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).

Please 'sign' our Pub Protection e-petition

Our Branch has submitted an e-petition to Brighton & Hove Council asking them to (in summary):

1) Develop planning policies to protect local public houses, similar to Lewisham and Cambridge City Councils.

2) Under the Sustainable Communities Act, submit a proposal to Government that planning permission be required before community pubs can be converted to other uses, or are demolished.

3) Help community groups to nominate pubs as Assets of Community Value.

4) Write to the Secretary of State at the Department of Business Innovation & Skills supporting plans to introduce a Statutory Code to ensure tied publicans are treated fairly.

Follow the link to see the full wording of the Petition.
If you agree, please support us by signing, before the period ends on September 17th 2014. Here's the


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

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



Keith Newell

Our 2014
Branch Chairman is





Over 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, 20 & 21 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. Our 2014 winner is The Gardener's Arms Lewes and runner up is The Brewers Arms, 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 March 2015, in our Branch area (but will not be at Hove Town Hall; details later)
6. Help with the distribution of Sussex Drinker, website link a 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' - on now 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 are well worth a visit and for other recommendations please look in CAMRA's current Good Beer Guide.


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