Welcome to CAMRA West Kent

By Chris

This website is for CAMRA members that have an interest in the West Kent Branch.


The branch area includes the towns of Edenbridge, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Westerham.

The easiest ways to help CAMRA West Kent?

The number 1, easiest, but most important thing that CAMRA members can do to help any branch is to enter pub and beer scores via WhatPub. If you enter scores for pubs that you try they will get fed back to the relevant branch, and will be used for deciding which pubs go in the Good Beer Guide. The menu on the left contains a guide to Beer Scoring, or follow the WhatPub link above to go direct. 


Branch Volunteering
We’d also like to recruit a branch ACV Officer to spearhead applications for Asset of Community Value status to threatened pubs in the branch and support local community groups in applying for ACVs.

In fact we really need more active, campaigning members on the branch committee to spread the workload generally. We’re all volunteers as you know, so if you want to be more involved let us know or come to our branch meetings and get involved.




URGENT Call for Volunteers – CAMRA Tun Wells Cricket Tent
Many of you will be familiar with the CAMRA cricket tent, usually run by Gill and Gerry Keay from Canterbury branch. This year they’re unable to run it themselves, although they will be able to assist with planning and beer ordering. With the passage of time they may need to take more of a back seat anyway in future, so if we want this to continue the West Kent branch will need to take over the running

We need at least one volunteer to be the main organiser and we’ll need a good band of helpers to assist with the set-up, running and tear-down unless we are to lose this well-loved amenity at the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week in the Nevill Ground. Remember the tent is run in aid of charity so we don’t want them to lose out either. This year its scheduled for June 20th-23rd. If you can volunteer, please reply by return email as we need to determine whether it will be viable to order the tent.
Please email campaign@camrawestkent.org.uk if you can spare some time.

Pub News

The Greyhound, Hever has reopened after a rebuild following a fire two years ago. Very nice it is too!
Fuggles new Tonbridge bar is open, and greatly enjoyed by many of us.
The Gatehouse, Tonbridge (in the former Slug & Lettuce) has 4 handpumps with changing guest beers and is worth a try if you havent been in yet.
The Greyhound Charcott is open, and its great 🙂 Congrats to all those involved the ACV application. https://whatpub.com/pubs/TTW/17/greyhound-charcott
The Two Brewers Hadlow has new tenants. I can report that beer quality has dramatically improved, food is off the menu until work has finished on the kitchen.

Awards Season!!

With the launch of the Good Beer Guide the branch gets to hand out some awards to some of the hard working people in our branch pubs. Some of the most impressive awards go to pubs with many consecutive years in the GBG.
We have also added a seasonal award for Most Highly Commended Pub. This will only be awarded when a pub has come on to our radar as being really worth a visit, the beer must be in top condition, but the management and staff are the real winners because of what they have achieved.

The first winner of this award is the Foresters Arms in Tonbridge WHATPUB LINK Congratulations to Tyson and his team on turning this pub around, its now a popular community pub, serving great beer (including a guest), and the pizzas are a hit as well.

Our branch is extremely grateful when members inform us of a pub that has really upped its game, beer scoring on https://whatpub.com/ is one way to keep us up to date, but social media or just having a chat with us is also greately appreciated. The Elm Tree in Paddock Wood https://whatpub.com/pubs/TTW/96/elm-tree-paddock-wood is one such pub, and we are over the moon when they were nominated for our seasonal award.

The Gatehouse in Tonbridge is the second pub in the town to be recognised for beer range and quality. Many members are now including it in there nights out in the town, it has also hosted several meet the brewer events.



Grove Tavern Tunbridge Wells. 15 consecutive years in the GBG. WHATPUB LINK Congrats to CJ Baxter, Steve and the rest of the team. Tunbridge Wells has a massive variety of places to get a great pint of real ale, the Grove is always on my goto list 🙂

Dovecote Inn Capel. 20 years in the GBG!! WHATPUB LINK The Dovecote is one of my favourite pubs to walk out to from Tonbridge, and you have some great great real ale (on gravity) at your destination. Also renowned for its food.

CAMRA West Kent Facebook

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Jon Collins created an event for West Kent CAMRA. ... See MoreSee Less

West Kent CAMRA branch social. Planet Thanet Beer festival

March 30, 2018, 12:00pm - March 30, 2018, 8:00pm

Social trip to Planet Thanet Beer Festival at Margate. Travel by the 9.52 train from Tonbridge to arrive in Margate at 11.30 in time for breakfast before the festival. www.thanet-camra.org.uk/i...

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Gadds’ Tap Takeover & Meet the brewer tomorrow at the Admiral’s Arm Micropub with music from the Gaddzukes ... See MoreSee Less

We are so excited about our Gadds’ Tap Takeover on Weds. Here’s a little look at the beers we will have on

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Don't really post in here, but hey..... Currently sitting in the Humphrey Bean (Tonbridge Wetherspoons) having had the best Tenner's worth (5 pints - Monday club prices) of beer ever ??)

