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Editorâ€™s Welcome Welcome to our 41st edition of the Mad Cow. As we enjoy the turning of the autumn leaves, and start to turn our thoughts to the fun and festivities of Christmas, itâ€™s hard to believe that the summer of 2015 is already behind us. The cover of this edition of our quarterly magazine reflects on the fun we had savouring the last of the summer wine, (as well as copious quantities of Bavarian beers), at the West Berks Brewery Okth toberWest in September. Just two weeks later we were busy with our very own 9 Beer Festival at Ascot Racecourse, which, thanks to our merry team of volunteers, was hailed a resounding success, and is featured herein on pages 14 & 15. For those of you who enjoy helping at beer festivals, have you ever considered volunteering to help at the Great British Beer Festival in London? Take a look at our article on page 16 to discover how it feels to lend a hand. Those of you who prefer to be the other side of the bar, page 26 provides a round up of the upcoming local beer festivals. You will also find an array of news and updates from our local brewers on pages 11 & 12, as well as the exciting news of the arrival of a brand new brewery to our local area, the Black Pig Brewery in Bracknell on page 8. As for Christmas Bring it on! Happy reading. Cheers & Merry Christmas! Mike Rathge (Mad Cow Editor)
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Pub News Crowthorne The Prince has been undergoing some refurbishment and is planning to reopen on Friday th the 6 of November. We understand that Becky is planning to increase from four to six ale pumps, with Ascot Ales promised as the house ale. We have also been advised that two craft beer pumps are being installed.
Sandhurst The Rose and Crown.
If you are quick reading this in the first few days after publication, you may catch the Halloween beer festival at this th local real ale pub on the 29 st October to the 1 of November. Peter and Michelle do like to stimulate the senses with their ghostly decorations and, judging by the string of skeletons hanging outside the pub, we are sure that you will be in for a real treat (or trick) this year. We have been told to expect 20+ real ales and 4 ciders. Although it is still some time away, you may also want to make a note in your diary of their Easter th th Beer Festival on 24 to 28 March 2016.
Warfield The New Leathern Bottle. The Burnham Steam ‘Steam-Up’ was held at the New Leathern Bottle on Saturday October 10th. The annual event, which raises money for local charities, included a mini real ale and cider festival as well as barbeque, tombola and side stalls.
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Are holding a beer festival on the 19th to 22nd November 2015. This is a first for Clive and the team at this local Warfield pub. The beer festival forms part of a recent campaign by the pub to promote real ale and cider, and is expected to feature eight carefully selected guest ales, plus two or three real ciders.
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T he Ship Inn Woking ham
A historic pub in Wokingham, The Ship Inn is a wonderful grade-II-listed coaching inn dating back 400 years. It might be old, but itâ€™s never been left behind - and a respectful refurbishment in 2015 means the pub feels every bit as fresh as the fabulous food and beer it serves. A large, very popular venue for all age groups, a number of eating and drinking areas, including an enclosed, sheltered outside patio area, including a covered heated area. Full range of Fullers Real & Craft Ales along with a wide range of other drinks. Barn room available for hire, ideal for parties and groups. Extensive food Menu. Christmas bookings welcome.
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43 Editions 43 Editions and and Counting Counting for for the the GBG! GBG! By Anthony Springall
By Anthony Springall It is always an exciting time when a new Good Beer Guide is published and It is always an exciting time when a new Good Beer Guide is published and the one for 2016 was no exception. Whilst it was launched nationally on 10th the one for 2016 was no exception. Whilst it was launched nationally on 10th September, CAMRA in Berkshire South East like to make it slightly special by September, CAMRA in Berkshire South East like to make it slightly special by getting all the landlords (and landladies) who are featured in the guide togetting all the landlords (and landladies) who are featured in the guide together to celebrate the event. On the 21st September, nine of the eleven gether to celebrate the event. On the 21st September, nine of the eleven pubs from Berkshire South East featured in the 2016 Good Beer Guide were represented pubs from Berkshire South East featured in the 2016 Good Beer Guide were represented at the launch event at the Cannie Man, Hanworth, Bracknell at the kind invitation of the at the launch event at the Cannie Man, Hanworth, Bracknell at the kind invitation of the licensees, Amanda and Neil. They were joined by brewers from Longdog, Binghams and licensees, Amanda and Neil. They were joined by brewers from Longdog, Binghams and Black Pig plus the Mayor of Bracknell Town, Cllr Mark Phillips who expressed his support Black Pig plus the Mayor of Bracknell Town, Cllr Mark Phillips who expressed his support for the aims of the guide. for the aims of the guide. The chairman of CAMRA Berkshire South East, David The chairman of CAMRA Berkshire South East, David Richards, spoke of the very special nature of the guide, it Richards, spoke of the very special nature of the guide, it was not one where it was possible to buy a place but rather was not one where it was possible to buy a place but rather it was the cream of the crop of pubs chosen by unpaid volit was the cream of the crop of pubs chosen by unpaid volunteers from the more than ninety pubs in the area. The unteers from the more than ninety pubs in the area. The guide lists not only the best pubs but also provides an up to guide lists not only the best pubs but also provides an up to date guide to the burgeoning brewery scene as new brewdate guide to the burgeoning brewery scene as new breweries come on stream almost daily in the UK, as demoneries come on stream almost daily in the UK, as demonstrated by the presence of Mark Cowell from Black Pig Brewery. David presented Amanda strated by the presence of Mark Cowell from Black Pig Brewery. David presented Amanda and Neil with a complementary copy of the guide, Amanda had prepared a splendid buffet and Neil with a complementary copy of the guide, Amanda had prepared a splendid buffet and the evening finished with everyone agreeing that it had been a great way to and the evening finished with everyone agreeing that it had been a great way to acknowledge the best pubs in our corner of the Royal County. acknowledge the best pubs in our corner of the Royal County.
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Regional Roundup By Nick Boley
A number of you will already be aware that CAMRA is undergoing a strategic review – the “Revitalisation” project, led by one of the founding members of the Campaign, Michael Hardman. Being involved is a real honour for me, albeit peripherally as a corresponding member of the Steering Group. The project team tasked with leading the review will be considering all aspects of CAMRA's role and purpose going forward, and will encourage input from members and key players in the trade. Please look out over the next few months for details of how you can get involved with this process, and if you are not already a CAMRA member please consider joining at this crucial point and help shape our future. By now most of you will know that the Regional Pub of the Year (POTY) is the Rising Sun at Berkhamsted. This may not be the easiest place for Berkshire South East members to get to, but it is definitely worth the trip. It is a real community local with great beers from near and far, plus as good a selection of ciders as you will find in South East England.
Visiting the Rising Sun recently as part of my Super-Regional POTY judging duties, I discovered they were participating in the MacMillan Coffee Morning event. This brought home to me how well they engage
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with the community, as a huge selection of cakes and pastries were available, following an appropriate donation, with members of the local community providing a delicious selection of cakes and pastries. The POTY presentation takes place on Friday 23 October at 18:00. At the Great British Beer Festival, the judging of the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) took place. As Chairman of CAMRA’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), under which sits the Tasting Panels, I was pleased to be involved with the process of determining which beers were worthy of these prestigious awards. My taste panel training from years ago came in useful, as I was assigned to the panel judging the Golden Ale category. Nine beers varying from 3.8% to over 5% abv were tasted (see picture below for the aftermath).
Three stood out, so these were resampled, but personally I couldn’t separate them, so instead of 1st, 2nd & 3rd I selected three joint winners. One of these was the eventual overall runner-up, Kelburn Jaguar from Scotland, the others being Blue Monkey Infinity and Adnams Explorer. The TAG members have a wide range of views and technical expertise. At a recent meeting of TAG, held in the Old Manor, Bracknell, we discussed, whether Zerodegrees beers are considered to be Real Ale. We reiterated that they are, as they conform to CAMRA’s definition. However, we will be keeping this under review (as we do with many other issues).
