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

  • Oval Tavern closed Saturday afternoon 20 January Wednesday 17 January 2018

    If anyone is planning a visit, please note that The Oval Tavern will be closed 12-6pm, Saturday, 20 January for a private function.

  • Tryanuary - support pubs in January Wednesday 17 January 2018

    Pubs struggle in January partly because of people abstaining after the excesses of Christmas but also because of the annual DryJanuary event, supported by various health lobbies and some local councils. Far better in my view to drink moderately all year round, and don't binge in December.

    Tryanuary encourages people to support pubs in January and to try different beers / styles which perhaps they would not normally drink.

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  • A year of beer - plan your 2018 Monday 15 January 2018

    The following was issued nationally by CAMRA and comprises a selection of events throughout 2018. It is not a definitive list as beer festivals may not be listed until their budgets have been approved.

    2018 is shaping up to be an exciting and busy one, we have lots of opportunities for you to make the most of your CAMRA membership. So whether you are campaigning, volunteering, enjoying a beer festival or just heading down to your local, here are just some of the fantastic events and occasions that CAMRA has on offer.

    JANUARY - MARCH 2018

    24-27 Jan: Manchester Beer & Cider Festival Jan: Pub of the Year announcement Feb: Club of the Year announcement Feb TBC: Pub Design Awards announcement 14 Feb: Valentines Day - why not purchase Gift Membership for the beer lover in your life? 20 Feb: Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition 20-24 Feb: Great British Beer Festival Winter 1-3 March: Wigan Beer Festival 11 March: Mother's Day - so why not treat her to Gift Membership? 22-24 March: Sussex Beer & Cider Festival GBBF Winter Pub of the Year

    APRIL - JUNE 2018

    April: NEW Edition of the Good Beer Guide Belgium published. April: NEW Home-Brewing Pocket Guide published 1 April: Easter - not just for chocolate, why not consider CAMRA Gift Membership and get ready for the spring & summer ahead? 11-14 April: Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival 12-14 April: Isle of Man Beer & Cider Festival 20-22 April: Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference Coventry. Join us for a weekend of discussion, great beer, cider & perry, brewery trips and more. Register here. May: Is Mild Month. We promote mild throughout May and encourage pubs to stock and consumers to try at least one! May: Now is the time when the apple and pear trees in our orchards are in blossom. Why not try a real cider or perry in May to help support British orchards? June: NEW editions of Lake District Pub Walks and Peak District Pub Walks published June: Stockport Beer & Cider Festival 15 June: Beer Day Britain 17 June: Stuck for a Father's Day gift? Why not consider Gift Membership?


    11-14 July: Ealing Beer & Cider Festival July: Stafford Beer & Cider Festival 7 Aug: Champion Beer of Britain announcement 7-11 Aug: Great British Beer Festival 19-22 Sept: York Beer & Cider Festival 13 Sept: Good Beer Guide 2019 published Sept: Pub of the Year top 16 announced Sept: Cider Pub of the Year announcement Date TBC: Cheltenham Beer & Cider Festival


    Oct: CAMRA celebrates cider. As apples are harvested and production is in full swing, we encourage all to sample a real cider or perry. Look out for our Real Cider & Perry Sold Here stickers in pubs. Oct: Alloa Beer & Cider Festival 17-20 Oct: Nottingham Beer & Cider Festival Nov: The Chancellor will deliver the annual Budget - here's hoping for another Budget for Beer Drinkers! Nov: Belfast Beer & Cider Festival Nov: Pub of the Year and Club of the Year top 4 announced Dec: Pub Saving Award announcement Dec: Spread the festive cheer and love for pubs with the gift of CAMRA membership. Find all your local festivals for the year here:


    Training for Festival First Aiders There are a few spaces left on the First Aid training course on Monday 22nd January at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival. Find out more here (member login required).

    Clubs Officer Needed For anyone interested in promoting real ale clubs we have a great opportunity to get more involved with CAMRA as our Regional Clubs Officer for East Anglia. You'll work with branches and the CAMRA Regional Director to promote the clubs and arrange the judging of the Regional Club of the Year. For more information please contact Andrea at ku.gro.armac@ailgnatsae.dr . CAMRA relies on volunteer help to organise festivals, judge beer, pubs and clubs and campaign on issues that concern real ale, real cider & perry lovers and pub goers. This is a key opportunity that can help make a difference in your CAMRA region.

  • Albert Tavern, Harrington Road Monday 18 December 2017

    The Albert Tavern is now serving 4 beers and offers a 10% CAMRA discount.

  • Glamorgan, Cherry Orchard Road Thursday 7 December 2017

    A further meeting took place at Croydon Town Hall on Wednesday 6 December.

    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 will be liaising closely with the planning departments to ensure

    A further ACV has been submitted by the properly constituted 'Save the Glamorgan' group - a decision should be made around late January.

    A Facebook page has been set up (currently a work in progress) Save the Glamorgan Facebook page.

    The next meeting of the Save the Glamorgan group will be on Monday 12 February 2018 at 7pm in the town hall.

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

    Croydon planning register: Croydon Planning Register - Simple Search

  • Save the Flora Sandes Tuesday 28 November 2017

    Wetherspoons are planning to close the Flora Sandes in Thornton Heath. As this pub is used by many local people, and as this is an area already lacking in pubs, please sign the petition below to call on Wetherspoons to keep the pub open.

  • Lord Napier, Thornton Heath Thursday 2 November 2017

    There is a planning application to demolish the Lord Napier, Thornton Heath and replace it with flats above a pub. The planning application can be viewed and commented on at