Croydon & Sutton

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Here is the latest news from our branch area (and sometimes from further afield!).

  • A brief history of Croydon breweries Friday 19 February 2021

    Please go to the Breweries page for a short history of 19th century Croydon breweries, from the South East London Pub Guide 3rd Edition 1988

  • Glamorgan, Cherry Orchard Road Friday 12 February 2021

    Local CAMRA members are strongly encouraged to support this campaign.

    The date of the next open meeting is Wednesday 31 March, 7:30pm, via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    UPDATE 04/03/2021: APPLICATION WITHDRAWN [ The Glamorgan (Cherry Orchard Road) planning application (Demolition of the existing public house building and the construction of a new building to re-provide a public house together with the erection of 36 residential units (Use Class C3) and associated means of access and landscaping) ]

    CAMRA colleagues, please regularly check the planning register to check whether a new application has been submitted

    Glamorgan site plan

    They want to demolish existing pub + build a 11 storey building, with 36 flats and a small micro-pub. It is very clear that they have no knowledge of, or respect for, the local community and do not have even a basic understanding of pub culture.

    A Facebook page has been set up Save the Glamorgan Facebook page.

    The group is also on Twitter:

    The Glamorgan, now boarded up, future uncertain. Lead removed from top of roof.

    Croydon planning register: Croydon planning search


  • Bob Steel Thursday 4 February 2021

    Bob Steel

    It is with great sadness we note the passing of Bob Steel. Bob was a long-time member of the Croydon & Sutton Branch and lived locally for most of his life. He was a geographer, teacher, author, cyclist, rambler and a great supporter of the preservation and heritage of Public Houses.

    Bob put many of these interests together and was the author of six ‘CAMRA’s Pub Walks’ books, starting with London in 2006 continuing through Edinburgh, The Peak District, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the South East.

    In the 2000’s Bob was in charge of the beer order at the Wallington Beer Festival for four years.

    Bob was also an early and passionate supporter of The Hope, Carshalton and its development from ‘a pub with no beer’ to CAMRA’s Greater London Pub of the Year.

    Bob’s interests in local and natural history also led to the publication of his definitive River Wandle Companion in 2012.

    He will be greatly missed by his wife, Jacqui, and his many friends.



  • CAMRA podcasts Monday 1 February 2021

    Pubs. Pints. People.

    The CAMRA podcasts are expected to resume in February 2021 (please check the CAMRA national website) and will run every other Tuesday.

    Find them here or subscribe on iTunes

    You do not need to be a CAMRA member to listen.