In 2006 members of the Campaign for Real Ale in the Tendring Peninsula voted to form their own branch. This meant that the area of North East Essex bounded roughly by the area East of the line from Brightlingsea to Manningtree - extending out to Clacton and Harwich would be a new branch of CAMRA separate from the Colchester & North East Essex Branch.
This seemingly unimportant event was, in fact, important to Tendring CAMRA members since they could now campaign more effectively at a local level - one of the guiding principles of our organisation.
So - if you think that Real Ale and Pubs are an important part of British life and in need of promotion, protection and celebration you might find this site right up your alley. Even if you find yourself annoyed, bored or even (heaven forbid) in disagreement with us we hope you'll find snippets or things here to amuse, provoke or otherwise pass the time.
This site is very much a work in progress so please keep checking back!
Click here to see which pubs are offering takeaway or delivery food or drink services at this time - let us know of any we've missed.
Following government advice on 16th March 2020 that people should avoid pubs we reluctantly postponed our branch AGM which should have been on Thursday 19th March.
While we are unable to meet in pubs we have begun to organise a few virtual meet-ups. We currently hold a quiz evening via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm, and a Branch Meeting via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm, see members section for details. We also have an ongoing Zoom public bar - link in the members section. Local pub news is shared to our Facebook group or Twitter feed.
For those who didn't receive the branch mailout or see the news on the Clacton Festival's Facebook page, we are unable to hold the festival again this year.
Our now regular sausage throwing and tasting event couldn't take place this year, but a tasting contest was run instead with everyone encouraged to purchase as many of the eight different butchers' sausages listed as possible and to email their favourite to our judges. The results are here. We hope that in 2021 you will again be able to join us for the usual afternoon of pubby, porky pleasure.
Tendring CAMRA's collaboration with the Harwich Society has recently undergone a major refit to mark its third anniversary so you can find out even more about the ancient hostelries of Old Harwich.