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Bromley Pub Walks
There are many miles of footpaths in the rural parts of Bromley borough. These areas also contain several pubs and even a few clubs; Bromley CAMRA has now identified a network of more than 30 paths and tracks which link them all together.
There are more than 30 pubs and clubs in the ‘rural’ areas of Bromley, plus a few more ‘just over the borders’ in Kent and Surrey. All of the Bromley and Kent pubs are accessible by public transport on at least 6 days of the week, so it’s really easy for drinkers and walkers to get to and from these excellent establishments, to get out into the fresh air, take some exercise and enjoy a drink or two.
Bromley CAMRA is publishing a series of brief guides to each of these walks, which range in distance from less than a mile to about 4 miles. The Bromley Pub Walk Guides will briefly describe the route and terrain, list the pubs/clubs that you can visit, and provide information about public transport.
The guides for Route Numbers 1 to 18 are being published during July/August 2019. Further guides are also being prepared and they will be added to the website in phases 2 & 3 of this project, which cover the rest of the Bromley walks and those that cross the border into Kent or Surrey.
Some suggestions to make longer walks (or ‘crawls’) by linking several of the routes together to make a circular or one way linear walk (Still in preparation)
For more information about Bromley Pub Walk Guides, or if you have any comments or questions please send an email to email@example.com.
The Bromley Pub Walks team would welcome assistance in preparing phases 2 and 3 of the walking guides. So, If you enjoy walking, visiting pubs and have a few hours to spare, why not join us? More information is available here.
This is an event designed to tie in with CAMRA’s “summer of pub” initiative, with both pubs enjoying excellent gardens, as well as a good range of real ales.The Rose and Crown is a superb pub, but annoyingly it is outside our branch area by a few hundred metres or so. If West Kent CAMRA ever want to donate it to us….Bus access is convenient but infrequent. It involves using the TfL R5/R10 route from Orpington station. It is a circular route with the bus route number changing depending on which way round the circle the bus is taking. At the time of writing, the best bet is to get the 13.18 from Orpington bus station (next to the railway station) alighting at Halsted (the Cock) about 30 minutes later. Experienced walkers may prefer the 1 1/2 mile walk from Knockholt station, mainly across a disused golf course.For diners, the [.....]
The plan is that we will leave Halsted using the R5 bus at 16:15 to reach the the Blacksmiths Arms around 16:30. This is one of the most rural pubs in the borough, and was recently awarded as having the best pub garden by Bromley CAMRA committee members. At 17.30 there is an R10 bus back to Orpington.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
The pub which was Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2017 isn’t close to any railway station, but can be reached using the 146 or 246 buses from Central Bromley. Alight at Keston/The Fox. Neither of these is a high frequency route, so it’s worth checking the timetable. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to prepare and print a pack of relevant committee papers to be made available at the meeting.The meeting will be held in the tea-house in the pub’s garden.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
A chance to revisit to this popular beer festival which takes place in a spacious and picturesque rural setting with views of the North Downs. We plan to meet at Bromley South station at 9.50 for the 10.12 train to West Malling station. From there a free shuttlebus links us to the festival area. Walking from East Malling station is also possible. It is flat and quite rural and offers scenic views of the Downs. It takes around 30 minutes – anyone interested in walking should contact Tim at email@example.com. The festival opens its doors at 11.00am.This event is hosted by the Maidstone and mid-Kent branch of CAMRA.Further news about the festival will appear here.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
This well-maintained Sheps pub has a stop nearby on the high-frequency 261 and 358 routes. Alight at Farnborough Common / PRU Hospital. Or use the 61, 336 or 353 routes and alight at Locksbottom/St Michael’s church. All of these routes except the 353 also pass Bromley South station. Note that children aged less than 14 are not allowed in the pub.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
This pub This pub is a short walk from The Whyte Lyon. It is a spacious Ember Inn with a large real ale choice. For those joining the social here , the 61, 353, R2, R3 and R4 bus routes all pass near the pub – alight at Crofton Road/Starts Hill Road. All of these bus routes also pass Orpington railway station. The 261, 336 and 358 routes also have stops within a few minutes walk of this pub. As at the time of writing all Ember Inns operate a “Cask Ale Club” on Mondays, whereby all the real ales are priced at £2.49/pint. The normal CAMRA discount of 20p/pint doesn’t apply on Mondays though.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
Our branch area now boasts four micropubs, and this event offers a chance to visit all of them in one day, beginning at the Real Ale Way.This family-owned micropub opened in July 2018, and offers a most welcome new choice for local drinkers and rail commuters alike. The pub overlooks the entrance to Hayes station, and is also served by bus routes 119, 138, 246 and 314 from Bromley and the 353 from Orpington. Up to 9 real ales are served on gravity from a cold room to the rear of the bar.Currently a joint runner-up in our Pub of the Year competition.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
To reach the pub from The Real Ale Way, use bus routes 119, 138, 246 or 314 to get back into Bromley (it’s rare to wait more than five minutes), then either walk from the Market Square or the bus terminus at Bromley North. Or to avoid the short walk, use bus 208 or 320 from the Market Square, alighting at Bromley Magistrates Court. It’s only two stops though – hardly worth bothering waiting for the bus unless you have difficulty walking.This is Bromley’s latest micropub . It opened its doors for the first time on Friday 3rd May 2019. The name is derived from the ironmongers who previously occupied the premises. Several real ales (mainly from Kent) are dispensed from a cold room behind the bar. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
To reach this pub from the Lock & Barrel, use the bus stop visible to your right when you leave the pub, and use routes 208 or 320, alighting at Homesdale Road after the bus has passed through Central Bromley. The pub is a few yards from the bus stop.The Bitter End Bar is a micropub which opened in December 2017, having previously been an off-licence. Unusually for a micropub, the real ale offerings may include beers from mainstream national breweries such as Adnams. Note that the pub is expensive compared to the other micropubs, particularly if you drink halves rather than pints. If you don’t like the look of the prices, there is a Sheps pub – The Bricklayers Arms – literally next door.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook
To reach this pub from the Bitter End Bar , use bus route 208, alighting at Petts Wood/Queensway from where a short walk is needed. Note that the pub is on the other side of the main railway which divides Petts Wood, but there is a footbridge (with no steps) at the end of the shopping parade almost opposite the large Wetherspoon outlet.One in the Wood was Bromley’s first micropub having opened in 2014 on a site previously occupied by a wine bar. It has won an array of CAMRA awards, including Greater London CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2015.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebook