Essex's Beer Bus

With around 4 pubs closing across the UK each day, one part of Essex is doing it's best to help rural pubs.

CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) have set up a bus service that will carry beer lovers to rural pubs around Colchester.

The 16 seater minibus will leave the town centre and then go to surrounding villages to help rural pubs survive.

It's hoped the Real Ale Runabouts will give 26 watering holes, that are not well served by public transport, a much-needed boost.

Details of all the tours, which start on Thurs May 12th, are below.

Places need to be booked by emailing

Thursday 12th May   £5
Donkey and Buskin, Layer De La Haye    
Layer Fox, Layer De La Haye    
Hare and Hounds, Layer Breton   
Thursday 9th June 2011  £5
Swan, Henny Street    
Crown, Wormingford   
Lion, Lamarsh   
Eight Bells, Bures   
Swan, Bures   
Thursday 14th July 2011  £5
Kings Head, Tollesbury   
Queens Head, Tolleshunt D'Arcy    
Bell, Tolleshunt Major    
Rose and Crown, Tolleshunt Knights    
Thursday 11th August 2011  £7
Dolphin, Stisted   
Olney Arms, Stisted   
Hare and Hounds, High Garrett    
Thursday 15th September 2011  £5
Maypole, Colchester
(2nd Thursday due to Chappel Beer Festival)    
Dog, East Mersea    
Coast Inn, West Mersea    
Whalebone, Fingringhoe   
Thursday 13th October 2011  £5
Shepherd and Dog, Langham   
Sun, Dedham   
Marlborough Head, Dedham   
Thursday 10th November 2011  £5
Kings Head, Broad Green    
Crown, Messing   
Alma, Copford Green    
Bird In Hand, Earles Colne