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 2019
The county round of voting is underway, until mignight on Sunday 19th May 2019. You need to visit and score each Essex branch winner, including our own, 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
- Only CAMRA members of Essex Branches to Vote.
- For a vote to count, the judge must judge all 8 pubs.
- Score each category for each pub out of 10, where zero would be drinking Carlsberg in an open sewer, to 10 being in alcoholic heaven.
- NO CHEATING – the scores should be your own, not the view of others, and genuine. Members of CAMRA are Honorable and honest people so this rule does not really need to be written.
- Treat All Pubs on how you find them. This is to find the best pub in Essex, not an inter-branch competition about who has the best pubs. Your local branch should be judged in the same way as all the rest.
The finalists in the county round are:
This form can be used to help you keep track of your scores while you are visiting the eight pubs.
Regional POTY 2019 Voting
The regional round will follow the county round.
POTY, Cider POTY and GBG Voting
Having determined the branch submissions for the 2020 GBG, and our pub of the year 2019 the work starts again on surveying pubs for the 2021 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 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!
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.