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.

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

To assist with locating pubs and brewery taprooms that are open for online or off-sales, CAMRA’s WhatPub website now has a new Homepage default search option to “only show pubs offering takeaway or other additional services during closure period”.

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.


Above all, please follow the government guidance to keep yourselves, your loved ones and your community safe.

The SE London CAMRA Committee  

Cancellation of Beer Festivals and Other Events

CAMRA HQ have today (17 March) let us know that all CAMRA events and festivals are to be cancelled until at least the end of June. This means that our planned cider festival at the Matchstick Theatre in Deptford in April, and our Kidbrooke Beer and Cider Festival at Charlton Park RFC in May, will not go ahead. I know this will be a disappointment to many people, but we have to put the health and safety of our members and the wider public first.

We will not be holding physical branch meetings and socials until further notice.

At the time of writing, Government advice is not to go to pubs, although pubs have not been formally instructed to close. Many pubs and clubs in our area are, however, staying open, and will appreciate any business you can put their way, whether for example you choose to go for a pint or to buy beer or cider for consumption at home, where it is being offered.

Whatever the next few weeks hold, please look after yourselves (and others where you are able to) and, once this difficult period is over, we hope to see you in the pub for a pint.

Anna Lancefield

***Update*** The Government officially announced on Friday 20 March 2020 that all pubs are to be closed indefinitely.


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.

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