Bromley CAMRA Branch Diary

Keeping you informed as to whats on and where. Come and join us.

Planned Events

Feb
26
Mon
MONDAY Committee meeting at The Royal British Legion Club (Petts Wood)
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bromley CAMRA members who are not on the committee are always welcome to attend committee meetings.
The club is close to Petts Wood Station. Bus users should use the high frequency 208 route and alight at Queensway/Petts Wood Station. Local routes R3 and R7 also pass along Queensway, and there are other routes within comfortable walking distance.

Mar
7
Wed
Games Evening Social at The Shortlands Tavern, 5 Station Rd. BR2 0EY
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

This games evening is a first for Bromley CAMRA and is something of an experiment to see whether there is interest amongst the membership for events such as this.    Please feel free to bring your favourite board game along .   We have reserved the upstairs function room for the event.

The pub – which offers a diverse and changing range of up to six real ales – is located next to Shortlands railway station and is also passed by the 227 and 358 routes from Bromley to Crystal Palace.  Alight at Meadow Road. 
 

Mar
17
Sat
Day trip to Maidstone @ Meet at Bromley South station Train at 11.09
Mar 17 all-day

With the days now lengthening, what better way to take advantage than with a day trip to the county town of Kent, which also happens to be its best real ale town (some may argue!).    This visit concentrates on its four best drinking venues (even more may argue) but all of them are relatively near Maidstone East station so only a moderate amount of walking is involved.   In addition to the four pubs on the itinerary, there is a large Wetherspoons next to the station with the normal food range.

The plan is to meet at Bromley South station in order to catch the 11.09 train to Maidstone.    The first pub (arrive 12.15) is the Rifle Volunteers, 28 Wyatt St. ME14 1EU .   This pub is one of only two Goachers tied houses and has four handpumps dispensing beers from the brewery.   Older members will be able to wallow in nostalgia when they see the range of historic beer-related artefacts behind the bar.

We continue to (13.30) Olde Thirsty Pig,  4a Knightrider St. ME15 6LP.   This is the oldest pub in the town, dating from the 15th century and is grade 2 listed.   Well worth visiting the upstairs if you don’t mind awkward staircases.   The real ale range is mainly from smaller Kent breweries.

From the oldest to the newest, to a visit to a micropub which has opened since Bromley CAMRA’s only other visit to the town.   This is (14:45) Cellars Alehouse, The Old Brewery, Buckland Rd ME16 0DZ .    The building is built on the site of the old Stile and Winch brewery.   Expect around 5 non-mainstream real ales sourced nationally.

And as if the first three venues weren’t enough we finish at the Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2017.   This is (16:00) The Flower Pot, 96 Sandling Rd ME14 2RJ.   Expect a range of up to nine real ales from breweries all over the country.   (TW).
 

Mar
21
Wed
Beckenham Social evening starting at The George Inn
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

A chance to visit three of Beckenham’s better real ale venues, with only a minor amount of walking involved.
The first pub can be reached using one of several bus routes that pass along Beckenham High Street, including routes 54, 227, 354 and 367.  Alight at Kelsey Square.  Alternatively Beckenham Junction railway station is about ten minutes walk away. 

continuing to The Coach and Horses
Mar 21 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm

This pub is a short walk from The George Inn.

For those joining the social here, the pub can be reached using one of several buses that pass along Beckenham High Street, including routes 54, 227, 354 and 367. Alight at Kelsey Square. Alternatively Beckenham Junction railway station is about ten minutes walk away.

finishing at The Bricklayers Arms
Mar 21 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

This pub is a short walk from the Coach and Horses.

For those joining the social here , the pub – which faces Beckenham War Memorial – can be reached using one of several buses that pass along Beckenham High Street, including routes 54, 227, 354 and 367.  Alight at Beckenham War Memorial.  Alternatively Beckenham Junction railway station is about ten minutes walk away. 

Mar
27
Tue
Committee Meeting at The Imperial Arms
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

This attractively situated pub is less than 10 minutes walk from Chislehurst Station but the walk is sharply uphill. The walk can be avoided by catching the 162 (Beckenham Junction to Eltham), 269 (Bromley North to Bexleyheath) or R7 (Five Bells to Chislehurst) bus. In all cases alight at Susan Wood. The first two routes mentioned can be caught in Central Bromley, whilst the R7 passes through Orpington and Petts Wood.

Bromley CAMRA members who are not on the committee are always welcome to attend committee meetings.

Mar
31
Sat
Beer Festival at The Greyhound (Keston)
Mar 31 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

This is the biggest pub real real ale festival in the branch area, and traditionally takes places during the Easter weekend. Around 15 real ales will be available from around the country, none of will be normally available in Bromley. We hope to have a beer list available shortly before the festival starts – watch this diary entry for more details.

The pub isn’t close to any railway station, but can be reached using the 146 or 246 buses from Central Bromley. Both routes pass Bromley South station. Alight at Keston/The Fox.