Black Pig Brewery A Slice of the Good Life By Anthony Springall
Mark Cowell and his “brew-pal” Gerry Lennon have started the first new brewery in Bracknell producing real ale this century and it fits in neatly with the other activities at Brockdale Cottage. In a beautiful part of Warfield, Mark and his wife Tam have a self sufficient lifestyle with their own pigs, hens, bees and home grown vegetables, and for a keen home brewer it was a natural extension to go on a Brewlab course and consider expanding a hobby into a commercial concern. The address for the brewery is “The Shipping Container” and this gives the clue as to what the origin of the new brewery’s premises once were. Rather than going on trips across the high seas it is now in rural Berkshire and has been fitted out with a full professional stainless steel 'mini brewery' of the kind the big boys would use for a trial brew but a million miles from the traditional home brewer. It is a gleaming combination of boiler, mash tank, pipework, sparger etc which fills one side of its re-purposed home. It fits in with Mark's lifestyle that the pigs get to enjoy the used grains and the spent hops find their way onto the vegetable patch as mulch.
With a capacity of around 140 litres this would be termed a one barrel plant which currently brews once a week with the majority of its output destined for bottling in 660ml bottles (no meagre 500ml bottles here !). The two beers currently in production are Pig Tale Ale - 4.1% Tawny Ale, brewed with English Malt and US Cascade Hops and Pig Snout Stout - 5.1% Vanilla Stout, brewed with English Malts and English Fuggles Hops. Mark quickly realised that to produce a quality product required quality ingredients therefore contact was made with The Hop Shop in Plymouth who recommended that malt from Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot, Devon would give the beer the right quality and whole cone hops should be used to give the beer its distinctive taste.
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Whilst Mark may be a fan of big, hoppy West Coast US beers using the aromatic hop varieties available to them, he has aimed his own beers to be enjoyed by everyone, not just “hop heads”. Whilst for the moment things are starting in a modest way with beers being sold “at the farm gate” or in limited outlets, there is no reason that in the future you should not expect to find “Black Pig” beers in a local pub or beer festival. We wish Mark and Gerry all the very best in this new venture.
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West Berkshire Brewery has added four new awards to their trophy cabinet. Maggs Magnificent Mild (3.8% ABV) and Saazbrucker Pilsner (4.9% ABV) both won Silver Awards at the International Beer Challenge. Saazbrucker Pilsner was also awarded Silver in the Society of Independent Brewers South East competition (small pack beer), and Maggs Magnificent Mild also bagged local beer of the festival award in the under 4.2% category at Reading Beer Festival. WBB held their inaugural beer festival, OktoberWest, in September, where a sell-out crowd of 600 beer lovers, including those seen on the front cover of this magazine, enjoyed a selection of imported Bavarian beers, the complete range of award winning ales from WBB and the brewery’s new Renegade Craft Beer range. It was a glorious sunny day and those attending were treated to live music from a traditional German Oompah band, with 4000 pints served in bespoke OktoberWest stein glasses. Yule Fuel – WBB’s Christmas special, is available in bottle (5%) and on draught (4.3%) throughout November and December. This deep red ale has a warm hop/malt finish with raisin, liquorish and wild berry fruit overtones. WBB are also looking at setting up a Home Brew Club and are keen to hear from any budding Home Brewers. Why not drop them a line to register your interest? Their first brew evening is likely to be towards the end of November.
Siren Craft Brew’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout was judged Silver in the Stout Category for the London and South East Region Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) recently. CAMRA’s CBOB competition is organised around a number of local areas, of which there are a total of nine in Great Britain. By coincidence in the same week, Broken Dream picked up a Silver award at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. Siren Craft Brew hires a new Head Brewer, Markus Wagner. Originally from Dresden, Germany, Markus established his brewing skills at Radeberger Exportbier Brauerei, before heading over to Firestone Walker in California, where he worked in their brew-house operation with their barrel fermentation project, barrel ageing project and sour programme. After a spell in Switzerland at Heineken SUI, in 2013 Markus was attracted to the UK’s developing beer scene, joining Camden Town Brewery where he also developed a new barrel ageing program. Markus will be overseeing the on-going expansion of the Siren Craft Brewery, as well as taking control of the brew-house. We understand Markus will be making his debut with a Blackberry IPA, currently being brewed, and we wish Markus all the best with steering the Siren Craft Brew journey onwards.
