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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.

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.

A pile of wooden Scrabble pieces, with the word 'VOTE' spelt out on four pieces lying on top.

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.

Christmas Dinner

This year’s Christmas Dinner Social Evening will be held at The Crumpled Horn in Upminster, on Wednesday 11th December from 20.00. The price is £11.99 for 2 courses / £13.99 for 3 courses. If you wish to attend, please contact Anne Radley.

A table set and decorated for Christmas. A red glittery bauble on each plate, with a green napkin underneath. And a glass of champagne by every plate. With a Christmas tree covered in coloured lights, blurry in the background.

A £5 deposit is required and your choice from the festive menu.

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.

Beryl & Trevor on the left, with Roland Kannor on the right smiling, and holding the certificate. An unidentified yound man is standing a nd smiling next to him.

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.

Gerry Hahlo on the right, handing the certificate to Kevin Field on the left, licensee of the Old Ship Inn, who is smiling broadly and looking off to the left of camera.

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.

The cover of the new beer guide. Bright yellow with faint drawings of hops in the background.

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.

Anne holding a framed certificate of the award, with Steve Hudson to the left of her.

(Above) Webmaster, Steve Hudson, receiving the Certificate from Anne Radley. (Below) Steve with Dean Phillips, who does the technical stuff.

Steve sitting on the right of a framed certificate of the award, with Dean Phillips sat to the left of it.

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.

Anne holding a framed certificate of the award, with Ben and Christine to the left of her.

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.

Anne holding a framed certificate of the award, with Steve and Trevor on either side of her, and a pregnant Lucy standing next to Steve. They are in front of the board with all the beers written on it, available that day.

Branch Chair, Anne Radley, presented the award to Steve and Trevor along with Lucy at The Gidea Park Micropub.