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Maldon and Dengie CAMRA is one of the smallest branches of the national campaign group, The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Small we might be, but we pack

a big punch.

We hold a beer and cider festival in Maldon each year showcasing the best of British ales. A nominal £1.00 charge is made to non-CAMRA members to defray costs. In early October each year we also run a beer and cider festival in South Woodham Ferrers.


We are the home of four noted micro- breweries - Crouch Vale, Maldon Brewing Co. Ltd., Mighty Oak and Wibblers. Our four breweries have won multiple awards & further details of these can be found under our “Breweries” section.

In 2016, one of our pubs was Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year (the Compasses in Great Totham). Two of our 90 pubs have in the past won the top

accolade of National CAMRA pub of the year, most recently the Swan, Little Totham which won                                                                                                    the award twice in 2002 and 2005. Nearly every pub in our area sells real ale.

Our aim is to maintain & indeed improve this enviable position by encouraging breweries to supply good ale, for landlords to keep it and sell it that way & pub goers to make good use of their local and drink fine ale.

Many of our branch's pubs have a totally unspoilt feel to them, thanks in part to being owned by the family firm of Gray

& Sons (Chelmsford) Ltd, whose pubs

are as you remember them from years gone by. Many are simply

furnished but offer real

ale from an enormous

choice of breweries

from around the UK.

Barley Hops

We also have a vibrant social scene, with a variety of events planned throughout the year. See the "Events Diary" for more details.

Are YOU doing the MAD Ale Trail?

Discover the MAD Ale Trail Compasses Plaque presentation

Details of all pubs in our area are published in our free Pub & Beer guide which has just been updated and is available in many pubs in the area.

Download the latest edition of "Thirsty Times" here:

Thirsty Times - Spring 2019

The Beer & Cider List for Maldon 2019 is now OUT!

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