We've updated the pickup times: 1725 Herne Bay (by request) 1740 Ship Centurion Whitstable (by request) 1755 Unicorn, Canterbury. Please be prompt.
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The route, organised by Brian and Jenny, is a mystery, but we usually visit 5 pubs, usually rural and not easy to reach by public transport, mostly outside our branch area. Cost will be £15 per person. Cheques payable to CAMRA Canterbury Branch can be posted to 42 Orchard Street, Canterbury CT2 8AP. If you would like to pay by bank transfer, please email [masked] for bank details. Give the reference Mystery/your name.
This is our monthly branch meeting, all welcome. We'll be discussing social events, pub news and campaigns. The East Kent changed hands not long ago and already has a good reputation for beer (and for food).
HISTORIC LONDON PUBS CRAWL - FRIDAY 26th OCTOBER 2018
Please note that the meeting at the first pub (the Lamb) is now noon. Some people are getting the 1025 from Canterbury West (so they can use railcards), others are catching the 0954.
I have come out of "retirement" briefly to organise a branch pub crawl in London on Friday 26th October - it would be nice to see those of you who can make it, new faces and old.
We will be visiting six pubs, all of which have a common denominator. They have good beer and are steeped in history and pub architectural significance. Four of them are listed in the current GBG and a couple of them are featured in an article in the latest Beer Magazine - see page 42. Details and timings are below. As with other events of this nature, you can join or leave the crawl at any point during the day. Just let me know in advance so that we can look out for you.
We will be meeting at Canterbury West at 9:45 for the 9:54 High Speed train to St. Pancras International where it is due to arrive at 10:57 (or you could catch the 1025 from Canterbury West if that is better for your rail card). Please make sure you buy a Day Travelcard as we will be using the underground network. Those travelling independently from other stations or on different trains should meet us in The Lamb in Lamb Conduit Street (18 minutes walk from St. Pancras or underground Piccadilly line to Russell Square). We will be starting there at 12:00. It is recommended that you bring your CAMRA membership card and vouchers for our stop in the Wetherspoon's pub in the City.
We plan to get back to St. Pancras International at about 17:30 for a pint in The Parcel Yard or The Betjamin Arms. There are several train options back home. I would recommend the 18:20 High Speed Train to Canterbury West.
Here is the plan:
1. The Lamb 94 Lamb Conduit's Street Bloomsbury WC1N 3LZ
11:20 - 12:20
Young's plus good guest beers
Grade 2 listed CAMRA Heritage Pub; snug & snob screens
2. Ye Olde Mitre 1 Ely Court, Ely Place Hatton Gardens EC1N 6SJ
12:40 - 13:25
Fuller's plus good guest beers
Hot snacks & toasties
CAMRA Nationally important pub interior; 18th Century
3. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese 145 Fleet Street EC4A 2BU
13:40 - 14:10
Sam Smith's Old Brewery Bitter
Grade 2 listed Historic pub which was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London
4. The Black Friar 174 Queen Victoria Street Blackfriars EC4V 4EG
14:20 - 15:05
3 regular and five changing beers; a Nicholson's house
A superb facade and an Art Nouveau style interior
5. The Crosse Keys 7 - 12 Gracechurch Street The City EC3V 0DR
15:15 - 16:15
24 hand pumps for cask drinkers
Housed in a former bank and a mecca for real ale drinkers
6. The Old Red Cow 71 -72 Long Lane Smithfield EC1A 9EJ
16:25 - 17:10
4 changing beers and 60/ 70 bottled beers
British tapas style
Close to Smithfield Market
For further information, please contact me (John Hedington) at email address [masked] or by phone[masked]. On the day, you will be able to contact me on my mobile phone[masked].
This is our monthly branch meeting. We've never had one at the Victoria before! Everyone is welcome - come and find out what's happening in the local beer world. We need new committee members but you won't be pressurised into anything.
Jon Moxon took over The Tankerton Arms from Nigel and Patsy in April when the pub moved a few doors to its new location. He's inviting us to try their new range of bottles (along with the usual range of draught beers)
Jon is planning to expanding what they offer, and is introducing a range of unusual, unique or uncommon bottled beers.The first of which they are introducing on Wednesday 10th October, it is the Darwin Brewery’s Original Flag Porter. Jon says, "I don’t know if you know about this beer, it has been brewed to a Victorian recipe using the yeast extracted from bottles of porter found on a sunken ship dating from 1830. On the night we will have one of the original brewers there to talk about the history of the beer, as well as a few other ‘Historic Brews’ to sample."
Canterbury and Swale branches are running their usual street bar at the popular Faversham Hop Festival. We'll be serving about 12 Kentish beers and 9 Kentish ciders. We open at 10am each morning (Sat Sept 1 and Sun Sept 2) and close at about 5pm. You'll be able to wander around the lively festival with your drink, and enjoy the food, music and stalls, or stay and relax at our bar (one of the few places at the festival where you can sit down). See www. favershamhopfestival.org for more details.
Bat and Trap is a traditional Kentish game. Beginners are welcome! No physical exertion is required, and you can drink during the game. Some people may be walking out to Chartham from Canterbury along the river path, and some may be having lunch at the pub before the game. Let us know if you want to be involved. The pub is also a short walk from Chartham Rail Station
This is a private hospitality tent for CAMRA members (bring your card to sign in) and all their guests. Ever-changing range of beers from over 15 breweries plus cider, wine and soft drinks. Entry to the tent is free, but you will have to pay to get into the cricket (see the Kent Cricket website for prices).
Fri July 20 T20 Kent v Surrey 19.00 (tent opens at 17.00)
Sun 22, Mon 23, Tues 24 and Wed 25 July Kent v Leics 11.00 (tent opens 10.30)
Fri 27 July T20 Kent v Sussex 19.00 (tent opens 17.00)
Our cricket tents are in aid of charities. See What's Brewing festivals page and the box advert for more details.
Kent County Cricket ground
St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NZ · canterbury