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Beer of the Festival Presentation

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Beer of the Festival Presentation

REMINDER: This Saturday, November 1st

Hitchin 2014 “Beer of the Festival” Presentation for Brodie’s ‘Kiwi’ at their pub/brewery-tap the King William IV in Leyton (E10 6AE). This very hoppy light golden ale won the popular vote by a clear margin.

Presentation at around 13:00.

Travel: Meet on the 1st coach of the London bound service leaving North Hertfordshire stations at these times:

  • (Cambridge: 09:55)
  • Baldock: 10:26
  • Letchworth: 10:29
  • Hitchin: 10:34
  • Stevenage: 10:41
  • Knebworth: 10:44
  • Change at Finsbury Park for the east-bound Victoria Line service and alight at Walthamstow Central Underground Station. (Approx 11:45.)

From here it is either a 20 minute walk to the King William IV or there is a regular ‘Go Ahead London Bus 20′ service to ‘Walthamstow, Bakers Avenue (E17), Stop SK’ – from which the pub is a 4 minute walk. (All according to

The King William IV is famous in London beer circles (and nationally) for having their own very good microbrewery in an outbuilding (Brodie’s – one of very few London breweries when it opened), holding beer events that people travel across the country to be at – and also having very reasonable prices! (Bonus!)

See the WhatPub entry here:

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Manor House, Royston - photo (C) JD Wetherspoons

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PotY Trophy

PotY Trophy

We are delighted to announce that North Hertfordshire branch members have voted, the votes have been tallied, and the Half Moon in Hitchin is our 2014 Pub of the Year!

The standard of good pubs across the branch area is ever on the increase and pubs really need to put[…Read on]

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Handpumps in The Windmill, Charlton

Forsaking the joys of X Factor, 8 CAMRA members ventured out on the latest minibus trip to some of the branch’s more remote pubs. Trips like these help members get to pubs they might otherwise not visit to sample the beers and also to score the beers as part of the process of selection for [...Read on]

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I know 2015 is a long way off but at the next Branch meeting & Social (8.15pm Monday 25th November in the GBG listed Standing Order in Stevenage) we will start the process of selecting those pubs good enough[…Read on]


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Branch Diary

July  2015
  • Buntingford Social

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 2nd July, 2015

    Location: Buntingford

    Description: Visiting The Brambles, Fox & Duck, Black Bull, Wine Bar, Jolly Sailors & Crown

  • Redemption Brewery Trip

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 9th July, 2015

    Location: Redemption Brewery, Tottenham

    Description: Meeting at 11:30 at the Brewery, limit to 12 - 15 people so please let Brian know!

  • Royston Social

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 16th July, 2015

    Location: Royston

    Description: Checking in at The Therfield Sports Club, Coach & Horses, Old Crown & Manor House

  • Mini Bus Trip - Campaigning Trail

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 19th July, 2015

    Location: Rushden, Ashwell and Hinxworth

    Description: Moon & Stars, Rushden,
    Three Tuns, Bushel & Strike, Rose & Crown, Ashwell;
    and The Three Horseshoes , Hinxworth.

  • Branch Meeting

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm, 20th July, 2015

    Location: TBD

    Description: Branch open meeting - all members welcome!

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    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 1st August, 2015

    Location: Stevanage Old Town

    Description: Paying a visit to The Mallard, Drapers Arms, Red Lion, Old Post Office