Bromley CAMRA Branch Diary

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

Planned Events

Afternoon social at The Real Ale Way (Hayes)
Jan 21 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Real Ale Way family-owned micropub opened in July 2018, and offers a most welcome new choice for local drinkers and rail commuters alike, with up to nine real ales potentially available dispensed by gravity from a cold room at the rear.   The pub overlooks the entrance to Hayes station, and is served by numerous bus routes. 

Due to the pub’s opening hours it’s not worth arriving early.   If you get there before the pub opens, the The Royal British Legion Club (Hayes) is close by and should be open.   A CAMRA card is needed for access.

Dartford & Crayford social, starting at the Dartford Jug micropub
Jan 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Dartford has always been worth a visit from real ale drinkers, due to the wonderful range of beers always served at the Dartford Working Men’s club.

It is now been improved further with a new and excellent micropub – the Dartford Jug which opened in September 2018, and offers a selection of beers sourced from around the country (ie not just Kent and London).

From Central Bromley, the quickest way to Dartford is to get the 269 bus as far as Sidcup Station and then take the train to Dartford station from where a short walk is needed.    Begin by crossing the footbridge over the main road that you will see when leaving the railway station.   The pub is in the centre of Dartford, just a few yards from the central bus station.

This travel advice will be probably be replaced by something more specific nearer the date.

continuing to the Dartford Working Men’s Club
Jan 26 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

If you like a huge and an ever-changing variety of real ales (served from 15 handpumps) from breweries large and small ( but mainly small) from all over the country all priced (as at Nov 2018) at £2.80/pint, then this is the place for you.   Please bring your CAMRA card though.

The Club has previously been CAMRA’s National Club of the Year, and is a frequent finalist.

The Dartford Working Men’s Club is about 10 minutes walk from the Dartford Jug, and is a similar distance from the station.

Disclaimer:  This description (like everything else in the online diary) written by Tim W – it’s my favourite place to drink within the M25.   

finishing at the Penny Farthing (Crayford)
Jan 26 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The final visit of the day is to another fine micropub – the Penny Farthing which has been Bexley CAMRA Pub of the Year for three years in a row up to 2017.

From the DWMC, a train journey of one stop is needed to Crayford, with a short walk from there.

When it’s time to go home, there is a train service to Sidcup from where the reasonably frequent 269 runs to Bromley North via Chislehurst and Bickley.

Committee meeting at Graces
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The pub is adjacent to Birkbeck station which is served by Tramlink (from Croydon) and rail services (from London Bridge), both of which terminate at Beckenham Junction. Bus travellers should use the high-frequency route 356 (Sydenham to Eden Park) and alight at Birkbeck station. Route 354 (Bromley North to Penge) can also be used, alighting at the same stop, but this route is less frequent and doesn’t run on Sundays.

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.