Score that beer

David Laughton, Pubs Officer Rutland CAMRA, left, presents Shaun & Debbie Rolfe with their Pub of the year certificate.

POTS, POTY & GBG, oh we do love an acronym here at CAMRA!

There has been some comments made recently as to how our Branch select award winners. Here David Laughton, our hard working Pubs Officer, explains. The bottom line is score those beer on  and David will do the rest. Bless him.

Our Pub of the Season (POTS) is selected quarterly. The top three pubs are identified purely by average beer scores over the quarter and each must have had three or more scoring visitors. To ensure that there has been no attempt to manipulate the process these are scrutinised prior to the next branch meeting. It is rare that any are set aside but it is not unheard of. During the calendar year a pub can only receive one POTS award. The three pubs are then notified to the membership as contenders.

Members may vote for their preferred pub at the meeting or by email to The only stipulation is that they must have visited the pub they are voting for in the last quarter. Obviously, the pub receiving the most votes gets the award. The votes are recorded for future use. This process is repeated for the four seasons.

After the final winter POTS the recorded scores from above are totalled and a fifth pub is identified as highly commended. These five are then our contenders for our Pub of the Year (POTY) which is then decided by a separate group of volunteers using the POTY scoring system recommended by CAMRA. Other factors about the pub are considered such as Style, Décor, Furnishing & Cleanliness; Service & Welcome; Community Focus & Atmosphere plus Alignment with CAMRA Principles and inevitably Quality of Beer/Cider/Perry. Our POTY is then eligible for the Regional competition.

The final two entries permitted for Rutland are decided by examination of the entire years average beer scores and having had three or more scoring visitors; previous POTS and Highly Commended obviously excluded.

David Laughton

Pubs Officer



Please write to your MP regarding Beer Duty and rates


Last week, the Chancellor announced that the Budget has been brought forward to 29th October. That’s less than four short weeks away! It’s really important we make the case to the Chancellor that urgent action is needed to save pubs from extinction.

Between now and the Budget, we need to contact as many MPs as possible to let them know how the Chancellor can make this a Budget for beer drinkers and pub goers like you and me.

That’s why I’m asking for your help. Can you spare two minutes to email your MP and help save pubs?

UK beer tax remains among the highest in Europe, which is part of the reason why consumers are finding the price of a pint increasingly unaffordable.

To save our pubs, we need the Chancellor to:

  • Cancel current plans to increase beer tax and commit to no increases
  • Keep and increase business rate relief for pubs that is due to end this year

By doing this we can make sure our locals stay open, and that the cost of the beer we drink there is kept down.

So, as a beer and pub lover, please get involved.

Contact us on the website or directly to me if you need a hand.


Jon Whowell

Chairman Rutland CAMRA Branch


Rutland Brewer recognised at highest level

 Jill Perkins and Dean Baker of Bakers’s Dozen return from London well earned finalists at Great British Beer Festival

 8th August 2018Bakers Dozen, based in Ketton, in Rutland, has been recognised as one of the leading beers in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival held in London this week.

Their Electric Landlady was one of the finalists in the Golden Beer category. This is a huge accolade as they competed against  several hundreds of beers from all over the UK.

Rutland CAMRA are so proud of Dean Baker and partner Jill Perkins for thier hard work and determination. Not Champions this year but there is plenty of time.

Record Numbers attend Our Beer festival


We recorded 925 visitors to the festival with a good geographic spread across the East Midlands and further afield.

I was a good event and we will be having talks if we can do it again all next year. As they say watch this space.

Thanks to all our sponsors and we hope we can count on you again next time.

Boo hoo its the last day of the festival


We had a good night last night with “Uninvited Guests” easing us into the evening.

We have lost a few beers but there is still a lot of great conditioned beers and ciders available.

Sun cream, thirst and a sense of humour is what you need today. D’Ukes of Rutland and the Rutjand Morris Men will be here to entertain you when we open at Noon. Sadly we close at 4

Stony Ford Brewery in Ryhall, Rutland is to close

We’re closing down,
at least for now




Stoney Ford to cease brewing

We regret to inform our customers and supporters that we have decided to take a break from brewing and are having a fundamental rethink about the future of the business and its location.

Our current brewery location is restricted in size and not available nor viable in the longer term.  Despite our best efforts over several months we have been unable to identify suitable premises for expansion nor develop a viable business plan that makes financial sense.

Launching Stoney Ford in May 2016 was an experiment at a small scale (2.5 bbl), with the intention of proving whether or not we could brew beer consistently and establish a brand, before growing it into a more substantial business. We are proud of the beers and the brand we have developed but we haven’t managed to take the next major growth step.

The business has paid its way and has no debts, and we will continue to trade until current stocks have been sold (end of this week) and we have collected our empties. It is possible that our beers and brand may reappear sometime in the future in another guise, but for now we are closing the doors on our Ryhall Brewery.

We would like to say thanks to our local customers and supporters for their loyalty and business and apologise for the disappointment that Stoney Ford will no longer be available, at least in the short to medium term. We will of course share further news on the future of the brewery as and when we have it.

Tim Nicol and Simon Watson
5th April 2018

New mini guide to Rutland is published

Discover Rutland, which Rutland CAMRA is part of,  has produced a new guide to the county.

The guide also includes maps and money saving vouchers.

Available extensively across the county it can be down loaded here: