Welcome to Arun & Adur CAMRA

Our branch covers the area between the rivers Arun (in the west) and Adur (in the east) and the A272 (in the north), with the sea being the southern boundary (see this map). This means that Arundel, Lancing, Littlehampton, Petworth, Pulborough, Steyning, Storrington, Worthing and the many villages, all form part of the branch. There are nearly 200 pubs and bars in our branch area and over 155 serve real ale, and there are over 800 branch members.

We have a beer festival every year, the dates for 2019 are Friday 25th October and Saturday 26th October. You can view a slideshow of some photographs taken at the 2018 festival here

Sussex Pub of the Year 2019

The other Sussex Branches have now selected their Pubs (and Cider Pubs) of the Year for 2019. As you will know our Branch Pub (and Cider Pub) of the Year is The Green Man Ale & Cider House, Tarring. Here are the pubs (PotY) and cider pubs (CPotY) that the other branches have chosen:

  • Western Sussex - Hornet, Chichester (PotY)
  • Brighton & SD - Brighton Bierhaus, Brighton (PotY) - Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham (CPotY)
  • North East Sussex - Kings Head, East Hoathly (PotY and CPotY)
  • South East Sussex - Tower, St Leonards (PotY) - George, Hailsham (CPotY) - Albatross Club, Bexhill (CotY)
  • North Sussex - White Horse, Maplehurst (PotY) - Brewery Shades, Crawley (CPotY)
  • PotY = Pub of the Year, CPotY = Cider Pub of the Year, CotY = Club of the Year

The next stage in the process is to chose a PotY and CPotY to represent Sussex at the regional level. To do this you, the branch members, need to score the above pubs using the same method as you did for our branch PotY. You don't have to score every pub, we just need to make sure that at least every pub is score by at least one person (although the more scorers the better the score represents the views of our branch). If we don't do this then The Green Man Ale and Cider House will not be eligible to be selected for Sussex, which will be a great shame. Scoring needs to be complete and the results back to the branch by 17 May at the latest.

Some of the pubs are difficult to reach by public transport and so the branch will be organising a minibus trip to three of them (Kings Head, East Hoathly, George, Hailsham, White Horse, Maplehurst). This trip will take place on 11 May starting at 12:00 from The Green Man Ale and Cider House, Tarring. The cost of the minibus will be paid for out of the branch campaigning funds. If you would like a seat on the minibus then please contact Nigel (social@aaa.camra.org.uk). As the number of seats are limited limited it will be first come, first served.

You can download the scoring sheets here, in Excel and PDF format.

Branch Pub of the Year 2019

Our Pub of the Year for 2019 is The Green Man Ale & Cider House, Tarring. The results were very close, and so we have given a Highly Commended award to The Steam Packet, Littlehampton. The Green Man was also chosen as our Cider Pub of the year.

Here's a photograph of Les and Colin our Pubs Officer with the certificates

The presentation to The Steam Packet was made on Saturday 9th March with branch and Western Sussex members in attendance.

Here's a photograph of the owners and Colin our Pubs Officer presenting the certificates

We've also made the draw for the prizes for those surveying the pubs and the winners have been notified.

Pub News

The New Amsterdam (formerly The Swan) is now open after refurbishment.

Delays in the planning application for the Beechwood Hall may mean that reopening will be delayed, possibly until next year.

The Fox and Finch in the Tarring/Salvington area of Worthing at 8-10 Littlehampton Road has been granted their Change of Use application and the building work will start soon, hopefully opening in summer 2019.

A map of the Sussex micropubs can be found here.

Older news items can be found here

Come to one of our meetings or socials and see how you can help promote real ale. All members are welcome. You can also look at our Facebook Page where you will find lots of pub and real ale information from the local area. Note that you don't need to be a CAMRA member or have a Facebook account to be able to view what is on Facebook.