Bromley CAMRA Branch Diary

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Planned Events

Social at the 8th Annual Spa Valley Railway Beer Festival (Tunbridge Wells)
Oct 20 all-day

This event, which is run in conjunction with West Kent CAMRA was popular with everyone who attended last year, so we have decided to do a repeat visit.    This year the event includes 160+ Real Ales, 25+ Green Hop Beers, a craft beer bar featuring UK Keg & European Beers & 30+ Ciders

We will be meeting at Orpington station at 10.10 to catch the 10.26 train to Tunbridge Wells mainline station (arrive 10:58), from where a 15 minute walk is needed to the West station at the terminus of the preserved line to Eridge.   All of the four stations on the line will have beers available, but the widest selection will be at Tunbridge Wells West.

Members who wish to combine a visit to the beer festival with a trip on the preserved line can get more information from this link.

Afternoon social in Penge starting at The Goldsmiths Arms
Oct 25 @ 4:15 pm – 4:55 pm

This is an Antic pub, with a much-improved range of real ales compared to its previous ownership.   Bus users should use routes 75, 176, 227, 356 or 358 and alight at Penge/Pawleyne Arms.  Alternatively, Beckenham Road tramlink stop is about 15 minutes walk away, whilst Penge East railway station is a similar distance. 

continuing to the (Southey) Brewery Tap
Oct 25 @ 5:05 pm – 6:45 pm

Please note that the Brewery Tap does not open until 17.00.    It is about ten minutes walk from The Goldsmiths Arms 

Usually two cask ales from the brewery are available, alongside a larger range of keg beers.

The bar is about 10 minutes walk from Penge East or Penge West stations.  Alternatively, bus routes 176, 197, 227 and 354 all pass close to the pub – alight at High/Street/Maple Road. 

finishing at The Moon and Stars
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This large Wetherspoons pub currently offers the widest selection of real ales in the Bromley CAMRA branch area from its 17 handpumps.  The pub is about 10 minutes walk from Kent House BR station.  Alternatively, major bus routes including 194, 227 and 358 all pass close to the pub.  Alight at the Clevedon Road stop which is 2 minutes walk from the pub. 

The pub is around 400 metres from The Southey Brewery Tap.

Joint social with Bexley CAMRA to Gravesend, with visit to Iron Pier brewery tap.
Oct 27 all-day

The social will include a presentation to Iron Pier brewery following their success of brewing “beer of the festival” at this year’s Bexley CAMRA beer festival.

Bromley CAMRA members should meet at 11.10 at Sidcup station, from where we plan to catch the 11.28 train to Gravesend, arriving at 11.56.    In this seafaring town, the first port of call at 12.10 will be the Campbell Arms, 1 Campbell Rd. DA11 0JZ 

After that we progress to the  nearby Iron Pier Brewery Tap, Units 6&7 May Ind. Est., May Ave. DA11 8RU arriving at 1pm.

Following the presentation,  on the way back to Gravesend station, we plan to visit a recently opened micropub – The Three Pillars, 25 Wrotham Rd DA11 0PA. 

If time (and stamina) permit, visits to other pubs may be added for anyone interested.   Please email  if you would like further information.

Committee meeting at The Crown (Chislehurst)
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Crown is a Shepherd Neame pub which is attractively situated overlooking Chislehurst Common.  It 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) or 269 (Bromley North to Bexleyheath) bus.   Both routes can be caught in Central Bromley and also pass near to Chislehurst station.   The local R7 route from Chelsfield to Chislehurst also passes the pub.   In all cases,  alight at Camden Park Road. 

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.

Social evening in West Wickham starting at The Swan
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A well-known pub in the heart of West Wickham, offering a range of real ales.   West Wickham station is a few minutes walk away.  To reach the pub from central Bromley, use the high-frequency 119 bus and alight at High Street/Manor Road which is near the pub.  From Beckenham use the 194, alighting at the same stop. 

continuing to The Wheatsheaf
Nov 6 @ 8:45 pm – 10:00 pm

This comfortable and spacious pub/restaurant is a few minutes walk away from The Swan.

For those joining the social here, West Wickham station is about 15 minutes walk away. To reach this pub from central Bromley, use the high-frequency 119 bus and alight at High Street/Manor Road which is near the pub. From Beckenham use the 194, alighting at the same stop.

Bus route 51 Sidcup Micropub tour starting at the Hopper’s hut.
Nov 10 all-day

Many readers of the diary will be aware of the large number of micropubs which have opened in the Bexley CAMRA area over the last three years or so.   We have noticed that four of them are situated close to the high-frequency 51 bus route (which runs from Orpington to Woolwich), so we have used that fact to plan this social.

If you live in Central Bromley or in the west of the borough, your best plan to get to the first pub will be to get bus 269 (another high-frequency route) from Bromley North via Bickley and Chislehurst to Sidcup and alight before the traffic lights at the first crossroads in Sidcup – the stop is named “Carlton Road”.   A walk of no more than ten minutes is needed from there.

The schedule is as follows:-

Noon Hopper’s Hut, 1 Invicta Parade, Sidcup High St. DA14 6ER
1.15pm Hackney Carriage, 165 Station Rd, DA15 7AA;
2.30pm Hangar, 37 The Oval, Blackfen DA15 9ER
3.45pm Broken Drum , 308 Westwood Lane, Blackfen DA15 9PT

Farnborough social evening beginning at The Change of Horses
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A chance to visit the two excellent pubs located in Farnborough Village.

The Change of Horses is conveniently served by the high frequency 358 bus route (Crystal Palace to Orpington via Beckenham and Bromley).  Alight at Farnborough High St/Church Rd.  The pub is nearby.   

A range of mainly mainstream real ales are available.