Our branch visits pubs (and beer festivals) often. There's lots of choice as we cover such a large area, 313 pubs at the last count! However, we are trying (as part of the National Campaign) to draw attention to Quality - the Quality of the Pubs, and the Quality of the Beer. Why not support your local Branch by joining us at our regular weekly Social Events.
To combat the adverse effects on pubs of "Dry January", CAMRA is supporting Tryanuary, where drinkers are encouraged to try new pubs and beers etc, with the emphasis on drinking in moderation after the excesses of the festive season. Supporting small businesses and raising funds for charity.
Here is a blog on the Vinepair website, all about the movement.
Nominations for the GBG 2021
Up to & including 11/12/2019, each SW Essex Branch member may nominate one or more real ale pubs in the SW Essex Branch (Essex / London) areas, that are NOT in the current 2020 Good Beer Guide. NB: Branch pubs in the GBG 2020 will automatically be nominated for the next edition.
Nominators MUST be willing to survey their nominated pub(s) and return their survey(s) by 15/02/2020 at the latest, using CAMRA’s survey form & notes, which will be available from 01/01/2020 by emailing the branch contact (details at bottom of page), or by collecting at a branch social.
Champion Beer of East Anglia
Brentwood Brewery have won the Champion Beer of East Anglia (Speciality Beers Category) award - the 2019 Silver Award & the 2020 Bronze Award - for their Chockwork Orange beer. The award was presented to them on Saturday 28th September, 2019.
Photo shows Beryl & Trevor Ellis presenting the certificate to Roland Kannor of Brentwood Brewery.
Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs
The Old Ship Inn at Aveley, has won the Britain's Best Real Heritage Pub award, in recognition of the pub's inclusion in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. The award was presented on Tuesday 1st October, 2019.
Photo shows Gerry Hahlo, of CAMRA's Pubs Heritage Group (on the right), presenting the certificate to Kevin Field, licensee of the Old Ship Inn.
Good Beer Guide
The 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide is now available from the CAMRA website at a discount price for members of £14 (usually £15.99). Other publications and merchandise are also available.
It is also available from CAMRA beer festivals and can be obtained through the branch.
Branch Website of the Year 2019
South West Essex Branch have been judged a finalist in the 2019 Branch Website of the Year.
(Above) Webmaster, Steve Hudson, receiving the Certificate from Anne Radley. (Below) Steve with Dean Phillips, who does the technical stuff.
Essex Area Pub of the Year 2019
The presentation for the South West Essex Branch Essex Area Pub of the Year 2019, was made on Tuesday 9th July.
Branch Chair, Anne Radley, presented the award to Ben and Chris Ryley (the licensees) at The White Hart, Grays. This was the 7th time that they have won this award.
London Area Pub of the Year 2019
The presentation for the South West Essex Branch London Area Pub of the Year 2019, was made on Wednesday 22nd May.
Branch Chair, Anne Radley, presented the award to Steve and Trevor along with Lucy at The Gidea Park Micropub.