Our latest CAMRA award as one of the four clubs selected as National Club of the Year 2016 Finalists. The Albatross RAFA club in Bexhill was voted the winner. We are very proud to have been selected for this award and will continue to bring you new and exciting beers and hopefully pick up more awards in the future.
The presentation evening included a pump takeover and ‘meet the brewer’ event by By The Horns brewery who kindly donated t-shirts for our bar staff and produced an interesting quiz to test our ability to identify diffent malts and hops used in their beers.
OLC has just had a shiny new double font installed courtesy of Westerham Brewery. We’ll be using it to showcase craft lager and beer.
Our first lager will be Bohemian Rhapsody brewed by Westerham. This is a Czech style pilsner brewed using English lager malts and yeast combined with Saaz/Zatec hops to give a distinctive aroma and bitterness.
Our first craft beer, Hop Rocket (Amarillo), is also from Westerham. It is brewed, with Amarillo hops (who’d have guessed) so expect tropical citrus aromas and taste and a dry finish. The single hop Amarillo cask from Westerham was lovely and lasted just 2 days when we had it on the bar a fortnight ago.
Many of our locale breweries produce craft beers not available in cask so we’re really excited that we will be able to source some of these over the coming months.
It’s not even May yet and the first of our mild beers went on 2 days ago. The Goachers Real Mild is proving very popular. Not surprising really. It is beautifully balanced and has bags of flavour, even at 3.4%. And it’s a Locale too. What’s not to like.
We’ve got numerous other milds already lined up, including Musket Matchlook Mild (Locale), Naylors Toffee Mild,
Elephant School White Elephant (Locale) and Whitstable Renaissance Ruby Mild.
Tomorrow, Friday, Jo Fooks Quartet
“A brilliantly inventive player and composer” – Humphrey Lyttelton
Jo Fooks – Sax, Buster Birch – Drums, Ted Beament – Piano, Val Manix – Bass.
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £9.50
24 stunning real ales plus ciders and perries.
Friday 19 February – Saturday 20 February.
11am to 11pm both days.
Music: There will be no live music on the Friday. There will be Music on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Food will be roast meat baps, with falafel wraps for veg*ns.
Entry is £6.00 (£6.40 if booked online to cover our PayPal fees) – which includes your first two pints of real ale or cider. Tickets can be purchased now using the link below, please bring your PayPal receipt with you on the day (either a print out or on a mobile device) to gain entry. Alternatively they can be purchased over the bar from Saturday, 16 January.
To see the beer list as it grows and to purchase tickets click on the link below.
As you probably know all of us at Orpington Liberal Club are volunteers. It is particularly difficult to cover Christmas and New Year with other commitments, but these are the hours over Christmas and New Year we will be open:
Christmas Eve 6pm to 11pm
Christmas Day Noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9.30pm
Boxing day Closed
Sunday, 27 December Noon to 3pm and 8pm to 10.30pm
Monday, 28 December 8pm to 11pm
Tuesday, 29 December 8pm to 11pm
Wednesday, 30 December 8pm to 11 pm
New Year’s Eve 31 December 8pm to 2am (ticket only from http://orpingtonliberalclub.co.uk/newyear/ )
New Year’s Day 1 January Closed
Don’t forget to wish the person behind the bar a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Book now for the Hank Wangford Trio on 21 November.
Tickets and information at:
Each year Campaign for Real Ale members across Greater London review pubs and clubs to find the Regional Pub and Club of the year, and in 2015 both awards have gone to local bars in the London Borough of Bromley.
One Inn the Wood, a local micropub in Petts Wood, has scooped the prestigious Greater London Pub of the Year award. The pub, which only opened its doors in 2014, is run by former city workers Barry and Sarah Bridge. It specialises in serving locally produced real ales as well as Kentish wine and cider. At the counter you can see into the cellar room behind and watch your beers and ciders being served straight from the barrel. Conversation is the order of the day, there being a charity fine box for mobile phone use and no electronic entertainment.
Barry and Sarah said: “Being named the greater London Pub of the Year is an amazing achievement for us. The micropub is a fantastic concept, and we’ve just put our little spin on it. Our customers really make the place what it is, so a bit of a cliche we know, but this award is for them.”
Just ten minutes away, Orpington Liberal Club has won the CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year award for the second time, having previously won it in 2013, when it went on to become a National Club of the Year finalist.
Club Chairman Duncan Borrowman said: “The award is a testament to all of the volunteers who keep the bar running seven days a week serving a great range of real ales to an ever growing membership.”
CAMRA Regional Director Geoff Strawbridge said: “I think it is unprecedented to have the regional Pub and Club of the Year in the same borough, and even more remarkable that they are a stone’s throw away from each other. The Bromley CAMRA Branch was only formed in 2011, and in short time has seen not only its membership grow massively, but also the quality of real ale on offer locally blossom with venues like One Inn the Wood and the Orpington Liberal Club. My congratulations to them both and best wishes for them as they go on to the super-regional and then, I hope, the national competition.”
Orpington Liberal Club will be presented with its award at a celebration on 24 October.