CAMRA news and events – November 2019


October saw presentations being made to the winners of the beer, perry and cider of the festival awards from the 2019 Beckenham Beer Festival, organised by CAMRA’s Bromley Branch.

The Five Points Brewing Co welcomed members of the branch to their brewery tap, the Pembury Tavern, in Hackney. The presentation of the beer of the festival award for their Railway Porter was made by (left to right) John Horn and Barry Phillips to Max Descloux. The group then had a brief

visit to the nearby brewery and enjoyed a preview tasting of the Ernest Green Hop beer, which was to be launched the following week.

A few days later, a small group of branch members made their way down to the Double Vision Cider Co in Boughton Monchelsea (near Maidstone), transported in style in a vintage Bentley driven by long standing branch member Chris Crowther. Barry Phillips, the branch’s social secretary, made the presentation of the perry of the festival award to the company’s Simon Boarer for their Impeared Vision Perry.

Lorraine Davies, Barry Phillips, Simon Boarer and Mike Allen

The cider of the festival was Piglet’s Choice Dry by Nephnett Cider. Alas, because of the distance between Beckenham and Somerset, we had to send their award by post!
Bob Keaveney (with thanks to Five Points and Chris Crowther for the photos)


CAMRA’s Enfield & Barnet branch recently awarded a special certificate to a pub that has achieved the distinction of having been in the Good Beer Guide for 25 consecutive editions from 1995 to 2020. The pub in question is the Orange Tree, 18 Highfield Road, Winchmore Hill N21 3HA.

The photo shows, from left to right, Peter Graham, the branch chairman, Marie Maher, the landlady, and Owen Woodliffe, the branch Social Secretary. Sadly, Marie’s husband, John, could not attend as he was attending a funeral in Ireland. The pub, a privately-owned free house with one regular and three guest beers, stands near the New River walk and features a large, award-winning garden.
Ron Andrews


As usual, the winner of the CAMRA Richmond & Hounslow branch’s Pub of the Year award was announced at Twickenham Beer Festival on 24 October. The honours were performed by the Mayor of the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Nancy Baldwin. The winner, for the fourth time in five years, was the Masons Arms in Teddington, with the Black Dog Beer House in Brentford a worthy runner up.

Branch Chairman Bob Gordon and a very happy winner, Rae (photo by Dave Brimner)

Held, as usual, at York House, the Festival was rated a success by customers who consumed most of the 75 beers and 20 ciders on offer. Two very local beers tied for Beer of the Festival, Twickenham Brewery’s London Fig Porter (5.3% ABV) and last year’s joint winner, Tiny Vessel’s Dark Matter, a 4.5% ABV porter brewed on Platt’s Eyot, a small island in the Thames near Hampton. The Cider of the Festival was Saxby Cider’s Cloudy Rhubarb (sweet, 3.5% ABV) from Northamptonshire.
John Austin


CAMRA’s Kingston & Leatherhead branch held its October meeting in the new outbuilding at the rear of the Albion in Kingston which houses their gin distillery. This must be the first time that the branch has met in a distillery. The pub has been voted Pub of the Year for the Kingston half of the branch and so, before the meeting began, branch chairman Richard Russell (right) presented the customary certificate to Matthew, the assistant manager.

Since the Big Smoke Brewery took over the Albion three years ago they have transformed it into a popular destination pub where people go for its range of up to ten ales and five ciders, craft keg beers and its food. Its atmosphere, ambience, style and cleanliness were also praised. As well as beers from their own brewery in nearby Esher, they also have guests from all over the country. The Albion is located just off the town centre opposite Fairfield Green (45 Fairfield Road, KT1 2PY). The Pub of the Year for the Leatherhead area is the Grade II*-listed Running Horse (Shepherd Neame) 38 Bridge Street, KT22 8BZ.
Clive Taylor


In September the regional young members group visited 40FT Brewery’s brand new taproom in Dalston. The brewery was founded in 2015 by four friends, three of whom had been home brewers and had started brewing together in their shared house in Hackney. We were treated to a tour of their taproom, which is housed in two stacked 20ft shipping containers (see where they got their name now?). Their space is all made of recycled materials, including a floor from an old school gym. We tried all their current taps, including Disco Pils, a lager malt pale ale; Deep, a dry Irish stout and Streetweiss. Although still mainly local, they are expanding rapidly, supplying pubs, bars and restaurants around Hackney. Do check out 40ft!

Ottilla behind the bar

Victoria (Tori) Bishop-Rowe