Enjoy a healthy walk in the countryside and visit some excellent pubs en-route
Bromley Pub Walks
There are many miles of footpaths in the rural parts of Bromley borough. These areas also contain several pubs and even a few clubs; Bromley CAMRA has now identified a network of more than 30 paths and tracks which link them all together.
There are more than 30 pubs and clubs in the ‘rural’ areas of Bromley, plus a few more ‘just over the borders’ in Kent and Surrey. All of the Bromley and Kent pubs are accessible by public transport on at least 6 days of the week, so it’s really easy for drinkers and walkers to get to and from these excellent establishments, to get out into the fresh air, take some exercise and enjoy a drink or two.
Bromley CAMRA is publishing a series of brief guides to each of these walks, which range in distance from less than a mile to about 4 miles. The Bromley Pub Walk Guides will briefly describe the route and terrain, list the pubs/clubs that you can visit, and provide information about public transport.
The guides for Route Numbers 1 to 30 were published in 2019. Further guides are being prepared and will be added to the website in later phases of this project; these will cover routes which cross the border into Bexley, Kent and Surrey.
Some suggestions to make longer walks (or ‘crawls’) by linking several of the routes together to make a circular or one way linear walk (Still in preparation)
For more information about Bromley Pub Walk Guides, or if you have any comments or questions please send an email to email@example.com.
The Bromley Pub Walks team would welcome assistance in preparing further routes for the walking guides. So, if you enjoy walking, visiting pubs and have a few hours to spare, why not join us? More information is available here
Central Bromley’s only micropub opened its doors for the first time on Friday 3rd May 2019. The name is derived from the ironmongers who previously occupied the premises. Several real ales are dispensed from a cold room behind the bar. The pub is a few minutes walk from the Market Square in Central Bromley and bus routes 320 and 208 pass the venue. The nearest bus stop is Bromley Magistrates Court.
This famous Fuller’s pub is a short walk from The Lock & Barrel.The pub is close to the Market Square in the centre of Bromley, which is a few minutes walk from either Bromley North or Bromley South stations. Several bus routes pass close to the pub. Six cask ales normally available.
Our social begins with a visit to the Wheatsheaf – a comfortable pub in the High Street.West Wickham station is several minutes walk away. To reach this pub from central Bromley, use the high-frequency 119 bus and alight at High Street/Manor Road which is near the pub. From Beckenham use the 194, alighting at the same stop.
This pub is a few minutes walk from The Wheatsheaf.This is the second “Real Ale Way” to open in Bromley borough, and the third overall. The opening date was September 29, 2021. It operates in a similar manner to its well-known predecessor in Hayes, with up to seven cask ales, almost all of which are sourced from smaller breweries in Kent, dispensed by gravity from a coldroom.
This “out of area” social is a chance to visit three excellent micropubs which have sprung up in recent years, and includes a chance to visit the current Greater London CAMRA Pub of the Year – the Hop Inn. All of the places can be reached with a zones 1-6 travelcard.We will meet at 11.00am) at Liverpool Street Station (Platform 17) to catch 11:19 train towards Shenfield which we will leave at Gidea Park Station. After that the pubs will visit are as follows:- 1. (12 noon) Gidea Park Micropub, 236 Main Road, Gidea Park RM2 5HA (opens at 12pm) 2. (2pm) Hop Inn Micropub, 122 North Street, Hornchurch RM11 1SU. (opens at 2pm). If you plan to join us here, the pub is a few yards away from Emerson Park London Overground station. 3. (4pm) Upminster TapRoom, 1b Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster RM14 3DT. (opening hours 4-11pm Thu). If you plan to [.....]
This pub is in one of the borough’s more rural locations and is best reached by bus. Get the 146 from Bromley North/South or the R8 from Orpington station and alight at the terminus in Downe Village. But the services are infrequent so check the timetable, and in the case of the R8 check the return times as well because it doesn’t run late.
Bromley CAMRA members who are not on the committee are always welcome to attend committee meetings. Non-committee members planning to attend a meeting may request the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to prepare and print a pack of relevant committee papers to be made available at the meeting. This superb pub is in one of the borough’s more rural locations and is best reached by bus. Get the 146 from Bromley North/South or the R8 from Orpington station and alight at the terminus in Downe Village. But the services are infrequent so check the timetable.
The Cockpit is Chislehurst’s first micropub, and opened its doors for the first time in late December 2020. A range of at at least 5 non-mainstream real ales are normally available, served from a cold room at the rear of the pub. From Central Bromley, use buses 162 (Beckenham Junction to Eltham Station) or 269 (Bromley North to Bexleyheath). Both routes also pass Chislehurst station. From other parts of the borough routes 61, 160, 161 or 273 can be used. In all cases alight at Chislehurst War Memorial. If any members wish to visit another pub, the well-known Bull’s Head Hotel is about 200 yards away, also in Royal Parade, and may well have Young’s winter warmer available.
One in the Wood was Bromley’s first micropub having opened in 2014 on a site previously occupied by a wine bar. It has won an array of CAMRA awards, including Greater London CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2015. The pub is close to Petts Wood railway station, and can also be reached by the 208 bus from Central Bromley or Orpington. The 273, R2, R3 and R7 routes also pass close by. In all cases, alight at Petts Wood Station.
This Wetherpoon pub is a short walk from One Inn The Wood. For those joining the social here, the pub is close to Petts Wood railway station, and can also be reached by the 208 bus from Central Bromley or Orpington. The 273, R2, R3 and R7 routes also pass close by. Alight at Petts Wood Station.