Andwell Brewery have plans for a new cask store, function space
and Brew-house Café, which we understand are progressing well. Situated within Andwell (near Hook), next to the Brewery, The Brew-house Café will offer a unique dining experience, with a new Brewery Shop. Above the Brew-house Café will be home to meeting & function room space, available to businesses and private functions.
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Brewery News (contd.) Windsor & Eton Brewery
Seasonal beers currently on offer are Canberra (Oct–Jan) and Seattle Porter (Nov-Jan). Special beers available are: December: Conqueror 1075: 7.4% black IPA & Mandarin: Christmas ale using Mandarina Bavaria hops. Jan-Feb: Tree Tops Stout. The M&S contract for Windsor & Eton bottled Craft Beer range. “Island Hopper” is still going strong. Work on merging the old office and shop to create one large shop and visitors’ centre, including a bar, is on hold until after Christmas. However, the new state of the art, meeting room is now operational and being hired by local businesses that want a “room with a tour”. The brewery’s tours have again received Trip Advisor’s highest approval rating with a certificate of excellence for 2015. The Windsor & Eton ‘It’s My Local’ initiative is still at twelve pubs, ensuring that a Windsor & Eton beer will always be available. For those of you following progress on the Windsor & Eton Taverns, the Cat & Lily Tavern has just commenced remedial structural work, and the George in Eton is doing well and they plan to build a new central bar to make it a more traditional drinking pub before Christmas. UPRISING are formulating a Christmas beer - watch this space. It is important to note that although Uprising beers are kegged, the bottled beers are bottle conditioned. Kieran is currently experimenting with kegging his beers without filtering! Treason, the West Coast IPA, won a top award this Autumn receiving a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge for the bottle conditioned beer.
Binghams competition to name their new Rugby beer was won by George Blackwell, who came up with the slightly tongue in cheek name of “Rucking Ale”. It’s a 4% dark copper ale using English hops. It’s a shame England didn’t do so well in the cup, but the ale seems to be selling well! Vanilla Stout won gold in the Speciality Ale section of CAMRA’s London and South East Champion Beer of Britain, so for a second time, Binghams will be joining the other regional winners in the Champion Beer of Britain finals at the Great British Beer Festival in 2016. Binghams’ seasonal special is the Woodsmoke Porter at 5%, so called because the malt used was smoked over beech wood to give it a mellow smoky flavour. The next Craft Hop in line is Pilot at 4.5%. The base pale ale is brewed using a different hop each time, so that you can get to see what the different hops taste like, without any other strong flavours to contend with. Pilot has a lemon and marmalade character. This year, in the usual tradition of following the Twyford Christmas Fayre, the Binghams open day will be on Saturday 5th December. With free tasters and nibbles, along with short brewery tours, it is bound to be a fun day, so do pop along and join them. They will be open from 12 – 6pm.
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Ascot Beer Festival 2015 By Mike Smith, Festival Organiser
Their winning beer, Amber, at 3.9% ABV is a classic malty English session beer nicely balanced with a crisp hop flavour. We look forward to presenting the award in the coming weeks. We show-cased four festival specials from Wild Weather (Riders on the Storm), Binghams (Thirst Past the Post), Longdog (English Hopped IPA) and Indigenous (Frisky Mare) all proving a big hit with the customers. The regional Greater Manchester bar was popular once again with some fantastic beer from Marble, Brewsmith and Deeply Vale to name a few. I am grateful to Chris Gill from Ascot Ales and Brian Oâ€™Kane who helped source these beers for us.
The autumn sunshine brightened up another hugely successful ninth festival at the racecourse as thirsty racegoers drank their way through over twenty six thousand pints of real ale, cider and perry. First to sell out was our local favourite from Tongham in Surrey, Hogs Back TEA with Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees perry first to go on the cider bar. The public vote for Beer of the Festival was a resounding victory for newcomers Hedgedog. Marc and Andrew Sage only started brewing last year and have now expanded into premises just down the road in Virginia Water.
