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.

Coronavirus and beer sales

As the lockdown progresses, there have been mixed messages coming from the government about which premises are allowed to stay open. At the time of writing (Wednesday 25 March), it looks like off licences and tap rooms can remain open for takeaway sales – of course, this could change again in the coming days.

Beer Guide London has 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 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 (see above). We will update you when we have any further developments.

For more info see the Diary.

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