course, Toodle Pip

Dave Casewell 

Rutland CAMRA Branch Secretary

Pub Survey Trip March 2019

We are committed to make 2 survey trips in our Branch area – Rutland – to monitor progress. This year 16 souls set out on a mighty voyage.

The atmospheric Railway in Ketton – real jewel
The team in The Exeter Arms Barrowden

 Many thanks to Dave Lewin and David Laughton for organising this and for Dave Casewell for listing the beers.

Also thanks are due to the pubs for putting up with us.

No kebabs were hurt in this process.

Links to where we went and what we drank are below…

More on beer scoring

A happy landlord Aubrey Johnson, Blue Bell Belmesthorpe, right, getting his POTS award at our beer festival in June from Dave Laughton , Our Pubs Officer.

In Rutland beer scoring on is the only way we select our  Pub of the season (POTS)  and Pub of the year  (POTY). Here David Laughton, our pubs officer, explains  more 

How to beer score

Scoring is achieved via the CAMRA website, Whatpub.  You will need to login using your membership number as your username and your postcode as the password.  It is my experience that most first timers fail for the reason of the password.  Two things may happen.  When you key in your postcode, in capitals and with no spaces, you gain immediate access; this happens rarely.  More frequently you will be told the password is incorrect, under these circumstances, follow the forgotten password link.  Strangely, if you try to change your password to your post code you will be told that the password is too short!

Once in, the rest is fairly logical, in the box; key-in the name of the pub you are looking for and if necessary the town or village of its location.  The system will give prompts and as an example, for the Fox in North Luffenham you only need to type: ‘fox n’ and the pub and location will appear on the list for you to select.  You will then see details about the pub and if you are using a computer you will see a box called Submit Beer Scores on the right hand side.  Fill in as you see fit but note the scores are on a drop down menu and include a guidance note.  Then click Submit Score.

Phones or tablets are slightly different. After selecting the pub you will see the pub details but you need to click on Submit Beer Scores on the maroon menu bar.  This version has a slider for you to select your score but this sometimes locks, if so click on Switch to keyboard to enter score.  The other boxes are logical and ask for beer and brewery details and the date of your visit.  Once again click on Submit Beer Score.  Class dismissed but if you have questions please contact or fill out he form below


Dave Laughton

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