Welcome to the South East London Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. Our area covers the boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich, and the parts of Lambeth with an SE postcode.

2016  Branch Christmas Dinner

This year our Christmas meal will be held at the Golden Lion in Sydenham on Mon 5 December at 7.30pm and if past years are anything to go by it should be a very enjoyable evening. We look forward to seeing you there! Please note that advance booking is required by 29 November – for further details, including the menu and online reservation form, please click here.


Promoting  Pubs With Southwark MP Neil Coyle

On Sat 20 Aug we visited a number of local pubs with Southwark & Old Bermondsey MP Neil Coyle to generate additional publicity for the crucial community role played by our pubs and also the challenges and threats they face today. The tour started at the China Hall, Rotherhithe and finished at the Gladstone Arms, Borough, stopping off at a number of other pubs on the way.  Click here full details and links to the press interest we generated.

Gladstone - outside


3rd  Kidbrooke Beer & Cider Festival

Thanks go to all our volunteers and the 850 visitors that helped make another successful festival in May this year at Charlton Park RFC.  We virtually sold out of all 50 beers and 25 ciders/perries – that’s over 3,500 pints served! Joint winners of Beer of the Festival were Anspach & Hobday’s The Stout Porter and Bullfinch Brewery’s South Eastern Bloc Stout. Hartland Perry was voted Cider/Perry of the Festival.

Read Blackheath Revolt’s festival review here.


Branch  2016 Pub of The Year Winners

After another closely fought contest, Branch members voted the Pelton Arms in Greenwich as the winner of our Pub Of The Year, closely followed by the Long Pond in Eltham.  Our Cider Pub Of The Year award once again goes to the Blythe Hill Tavern in Forest Hill.  Congratulations to all three great pubs.


30  SE London Pubs Now Registered as ACV

Click here to view the growing list of SE London pubs successfully registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) by our Branch or other local groups. Making an application is easier than you might think and SE London CAMRA can help. More info




During the course of a month, we usually have a Branch meeting (where we discuss the branch business), 2/3 social meetings and some months a beer festival planning meeting. All members are welcome at any meeting.

For more info see the Diary.


We are currently without a Young Members representative on the committee. If you are willing to step up for this role, please let us know.

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