It is always a great pleasure to run the festival for the racecourse and introduce many non-CAMRA beer drinkers to the delights of our national beverage and at the same time for CAMRA members to enjoy the best flat racing at Berkshireâ€™s iconic venue. The winner of the Ascot CAMRA Beer Festival Gordon Carter Stakes was won by Burmese ridden by William Buike. You may have spotted a local celebrity on TV presenting the winning owner, Sir Thomas Pilkington, with the trophy. Finally, a big thank you to our 100+ volunteers who make the festival a big success every year!
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Lending a hand at the Great British Beer Festival By Terry Burrows
Like many of you who volunteered to work at the Ascot Beer Festival recently, both Trish and I are still recovering from the hectic time we all experienced there and we only worked on the Friday and Saturday. Our admiration for those who were involved in the preparation, setting up and clearing away at Ascot holds no bounds. Indeed, there were some of you who looked extremely tired before the event even started! It’s very much the same volunteering to work at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) but obviously on a much larger scale and with hundreds more volunteers. This year’s GBBF was once again held at Olympia from Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th August. For the last three years Trish and I have volunteered to work there as part of the Corporate Hospitality team. This year we were pleased to have with us fellow branch members Karen Scutter and Barry Garber who were volunteering in ‘Corporate’ for the first time. So what is Corporate Hospitality and what does it involve? It is mainly for companies or organisations who buy corporate packages at various prices for the benefit of their guests. The guests are normally employees and/or customers who have been selected to attend the festival. The guest packages can range simply from an amount of beer tokens to the more comprehensive ones which would include access to the Corporate Lounge. Most packs include a festival glass, programme and some beer, food and game tokens. Some companies and organisations pay for additional items such as Tutored Tasting Sessions and/or
one of the rooms in Olympia for their private use. Basically, our job is to look after the corporate guests and make their visit to the festival as enjoyable as possible. Each individual guest pack is assembled prior to their arrival. When they arrive we greet them in the Corporate Reception, which has its own separate entrance. Here they are given their individual packs with a choice of festival glass and directed to the Corporate Lounge or into the festival itself. Our team this year came from far and wide. In addition to the four of us the team included Mark Redhead (Our manager from Hants & Surrey Hants Borders) and his wife Wendy, Morris and Fiona Elsworth (North Devon), Andrew Taylor (Barnsley), Barry Mayles and Ray Hodgins (Exeter & East Devon), Ted Tomiak (West London), Chris and Steve Pampling (West Midlands) with Rob Ferguson and Gillian Dale from CAMRA HQ.
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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Why we volunteer for the GBBF? (or “What’s in it for us?”) Well apart from experiencing the festival from a completely different perspective, we feel very much part of the team running the biggest beer festival in the biggest ‘pub’ in the land. As we are there for the whole week, there are plenty of opportunities for us to be present at other events when not engaged in our corporate duties. There is also the social side to consider as well. These can include: 1. Being there on the Tuesday (Trade Day for Brewers and associates only) at about 3.00pm when the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) is announced. This year’s winner was Tiny Rebel’s ‘Cwtch’ (which means ‘Cuddle’ for us non Welsh speakers). Once the announcement has been made there is always a mad rush by some of the customers to find the bar that is selling the winning beer! 2. Helping out at the Tutored Tasting sessions where two corporate staff members are posted to check the tickets of those coming in. When everyone has arrived we go in and listen to the tasting presentation. Surprisingly, it’s not unusual for the odd taster of beer to come our way.
obtained during lunch time, dinner time and after closing time every day. However, there are severe consequences for any volunteer who drinks too much, particularly whilst members of the public are in attendance at the festival. 6. Attending the staff party on Saturday night after the festival has closed. This can go on to the early hours of Sunday morning and all food and drink is free (yes, FREE again). Needless to say there is much singing, dancing and some strange standards of dress. Festival Organiser Ian Hill gave his report on how the festival had gone and welcomed the first time volunteers into the GBBF ‘family’. Overall, working at the GBBF is a tiring experience, with long hours and late nights, but a very enjoyable one nonetheless. Would we do it again? Yes, absolutely, and we can recommend it to other members who are thinking of doing the same. Trish has already volunteered us for next year and booked our accommodation. Put the dates in your diary: Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th August 2016. A great way to spend a week in London. We may see you there. Cheers!
