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  • Our Branch Pubs and Breweries Providing Delivery and Takeaway Services Tuesday 5 May 2020

    Several local pubs, breweries and cider-makers are continuing to provide food and/or drinks takeaway, off-sales or home delivery services, and in many cases providing groceries, fresh produce and other essential provisions. South Oxfordshire Branch has established and is maintaining a Directory of all the pubs/breweries in our area providing such services.

    We are doing our best to keep this as a live document, but please first check with the establishment whether they are still offering the services listed, and to arrange a collection time-slot if ordering takeaways, before venturing out.

    Any pubs and breweries in the Branch area who are offering takeaway services and haven't been included in our directory, or those in the directory who have changed their services in some way, please feel free to email us and we will update the directory accordingly.

    For pubs outside our Branch area, and indeed nationally, that are providing these alternative food and drinks services please see What Pub, and for breweries also offering delivery services visit CAMRA's PullingTogether brewery initiative. In addition, CAMRA is launching a new app nationwide in early May – Brew2You – which will be a one-stop on-line shop for customers to find and purchase fresh local real ale, cider and perry, and other provisions. See Brew2You for more details.

  • Pub of the Season for Spring Revealed Tuesday 5 May 2020

    Despite the limitations resulting from lockdown, SOX continues to support South Oxfordshire's pubs. Just before lockdown was imposed, the Lamb (Little Milton) was made our Spring Pub of the Season.

    Using rigorous social-distancing techniques the certificate was awarded in the pub garden to owners Ian Duckett and Des Healy.

    Fingers crossed that it won't be that long before we can all visit the Lamb to enjoy the great beers, excellent pub food and lovely garden.

  • In Memory of a Founding Member of the Branch Friday 10 April 2020

    It is with much sadness that South Oxfordshire CAMRA reports the passing of Dave McKerchar, one of the founding members of the Branch, back in the early 1970's. Dave had been ill for a number of years and had had many rounds of chemotherapy. He died on 8th April in Royal Berks Hospital.

    Dave will be remembered as a larger-than-life character with a great wit and sense of humour, forthright in his views and opinions and great company.

    Dave held many positions on the early Branch Committees, including Chairman, and was highly instrumental in establishing the CAMRA Real Ale tent at the Woodcote Rally in 1977, which continues, very successfully, to this day. He was also Brakspear Brewery Liaison Officer, and co-editor of the first "Real Ale in Oxfordshire" books in 1975 and 1977. In the late 1970's Dave became Regional Organiser and then a member of CAMRA's National Executive, but he also continued his involvement with the South Oxfordshire Branch for many years.

    A more complete article on Dave's involvement with the Branch will be published in the next SoxonAle Branch Magazine.

Calling all pub landlords and brewers in the Branch area

If you are throwing a beer-related event at your pub or brewery we would love to hear about it! Please contact us to let us know about your event and we will post it here as well as on our social media.

Pubs as ACVs

We currently have 22 pubs as Assets of Community Value (ACVs) in the branch. If you would like to find out more about protecting your local with an ACV, take a look at the help on our main website.