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Bromley CAMRA Pub and Club of the Year

Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019

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.

In 2015 the Bromley Pub of the Year and the Bromley Club of the Year were both selected as winners of the Greater London award, and the club then went on to reach the ‘final 4’ of the CAMRA National Club of the Year award (NB. judging was in 2015, but the national award was made in 2016).

Star & Garter

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.

Bromley CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019 - Runners-Up

For 2019 Bromley Branch has selected two pubs as joint runners-up, The Red Lion in Bromley North and The Real Ale Way micropub in Hayes

Red Lion

The Red Lion is a traditional ‘back-street local’, of the type which has disappeared from many towns. It retains many original features including tiling and an open fire. The pub also supports both a men’s and a women’s darts team. With five ales normally available, from Greene King, plus guests, the pub has been listed in the Good Beer Guide every year since 1998.

 Real Ale Way

 
 

Photos by Chris Crowther

Bromley’s third micropub, only opened in July 2018 in former shop 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 range now often includes a porter or stout. Ales are normally from Kent breweries, with occasional guest beers providing variety.

Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2019

Orpington Liberal Club

The club has received numerous CAMRA awards:

  • Bromley CAMRA Club of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Greater London CAMRA Regional Club of the Year 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • CAMRA National Club of the Year Finalist 2014, 2016

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.

 

 

Previous Bromley CAMRA Pubs of the Year

  Winner Runner-up
2018 Star & Garter, Bromley. BR1 One Inn The Wood, Petts Wood. BR5
2017 Greyhound, Keston. BR2 One Inn The Wood, Petts Wood. BR5
2016 One Inn The Wood, Petts Wood. BR5 Greyhound, Keston. BR2
2015 One Inn The Wood, Petts Wood. BR5 Shortlands Tavern, Shortlands. BR2
2014 Queens Head, Downe. BR6 Shortlands Tavern, Shortlands. BR2
2013 Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace. SE19  
2012 Red Lion, Bromley. BR1  

Bromley CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2016

No award was made in 2017 or 2018, however we hope to resume making annual awards in 2019

In March 2016 Bromley CAMRA made its first award for Community Pub of the Year to:

The Bricklayers Arms
237 High Street
Beckenham
BR3 1BN

A classic high street pub attracting customers of all ages. Normally has 4 handpumps in use serving St Austell Tribute & Proper Job, and Young’s Special, plus a changing guest beer which is selected by customers. Regular live music.

This is how Bromley CAMRA selects its pub and club of the year; the timetable and timescale are dictated by the deadlines set for the regional and national awards:

  • In December each year branch members are invited to submit nominations and to volunteer to join the judging panel
    • Any member of the branch may volunteer to be a judge
    • There is no maximum number of judges
    • Judges must however visit of all the shortlisted pubs (normally no more than 5 pubs)
    • Members may not be judges for more than 2 consecutive years
  • In January a shortlist of eligible pubs and clubs is drawn up from the list of nominations
    • The judging period is approx. 3 weeks in late January/early February
    • Judges score the pubs on the criteria used for the CAMRA national Pub of the Year award
    • The judges’ decision is based on the total number of points awarded by the judges and on the ranking of the pubs by the individual judges
  • The award decisions are announced in early March

More information about the criteria used for CAMRA’s national Pub of the Year award can be found on the CAMRA website via this link. (Only CAMRA members only can access this site, as a log-in to the website is required).

If you have any questions or comments about the Pub and Club of the Year in Bromley please send an email to beerscores@bromley.camra.org.uk