Bromley CAMRA Branch Diary

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

Planned Events

Committee meeting at The Five Bells (Chelsfield).
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This superb pub is one of the more remote in the borough. But the R7 bus stops right outside the pub and can be caught near Chislehurst, Bickley, Petts Wood or Orpington stations.

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.

Micropub tour of the Isle of Sheppey and Sittingbourne @ Meet at Bromley South station
Sep 28 all-day

PLEASE CHECK BACK IN LATE SEPTEMBER FOR FINAL DETAILS.   We are aware that there could be changes to transport timings or pub opening hours which could affect our route or schedule.

This is a chance for micropub lovers to visit up to seven of them in one day!   Despite a relatively small population, the Isle of Sheppey now boasts four micropubs, whilst there are three more within easy reach of Sittingbourne station.

Our plan is catch the 10.27 from Bromley South (to Dover), leaving the train at Sittingbourne to connect with the 11.25 which will take us across the Swale (and off the English mainland) to Sheerness-on-Sea where we are scheduled to arrive at 11.43.

From there a short walk from the station is needed to reach the first micropub – A.Y’s Man – a small micropub overlooking the seawall which opened in September 2018.    The pub opens at noon.  Another short walk (about ten minutes) is needed to reach the Flying Sheep at 1.10pm .    The pub’s twin themes are aviation and sheep, reflecting the history of the island.

 From there a bus journey (or lengthy walk) is needed to reach the third pub – the Heritage Inn – which is located in the heart of the island.   We intend to catch the 360 bus from Cavour Street, alighting at the Halfway House.

Another bus journey (or long walk) is needed to reach our final pub – the Admiral’s Arm (yes that’s “Arm” not Arms) – which is to be found in the village of Queenborough.   The pub has been extended a couple of times since it opened in 2016, to the point where it feels more like a traditional pub than a micropub.  It is the local CAMRA branch (Swale) Pub of the Year.

The Admiral’s Arm is close to Queenborough station, and from there we will catch the train back to Sittingbourne, where we can potentially visit three more micropubs, the first of which has a JD Wetherspoon outlet directly across the road:

Donna’s Ale House
Yellow Stocks  (named after a local brick)
Paper Mill

Beer of the (Beckenham) Festival Presentation Evening
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

For the first time in many years, a beer from a reasonably local brewery has been voted “Beer of the Festival” at the 6th Beckenham beer festival which was held in July.    We therefore hope that many of our members will take this rare opportunity to attend the presentation.

The winning brewery is Five Points from Hackney, so we will be visiting their brewery outlet – the famous Pembury Tavern in East London – at which the winning beer (Railway Porter) is expected to be one of several Five Points beers available.

Hackney Downs railway station is very close by, whilst Hackney Central station is also within comfortable walking distance.

Bus routes 38 (from Victoria and Central London), 48 (from London Bridge) and 55 (passes closes to Farringdon Thameslink station) all pass very close to the pub, and all are very high-frequency.

Since the best route to the pub will vary depending upon your starting point, we recommend using the TfL Journey planner.

Orpington Liberal Club Beer Festival (runs until the 12th)
Oct 10 – Oct 12 all-day

This annual festival begins on the 10th at 6pm, which we understand will be a preview night, with access limited to OLC and CAMRA members only. The festival then opens at lunchtime on the Friday and Saturday, closing at 11pm on all three days.

More details to follow.

The club is a few minutes walk from Orpington station, directly opposite the entrance to the Tesco Extra car park. Several bus routes pass close by, including the 208 and 358. Don’t forget your CAMRA membership card as it is required for entry.

London Regional Club of the Year Award Presentation at Orpington Liberal Club.
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We are delighted that Orpington Liberal Club have retained the title of Club of Year for the CAMRA London region. The award will be presented by CAMRA Regional director Geoff Strawbridge.

Please note that the event will coincide with the club’s beer festival which runs from the 10th to the 12th.   More information about the festival when we receive it.

The club is a few minutes walk from Orpington station, directly opposite the entrance to the Tesco Extra car park. Several bus routes pass close by, including the 208 and 358. Don’t forget your CAMRA membership card as it is required for entry.

Afternoon social in Chislehurst starting at the Gordon Arms
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

The Gordon Arms was sympathetically refurbished in autumn 2018 and is much improved as a result. All the seating and flooring has been replaced, but the pub has retained its traditional feel. The pub also now offers a wider range of cask ales.

The pub can be reached from Beckenham Junction, Bromley South or Chislehurst stations by bus route 162, alight at the Gordon Arms. The same stop also serves route 160 the route of which is mainly outside our borough. Even closer is the terminus of route 61 at Green Lane/Belmont Lane. However please note that route 61 follows a very circuitous route (via Orpington from Bromley South) before it eventually arrives at Chislehurst. Routes 161 and 273 also pass relatively close by.

continuing to The Queens Head
Oct 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This large Ember Inn offers a wide range of mainly mainstream real ales which (as at the time of writing in September) are all priced at £2.49/pint on Mondays.  This pub is a short walk from the Gordon Arms, and has a picturesque setting next to Chislehurst Pond, where you may wish to feed the resident Canada Geese.
For those joining the crawl here, the pub can be reached from Bromley South by bus route 162, and is also served by routes 61, 160, 161, and 273.    Alight at Chislehurst/Ashfield Lane if travelling northward away from Bromley and toward Mottingham – the stop will vary from the other direction.