Welcome to Bromley CAMRA

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 selection process for choosing these awards was carried out by Bromley CAMRA in the early part of  2020, and so this year’s winners are known.   However, we didn’t have time to arrange presentations before national pub closure was enforced due to the Covid-19 crisis.   Hopefully we will be able to schedule them for later in the year.

In the meantime, here is some information about this year’s winners:

 

 

Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020

The Star & Garter

227 High Street, Bromley BR1 1NZ

 

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 only £3 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 pub has probably one of the most imposing exteriors of any pub in the area, including an enormous pub sign projecting over the pavement, however inside the pub is in modern bar format.

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Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 – Runners-Up

Bromley Branch has selected two micropubs as joint runners-up, One Inn the Wood in Petts Wood and The Real Ale Way in Hayes.

One Inn The Wood, 209 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, BR5 1LA

This micropub has received several CAMRA awards:

    • Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015, 2016
    • Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year, Runner-up 2017
    • Greater London CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year 2015 

Bromley’s first micropub opened in 2014 and was an immediate success, quickly building up a loyal regular clientele. The pub has also been named by the News Shopper’s famous pub correspondent ‘Pubspy’ as one of his or her favourite pubs.  As a micropub it is small, has no piped music or gaming machines and the use mobile phones is discouraged. Beer is served on gravity from a cold room behind the tiny bar. A regularly changing selection of cask beers of various styles are on offer, mostly sourced from Kent; a stout or porter is often available.

 

Real Ale Way,  55 Station Approach, Hayes, BR2 7EB

This is Bromley’s third micropub, which opened in July 2018 in former office premises opposite Hayes Station. Up to nine real ales are served, dispensed by gravity from a cold room at the rear of the bar. The ales are mostly from Kent breweries, with occasional guest beers providing variety. The range normally includes a porter or stout.

 


 

Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2020

Orpington Liberal Club

7 Station Road, Orpington, BR6 0RZ

The club has received numerous CAMRA awards:

    • Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
    • 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.