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Branch Memebers meet Robert Halfon MP at the Strangers Bar House of Commons, to discuss how Goverment Action can help Pubs & Small Brewers (and enjoy a few beers)

The Herts and Essex Branch is a small but active branch of Camra. Fighting for the future of pubs, choice and quality of Real Ale, while at the same time getting time to enjoy some of those real ales in the pubs. Meeting once a month for a formal branch meeting, we also have regular socials, pub crawls, brewery visits and even long weekends away.
We welcome new members, no need to join first if you want to come along for taster. The Whats On button above will let know what we are planning in the near future. Look forward to meeting you.
If you have an issue with a pub closure, brewery news of want information, please use the Contact Us button above.
The branch runs two beer festivals, The Gibberd Garden (Old Harlow) mid June and the Bishops Stortford Festival at the End of July.
The Branch Covers a Large and mainly Rural area on the Hertfordshire & Essex Borders, including the towns of Harlow, Epping, Ongar, Waltham Abbey & Bishops Stortford. Click below for full branch map.

Branch Chairman Brendan Sothcott Enjoys a Beer with Marc Bartram, erstwhile brewer at Bartrams Brewery in Suffolk

Branch Member Tony Davies Serves Happy Drinkers at the Gibberd Garden Beer Festival
The Branch is also a part of the LocAle Scheme - promoting pubs selling beer from Local Breweries. This cuts down the 'Beer Miles' done by beer between breweries and the pub, supports local buisness & employment, as well as ensuring that beers sold in pubs are of a style suitable for this area.
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10th March 2015
Presentation of the Branch Pub of the Year

The award of Branch Pub of the Year 2015, was made to the Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey.
Graham Darby, Herts & Essex Branch Secretary (right) presents the award to the Landord, Rob Chapman (Left)

24th Feb 2015
Talk on Bishops Stoirtford Pubs at the Rhodes Centre

We have been advised that this talk is taking palce at the Rhodes Centre, Bishops Stiortford. Details below. Tickets from the Rhodes Centre Website Can you believe that in the 19th century there were over 50 pubs and beer houses in Bishop’s Stortford? Museum Curator Sarah Turner will provide you with an amazing insight into the history of some of the pubs and beer houses of the town.

15th Feb 2015
Branch Pub of the Year Announced

After 12 months of surveying the best of the best pubs in the area using a tight selection criteria of not only the quality & choice of beers, but also considering the ambience, value for money, customer service & experience, and Community focus of the pubs, the Herts & Essex Borders Branch voted

The Woodbine, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey

as the Best pub in the Branch area. As such it is afforded the title of Branch Pub of the Year 2015.

15th Feb 2015
The Branch Cider Pub of the Year

selected for being a good all round pub, as well as a good selection of first rate quality real Ciders was won by

The Queens Head Allens Green.

29th Dec 2014

After many years Tom Barnett, Landlord of the Gate in Sawbridgworth, notched up his 10,000th different cask ale sold at the pub. Anybody tried a pint of them all and lived?

14th Nov 2014

East Anglia Cider Pub of the Year 2014 Chris Rouse, the Regional Cider Co-ordinator for East Anglia, visited the Queen’s Head, Allens Green on 14th November, to present the bronze certificate to this small Hertfordshire pub. The Queen’s Head had won the Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year 2014 and had gone forward to the regional judging.
Chris Rouse told me that the winner was the Railway Arms in Downham Market, with the White Lion in Norwich taking second place. The Railway Arms had won National Cider Pub in 2013 and both of the Norfolk pubs have frequently been county winners as longstanding cider pubs. He said that showed how well the Queen’s Head had done to come third to pubs with such a pedigree.
Cliff Caswell, the landlord, praised the manager, Richard Thurlow, for seeking out local and unusual ciders. Richard said that the good cider producers and the drinkers, who come out to Allens Green to try the ciders, have a place in the pub’s success in being able to stock such a wide range. Cliff also thanked the local CAMRA group, Herts and Essex Borders, for their support publicising the range of ciders at this little village pub.

26th Oct 2014
In Just Four Days Enough Signatures Obtained to Apply to List Queens Head Wormely as an Asset of Community Value

In just four days enough people have signed up to support the listing of the Queens Head as a Asset of Community Value. This does not mean the pub has a future. The Local Council have to accept the application, and the pub owners do not have to reopen the pub. However should mean that if the current owners do decide to sell the pub, then the local community have six months to put together a bid to buy the pub at a fair price.

22nd Oct 2014
Campaign Starts to Save the Queens Head at Wormely, Near Broxbourne/Cheshunt

The Queens Head Wormley, a up to now a popular community pub is closed with a uncertain future. We are proposing to get this pub listed as a Asset of Community Value, to help prevent it becoming a ex-pub. The campaign is being run by Rob Cherry our Branch Vice Chairmnan. Please see the Facebook page set up to save this valuable pub at https://www.facebook.com/QueensHeadWormley

1st Oct 2014
Branch Pub comes Third in East Anglian Cider Pub of the Year Award

The Queens Head, Allens Green has come third in the East Anglian Cider Pub of the Year Award, in the first year this pub has entered for the award. To come from nowhere to this level in Cider is a great acheivemnet. East Anglian Cider co-ordinator for CAMRA Chris Rouse will be presenting the award to the pub at 8.00pm on Friday 14 November.

