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.


5th Kidbrooke Beer & Cider Festival 2018

The Kidbrooke Beer and Cider Festival is back for a 5th year!

50+ cask ales, 20+ ciders and perries plus keg and bottled beer.

The festival runs from 24 to 26 May and will be held at Charlton Park RFC, 60a Broad Walk, SE3 8NB. We’ll be open from 12 noon – 10.30pm each day and we look forward to seeing you there!

See our festival page for further details.


Branch Pub Of The Year 2018

The winner of the SE London Pub Of The Year 2018 is Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill.

The runner up is The Plume Of Feathers, Greenwich.

The winner of the Cider Pub Of The Year 2018 is Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill.


30 years in the Good Beer Guide for the Dog and Bell

The owner and retired landlord Charlie and new tenant Ellie were jointly presented with a certificate marking an incredible 30 continuous years in the Good Beer Guide at the recent annual Pickle Festival at the Dog & Bell, Deptford.

Congratulations to the Dog & Bell on this fantastic achievement – there is no other pub in our branch that comes close to matching this.

Thanks to John McLaughlin for the photo.



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.

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