Bromley Branch News

Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.

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.

Bromley CAMRA Christmas Meal

Bromley CAMRA are pleased to announce that we will hold our branch Christmas lunch social on Saturday 21st December at The Chelsfield, 1 Windsor Drive Chelsfield BR6 6EY. This will be a 2 course meal at cost of £17.   The pub’s function room is booked for lunch for 1pm, so attendees are invited to meet up at the bar prior to dining.   All Bromley CAMRA members and their guests are welcome.

Full details, including the menu and booking information can be found in our latest newsletter.   The deadline for booking is November 29th.

Meet the Brewer at the Harvest Moon (Orpington)

In December, the Harvest Moon in Orpington celebrates the 25th anniversary of its opening.   As part of the festivities, all CAMRA members are invited to the pub on Wednesday December 11th between 6 and 8pm when there will an opportunity to meet the brewers from Sambrook’s, and we hope that many of you will attend.   This event does not appear in our diary entries in London Drinker or What’s Brewing, because we hadn’t received the invitation at the time these publications went to press.

Young Members’ event – Mondo Brewery

There are a limited amount of places left for the Young Members branch tour of the Mondo Brewery and Tap Room in Battersea next Thursday 17th October. It promises to be an entertaining and informative evening with the opportunity to purchase and enjoy some excellent beers in the tap room. The event is free and is aimed for members aged 40 and under. You must be registered to attend and can bring up to two guests. Further details and the registration form are here.

Perry of the Festival Presentation

The Beckenham Perry of the Festival 2019 was Double Vision’s Impeared Vision. On Saturday 5th October, a small group of Bromley CAMRA members made their way down to Marlpit Farm  (near Maidstone, Kent). Barry Phillips made the presentation of the award to Simon Boarer, the owner and proprietor of Double Vision. Also in attendance were Mike Allen and Lorraine Davies who ran the cider and perry bar at the Beckenham festival.

Beer of the Festival Presentation

The Beckenham Beer of the Festival 2019 was Five Points Railway Porter. On 3rd October some members of the branch visited the Five Points brewery tap, the Pembury Tavern John Horn presented the certificate acknowledging this achievement to Max Descloux. Also that that evening we visited the brewery, where we had a review tasting of the Five Points Green Hop beer, which is being launched on 10th October.


A look inside the Royal Bell

After the beer festival wash-up a number of branch members went to the Royal Bell to look at the display about the work that is planned to take place there. The plans include a new bar on the ground floor and this is expected to be one of the parts completed soonest, they are talking about early 2020. Below are some photos. More details of the plans can be found at  

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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