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, Broken Dream, Marble, Siren and Tiny Rebel, all currently being sold at only £3 a pint. With up to 5 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.
The pub has received several CAMRA awards:
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 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.
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.
Club website http://orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk/
|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|
No award was made in 2017, however we hope to resume making annual awards in 2018
The Bricklayers Arms
237 High Street
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:
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