Bromley Branch News

Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.

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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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.  

Greater London Club of the Year

Bromley CAMRA is pleased to announce that the Bromley Branch Club of the Year 2019, Orpington Liberal Club, has once again won the title of CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year. This is the third consecutive year the club has won the London title. We send our congratulations to everybody involved with running the club. The date for the presentation will be announced shortly.

Beer & cider of the festival

The votes have been counted and the results can be announced. At the Bromley CAMRA 2019 Beer and Cider Festival the following were the winners Beer of the festival 1st Five Points, Railway Porter 2nd Arbor, Who’s Lime is it Anyway 3rd Black Isle, Rhuby Tuesday Cider & Perry of the festival Piglet’s (Nempnett), Piglet’s Choice, dry cider Double Vision, Impeared Vision perry   Our congratulations to all of them.