Welcome To Our Website

Our branch visits pubs (and beer festivals) often. There's lots of choice as we cover such a large area, 294 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.

Small Brewers' Relief

The Government is set to increase the tax paid by some small independent breweries in the UK. This could lead to brewery closures, and less choice at the bar.

The word Help in white on a black background, with a hand pointing at it.

CAMRA has joined calls for the Government to think again – we need your help to persuade them that this is bad for UK brewing and bad for consumers. Please follow the link to the CAMRA Small Brewers' Relief page to sign the petition.

Good Beer Guide

The 2021 edition of the Good Beer Guide is available from October 29th, 2020. Visit the CAMRA website to buy with a discount price for members.

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

Other publications and merchandise are also available.

Reopening of Pubs

Since pubs in England can reopen from 4th July, CAMRA has issued the following statement.

A statement made by CAMRA. The full text is in the pdf to download.

To view a full size version or to download the statement, click on this link for the PDF.

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.

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.