Our branch is responsible for surveying pubs in Tendring for inclusion in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
We prefer to make this a year-round activity but it culminates in February each year when we vote for the pubs we want to go into the guide that will be published in October in readiness for the following year.
Pubs are selected on several key factors but most important is beer quality. Beer quality however is so often a barometer of everything else and if a pub keeps a good pint it generally excels at being a pub!
To see details on all pubs in the branch, and others, visit WhatPub.
POTY 2019, Cider POTY 2019 and GBG 2020 Voting
Shortlist voting is now complete which effectively selects the 5 pubs competing for the title Tendring CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019 and the 12 Tendring pubs (9 entries plus 3 reserves) going forward for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide 2020.
Tendring CAMRA members can download their Pub of the Year Voting Forms from the members' area of this website.
The forms need to be returned at the February Branch Meeting, or before the meeting by email.
We think it is important that as many members as possible get out and survey our pubs but if you do intend to cast a vote for Pub of the Year please don't forget that you need to visit all 5 pubs
You can download the full top pubs and watch lists, and notes and instructions for the full voting procedure in the members area of our website.
The Tendring Branch Top Pub List
Last revised October 2018 branch meeting
- Wooden Fender Inn, Ardleigh
- Village Maid, Bradfield
- Rosebud, Brightlingsea
- Moon & Starfish, Clacton-on-Sea
- Old Lifeboat House, Clacton-on-Sea
- Kings Arms, Frating
- Court House, Great Bromley
- Cross Inn, Great Bromley
- Ship, Great Clacton
- Maybush Inn, Great Oakley
- Alma Inn, Harwich
- Hanover Inn, Harwich
- New Bell Inn, Harwich
- Red Lion, Kirby-le-Soken
- Ship, Kirby-le-Soken
- Blacksmith's Arms, Little Clacton
- Red Lion, Manningtree
- Castle, Ramsey
- Red Lion, St Osyth
- White Hart, Weeley Heath
- Waggon, Wix
Please note that this list of pubs is reviewed at every branch meeting. So if you feel that a particular pub should be included or excluded please come along to a meeting to make your case!
Scores for any pub in the country (but especially ours) can be entered using WhatPub, which uses your national CAMRA login. Instructions if you have any problems are here for the desktop version or here for the mobile version.
If you are uncomfortable or unable to use the above site, print off this document which has space for you to enter the details, and hand it to the pubs officer at a branch meeting, or email the details.
Scores are monitored by our pubs officer who will consider whether regular high scores or low scores for pubs should change whether they are included on our top pubs list or not, and discuss any such proposed changes at a branch meeting.
Continual monitoring of pubs is an important part of what our branch does. Do they still sell real ale? Or have they recently started? This can only be found out by regular visits.
To help us with this, and in addition to encouraging beer scoring as described above, Tendring CAMRA encourages all branch members to adopt one or more pubs that are near them.
If no scores are recorded for an adopted pub in any three month period, any members that have adopted that pub will get an email to let them know, with a request that they try and pop in and score a beer (or 0 if there aren't any). Reminder emails will be sent at a minimum of 2 weekly intervals, perhaps longer.
Because popular pubs are scored frequently, it is unlikely that adopting one of those will cause any emails to be generated, so if you are willing to adopt a pub that doesn't currently sell real ale that would be particularly helpful.
If you don't want to adopt a particular pub, but still fancy helping, we maintain a TargetPubs document in the branch members section of this website; if you download that it is sorted by when pubs were last scored with those we'd like most help scoring at any given point in time at the top.
To adopt a pub, send your name, the pub name, and your preferred email address for reminders to our pubs officer.
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