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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 three noted micro- breweries   Crouch Vale,  Mighty Oak and Wibblers. Our three 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. 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.

Details of all pubs in our area are published in our free Pub & Beer guide which is published every other year.

Download the latest edition of "Thirsty Times" here:

Thirsty Times Winter/Spring2020

View our latest local Pub Guide here!

Farmers Yard Award PotY 2019 compressed 2020 Maldon & Dengie Pub Guide MAD Real Ale and Cider Guide 2020 cover website 2020 Maldon & Dengie Pub Guide

2021 South Woodham Ferrers Beer Festival  

7th-9th OCTOBER

Beer list under S.W.F Festival


South Woodham Beer Ferrers

Festival 2021


Support your local pubs and Brewers


you can still get a supply of real ale takeways from  a number local pubs in your area

All 3 of our local brewers will provide free home delivery for orders over £29.99p,




Please score the beers  for the pubs you