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.
Essex POTY 2018
Congratulations to the Woodbine Inn in Waltham Abbey on being Essex Pub of the Year 2018. They now go on to the regional round.
The finalists in the county round were:
Regional POTY 2018 Voting
The regional entrants will be added here as they are known.
The regional round of voting is underway, until midnight on 12th August 2018. You need to visit and score each county winner and submit scores via this website. It is possible to also vote by post and email, but as you're reading this on the web it is easiest for you to vote online.
Some Ground Rules
- No Cheating - CAMRA members are honest, honourable people, and do not cheat.
- ALL scores for ALL pubs must be filled in. Partially filled in forms will be ignored
- If you have any business Interest in any of these pubs, then please declare it - refer to rule 1 above.
- Scores of zero are considered blank scores. Lowest you can score is 1. Maximum is 10. It is hoped that no scores of 1 are going to appear at this level. 10 should be reserved for that best pub in your life time experience. We would like to see some short explanation if a score of 1 or 10 is entered.
- It is not a inter-branch or inter-county competition. It is designed to find the best East Anglian Pub, so please treat your own Branch / County Entry in the same manner as the rest.
- Have fun - enjoy, and hope you all get to visit many decent pubs in the process.
This form can be used to help you keep track of your scores while you are visiting the six pubs.
- Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard (Bedfordshire)
- Chequers, Little Gransden (Cambridgeshire)
- Woodbine Inn, Waltham Abbey (Essex)
- Land of Liberty, Peace & Plenty, Heronsgate (Hertfordshire)
- Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich (Norfolk)
- The Fox, Shadingfield (Suffolk)
You can download notes and instructions for the full voting procedure here.
POTY 2018, Cider POTY 2018 and GBG 2019 Voting
Having determined the branch submissions for the 2019 GBG, and our pub of the year 2018 the work starts again on surveying pubs for the 2020 GBG.
You can help by letting us know of any pubs you visit in the area that have great beer but aren't on the list below, or let us know of any poor experiences you may have in any that are listed.
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 2017 branch meeting
- Wooden Fender Inn, Ardleigh
- Village Maid, Bradfield
- Railway Tavern, Brightlingsea
- Rosebud, Brightlingsea
- Moon & Starfish, Clacton-on-Sea
- Old Lifeboat House, Clacton-on-Sea
- Kings Arms, Frating
- Plough Inn, Great Bentley
- Court House, 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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