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)

and how to contact some of them:

Chairman and Membership Secretary - Keith Newell

Secretary - Paul Free

Treasurer - John Kirkland

Social Secretary - Adrian Towler who is also Webmaster - Adrian Towler

Cider & Perry Rep - Steve Leyfield

President - Pete Coppard

Webmaster - Adrian Towler.



Keith Newell




Our 2018
Branch Chairman is





Over 2,400 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 22 & 23, 2018. See 'events,' list for details.
2 THE GOOD BEER GUIDE: We select about 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 2017 winner was The Beer Dispensary in Brighton. with Cider Pub of the Year being The Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham.
4. Organise weekly socials, usually on a Thursday 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 22 & 23, 2019 at Brighton Racecourse, which is in our Branch area – details see
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' - 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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