Bromley Branch News

Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.

2019 Festival – Cider list now available

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 […..]

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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 Pub of the Year 2019

Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019

Bromley CAMRA is pleased to announce that the Star & Garter has been awarded the title of Bromley Branch pub of the Year for 2019. This is the second 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 regularly offers a range of cask beers, many of which were previously rarely seen in Bromley, including beers from Arbor, 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 Tuesday 4th […..]

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Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2019

Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2019

Bromley CAMRA is pleased to announce that Orpington Liberal Club has been awarded the title of Bromley Branch Club of the Year for 2019.

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

Orpington Liberal Club is a small friendly club, which has been in the Good Beer Guide every year since 2013, is run entirely by volunteers. The club serves a regularly-changing selection of beers, mostly from small breweries, the large quantity of pump clips adorning the walls shows the large quantity of beers served over the past few years. Usually 3 or 4 beers are available, often including a stout or porter, together with […..]

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Branch AGM

The branch Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019, at Orpington Liberal Club. The meeting will start promptly at 15:00. Your CAMRA membership card needs to be shown when signing in.

In accordance with CAMRA rules, members of the Committee (‘branch officers’) are only appointed for one year at a time, therefore nominations are currently being sought for all of the posts on the Committee. Most of the existing Committee have indicated that they would be willing to continue in post for a further year, however some members have decided that it is time to stand down and there are some vacancies, see below.

The list of available positions has been updated, see here

Also we are always interested in having new people on the Committee, so if you are interested in a role where the current member is willing to […..]

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Judges for the 2019 Pub of the Year wanted

Thank you to those members who have already offered to be a judge in the 2019 Bromley Pub of the Year competition, however its not too late to volunteer.

As a judge you’d be asked to visit and judge the five shortlisted pubs during the period 30th Jan to 18th Feb. If you think that you may be interested in being a judge please send an email to beerscores@bromley.camra.org.uk. (Closing date for volunteering is Saturday 26th January)