Brighton & South Downs CAMRA

CAMRA stands for The Campaign for Real Ale, a British consumer organisation founded 1973 to campaign for the quality of traditional British beers. This now includes good pubs and traditional cider & perry. It has local branches all over Britain and the Brighton & South Downs Branch is one of the five branches covering the County of 'Sussex' (i.e. East & West Sussex).

What Pub poster CAMRA's National Pubs Database WHATPUB
is available. If you would like to correct any inaccuracies, update or generally comment on the pubs in our Branch, please use this e-mail link

2014 BRANCH COMMITTEE and how to contact some of them

Chairman and Membership Secretary - Keith Newell

Treasurer - John Kirkland

Pubs Officer - Adrian Heft

Social Secretary - Jack Wilkinson

Cider & Perry Rep - Jackie Johnson

President - Pete Coppard

Webmaster - Adrian Towler



Keith Newell

Our 2014
Branch Chairman is





Our 1,759 CAMRA members live in our Branch area, which is Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Newhaven, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Shoreham-by-Sea and the area in between. So what do we do, apart from drink beer and run this website?

1. Organise the annual South Downs Beer Festival in The Old Town Hall & Corn Exchange, Lewes, June 2014.
2 *THE GOOD BEER GUIDE: We select 27 to 30 pubs from our area for inclusion in CAMRA's annual Good Beer Guide. CAMRA Members who wish to help in this process, for future editions of the Guide, need to use CAMRA's National Beer Scoring System (called NBSS) link here or download an A4 sheet of scoring slips here. Our Branch also has small booklets of 10 slips, which do the same job, available at Branch Meetings.
3. Choose one as our Pub of The Year. Nominations now closed. Our 2013 winner was The Brewers Arms, Lewes. The runner-up was The Gardeners Arms, also in Lewes with Country Pub of the Year being The Horns Lodge, Chailey.
4. Organise weekly socials, usually on a Thursday or Friday night, in pubs that serve good real ale, run surveying and recruiting trips locally by minibus, and visits to breweries.
5. Assist in organising the Sussex Beer & Cider Festival at Hove Town Hall, Thurs 6th to Sat 8th March, which is in our Branch area.
6. Help with the distribution of Sussex Drinker, quarterly colour magazine about the local real ale scene, available free in lots of Sussex pubs.
7. Represent CAMRA and campaign on CAMRA issues in our area, minibus trips to pubs with literature, stalls at festivals, etc.

8. Liaise with and report on the several and increasing number of Breweries on our patch to CAMRA headquarters, and put their news in the 'Bru News' section of Sussex Drinker.
9. Run a Summer ALE TRAIL and its associated 'Cider Rider' - will be from May to October 2014 around our area, with prizes for visiting 20, 30 or 40 pubs.

10. Compile a database of local pubs... to feed into CAMRA's WHAT PUB? The Summer ALE TRAIL page lists the 40 participating real ale pubs which were on it and for other recommendations look in CAMRA's current Good Beer Guide.


Top of page