Bromley CAMRA Branch Diary

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

Planned Events

Branch visit to the 6th Kidbrooke Beer Festival (run by SEL CAMRA May 24 – 26)
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This popular festival can be reached by train. However the closest station – Kidbrooke – is about 20 minutes walk away, and there are no direct trains from there to any station in our borough, so a change of trains (probably at Lewisham or Nunhead depending upon your starting point) will be needed. For some members it may be easier to use the 314 bus which starts in New Addington and passes Bromley South on its way to Eltham. Alight at Eltham High Street / Passey Place, and then catch either the 132 or 286 from stop “N” toward Greenwich, alighting at Rochester Way / Broad Walk. The club is less than 5 minutes walk away.

Of course other routes may be better depending on your starting point. The Transport for London journey planner may help:

More information about the festival provided at

Committee meeting at The Imperial Arms (Chislehurst)
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Bromley CAMRA members who are not on the committee are always welcome to attend committee meetings. Non-committee members planning to attend a meeting may request the Secretary ( to prepare and print a pack of relevant committee papers to be made available at the meeting. 

The “Impi” is an attractively situated pub, less than 10 minutes walk from Chislehurst Station but the walk being 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

All the nine Bexley micropubs by foot, starting at the Hopper’s Hut.
Jun 1 all-day

A chance to both get some exercise, and enjoy some superb beer!

The starting point at the Hopper’s Hut in Sidcup can easily be reached from Central Bromley by using the 269 bus from Bromley North, the route also passing close to Bickley and Chislehurst stations.   Alight at the bus stop called Sidcup/The Green, and then walk along the road called “The Green” until the road ends at the High Street.   Then turn right and walk for a few yards until you reach the Hopper’s Hut on the right hand side.

The info below is from Bexley CAMRA.
Bexley Branch Micropubs by Foot.
Sat 1 June, 12:00 – 22:30
Starting: The Hopper’s Hut Micropub, 1, Invicta Parade, High St, Sidcup DA14 6ER, UK
A tour of the Borough’s nine Micropubs on foot.
The starting point is the Hoppers Hut (from noon).
The order of pubs (with the leaving times) is:

Hoppers Hut 12:40
Hackney Carriage 14:00
Halfway House 15:00
Hangar 16:15
Broken Drum 17:15
Door Hinge 18:25
Kentish Belle 19:40
Bird and Barrel 21:05
Penny Farthing whenever

For further information (route, public transport (cheating) etc.), contact

Pub of the Year award evening at the Star and Garter
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

We hope many members will attend our branch Pub of the Year presentation at the Star and Garter – the pub successfully retaining the accolade that it won for the first time last year.

The pub – which reopened in November 2016 having been closed for more than two years – is close to the Market Square in the centre of Bromley and is a few minutes walk from either Bromley North or Bromley South stations. Several bus routes pass close to the pub.

The pub now has eight handpumps, one of which dispenses cider, as well as a large range of keg fonts. At the time of writing (May 2019) all real ales are priced at £3/pint.

Social evening in Bromley North beginning at the Crown and Anchor,
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

For those who have never been here, or who haven’t visited for a long time, it may be worth having another look.

Late last year the pub manager negotiated a new long-term lease independent from the small pubco who held the previous lease, and set about revitalising the pub.

Amongst the initiatives are a special deal on Tuesdays when real ale prices are reduced by £1/pint (for all customers, not just CAMRA members). The pub also no longer has a beer tie, and management intend to have a changing and varied selection of real ales which will prominently feature beers from small local breweries.

The pub is located a short walk away from Bromley North Station/bus terminal and the Market Square.

continuing to the Freelands Tavern
Jun 11 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm

This cosy Greene King pub is located a few minutes walk from The Crown and Anchor,

finishing at the Red Lion
Jun 11 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Red Lion is a short walk (about 300 metres) from the Freelands Tavern.

This superb pub was Bromley CAMRA’s pub of the year in 2012 and is the only pub to have been featured in every edition of the Good Beer Guide since Bromley CAMRA reformed in 2011, and is also joint runner-up for our PotY 2019.

Hayes social beginning at The Royal British Legion Club
Jun 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

The club is comfortable and spacious, and there is a good range of mainly mainstream real ales. It is a short walk from Hayes station. Bus users should use routes 119, 138, 246, 314 or 353, and alight at Hayes Station.

Your CAMRA card will be needed to guarantee access.

continuing to the Real Ale Way
Jun 18 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This pub is a few minutes walk from the Royal British Legion Club.
This family-owned micropub opened in July 2018, and offers a most welcome new choice for local drinkers and rail commuters alike. The pub overlooks the entrance to Hayes station, and is served by numerous bus routes. 

Joint runner-up for Bromley CAMRA PotY 2019.

Committee meeting at the Queens Head, Downe
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Bromley CAMRA members who are not on the committee are always welcome to attend committee meetings. Non-committee members planning to attend a meeting may request the Secretary ( to prepare and print a pack of relevant committee papers to be made available at the meeting.

This superb pub is in one of the borough’s more rural locations and is best reached by bus. Get the 146 from Bromley North/South or the R8 from Orpington station and alight at the terminus in Downe Village. But the services are infrequent so check the timetable.