Welcome to Bromley CAMRA, Campaigning for Real Ale drinkers in the 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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
The club has received numerous CAMRA awards:
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.
|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|
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org