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The South Essex Saunter

Saturday 23rd March 2019




Hello! We have arranged a most interesting visit to the (mainly) flatlands of Essex for you. The group will be meeting at Shoeburyness station at 10:33 and if you need them we can provide GroupSave3 train tickets from West Ham (with its excellent connections from the Jubilee, Hammersmith & City, District and DLR lines as well as the main line from Fenchurch Street) – but note that for most of you it will be cheaper to buy a ticket from your home station. The detailed timings are provided on the booking form.

The day proper starts with a visit to the village of Great Wakering – but are we visiting one or two breweries there? George's Brewery and the Hop Monster Brewing Co are the same brewery – George's beers are traditional English real ale but the Hop Monster brews are somewhat more whacky with full-on use of hops (these are available in cask and bottle condition formats). The logos used are entirely different and you would not know that they had anything to do with each other if you just looked at them. This brewery with two faces perhaps show the two sides of the current brewing world in a single enterprise and it will be interesting to see how the market is reacting to these different visions of modern beer. An interesting visit is guaranteed!

We all enjoy meeting a tipsy crow, don’t we? Well, it’s a good thing that our next visit will be to the home of one! Keppels Brewery (‘the home of the Tipsy Crow’) started its life in 2016 when Dan Keppel produced collaboration beers with the nearby Billericay Brewery which were very well received locally. This success allowed Dan to make the leap to set up his own brewery in Rochford at the start of 2018 .and we are sure of a warm welcome during our visit.

Luncheon Time!! Our coach will take us to the Shepherd and Dog (GBG), a fine country pub in Ballards Gore where we’ll enjoy 1½ rounds of sandwiches as well as an included pint. The pub is a many-times-winner of local CAMRA awards and normally has six real ales on tap – if the weather is good, they have a pleasant garden to sit in. We have a leisurely hour-and-a-half sojourn at this fine traditional pub.

Our coach will next whisk us off to the seaside town of Leigh on Sea and its eponymous brewery. The idea of opening a brewery was hatched by Ian Rydings and Mark Springham in late 2016 during what they called ‘A modest tour of local hostelries’. They noted the absence of a brewery in Leigh on Sea, or indeed in Southend and decided that they could rectify this dismal situation. Many of us have had this notion but Ian and Mark managed to turn the idea into reality and in 2017 the Leigh on Sea Brewery came on stream. They have a number of cask beers in their range – we’ll be trying some of them (including their Stout and Gold) in their tap room.

Our final visit is to the CAMRA East Anglia Regional club 2018 and local CAMRA branch club of the year for six successive years, the excellent South Benfleet Social Club (GBG, CIU affiliated) with at least five draught beers, including sometimes a couple on gravity. This very popular social club is a huge asset to the community and we’re hoping that they will be providing some nibbles to go with our included pint.

Our coach will finally drop us off at Benfleet Station around 18:30 for our return journey to West Ham and onwards. Gerald and I hope you can join us – please see the booking form (linked below) for further details.


Tony Fox-Griffith

Office: 01252 665652 / Mobile (Gerald Daniels, Proprietor): 07766 663579 (Tony Fox-Griffith): 07860 169394

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Most of the arrangements have already been confirmed but some are still outstanding, so the right is reserved to amend the programme should this be unavoidable.


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