Campaigning for Real Ale drinkers in Bromley Borough.
Every year most CAMRA branches select a pub to be their branch Pub of the Year. Those branches with any eligible clubs can also select a club to be their branch Club of the Year. Winners of the branch awards then progress to be judged in the relevant regional competitions and potentially ultimately for the national awards. For details of the winners in previous years and a description of the selection process, please click here.
The judging process for these awards was carried out by Bromley CAMRA in the early part of 2023. The winners are as follows:-
Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023 The Cockpit 4 Royal Parade Chislehurst, BR7 6NR Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023 - Runner-Up The Star and Garter 227 High Street, Bromley BR1 1NZ Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2023 Orpington Liberal Club 7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ
The Cockpit is Chislehurst's first micropub, and opened its doors for the first time in late December 2020, unfortunately with the Covid crisis in full swing. It was able to begin operating more normally the following summer as lockdown eased. A choice of real ales from small breweries from all over the country is available, together with the house beer which is named PIT - and is a pale ale brewed by BritHop. Bar snacks are available.
The premises - which are deceptively spacious given the limited frontage - are shared with a florist but even so there is more seating than normal in a micropub, with further benches outside at the front of the pub.
The pub is named after the ancient Cockpit which is situated a few minutes walk away on Chislehurst Common.
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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, Kirkstall, Marble, Siren and Tiny Rebel, all currently being sold at less than £4 a pint. With up to 7 beers on handpump, the selection normally includes at least one stout and/or a porter. Draft cider, plus up to 16 craft keg and imported draft beers are also available.
The grade II listed pub has probably one of the most imposing exteriors of any pub in the area, including an enormous pub sign projecting over the pavement, but inside the pub is in modern bar format.
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The club has received numerous CAMRA awards:
Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Greater London CAMRA Regional Club of the Year: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
CAMRA National Club of the Year Finalist: 2014, 2016, 2019
This small friendly club, which has been in the Good Beer Guide every year since 2013, is run entirely by volunteers. It 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 a selection of real ciders. The club holds regular beer festivals, normally twice a year. The function room is regularly used by several local groups and there is regular live music. CAMRA members are welcome as visitors to the club on production of a current CAMRA membership card.
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Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023
4 Royal Parade Chislehurst, BR7 6NR
Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023 - Runner-Up
The Star and Garter
227 High Street, Bromley BR1 1NZ
Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2023
Orpington Liberal Club
7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