Bromley Branch News

Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.

Launch of Bromley Pub Walks

Why not walk to the pub this summer? To coincide with CAMRA’s Summer of Pub campaign, Bromley CAMRA has now launched the first phase of the ‘Bromley Pub Walks’, a series of simple guides to assist members to take self-guided walks between some of the many excellent pubs in the rural parts of Bromley. The guides to 18 routes have now been published, with a further 10 routes to be added during the next few weeks. There are many miles of footpaths and more than 30 pubs and clubs in the ‘rural’ areas of Bromley, plus a few more pubs ‘just over the border’ in Kent and Surrey. Bromley CAMRA has now identified a network of more than 30 paths and tracks which link them all together. All of the Bromley and Kent pubs are accessible by public transport on at least 6 days of the week, so it’s really […..]

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Beer, & Cider, Festival Charity – Presentation to St Christopher’s

Bromley CAMRA were delighted to hand over a cheque to St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham for £362.25 collected from generous donations given by visitors to this year’s 6th Beckenham Beer Festival. The picture shows members of the Beer Festival Organising Team (including Nick White, far left, who is also a volunteer with St Christopher’s) to Adelle Saunders, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice. The Festival was formally opened by the Mayor and in addition to the donation to St Christopher’s £50 was donated to Careplus and the Latch Project which are the Mayor’s charities.  

Events for younger CAMRA members

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 young.members@bromley.camra.org.uk .

The welcome return of the Bromley Cramble

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 […..]

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Lock & Barrel – A new micropub opening this week

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 […..]

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Branch Beer & Cider Festival details

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.

Awards to branch members

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 […..]

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Bromley CAMRA at House of Commons Lobby Day

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 […..]

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