For those arriving in Exeter early for the Revitalisation Meeting at Exeter Football Club, there's plenty of scope for sightseeing of this historic city or even valuable ‘research’ ahead of the debate on the future of CAMRA.
That ‘research’ can be acquired on a tour of some of the city’s watering holes which could point to the key issues facing the membership of CAMRA.
Talking points may start at the Beer Cellar, Exeter’s first specialist craft beer bar.
Another key issue surrounds the demographic composition of CAMRA and the relationship with cider, which is where a visit to the The Old Firehouse would offer a useful insight. Full of rustic charm and atmosphere it’s popular with the substantial student population and is well-known for its cider and beer.
The Oddfellows gastro pub and cocktail lounge provides another aspect to consider. And then we have the more traditional pubs, such as two excellent Wetherspoons outlets - The Imperial and George’s Meeting House.
If you’re travelling by train, you’ll find outside Exeter St David’s railway station the Great Western Hotel (in the square just outside the station).
A popular attraction is the Exeter Quay with its cobbled paths between former warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, quirky stores, craft workshops, restaurants and pubs (popular spots for alfresco drinks and people-watching). Among these you will find the Beer Cellar and the George’s Meeting House.
The quay is also the springboard for walks, and bike and canoe voyages. Boat trips and summertime free guided tours leave from here too. To cross the river head for bathtub-like Butt's Ferry, which is propelled by a ferryman pulling on a wire.
The city's Gothic cathedral which is well worth a visit, perhaps to gain a little spiritual assistance before the evening’s events, presides over pockets of more cobbled streets. Both the Beer Cellar and St Anne’s Well are nearby.
If arriving in good time then there is a selection of pubs on the journey from Exeter St David’s station to the football club.
Those short of time could depart at Exeter Central station and visit the Oddfellows and Old Firehouse. Nearest station to the meeting is St James Park and the football club is opposite.
The venue is situated in an old school which is part of Exeter City Football Club. The building has two floors with the meeting on the first floor. There is a lift and disabled facilities. On the ground floor is the football club bar. Tea and coffee will be served by CAMRA on the first floor.