4th July 2014
Presentation of Gibberd Garden Beer Festival - Beer of Festival Award

Beer of the Festival at the Gibberd Garden Beer Festival was voted as Sawbridgeworth Gibberd Garden Special. A certificate was presented to Gary Barnnet (left) by the Festival Organiser Hazel Chester (centre) & Branch Chairman Brendan Sothcott (right)

22nd June 2014

Gibberd Garden Beer Festival - Beer of the Festival Announced
Voted for by the public attending the festval, the winner was Gibberd Garden Special Ale brewed by the local Sawbridgeworth Brewery.

4th June 2014
Branch's Latest Brewery First Beer Goes on Sale Today

First Brew, Country ale, produced by Rob Osbourne at Green Tye went on sale at the Prince of Wales pub in Green Tye today.

2 June Gibberd Garden Beer List Released

Today the Beer List for the Gibberd Garden Beer Festival was released online. The Festival takes place on Saturday & Sunday 14th & 15th June at the Gibberd Gardens Old Harlow. Open Noon to 8.00pm Both days.
Gibberd Garden Beer Festival 2014 Beer & Cider List

31st May 2014 - Branch Pub Wins Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year & goes to to win third place in the Regional Competition

It has been announced that The Queens Head, Allens Green has won third place in the East Anglia Region Cider Pub of the Year. Serving up to six real ciders, four of which come from local producers, this pub is becoming a cider center of excellence. Well done to Richard & Cliff for achieving this record. Picture below shows Brian Paige, The CAMRA Hertfordshire Cider Co-ordinator presenting Richard, Pub Manager, with his all Hertfordshire award.

23rd April 2014 - Branch Pub of the Year Presentation

Branch Chairman Brendan Sothcott presents the 2014 Branch Pub of the Year award to Landlord of the Rising Sun at High Wych, Garry and his daughter Loran.

17 April First Beer From the Re-Vamped Brewery at Green tye

The first beer from the Bishops Stortford Brewery at it's new home has just gone on sale today. The Brewery has taken over the old Green Tye Brewery at Green Tye. The first beer brewed there, Bishops Stortford Pale Ale, is now on sale at the Prince of Wales Green Tye. It will appear at other pubs in the area over the weekend. Look out for it.

14 April 2014Branch Pub Wins Hertfordhire Cider Pub The Year

The Queens Head at Allens Green has been voted by Camra Cider Drinkers as the Hertfordshire Cider & Perry Pub of the Year. The Pub now goes forward to the East Anglian Round of the competetion.

April 10 New Wetherspoons Opening in Bishops Stortford

Continuing on the theme of pubs opening (and the last month has seen more pubs open in the branch than close for the first time for many years) A new Wetherspoons called the Port Jackson, is going to open its doors on Tuesday 15 April in Bishops Stortford. Doors open for food at 7.00am, so you can get some stomach lining ready for the bar opening at 8.00am. Looks like three beers from Red Squirrel and three from the Saffron brewery will feature on the opening day, including the Saffron Porter. More on this later once it has opened.

Branch Cider Pub of the Year Award

6 April Branch Chairman, Brendan Sothcott, Presented the Branch Cider pub of the Year award to Rob Chapman, Landlord of the Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey.
Pub now stocks a large selection of ciders & Perrys from small and local producers, including from the London Glider Cider Company in nearby Woodford.

Pub Bucks the Trend and Re-Opens

April 2014. Despite all the Doom & Gloom surrounding many pubs, the Black Horse at White Roding has bucked the trend and re-opened. This former Ridleys pub fell into Greene King’s hands when Ridleys were taken over by Greene King. Despite being the last pub in a large area it struggled and finally closed. Now after some major rebuilding, it has re-opened as a Free House with a very well designed bar and eating area, offering a very comfortable and cosy bar. With this being the only pub in a very large area, let’s all hope that people are attracted into this very welcoming hostelry and it is a great success

29th March. Brewing Returns to Green Tye

. The Recenetly Closed Green Tye Micro-Brewery, re-opened and brewed again today. The brewery buildings have been taken over by the previously nomadic Bishops Stortford Brewery. This brewery will now be permenatly based at Green Tye. The first brew was started today, and will be a Pale Ale called SPA. Should be available mid April in loacl pubs, including the adjacent Prince of Wales. Looking forward to trying it.

2014 Branch Cider Pub of the Year Selected

With the increasing interest in real cider, from the fast growing number of small cider makers, the CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year competition is taking a higher profile. The Herts & Essex Branch Cider Pub for the Year for 2014 is the Woodbine Inn at Waltham Abbey. This pub close to the M25 junction is stocking a good selection of ciders, including from the small London Glider Cider company based in nearby Woodford.

2014 Branch Pub of the Year Anounced

For the second Year Running, the Rising Sun at High Wych has been voted the Herts & Essex Borders Branch of CAMRA Pub of the Year. This excellent pub was slected in a close vote, beating the Queens Head at Allens Green to a close second. Also close runners up were the Woodbine Inn at Waltham Abbey and the Moletrap at Tawney Common.

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