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Branch Members 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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Winter Beer Festival 28, 29 & 30 Dec

The Bishops Stortford Royal British Legion have notified us that they are holding a small winter beer festival, with about 10 beers on. It will be held at the Royal British Legion club, Windhill, Bishops Stortford. Open from 11.00am to 11.00pm each day, and is open to all.

6th Nov 2015

At the Watford Beer Festival prizes were presented for the champion Beer of Hertfordshire 2015. All brewers producing beer in Hertfordshire were invited to present one beer for juding at the St Albans Beer Festival. 16 Brewers submitted a beer.
Third Place went to Farr Brew Most Potent Porter 4.4% (brewed in Herpenden)
Second Place went to Red Squirrel Mad Squirrel APA 4.7% (brewed inHemel Hempstead)

First Place went to Bishop's Storford Citra 3.9%

Well done to all the winners, but especially to the Bishops'Stortford Brewer, Darren Lawrence. Pictured below is Darren recieving his reward at the Watford Beer Festival

10th Oct 2015

Great celebrations for Darren, the Brewer at the Local Bishops Stortford Brewery. The Bishops Stortford Citra, was voted the Champion Beer of Hertfordshire. 16 Hertfordshire breweries put forward their best beer for judging, and the Citra came out top.
It was noted by the judging panel, that this be is a well rounded ale, where the fine taste of the malts is not hidden by the addition of too many citra hops.

2 Oct 2015

Two events announced at the Gate in Sawbridgeworth. First the New River Brewery Beers are going on sale today in the pub (see item below). This is the first time these beers have appeared in our Branch Area.
Also announced today is a Cider festival at the Gate throughout October, with many changing ciders available.
Further details from the pub on 01279 722313 or thegatepub.com


28 Aug 2015
The new River Brewery is about to see it's first beers go on sale in the next couple of weeks. A new venture run by John & Jeremy, in the Pindar Road Industrial area in Hoddesdon. First Beers are a 4.2% River Bed Red, a full bodied Red Ale, and a easy drinking bitter called London Tap 3.9%.
The beers will be on sale withing the next few days, and at the Chappel Beer Festival 8-12 Sept. Further details from the brewery webssite newriverbrewery.co.uk.

Branch Pub wins Silver in the Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year

The Queens Head won silver in the All Hertfordshire Cider pub of the Year 2015 competition. The range of ciders on sale here has grown in the last two years, with examples from local makers, Hadham Cider, London Glider and Apple cottage. To mark the Occasion, a certificate was awarded to Richard Thurlow, the Pub Manager by branch chairman Brendan Sothcott at a ceremony on the night of 15th May 2015

25th April 2015
The Herts & Essex Borders Branch made a visit to the Redemption Brewery, where we were made very welcome, and had the chance to sample some excellent beers.

20th April 2015
Branch Pub Wins Seconds Place in the Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year

CAMRA Are pleased to announce that the Queens Head, Allens Green has come second in the the challenging all Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year competition. There will be an award to the pub planned for the evening of Friday 15th May.

On the evening of 22nd April 2015 the pub was presented with its Branch Pub of the Year award for Cider, and Runner up for Overall Pub of the Year. The award was presented by the Branch Chairman, Brendan Sothcott (Centre) to Landlord Cliff Casswell (Left) and Richard, Pub Manager (Right).

2nd April 2015

It is with regret that we have to announce that our long standing member, Ivan Bullerwell, passed away today after a long fight against illness. Ivan was born in 1943 at Consett, County Durham, before moving in steps to Essex, where he became a active member in Camra. He served until his death as the branch Pubs and Pub Preservation Officer. A real campaigner he will be much missed.

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.

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