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.


Catford Beer Festival 2018

The Catford Bridge Tavern, supported by SE London CAMRA, is for the second year hosting a three-day celebration of beer in all its forms – cask, keg, bottles and cans. Most of the beer will come from very local breweries, including a beer specially brewed by Brockley for the occasion. We’ll also have a selection of ciders. In all, over 50 beers and ciders will be available. There will also be an opportunity to try the new Sweetheart Gin recently launched by Brew Buddies.

The fab Alexandra Sewell will be running a Black Malt stall at the event, giving you an opportunity to explore some dark beers you may not have tried before and find out some more about them.

The pub will be doing food throughout the event and there will be live music on all three nights, as well as a DJ later in the evening.

The festival is open from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June, from 12pm to 11pm each day. You can find the Catford Bridge Tavern in Station Approach, Catford, SE6 4RE. We look forward to seeing you there!


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.