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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.