CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, was founded in 1971 by a group of drinkers who were opposed to the growing mass production of beer and the decline of the British brewing industry. The original name was the Campaign for the Revitalisation of Ale.
CAMRA's campaigns include promoting small brewing and pub businesses, reforming licensing laws, reducing tax on beer, and stopping continued consolidation among local British brewers. It also makes an effort to promote less common varieties of beer and other traditionally brewed beverages including stout, porter, mild, traditional cider, and perry.
In 2009 CAMRA announced that it had reached the 100,000 members mark and now has over 112,000. Member benefits include a monthly newspaper, "What's Brewing" (along with the quarterly "BEER" magazine) and reduced price admission to CAMRA-organised beer festivals. CAMRA has numerous independent local branches, each covering a particular geographical area of the UK and they contribute to the central body of the organisation, which is based in St Albans.
CAMRA has established influence at national government level, including English Heritage, and has been designated by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry as a "super-complainant" to the Office of Fair Trading.
Vist the official CAMRA websites:
Some say that Micropubs are a reaction to the large, chain-run pseudo free-houses that can be found in any town in Britain, where poorly served real ales sit alongside alcopops and boomerang shaped trays of "shots". Others say that they are merely an extension of an Englishman's willingness to open his house to friend and stranger alike, in order to share their companionship over a well kept pint of ale. Either way, Micropubs are here to stay. Each one will be a little different but all will offer consistently good ale and a friendly welcome.
Check out these other Micropubs:
Bake & Alhouse, Westgate-on-Sea
The Butcher's Arms, Herne, Kent
The Four Candles Alehouse, Broadstairs, Kent
Just Beer, Newark
The Just Reproach, Deal, Kent
The Rat Race Ale House, Hartlepool
The Snug Micropub, Carnforth, Lancashire
Monday - closed
Tuesday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Thursday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Friday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Saturday - 11:30 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 21:30
Sunday - 12:00 - 15:00
Real Ale Selection
At the Conqueror Alehouse, we like to keep things local while, at the same time, realizing that our customers like something different now and again. With this in mind, we'll be stocking mainly beers from Kent breweries and slipping the occasional "foreigner" in to give a bit of variety.