Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.
Cider is one of our most ancient of beverages – apple trees have been grown since 1300 BC near the Nile delta. And it was only a matter of time before we realised that the fruit could be put to an even better use than just the eating. And cider has carried on being used over the centuries. In the 14th century children were sometimes baptised in cider as it was cleaner than the water. Captain Cook recognised cider’s value as he took it aboard his ship to help prevent scurvy among his crew. Nowadays, 45% of the apples grown in the UK are used for cider-making and there are 365 varieties – one for each day of the year! And variety is what we hope you will discover at this year’s festival with cider and perry coming from all over the country, either using traditional cider apples and perry […..]
Our new Young Members Representative, Edd Charnley, is organising some events for the younger members of the branch. The first one is on Friday 19 July, and will be a visit to the Ignition Brewery in Sydenham for a free brewery tour and tasting, led by Head Brewer Tash Oduba-Vine, followed by an opportunity to enjoy the Ignition tap room. There are just 25 places available for this event so to get more info and attend this free event, please sign up here. Each member is welcome to bring two guests – please select the number of tickets you need in the event booking page. Stay tuned for more upcoming events for CAMRA Bromley Young Members; there are some more great breweries, tap rooms and micro pubs who’ll be hosting us throughout this year – and if you have any queries, please contact Edd at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Several CAMRA members, not just from Bromley Branch, were disappointed that there was no Cramble in 2018 so, by popular demand, we have decided to organise another Cramble event this year.
The first Bromley Cramble (Crawl + Ramble = Cramble) was in 2014, as a joint event by Bromley CAMRA and Bromley Ramblers, which then continued as an annual event until 2017. After a break in 2018, it is now returning, however this year Bromley Ramblers are not involved.
The 2019 Bromley Cramble will be on Saturday 13th July and will involve a stroll from Biggin Hill, via Downe and Keston to Hayes. In total the walk is about 6 miles, but it is possible to leave or join the group at various points along the route. There will be time to stop at up to 4 pubs along the route, and we finish at […..]
The borough gains a new micropub with the Lock & Barrel opening this coming Friday, 3rd May. So we asked them to tell us something about the pub and their plans. Sitting on the site of an old ironmongers shop at 18 London Road in Bromley (BR1 3QR), the Lock & Barrel tips a nod to its predecessor, not only with its name, but also its interior. The majority of the inside has been built using reclaimed timber from the copious amounts of shelving which previously held nuts, bolts, bells, handles and much more. This provides a welcoming and relaxed environment in which to enjoy a large range of both cask and keg ales alongside some interesting spirit and wine options. The proprietors are committed to providing a regular rotation of beers from breweries across Kent and London as well as the odd offering from further afield, so whether you […..]
Details of the 2019 Bromley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival have been announced. This will take place on 25th to 27th July, click on the image, left, for more information.
At the branch AGM, on 30th March, awards were made to two members of the branch for their outstanding contributions to this branch and to CAMRA generally. Bob Keaveney has been active in the branch since it reformed in 2011. For all of that time he has co-ordinated the beer scores and overseen the Pub of the Year and Club of the Year process, he also organised our entries in the Good Beer Guide for a number of the years. In 2016 the previous branch chairman moved out of the area and had to stand down part way through the year, and Bob volunteered to take up the post of chairman just for six months, until the next AGM. With the AGM having moved twice, it is now almost exactly three years that Bob has filled this demanding role and dealt with all of the issues that have come up […..]
Tuesday 30th October saw six intrepid Bromley CAMRA members join the national effort to speak to MPs about concerns for the future of our pubs. In particular we raised: • Reform of tax on beer • Fairer business rates for pubs • Make the “Pubs Code” work for tenants
We met first at Victoria Station, then registered ourselves with CAMRA at the Emanuel Centre in Marsham Street, and by 11 am we were outside Portcullis House for security clearance to lobby Bob Stewart, MP for Beckenham.
We did not have to wait long because Bob Stewart came out and found us in the queue. The Chancellor had delivered his Autumn Budget the day before, so there was plenty to talk about. Beer duty had been frozen, as had spirits, but wine duty was rising with inflation.
Bob is a long time supporter of CAMRA, having previously attended and opened […..]