Frequently Asked Questions

The branch is served by several bus and train companies.


Greater Anglia:


Network Colchester:

First Group:

TravelLine is an excellent resource for planning public transport journeys:

It’s your chance to submit your honest opinion of the beers that you try in pubs you visit. All members can submit their beer score for any pub they visit.

Score now at - login, find your pub and choose 'Submit Beer Score'

Download a sheet of beer cards to print and complete.

Why should I do it?

Every time you submit a score you're contributing towards our Pub of the Year awards and Good Beer Guide selections. Beer scores let the branch get a picture of the quality of beer being served pubs in our area.  They help us find and promote hidden gems and encourage pubs that aren’t getting it right.

These two graphics explain in detail how Beer Scores are used in each of the processes:

There’s over 130 pubs in our branch so we need members from across the area to help us gather information year-round about our pubs. Send us the scores and we will use them to compile a "league table" showing how good and how consistent the beer is in the pubs covered by the branch.

Ok, I’m in, so how do I do it?

It’s easy, firstly, visit a pub and have a beer! Then score your pint on the scale below. You don't need to be a beer tasting expert to take part.

You can submit your scores at Your username is your CAMRA membership number and your password is your home postcode in CAPITAL letters (unless you’ve changed it already).

If doing it online isn’t for you then we have handy sheets of beer cards available for you to note your scores on. Hand them over at the next meeting or social and we’ll submit your scores online on your behalf.

Feel free to grab a sheet of cards even if you’re submitting online - it can be tricky to remember your scores at the end of a ‘long evening’...

You can download a page of beer cards to print and use. Follow the link below:

What do the national beer scoring scheme points mean?

The beer scoring scheme uses a 0-5 scale to rate the quality of beer being served.

  1. No cask ale available
    So poor you can't finish it.
  2. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
  3. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.
  4. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.
  5. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition.
  6. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

LocAle is short for Local Ale. CAMRA LocAle is a new initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale. The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of 'green' issues.LocAle Logo

You might see pubs displaying a LocAle logo on beers th at are brewed locally (though just because there's no logo it doesn't mean that the beer definately isn't local). The definition of how many miles a beer can travel from brewer to pub and still be called local is set by the branch. We use 35 road miles as the limit. Almost all the beer at our Winter beer festival is locally sourced from our local brewers.


Where can I stay?

We cannot recommend any particular accommodation to people wanting to visit the area. If you want to stay in a Public House / Inn, then we suggest you purchase a copy of the Good Beer Guide  , where a Image  indicates accommodation.

Best pub?

Subjective question! There are good pubs and bad pubs. One of CAMRA's aims is to promote Public Houses and encourage their use, along with promoting Real Ale
You can help by visiting Pubs in the area and completing the National Beer Scoring Scheme. These aid us in selecting nominations for our Pub of the Year and our selections for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide. Buy a copy of the Good Beer Guide on Amazon