Thank you for taking an interest in the North Oxfordshire CAMRA Website. This page gives useful information on our branch and how it works.
Our branch area covers from the Warwickshire border in the North Including Crodredy and Hornton. We cover all the North Oxfordshire are including the towns of Banbury, Bicester, Chipping Norton.
To the East we border Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, including Fringford, Launton and Merton
In the West we border Gloucestershire including Swalcliffe, Churchill and Burford.
To the South we border the Oxford City Branch of CAMRA, our area includes Ramsden, Long Hanborough and Woodstock.
We have a pub marking system which all CAMRA Members are encouraged to use whenever visiting a pub in our area.
The marks range from 0.5-6, members are encouraged to use fraction of a mark if they so wish, details of the suggested criteria is shown here.
NOTE; In January 2005 this system will be changed to 0.5-5 in line with the national marking system. deatils will be shown here nearer the time.
Pub of the year (POTY)
Each year, in line with other branches we have a POTY competition. The top pubs (as voted by the pub marks system) within our area are visited by members and marked.
The top pub is awarded POTY. The winner of the North Oxfordshire POTY for 2004 is the White Lion at Fewcott.
This pub then goes forward to regional POTY along with entries from the other 10 branches in the Central Southern Branches area.
Good Beer Guide(GBG)
This is the beer drinkers' bible published in September each year. To order your 2005 copy order here.
Pubs get in the beer guide by selling good beer! No payment is, or can be taken for entries. It is purely the pubs within our branch that get the highest marks through the pub marks system that get into the beer guide. (However note that there is certain criteria E.G. a pub that has a new landlord cannot be considered for entry until they have been at that pub for 12 months)
It should be noted that just because a pub isn't in the GBG that is doesn't serve good beer! We have many more pubs in our area that serve good beer that our quota of entries for the GBG allow. Conversely a pub may not be in the GBG because it only sells keg beer.