Croydon & Sutton

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


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

  • Bob Steel Thursday 24 September 2020

    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's guidance for returning to pubs Thursday 24 September 2020

    CAMRA's guidance for returning to pubs: Updated pub visiting guidelines (Will open in a separate window)


  • CAMRA podcasts Tuesday 22 September 2020

    Pubs. Pints. People.

    The CAMRA podcasts resumed on Tuesday 22 September and will run every other Tuesday.

    Find them here or subscribe on iTunes

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


  • Petition to reverse the change to Small Brewers Relief Wednesday 12 August 2020

    Please consider signing this petition (set up by Anspach and Hobday Brewery and supported by SIBA) on Small Brewers Relief changes.

    This is an important campaign to reverse the Government's proposal that Small Brewers Relief base threshold should not change from 5000hL.


  • Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) user research project Wednesday 12 August 2020

    For tied landlords: The PCA User Research Project – background

    The PCA has commissioned the user research project to develop a thorough understanding of the most effective communication channels for pub tenants and the barriers to information sharing that currently exist in relation to the Pubs Code.

    The PCA wants to understand the best way to interact with tenants who come under the Code, and how they can make improvements in communications.

    We know that some tenants are still not properly aware of their rights under the Pubs Code, and that there have been significant barriers to successful communication between the PCA and tied tenants.

    This project is especially important because it is a piece of independently commissioned research from which a report that makes recommendations for improvement will be made – therefore it’s really important that we get as many tied tenants involved and making their views known.

    The project will run from 24 August until 4 October.

    A link to the online survey and other ways that publicans can register their interest to take part is here: >/p>


  • Glamorgan, Cherry Orchard Road Tuesday 11 August 2020

    Local CAMRA members are strongly encouraged to support this campaign.

    The date of the next open meeting will be advised once meetings are permitted again.

    UPDATE 18/01/2020: A further meeting took place at Croydon Town Hall on 15 January. We continued to discuss a possible way forward and most importantly we are looking to keep a high profile to keep pressure on the owners, who continue to be completely intransigent.

    Although in the past the owners have responded (but have failed to answer any of our 18 questions), now they are ignoring us totally. 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.

    Given the ongoing concerns about the damage to the View, South Croydon, (please see Croydon Advertiser article: Croydon Advertiser article: The View, South Croydon) we continue to liaise with the planning department pointing out our concerns about the owners' guardianship of the property.

    Interested parties are progressing initial enquiries with regard to a valuation of the pub.

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

    The group is also on Twitter:

    From this: to this...

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

    Croydon planning register: Croydon Planning Register - Simple Search


  • Brew2you Monday 13 July 2020

    Support pubs and breweries during lockdown by downloading the Brew2you app. Available for Apple and Android phones from the relevant app stores.