CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

We are pleased to report that the Club has once again been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. This follows our recent, third year in a row, award of CAMRA’s Greater London Club of the year.

The Greater London Club of the Year award will be presented to the Club in the evening  Friday 11th October during the October Beer Festival, being held from 10th until 12th October. 

CAMRA National Club of the Year 2016 award night

IMG-20160603-WA0004Our 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.

Now serving craft lager and beer

20160429_223359 (450x800)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.

Milds in May


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.

February Real Ale and Cider Festival information


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.

Christmas and New Year Opening

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 )
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!

Live Music at Orpington Liberal Club


Live music at Orpington Liberal Club after Friday Folk ends.


Orpington Folk ‘n’ Blues.
Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, every month.
8pm. £2 entry.
Hank Wangford and Brad Breath

Saturday, 21 November. 7.30pm

Hank has joined up with his old musical buddy and saddlepal Brad Breath aka Andy Roberts. Together they have been touring round the village halls that Hank loves so much and doing the smaller gigs that are too small or low paid for the whole Lost Cowboys posse. Misery and melody, raw emotion and open ribcages continue to be their trademark whatever form they take.

Eventbrite - Hank Wangford and Brad Breath

Saturday, 28 November. 7.00pm

£6.25 online, £5.00 on the door

Moosefest will return to Orpington this November with an awesome line-up and the aim to raise money for Cardiomyopathy and deliver you some great music. All the bands are from the South East / Kent area and all bring something different to the line up.

Bands announced so far:

Hobo and the Hippies, alt Folk…/About.html

Cosmic Thoughts, post Punk

Mass Lines, Garage Punk

Hey Gigantic

Eventbrite - Moosefest

Mick Groves
Friday, 4 December. 8.00pm

£6.40 online

Mick Groves, former singer and guitarist with the The Spinners folk group plays at OLC.
The Spinners were a world famous folk group that were particularly popular in the 60’s and 70’s (even having their own UK TV show).
For more information about Mick go to

Eventbrite - Mick Groves - former singer with The Spinners

Jo Fookes Quartet
Friday, 15 January. 7.30pm


After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited Jo to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humphs fun filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.

Jo’s other influences include Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gorden, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan getz and Zoot Simms.

Eventbrite - Jo Fooks Quartet

Mississippi MacDonald
Friday, 22 January. 7.30pm


A favourite of our Folk ‘n’ Blues garden parties/Beer Festivals. Mississippi MacDonald is a blues musician from London. He has been playing since he was 11 years old and has travelled extensively on the US blues trail. He has met BB King, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “˜Big Eyes” Smith and Lucky Peterson.

Eventbrite - Mississippi MacDonald

Saturday, 13 February. 7.30pm


Tred first played at Orpington Friday Folk in 2014, but their music crosses into jazz. A trio consisting of:
Elle Rees – Flute & Vocals
Pete Thomas – Double Bass
David Delarre – Acoustic Guitar
Will be a hugely popular night with jazz and folk fans alike

Eventbrite - Tred in Concert

Ange Hardy
Friday, 18 March. 8pm


Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from Somerset. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony.

Eventbrite - Ange Hardy



News from the Ale Mail

We have takeaway only 500ml bottles of Gyle 59 beers. All £3.00 each. Ask at the bar for details. As before, when they are gone, they are gone!
Piper’s Crisps. Without coming across as some shopping email… we have obtained a large quantity of 150g (equivalent of 5 of our 30p bags in weight) bags of Piper’s crisps. These normally sell for about £3 a bag, but we have them for just £1.20! This is better value than you can get on other brands of top end crisps in supermarkets! So you can either rip a bag open to share, or take some home. Flavours are as in the picture. Sea Salt, Cheddar & Onion, Chorizo, Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt, Sweet Chilli, Black Pepper & Sea Salt and Spicy Tomato. These are the crisps you find at the GBBF and other CAMRA festivals.


CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year Presentation

24 October 2015

Bar opens 6pm, event starts 7.30pm
What it says on the tin! We are delighted to win this for a second time. We’ll have great beer (6 real ales), food, probably a bit of music, a presentation and some fun. Free entry. 

Now includes Brew Buddies Meet the Brewer and Beer of the Festival presentation.

Eventbrite - CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year presentation

Meet the Brewer – Musket Brewery

11 November 2015

Musket Brewery is a microbrewery based at Loddington Farm, Linton in the heart of the Kent countryside brewing very traditional Kentish style beers.

Eventbrite - Meet the Brewer - Musket Brewery

Bromley CAMRA Fifth Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

7pm for 7.30pm start
Open to CAMRA members.
Free pint of any real ale(s) or cider/perry available as one pint, two halves or three thirds.
Please note that there will now not be a free buffet, though we will put out a few bits and pieces to nibble.
Please bring your CAMRA membership card.



Three Pig and Porter Beers now on the Bar:

Crab and Winkle. This one needs no introduction. Low ABV golden ale mashed at a higher temperature for a fuller mouthfeel and made with Bramling Cross, Boadicea and Styrian Golding hops. Tunbridge Wells. Locale. 3% £2.70

Fatal Flaw. American Amber. Penhurst Pale has had the recipe tweaked and the name changed. Belgian Aromatic Malt providing a solid base to showcase the hops. Tunbridge Wells. Locale. 4.5% £2.70

Strangely Brown. Kent Green Hop. Porter hopped with EKG. Fresh hops against a backdrop of roasted and flaked barley to give a traditional porter flavour. Tunbridge Wells. Locale. 4.4% £2.70



Coming at the weekend:

More Pig and Porter Crab and Winkle, plus:

Pig and Porter Purest Green. Kent Green Hop. Pale, dry, malty bitter with a hoppy finish. Brewed with fresh East Kent Goldings direct from Gushmere Court Farm in Selling. Tunbridge Wells. Locale. 5.2% £3.00

Hammerpot Bottleneck Porter.  A traditional pitch black porter with coffee, chocolate and rich roast malt flavours. Champion Beer of Britain (Porters) at the 2012 CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival. Sussex. 4.7%



Cider and Perry on the bar (all £3.00 a pint)


Parson’s Choice Medium Cider. Fruity aroma. Golden coloured and a little hazy in appearance. Fruity and slightly dry lasting finish. Somerset. 6.5%

King Brain Medium Sweet Cider. A still, medium-sweet cider made from a blend of apple varieties. Somerset. 6.0%

Meare Cider. A dry, still cider made with a blend of apple varieties. Somerset. 6.0%

Farmer Jim’s Medium Cider. A well balanced all-rounder, retaining plenty of apple flavour tempered by the natural tannins that occur in traditional cider fruit. Devon. 5.0%

Farmer Jim’s Farmyard Fruits. A pale, refreshingly fruity blended cider. Devon. 4.0%

Tutts Clump Farmhouse Perry. This award-winning medium/dry Real Perry is handmade from a variety of pears mainly from within West Berkshire. Berkshire. 6.0%