Barnsley CAMRA
“Barnsley CAMRA was first founded on 25th May 1974. This was to plan the march of the closure of Oakwell Brewery.”
Need to Contact Barnsley CAMRA?
Margaret Croft is the first person to contact; Margaret will help you if possible or put you in contact with someone who can help with your particular query. Margaret's phone numbers are - 01226 714492 (h)  07734 155792 (m). Email Margaret at

If you would like to contact CAMRA HQ, you can email  or visit  or phone 01727 867 201
Pub, Club & Brewery News
The Picture House Tap micro pub in Goldthorpe (near the Library) opened its doors in December and has been offering locals and visitors alike up to six changing real ales. The owner was unable to rent out the shop unit so invested on opening it as a micro pub. The pub was once the main entrance to the Hipperdrome when it was built in 1904. (Feb 2017)

The Walkabout in Barnsley has closed following the sale of the building by the owners. It’s being developed as three independent units and the owner hasn't ruled out a pub. (Feb 2017)

The new bar at Maison Du Biere, beer shop at Elsecar Heritage Centre has opened. The shop units (now three) make up bottle shop (now on the right) bar in the centre and the once bottle shop now has plans to be a brewery. (Feb 2017)

The Angel, Bolton on Dearne appears to be open following rumours of closure. (Feb 2017)

A new micro pub has opened at St Andrews Square, Bolton on Dearne. The Dearne Tap will soon be offering real ales but on opening in late February it only offered keg beers. (Feb 2017)

Work has started in Mapplewell at the Old Bakery Micro Pub. The pub will be offering a “wide range of local and unusual ales, craft beers and ciders in cosy and comfortable surroundings.”  Again, no fixed opening date, but follow them on their Facebook page for more info. The pub is expected to open for Easter. (Feb 2017)

Another new micro pub at Hoyland Common is due to open. The Tap & Brew Micro Pub, 9 Hoyland Road. The pub will open with up to six real ales and a couple of ciders, Alison Shelly the owner has decided to feature local breweries. (Feb 2017)

No up-to-date news on the Knave and Kestrel 23 King Street, Hoyland but the builders are in. We will keep an eye open and post of any news on our social media pages.

The Three Horseshoes at Brierley had its planning decision delayed. The pub had been nominated for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) for a 2nd time. Unfortunatley planning permission was granted on 21st Feb - A community pub lost... (Feb 2017)

The Market, Elsecar is adding more B&B accommodation. The upstairs function room is being  converted to rooms. Also the pub now offers a 50p a pint and 25p a half discount to card carrying CAMRA Members on their real ales. (Feb 2017)

Houghton Arms at Great Houghton, building work has begun to convert the old concert room into bedsits following planning approval. The pub remains unaffected. (Feb 2017)

Acorn Brewery - (Feb 2017)
Acorn Brewery The current IPA is Jaryllo IPA 5.0% - the latest of the American Hop Series. White Oak and Black Oak, both 4.5%, seasonal ales and in the pubs now.  Darkness is featuring on the upcoming Wetherspoon Beer Festival (22nd March - 2nd April), as i's was selected as one of the finalists at last year's Champion Beers of Britain Competition. It will be out to other pubs in April/May. The brewery has won an award from Barnsley Bitter was a "Rayt Beer", but it's won the "Best Beer by Region" for South Yorkshire.  Well done…

Geeves Brewery - (Feb 2017)  
Harry Geeves achieved the Institute of Brewing and Distilling General Certificate In Brewing in November. Well Done. They have just bottled Nightmare Imperial Stout 8% for the first time, which will be available in 330ml bottles from most good local beer shops, it's also available in cask. They are also planning a saison style beer later this year which will be a first, it will also be a very special limited run for bottles.
​​​Two Roses Brewery - (Feb 2017)​
The brewery will produce one more beer, this will be available in the Arcade Alehouse and Talbot Inn.
Jolly Boys Brewery - (Feb 2017)
The brews are flowing. The lead up to Christmas was crazy. The boys bottled a shedload of Blonde, Stout and our special Golden Best without, at the time, having a concrete strategy for selling the stuff! Fortunately, a strategy fell into place and pretty soon they were shifting bottles to a number of brilliantly supportive outlets including Cannon Hall Farm, The Beer Shack in Scissett, Maison Du Bier at Elsecar and a few other ace places. The network is building, and more cask and bottles are being produced. The number of pubs offering our beer is also on the up which is great. We are particularly grateful to those pubs that have showcased our beer including Old No.7, The Arcade Alehouse, The Pledwick in Newmillerdam and Cawthorne Club. If your pub needs some Jolly Action, do get in touch.  The website is coming along and will soon have news on events, tours and links to buy their beers. So for now, the Jolly Boys would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support in getting our humble ales out there.