Welcome to the Arun & Adur branch of CAMRA
Here you’ll find all you need to enjoy your experience of real ales and traditional pubs. Whatever you need, we’re here to help and to share our common love for all things related to real ales. We hope you enjoy looking around this website as much as visiting our yearly beer festival.
Follow this link to find more details of our branch and CAMRA as a national organisation. 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 2020 are Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October. We will announce when tickets go on sale - and details will appear on this page as plans become firmer. Here you can view some photographs taken at the 2019 festival.
Beer scoring is very important to the branch as it helps us decide on our GBG entries and chose our Pub of the Year.
Beer and Cider of the Festival
We ask the people who come to the Worthing Beer Festival to nominate their favourite beer and cider. We are pleased to announce that the beer of the festival was White Mocha Stout produced by Sussex Small Batch and the runner up was Blackeyed Susan produced by Kissingate. There were three ciders of the festival as the votes were tied. The winners were Foxy Ginger produced by Dorset Nectar, Gladiator produced by Lilley's, and Whisky Cask produced by Thisly Cross.
People leaving the festival can donate their unused beer tokens to the festival charity. This year these amounted to £470 - which will be going to Care for Veterans. Our great thanks go to all who donated their tokens.
Pub of the Year
It's now time to start the process to select our Pub (and Cider Pub) of the year for 2020. To do this we combine the beer quality scores from WhatPub, paper nominations from people who attended the recent beer festival, and email nominations from branch members.
The shortlists will be available in the first week of December and members will then be asked to survey each pub and score them based on the following criteria:
Quality of beer/cide/perry
Style, decor, furnishing, and cleanliness
Service, welcome, and offering
Community focus and atmosphere
Alignment with CAMRA principles
Pub and Brewery News
The new Good Beer Guide was published in September. Now in its 47th edition, the beer-lovers’ bible is fully revised and updated each year to feature recommended pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale. The GBG is completely independent, with listings based entirely on evaluation by CAMRA members. The unique breweries section lists every brewery – micro, regional and national – that produces real ale in the UK, and their beers. Tasting notes for the beers, compiled by CAMRA-trained tasting teams, are also included. This is the complete book for beer lovers and for anyone wanting to experience the UK’s finest pubs.
The Good Beer Guide app is optimised for smartphones and is available on both iOS and Android devices. It is a great application to use when you are out and about and don't have a copy of the printed publication to hand. You can use the app to submit NBSS scores as well.
We've made a map of the Sussex micropubs here.
And also here's a map of the Sussex breweries.
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.