Chelmsford and Mid-Essex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Welcome to the Web Site of the Chelmsford and Mid-Essex Branch of CAMRA - The Campaign for Real Ale

Breweries (and a pub) Delivering in our Area:

The Orange Tree

Not a brewery this one - but they are offering to deliver "a pub in a box" to your door:

Set box - £60
Full real ale box £48
Half real ale box £25

See their Facebook page for full details.
Call 01245 262664 to order.

Mighty Oak Free Delivery - minimum spend £29.95 - in Maldon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Southend.

Bottled Ale 500ml * 12 per case £29.95
Minipin 10ltr (18pint) £35.60
Polypin 20ltr (36pint) £70.25

Please call 01621 843713 to order and pay.
Chelmsford Brew Co Fresh Cask Ale delivered to your door in 2 pint carry home containers. Fresh for 24-48hrs (that's a weekend). Minimum spend £20, 5miles max delivery. If this is a problem get in touch. Attractively priced at only £5 per 2 pint.

Starts Tuesday 31 March, DM for more details. We are starting with the ever popular Poco Loco 4.3% Red Ale.

To order email moc.sreebkcahseulb@ofni we aim to deliver Monday - Friday. Orders placed after 11am will be delivered the following day.
Bishop Nick Bishop Nick are offering a free local, no contact home delivery service (20 mile radius to Braintree including parts of Chelmsford and Colchester). We have an online shop stocking a full range of bottled beers and minicasks. Order from
Colchester Brewery Will once again be open from 0900 for beer collections as well as home deliveries.
If you prefer to collect, so that we all keep safe please don't enter the brewery. The door will be open so we'll hear you if you give us a shout.
Ordering and paying in advance is the best way as it minimises the transaction time. You can email moc.yrewerbretsehcloc@selas or call Tom (07971 692353) or Dom (07887 661198).
We continue to be quite moved by the support and encouragement that people are showing us. Thanks again.

The Red (On)Lion

The Red (On)Lion is a video chat platform that allows you to join the public bar, where everyone can join the conversation - or you can reserve your own private table, share drinks and chat with friends and family.

How to access the Red (On)Lion You can access the virtual pub here
You can use your CAMRA login details, login through Facebook, or create a specific account.

You can check out the events that are already planned – or add and advertise online events of your own here.

Festival Cancelled

Unfortunately, the organisers have decided to cancel this year’s Chelmsford Summer Beer and Cider Festival. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 /Coronavirus pandemic.

The latest update from the government states that emergency services will not support mass gatherings. Together with the recent advice from the government to avoid social contact, these make running the festival unwise.

In the hope that some sort of normality has returned by then, planning for our next festival has started for 17–20 February 2021.

Pulling Together

To support the beer and pubs industry during this difficult time, CAMRA has decided to partner with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Crowdfunder to try and help pubs, clubs, breweries, tap rooms and cider producers during these difficult times.

Our Pulling Together campaign encourages pubs, brewers and cider makers to come up with innovative ways to keep their business afloat during this crisis – whether that be launching a new online shop, offering beer or cider takeaways or providing redeemable gift vouchers for locals.

To find out more, just click the links above.

Rural Pub Trail

Originally planned to finish at this year’s Summer beer and Cider Festival, this has now been extended so the free tokens can be used at the Winter Festival 2021

Collect a special mark or stamp from each pub when you visit and order a half or pint of real Ale or Cider.

Click here to download the trail guide.

...or click here if you just want a list of the pubs.

Orange Tree

Pub of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Trish and the team at The Orange Tree

CME CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020.

Runner up was Ale House.

Compasses, Littley Green was highly commended.

Hop Beer Shop

Cider Pub of the Year 2020

Congratulations to John and his team at The Hop Beer Shop, three years in a row!

CME CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2020.

Runner up was King William IV, Braintree.

Square and Compasses, Fuller Street was highly commended.

Recommended Pub Guide 2020

This guide highlights fantastic pubs in our branch area which have been selected for the quality of their real ale, features and attractiveness.

All are surveyed and updated by local CAMRA members on throughout the year.

Thirsty Times Winter/Spring 2020

  • Gray & Sons
  • Rural Pub Trail
  • The Essence of Pub
  • RIP The White Horse
  • Rayleigh's First Micro
  • Plus much, much more!

CAMRA is joining the United in Kind movement to tackle loneliness through kindness, creating connections in our community to overcome one of the biggest issue we face.

United In Kind and CAMRA Release

Bishop Nick Wins Gold Again!!

The category competitions for CAMRA’s Champion Beer of East Anglia 2020 awards were held at CAMRA beer festivals in East Anglia throughout 2019. Here are the results for the standard Bitters category, held at the Chappel festival:

GOLD – Bishop Nick Ridley's Rite

SILVER – Mighty Oak Captain Bob

BRONZE - Earl Soham Victoria Bitter

CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2020

The Good Beer Guide is a "must-have" for beer lovers. Fully updated, with listings for 4,500 pubs across the UK, all entries have been selected by CAMRA members. The only book with detailed information on the UK’s 1,800 breweries, the guide features a foreword by Brian Cox and contributions by Emma Inch, Jodie Kidd and Roger Protz.

Available to members and non-members from the CAMRA Book Shop.

Also available: The Good Beer Guide App.

Scoring your beers

Score Your Beers!!!

If you are a CAMRA member, we want you to tell us about the quality of beer in the pubs you visit.

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 point scale for judging beer quality in pubs. It is an easy to use system that has been designed to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide and also monitor beer quality by encouraging CAMRA members from any part of the world to report beer quality on any pub in the UK.

You can now score your beers using the Good Beer Guide App making it easier than ever to help promote pubs serving great beer.