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Branch Members meet Robert Halfon MP at the Strangers Bar House of Commons, to discuss how Goverment Action can help Pubs & Small Brewers (and enjoy a few beers)

The Herts and Essex Branch is a small but active branch of Camra. Fighting for the future of pubs, choice and quality of Real Ale, while at the same time getting time to enjoy some of those real ales in the pubs. Meeting once a month for a formal branch meeting, we also have regular socials, pub crawls, brewery visits and even long weekends away.
We welcome new members, no need to join first if you want to come along for taster. The Whats On button above will let know what we are planning in the near future. Look forward to meeting you.
If you have an issue with a pub closure, brewery news of want information, please use the Contact Us button above.
The branch runs two beer festivals, The Gibberd Garden (Old Harlow) mid June and the Bishops Stortford Festival at the End of July.
The Branch Covers a Large and mainly Rural area on the Hertfordshire & Essex Borders, including the towns of Harlow, Epping, Ongar, Waltham Abbey & Bishops Stortford. Click below for full branch map.

Branch Chairman Brendan Sothcott Enjoys a Beer with Marc Bartram, erstwhile brewer at Bartrams Brewery in Suffolk

Branch Member Tony Davies Serves Happy Drinkers at the Gibberd Garden Beer Festival
The Branch is also a part of the LocAle Scheme - promoting pubs selling beer from Local Breweries. This cuts down the 'Beer Miles' done by beer between breweries and the pub, supports local buisness & employment, as well as ensuring that beers sold in pubs are of a style suitable for this area.
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Local Brewer Wins Second Place in Herts Beer Of The Year Competition

New River Brewery came a very close second in the Hertfordshire Beer of the Year Awards presented at the Watford Beer Festival for their Twin Spring Beer. A Mellow Golden Ale of 4.0% ABV

Two Pubs Close for Serious Refurbishemnt

November we see two busy local pubs closing for major refurbishment, both expected to be closed for a number of weeks.
The White Lion in Sawbridgwith and the Half Moon in Bishops Stortford are both having the decorators in for a serious refurbishment. Bit of a pain losing the facility of the pubs for a few weeks, but it is great to see pub owners investing in the propoerties. We look forward to the re-openeings and hope they both continue in their previous success.

Bishops Stortford Club Closes

September 21 saw the offical closure of the Bishiops Stortford Royal British Legion Club. Popular, and profitable, it was closed due to the lease running out, and the Freeholders wishing to reaslise the value of the buildng through development.
This also means the end of the succesful CAMRA beer festival held each July in the grounds of the club. A new venue may be found for the Bishops Stortford Beer Festival - maybe not - more news on this to follow.

Popular Club Under Threat of Closure Wins Branch Award

A Royal British Legion club threatened with closure in Bishop’s Stortford has been awarded a coveted Real Ale Club of the Year award by the Herts & Essex Borders branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - in a move campaigners hope will convince the National Royal British Legion to change its plans.

Branch Pub of the Year & Cider Pub of the Year Awards

Branch CIDER Pub of the Year Announced

The branch Cider Pub of the year has been announced as the Woodbine Inn, Waltham Abbey. Many congratulations to the Landlord Rob Chapman.
The runner up in this competion, and the best cider pub in the Hertfordshire part of the branch is the Queens Head at Allens Green - another success for Cliff Caswell.

23rd-25th June Beer Festival at the Birchanger Sports & Social Club, at Birchanger

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