The sister bar and bottle shop for Ashbourne's latest tap, Maison du Biere's, has claimed a CAMRA first!

Maison du Biere at Elsecar has been awarded Pub of the Season by Barnsley CAMRA making them the first Craft only tap to win a CAMRA pub of the season award!

Congratulations to the Maison de Biere team. Matt and Jo the challenge has been set, can you make it two out of two!


Our sub-branch AGM took place at Artisan, Ashbourne on Tuesday 22nd May. 11 branch members plus 2 guests were in attendance. After nearly six years as Chairman, Mark Grist stood down and was replaced by Dave Etheridge. Dave presented a certificate of thanks and a tankard to Mark in recognition of his efforts in leading the branch since very soon after inception in 2012. Other branch officer positions were confirmed as follows:
Graham Burke - Social Secretary & Festival Organiser - unchanged
Kevin Woolley - Cider Rep - new appointment
Mark Grist - Membership Secretary (new position) & Pubs Officer (unchanged)
Dave Etheridge - Website & Social Media co-ordinator (unchanged)
A group of 12 members and guests took a minibus excursion to the Barrow Hill Festival on Saturday 19th May and a throughly good day out was reported by all.

With so much news on pubs closing it's good to report that the Yew Tree Inn at Ednaston has reopened after a short closure. We wish the new operators every success and hope to meet them at a future branch meeting or social event.