As a 45-year veteran of proper beer, it's not often these days you stumble on something REALLY on the money, but every single festival pint I've sampled tonight has been exactly that. Harviestoun Engine Oil (I'm familiar with it) best I've had for many a year - and all the others iI sampled were absolute tip-top and spot on with the "tasting motes"

Maybe this is just one of those nights when everything hits the spot, but I just wish I didn't have to get up for work @ 4:45 in the morning......
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Branch Diary


  • 19th Branch Business Meeting, Chequers, Sevenoaks 8pm
  • 30th Social trip to Planet Thanet Beer Festival at Margate. Travel by the 9.52 train from Tonbridge to arrive in Margate at 11.30 in time for breakfast before the festival or join MMK Branch on their annual Good Friday Ramble – details under MMK in WB


  • Community Pubs Month
  • 1st – Kent young members’ social at The Kentish Belle in Bexleyheath, 16:00-20:00. All young members welcome, free snacks and nibbles, all beers and ciders £3.00 per pint for under-35s (first one free), bring a friend. Complimentary soft drinks or teas and coffees for designated drivers.
  • 8th Social at the Windmill, Sevenoaks Weald
  • 21st Branch Annual General Meeting at the Tunbridge Wells Constitutional Club, 1 Sandrock Road, TW, TN2 3PX, 2pm, buffet followed by pub crawl


Events, Beer Festivals, etc

  • Regular Event: Westerham Brewery Open Evenings 1st Thursday of each month. Next one 5th April https://westerhambrewery.co.uk/events/#/all
  • 16th – 18th Mar – Fuggles BOTH – White Hag Brewery Showcase, 6 beers from Ireland over Paddy’s Day weekend
  • 16th – 18th Mar – The King George V, 1 Prospect Row, Brompton, ME7 5AL – Spring Beer Festival, Sat 6pm Meet the Brewer with Peter Meaney from Mad Cat Brewery, 6 Nations Sat pm, live ents evenings
  • 17th – The Old Fire Station, Tonbridge – 3 Irish Craft Beers £3 per pint 5.30-11, bring/order your own takeaway food
  • 21st Mar – Fuggles, TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Moor Beer Tap Takeover & Meet the Brewer – POSTPONED & MOVED TO TONBRIDGE
  • 22nd Mar – Fuggles, TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Siren Craft Brew Tap Takeover & Meet the Team – NOTE CHANGES FROM ORIGINAL POSTING
  • 24th Mar – Pig & Porter Brewery, TW – Open Day 12-6
  • 30th – 31st Mar – Planet Thanet Beer Festival, Margate
  • 31st Mar – Cellar Head Brewing Company, New Place Farm, Framfield – 1st Birthday Beer Bash, 12-5 07391 557407 www.cellarheadbrewing.com
  • Apr (tbc) – Fuggles, TONBRIDGE – Moor Beer Tap Takeover & Meet the Brewer
  • 4th Apr – Fuggles, TONBRIDGE – Westerham Brewery Experimental Hop Tasting with Robert Wicks, showcasing five new experimental hop varieties in a range of specially brewed single hop beers. 7pm £5 including beer
  • 12th Apr – The Sennockian, Sevenoaks – Westerham Brewery Experimental Hop Tasting with Robert Wicks, showcasing five new experimental hop varieties in a range of specially brewed single hop beers. A number of other Westerham beers available, a prize draw to win a case of beer and a charity raffle. It’s also Curry Club on Thursday and all Westerham Beers will be included in The Curry Club meal deal.
  • 20th – 22nd Apr – The Knoxbridge, Cranbook Road A229, Frittenden, TN17 2BT – St George’s Beer festival, live music, BBQ, hog roast www.theknoxbridge.co.uk 
  • 20th – 23rd Apr – Little Brown Jug, Chiddingstone Causeway – St. George’s Beer Festival
  • 3rd – 5th May – 13th Bexley Beer Festival www.bexley.camra.org.uk
  • 10th – 12th May – 13th Forever Bury Beer Festival at Bury FC’s Social Club, this is a charitable event raising money to support junior football and The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity. 55 real ales & 15 ciders at just £2.50 a pint, continental Bottle Bar, Gin, Wine & Prosecco Bar, Food, Live evening entertainment, Admission is £3 but Concessions (all CAMRA members, OAP’s and Armed Services) £2, Plenty of room for camper vans and coaches. www.fb-beerfestivals.co.uk Included by special request of the organiser.
  • 12th May – Kissingate Brewery, Lower Beeding – Spring Beerfest 11-8 www.kissingate.co.uk
  • 25th – 27th May – Eastbourne Beer & Cider By The Sea www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk
  • 25th – 28th May – Halfway House, Brenchley – Beer Festival, 80 beers from within 80 miles, live music https://www.halfwayhousebrenchley.co.uk/reg


Protecting your local pub by nominating them as Assets of Community Value

Through the Localism Act, the Government has introduced new powers for communities in England to nominate valued facilities such as pubs as “assets of community value”. Where pubs are listed this enables communities to “stop the clock” for up to six months if they’re put up for sale to consider options for saving the pub. With 18 pubs closing every week we need CAMRA members and branches to get involved in listing pubs before more of them are lost. So far two pubs in the branch have received this protection (both called the Royal Oak, one in Tunbridge Wells, one in Pembury). For a more in depth explanation of the what, why, and where please follow this LINK, which also contains an information leaflet.

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