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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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12 April 2016 - Local Small Brewer Nominated for Award, and needs your vote

The New River Brewery of Hoddesdon have been nominated for Best New Brewer award at the Hertfordshiore Food & Drink Awards. If you agree with this please do vote for them by clicking the picture below

Notifications of some local pub beer festival

Three pubs have told us about beer festivals they are holding in the comming months. All three have a history of running successful beer festivals.
The Gate, Sawbridgeworty, will be holding a festival over all four days of he Easter Weekend Expecting about 20+ beer, plus soem from the pubs own brewery.
The Prince of Wales, Green Tye is holding their annual festival over the May Day bank holiday weekend. About 30+ beers, and again featuring some beers from the pubs own brewery.
The Queens Head, Allens Green, is holding a festival over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. Further details soon.
Just to point out that these are all run by the pubs concerned, and not by CAMRA.

11 March 2016 - First ACV Issued for a Harlow Pub

The Golden Swift in Harlow, has now gained a Asset of Community Value (ACV) status. Issued by Harlow Council. This follwed a campaign led by local MY Robert Halfon. A ACV does not mean a pub cannot be closed, but does demonstrate that the local pub is a valuable part of the local community.

March 2016 Pub Re-Openings in Bishops Stortford

The long closed Cock Pub at the Hockerill Lights in Stortford has re-opened, under the control of Adam Curtis, the former landlord of the Wheatsheaf. This pub was the first pub in the branch area to gain Asset of Community Value (AVC) status. Historic pub, with long history, and so far, under the management of Adrian it seems to be doing well. Wet led pub, no food.
Following the departure of Adrian Curtis the Wheatsheaf was closed for a few weeks, but has now been re-opened under the Management of Michelle Brace. This pub was a former Greene King pub, but was recenetly sold to Hawthorne Lesiure. Hoping all goes well for Michelle, and in a few weeks the pub will start selling food for the first time in a few years sfter the completion of the updating of the kitchen.

10th March 2016

Two new Breweries in the Branch Area.

Much Hadham brewery

Started brewing late in 2015, but is now available in more pubs. Two beers, 18ct Gold (Light Golden Ale) and First Brewed (A Traditional Bitter). This brewery is based in Little Hadham, and brews using only their own spring well water, and English Hops & Malt. The Brewers are giving a presentation to the Branch at the Chequers, Wareside, after the Branch Meeting on Monday 14 March.


A new brewery is now in production at the Woodbine Inn, Waltham Abbey. First beer should be available in the next few weeks, which we are all looking forward to.

March 1st 2016 Branch Pubs of the Year Announced

Very please to announce that Queen Head Allens Green has been voted the Branch Pub of the Year for 2016. Well done to Cliff and the staff for gaining this award.
Second place went to the Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. Another excellent pub, and congratulations to the Landlord, Rob.
The Woodbine Inn also came first in the Branch Cider & Perry Pub of the Year for second year running.

Winter Beer Festival 28, 29 & 30 Dec

The Bishops Stortford Royal British Legion have notified us that they are holding a small winter beer festival, with about 10 beers on. It will be held at the Royal British Legion club, Windhill, Bishops Stortford. Open from 11.00am to 11.00pm each day, and is open to all.

6th Nov 2015

At the Watford Beer Festival prizes were presented for the champion Beer of Hertfordshire 2015. All brewers producing beer in Hertfordshire were invited to present one beer for juding at the St Albans Beer Festival. 16 Brewers submitted a beer.
Third Place went to Farr Brew Most Potent Porter 4.4% (brewed in Herpenden)
Second Place went to Red Squirrel Mad Squirrel APA 4.7% (brewed inHemel Hempstead)

First Place went to Bishop's Storford Citra 3.9%

Well done to all the winners, but especially to the Bishops'Stortford Brewer, Darren Lawrence. Pictured below is Darren recieving his reward at the Watford Beer Festival

10th Oct 2015

Great celebrations for Darren, the Brewer at the Local Bishops Stortford Brewery. The Bishops Stortford Citra, was voted the Champion Beer of Hertfordshire. 16 Hertfordshire breweries put forward their best beer for judging, and the Citra came out top.
It was noted by the judging panel, that this be is a well rounded ale, where the fine taste of the malts is not hidden by the addition of too many citra hops.

2 Oct 2015

Two events announced at the Gate in Sawbridgeworth. First the New River Brewery Beers are going on sale today in the pub (see item below). This is the first time these beers have appeared in our Branch Area.
Also announced today is a Cider festival at the Gate throughout October, with many changing ciders available.
Further details from the pub on 01279 722313 or thegatepub.com


28 Aug 2015
The new River Brewery is about to see it's first beers go on sale in the next couple of weeks. A new venture run by John & Jeremy, in the Pindar Road Industrial area in Hoddesdon. First Beers are a 4.2% River Bed Red, a full bodied Red Ale, and a easy drinking bitter called London Tap 3.9%.
The beers will be on sale withing the next few days, and at the Chappel Beer Festival 8-12 Sept. Further details from the brewery webssite newriverbrewery.co.uk.

Branch Pub wins Silver in the Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year

The Queens Head won silver in the All Hertfordshire Cider pub of the Year 2015 competition. The range of ciders on sale here has grown in the last two years, with examples from local makers, Hadham Cider, London Glider and Apple cottage. To mark the Occasion, a certificate was awarded to Richard Thurlow, the Pub Manager by branch chairman Brendan Sothcott at a ceremony on the night of 15th May 2015

25th April 2015
The Herts & Essex Borders Branch made a visit to the Redemption Brewery, where we were made very welcome, and had the chance to sample some excellent beers.

20th April 2015
Branch Pub Wins Seconds Place in the Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year

CAMRA Are pleased to announce that the Queens Head, Allens Green has come second in the the challenging all Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year competition. There will be an award to the pub planned for the evening of Friday 15th May.

On the evening of 22nd April 2015 the pub was presented with its Branch Pub of the Year award for Cider, and Runner up for Overall Pub of the Year. The award was presented by the Branch Chairman, Brendan Sothcott (Centre) to Landlord Cliff Casswell (Left) and Richard, Pub Manager (Right).

2nd April 2015

It is with regret that we have to announce that our long standing member, Ivan Bullerwell, passed away today after a long fight against illness. Ivan was born in 1943 at Consett, County Durham, before moving in steps to Essex, where he became a active member in Camra. He served until his death as the branch Pubs and Pub Preservation Officer. A real campaigner he will be much missed.

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