The Staffordshire Moorlands sub-branch was set up by the parent ‘Potteries Branch’ of CAMRA in January 2013, following much discussion as to how we could better represent our members and support the fantastic pubs we are able to enjoy in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands area, especially in our more rural locations. After slight alterations to branch boundaries (which had previously been based on artificial postcodes) it now mirrors almost exactly the political administration area of the Staffs Moorlands District Council.

The Moorlands consists of a large predominantly rural area with three main towns, the biggest being the great pub town of Leek (see attached Leek pub guide) plus Biddulph and Cheadle. There are also many villages and hamlets in our patch and we aim to visit them all on a rotational basis, to support the great and diverse array of town and village pubs whilst also taking our meetings nearer to some of our rural members locality. We do this by organising regular social trips both alone and in conjunction with the Potteries Branch social secretary. These trips can either be by coach/minibus, public transport or an organised rambles to explore our great countryside, whilst taking in a few pubs along the way.

We arrange our bi-monthly meetings to move around the whole area (to support our pubs) and to encourage as many of our members and potential members to attend in surroundings they might be familiar without too much travel, with alternate meetings held in our natural centre of Leek.

The sub-branch presents a quarterly Pub of the Season award, which is nominated and voted on by members to recognise pubs and licensees who serve consistently good real ale.

The Moorlands sub-branch also has a section in the quarterly Potters Bar magazine, with local pub news and articles about the sub-branch area in general.

Whether you’re an armchair supporter, have always thought about joining, or just enjoy good beer in convivial company, why not attend any of our meetings or social events which are spread over the whole area throughout the year. You will be made to feel welcome (whether a member of not) and can see first hand what we are all about. We really are a friendly bunch of enthusiastic amateurs who enjoy a decent pint of real ale, a good old chin wag whilst visiting and supporting our great pubs, here in the Moorlands.

If you have any questions at all about the activities Staffs Moorlands CAMRA, please feel free to contact the chair by email at: