CAMRA news and events – September 2020


The winner of CAMRA’s East London & City branch’s Pub of the Year award for 2020 is the Northcote Arms in Leyton. No proper presentation was possible, of course, but the branch was able to deliver the certificate all the same, along with their congratulations. They report that the garden is looking good and their social distancing measures are working well. The pub’s full address is 110 Grove Green Road, E11 4EL.


The oldest working pub in N17 has won the ‘golden gong’ for cask beer pubs in North London. The community owned Antwerp Arms (known locally as the ‘Annie’) has been voted CAMRA’s North London Branch’s Pub of the Year for 2020, beating hundreds of pubs to this prestigious award. Branch chairman Colin Coyne said, “This Georgian building has been serving local people since 1822. In 2013, the pub faced demolition before the local community and CAMRA campaigners came together to prevent the developers taking action. The Antwerp Arms Association was set up, raising funds through shares and a grant from the Social Investment Bank. This enabled the pub to be purchased two years later. It’s a great example of local people taking ownership of and doing something to keep what they value. The Antwerp Arms is the only community owned pub in North London and it’s a really worthy winner’.

Colin (right) presents the award to Peter

The presentation took place (with social distancing being observed!) on 5 August. The pub’s general manager, Peter Passam, added, “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this great honour from CAMRA. As a community pub we are committed to being a friendly and welcoming place, run by our community for our community.” The pub offers free space for local groups and the community for meetings and events as well as being involved in a number of local initiatives, often working with partners such as the Friends of Bruce Castle Park to improve the local park, CRUTCH Haringey to host Community lunches and picnics for those in need and the local community choir for Christmas socials. It’s not just adults only; the pub welcomes families and is dog friendly, aided by the garden in the warmer weather!

The pub’s full address is 168-170 Church Road, Tottenham, N17 8AS. It is also believed to be the only pub with this name in the country.


As London Drinker went to press, the Pigs Ear festival committee were unable to confirm whether a festival would go ahead this year. Through the medium of Zoom (other video conferencing tools are available), the committee have continued to meet throughout the summer, keeping track of the constantly changing rules and restrictions and working as a group to plan a safe, compliant festival. If a festival does take place this year, it will be very different from everything that has gone before . . . Keep an eye on for the latest news.
Alan Perryman


In normal times, the beer of the festival certificate is presented to the winning brewery sometime around three months after the festival doors close, often with a number of volunteers going along to celebrate. These are, of course, not normal times! We are however pleased to confirm that the winning brewery and beer for 2019 was Mechanic Brewery for their Green Diesel Stout.

While the festival committee had hoped to make it to Bethnal Green the continued guidance on social distancing made it very difficult to do so safely. The certificate was however handed over in February 2020 as this photo, taken in the brewhouse, confirms.
Alan Perryman


I have been notified that, sadly but understandably, the following events will not take place:
• Norwich Beer Festival – 21 to 26 October
• Redhill Beer Festival – 29 to 31 October
The organisers of Redhill Festival are hoping to run a festival in 2021 which will feature the 125th Anniversary of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.


There are two new features on CAMRA’s Learn & Discover website. The first is a history of IPA, developed by award-winning writer Pete Brown and the second is the third edition of a ‘beer drinker’s dictionary’. If you want to further your beer knowledge then go here.


The first season of CAMRA’s podcast was well received with around a thousand listeners every week. The second season started in late September, with a new episode every fortnight. It’s not too late to catch up with the first series. They are available on Apple Podcast, Spotify or your usual source for podcasts.


This national CAMRA award is now in its fourth year. Its aim is to recognise the achievements of groups that have successfully campaigned to save their local pub and to draw wider attention to their efforts to encourage others. Any group which, during the year ending 1 November 2020, has carried out campaigning activity that has directly led to the prevention of a pub or pubs from closure is eligible for nomination. Applications close on 14 November and should be made via this link.