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.
During this second lockdown, we will once again be holding virtual socials using Zoom. All members are welcome!
The next one will be Monday, 18th January, at 8pm. If you would like to join, please e-mail email@example.com and we will send you the Zoom link. If you haven’t used Zoom before don’t worry; it’s straightforward and we can talk you through how to use it.
Reverse the change to Small Brewers Relief.
The Government is set to increase the amount of tax paid by some small independent breweries in the UK. This could lead to brewery closures and less choice at the bar for you.
To protect our small breweries, the beers they make, and your choice at the bar we are now asking CAMRA members to sign this petition on the UK Parliament petitions website, asking the Government to stop the changes.
The changes are going to be made to the Small Brewers’ Relief Scheme – CAMRA lobbied for the scheme to be introduced 20 years ago. It allows small brewers to pay less tax to compensate for the economies of scale in production enjoyed by larger brewers. Since Small Brewers Relief was introduced, the number of breweries has skyrocketed, along with choice at the pub.
Now the Government wants to take away tax relief from the brewers at the smaller end of the production scale so that larger ‘small’ brewers can pay less – it’s a ‘reverse Robin Hood’ tax. We need to persuade the Government to think again.
Please click below to sign the petition – if 100,000 people sign it, it will be debated in Parliament.
Coronavirus and Beer Sales
We have added details for all the venues in our Branch area that we are currently aware are offering such services – please try and support these businesses if you can during the current difficult time. Also, if you are aware of any other local pubs that are missing from the WhatPub search, please email us so we can add the details.
Beer Guide London has also compiled a list of pubs and breweries offering beer takeaway or delivery sales in London – the link is below and is kept as up to date as possible. If you’re going to be buying beer, please do try and do so from a local small business rather than through a supermarket if you are able.
The SE London CAMRA Committee
Branch Pub Of The Year 2020
This year’s winner of the SE London CAMRA Pub Of The Year is the Dog and Bell, Deptford.
The runner up is the Long Pond, Eltham.
For the second year running, our Cider Pub Of The Year is the River Ale House, Greenwich.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who voted.
Please note that due to the social isolation policy currently in place all branch meetings and socials are suspended until further notice. In the meantime we are holding virtual socials for branch members (details above). We will update you when we have any further developments.
For more info see the Diary.