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

The Branch covers an area centred on Chelmsford and includes the towns of Braintree and Witham.

Pub Events updated 15th April.

Thirsty Times Spring 2019

  • Ridleys Revisited
  • Drinking in Vilnius
  • Wibblers
  • Day trip to Lowestoft

CAMRA Essex Pub of the Year 2019.

Click here for judging information for the Essex POTY.

Or, select this link if you only need the judging form and guidance notes

Presentation Time!

Woolpack Hop Beer Shop Littley Green - Compasses

The Woolpack will be presented with their CME Branch Pub of The Year 2019 award on 17th April at 8pm.

The Hop Beer Shop will receive their award as CME Branch Cider Pub of The Year 2019 on 19th April at 7pm.

The Compasses, Littley Green will receive an award as runners-up in both CME Branch Pub of The Year 2019 & CME Branch Cider Pub of The Year 2019 on 20th April at 6pm.

Summer Beer & Cider Festival 2019

The biggest pub in Chelmsford returns...

Admirals Park, Chelmsford: 2nd-6th July 2019.

Click here for more details.

Hop Beer Shop

The Hop Beer Shop has been named Chelmsford & Mid-Essex Cider Pub of The Year 2019.

Many congratulations to all involved.


Congratulations to Will and the team at The Woolpack.

Pub of The Year 2019 for the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex Branch of CAMRA.

Ayrshire Real Ale Festival 2019

Proposed trip to Troon.

4th to 6th October 2019

We are proposing a trip to Troon that we will be organising for any member (from this branch and others) that want to come and join us. Click the image or link above for more details.

It is a visit to the Ayrshire real ale festival, also known as the Troon Beer festival. Ayrshire Real Ale Festival 2019

CME CAMRA paid a visit to Chelmsford Brew Co in late January...

Scoring your beers

Score Your Beers!!!

Help your favourite pub get recognised for their beer.

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.

CME Recommended Pub Guide 2018

Our Recommended Pub Guide 2018 shows you all the best pubs in Chelmsford and Mid-Essex

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 whatpub.com throughout the year.


Next Branch Social Event:

Twitter / chelmsfordCAMRA

twitterFollow chelmsfordCAMRA on twitter

  • Saturday 13th April, 11:41 : Half way to #Maldon just another 6 miles.... and then a nice #pint at the #Carpenters arms
  • Saturday 13th April, 06:39 : Walk to #Maldon from #Chelmsford today. Start 9am from Railway Tavern. Destination #Maldon#Beer#Cider#Festival
  • Sunday 7th April, 12:04 : New edition of Thirsty Times magazine now available to download. From the website. Chelmsford.camra.org.uk.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • Friday 17th August 2018, 20:04 : Woodbine at Waltham Abbey wins East Anglia Cider pub of the year. Presentation 12.30pm Sunday 19th August. All welcome.
  • Monday 9th July 2018, 08:57 : Probably the longest and biggest cider bar in East Anglia. Oh and we have beer too.#cider # beer fest #chelmsfordtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…