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 18th March.

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.

Witham - Battesford CourtBraintree - Picture Palace

Wetherspoons Preview Invitations

Members of our branch have been invited to two special preview evenings from two of our Wetherspoons pubs, who will be holding their Beer and Cider festivals during March..

Monday 25th March: Battesford Court, Witham

Tuesday 26th March: Picture Palace, Braintree

Both invitations are from 6pm onwards.

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...

Thirsty Times 028 Winter 2018

Thirsty Times Winter 2018/19

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.

Good News Story About Pubs

Ok, it is about pubs a few hundred miles away but seeing that good news stories and pubs are quite rare nowadays, I thought I would put it in for those who may have missed it.


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  • 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…
  • Saturday 24th February 2018, 10:53 : Superp news for Local Brewery #BishopNick from @braintree today. Two Gold awards from the Champion Beer of East Ang… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Thursday 15th February 2018, 19:45 : The Railway Tavern in Chelmsford wins our Pub of the year. Congratulations to Jo and everyone at this excellent pu… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Tuesday 13th February 2018, 18:51 : Hi just to Confirm that food is available at our preview evening tonight. #Hopleaf #beer and cider festival#Chelmsf… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…