Bromley Branch News

Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.

April Newsletter

Bromley CAMRA has published its April newsletter.  To view it, please click the link below.

The latest news related to Covid, in particular with respect to pubs clubs bars etc will be found on the Covid 19 tab.

Bromley CAMRA Covid-19 update March 23

A few more updates that may be useful during these difficult times.

The Three Hounds at Clock House are rolling out a local delivery service to anyone in the Clock House, Beckenham and Penge areas, and perhaps to nearby addresses in SE6 and BR1 as well.   Please use this link for further information, including a listing of available beers.

At the other end of the borough, the Imperial Arms in Chislehurst have advised me that they will serve real ale in takeaway 2pt cartons, and also takeaway food from the their excellent menu from 5 – 9pm (Mon – Fri) and probably for longer hours at the weekend.   Please use this link to the pub website for more information.

The Lord Holmesdale opposite Bromley Tesco (Homesdale Road), are still cooking their delicious Italian pizzas (no jokes about extra ingredients please!).   Please see their website […..]

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Bromley CAMRA coronavirus update March 20

In addition to the news mentioned on the 17th, I have now heard the following

The Jolly Woodman and The Chancery – neighbouring pubs in Beckenham – have both ceased to operate  as pubs until the crisis is over.   However, they will both operate takeaway services – not just for beer but also fresh vegetables and other household items.   If you click on the repective pub names you will be linked to their respective facebook pages to get the very latest information.

In Petts Wood, One Inn the Wood will be open until Saturday, but will close for the duration at some point during Sunday, depending on the beer situation.   A takeaway service for real ale will operate 5-7pm from Tuesday.   Again click on the pub name to access their facebook page.

Westerham Brewery have introduced free delivery for addresses within 15 miles of the brewery (including […..]

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Bromley CAMRA and the coronavirus. Update March 17.

On March 16, the government issued guidelines to the population which include the avoidance of unnecessary travel, and visits to pubs.   We have accordingly cancelled our planned social to Maidstone on Saturday March 21st since it would have contravened both of these guidelines.   We have no further socials planned for March – just a committee meeting at the month end, which will now not be a physical meeting.

Although our calendar for April and May has already been prepared (and published in What’s Brewing),  I am refraining from publishing it on this site in the hope that things become clearer in the next week or so.  Although not definite, there is a fair chance that all our socials for this period will be cancelled.

Other consequences in the borough that we are aware of are the cancellation of both the Greyhound (Keston) […..]

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Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020


Bromley CAMRA is pleased to announce that the Star & Garter has been awarded the title of Bromley Branch pub of the Year for 2020. This is the third consecutive year that this pub has won the award.

After being closed for a number of years the pub reopened under new management in November 2016 and now offers an excellent range of cask beers, many of which were previously rarely seen in central Bromley, including beers from Arbor, Bristol Beer Factory, Marble, Siren, Tiny Rebel and Wylam, all still currently being sold at only £3 a pint. With up to 7 beers on handpump, the selection normally includes at least one stout and/or porter. Draft cider, plus up to 16 craft keg and imported draft beers are also available.

The 2019 award will be presented to the pub on Wednesday 17th June – more details will be published nearer the […..]

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Branch Club of the Year announced

Bromley CAMRA is pleased to announce that Orpington Liberal Club has been awarded the title of Bromley Branch Club of the Year for 2020.

The club has won the Bromley title every year since 2013, it has also won the Greater London CAMRA Regional award in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was a CAMRA National Club of the Year Finalist in the 2014, 2016, and 2020 competitions.

This small friendly club has been in the Good Beer Guide every year since 2013, and is run entirely by volunteers.

The club serves a regularly-changing selection of beers, mostly from small breweries, normally including at least one LocAle. Usually 4 beers are available, often including a stout or porter, together with a selection of real ciders.  Over 200 different beers are normally served over the course […..]

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Bromley CAMRA AGM, Sat. March 14

Our Branch Annual General Meeting takes place at the CAMRA award-winning Orpington Liberal Club on Saturday 14 March with a request for attendees to arrive by 2.30pm for a prompt 3pm start. Please remember to bring your membership card with you.

This is an important date in our diary as we review what has happened over the last year and set about electing the Branch Committee to take us through the forthcoming twelve months.

We are of course a team of volunteers and, like all such teams, have the perennial problem of securing sufficient volunteers to cover the various issues which arise each year. Branch positions include: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Branch Secretary, Branch Contact, Web Master, Pub Database Officer, Festival Coordinator, Membership Secretary, Social Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, Pub Protection Officer, Beer Scores Coordinator, Newsletter […..]

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Special event at Orpington Liberal Club on Monday Dec. 9th

Congratulations to Orpington Liberal Club on being nominated as one of the four national finalists for the CAMRA Club of the Year 2020 award.

The club are pleased to announce a celebratory evening on Monday 9th Dec from 6:30pm, and welcome all CAMRA members to join them for some fine ales!

Beer Festival now on at The Bricklayers Arms (Beckenham)

The Bricklayers Arms beer festival is now in progress.   Bromley CAMRA have a social there on Monday evening (Dec 2nd).   In addition to the pub’s regular beers, the following will be available:

Box Steam Handlebar 4.4% Hogs Back TEA 4.2% Ringwood Boondoggle 4.2% Theakston Old Peculier 5.6% Bexley Own Beer 4.2% Southey Stout 5.5% Hepworth Pullman First Class 4.2% Reunion Opening Gambet 3.8% Westerham British Bulldog 4.1% West Berkshire Good Old Boy 4% Adnams Broadside 4.7% Old Dairy Blue Top 4.8% Courage Directors 4.8%

It’s time to start to select our 2020 Pub (and Club) of the Year

All members of Bromley Branch are now invited to nominate their favourite pub and/or club to be the 2020 Bromley Pub or Club of the Year.

We are also looking for members to volunteer to be judges for the 2020 awards.

The closing date for nominations, and to volunteer to be a judge, is 15th January 2019. More information about the 2020 awards and the nomination form can be found here.

Further information about the Bromley CAMRA Pub and Club of Year awards, including details of the winners in 2019 and previous years, is available on the Pub & Club of the Year page.