3. Sampling the different foods from the many suppliers at the festival. You can have a meal from a different country every day if you want and some give you staff discount as well. If that’s not for you then there is the staff canteen on the first floor, which provides a good selection of food. 4. Buying beer tokens for the festival from the staffing office at a discounted rate for volunteers. 5. Having the use of the Volunteer Arms up on the first floor where free (yes, FREE) beer, cider and the odd perry can be
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19 Station Road Sunningdale Nr. Ascot, SL5 0QL.
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HALF PAGE - Local Heroes pub serving up to six quality Real Ales - Good Beer Guide 2015 - Local Real Ales inc. Windsor & Eton + Rebellion ranges - Large enclosed rear Garden - Simple Lunch time food - Open all day. Noon-11pm - Nr. Ascot & Wentworth
Walk— Royal Oak, Sunningdale. THIS GENTLE, UNDEMANDING WALK EXPLORES A WOODED CORNER OF EAST BERKSHIRE, CLOSE TO HER BORDER WITH PAGE 19 SURREY. BEGINNING IN SUNNINGDALE VILLAGE, THE ROUTE CUTS THROUGH THE WENTWORTH ESTATE, FAMOUS FOR ITS PUB WALK SPRAWLING GOLF COURSE. THE RETURN LEG TAKES IN COWORTH PARK, WHICH TODAY IS RUN AS A POLO CENTRE. HALF PAGE How to get there: SL5 OQL From the A30 between Bagshot and Englefield Green, follow the signs for Sunningdale which lies to the north of the Sunninghill train station on the A30. Parking: In front of the pub or along the village street. Length of the walk: 4 miles. Map: OS Explorer 160 Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell (GR 951676). Issue 41, Winter 2015
On the north side of the A30, close to Coworth Park, is one of the entrances to Fort Belvedere, once the home of Edward VIII and where he signed the abdication document in December 1936. Long after Edward had given up the throne and married American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the house still occupied his thoughts. Fort Belvedere had ‘laid hold of me in so many ways,’ he wrote in his memoirs. THE WALK 1.
From the Royal Oak turn left and follow the Station Road, Take 1st left down Church Road. At the ’T’ junction at the Anglican church, turn right and continue down Bedford Lane . Cross a brook and turn right by some bungalows. Take the path to the A30, cross over, and turn left. Walk along to a sign on the right for Shrubs Hill Lane and Onslow Road. PAGE 20 PUB WALK CENTRE SPREAD
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Follow the path to a junction by a fence and turn right by the bridleway/footpath sign. Curve left, making for a roundabout. Swing left on reaching it and look for a footpath next to a house called Highgate. Follow it through the woodland and when you join a wider path on a bend, keep left. Then a little firther keep Right and skirt the golf course, cutting between trees and bracken, and when you emerge from the woodland, follow the path across the fairways, keeping left at a junction by a bunker. Veer right at the first fork, into the trees, and follow the path to a junction with a tarmac drive.
Turn left and pass through the exclusive Wentworth Estate. On reaching the A30, turn left and follow the road west. Walk down to the Berkshire/Surrey border and turn sharp right at the Bluebell Pub, a shared right of way. Follow the shaded path and beyond PAGE 21of Coworth Park. the trees you reach the buildings
PUB WALK Draw level with a bridge, turn left and follow the path across the CENTRE SPREAD parkland, crossing a track on the far side. Enter the trees, turn left at the road and pass some houses. Turn right to join a byway by Sunningdale Bowling Club. Leading to a tarmac drive and continue ahead. Turn left at the road, then veer right after a few paces onto Station Road. Return to the Royal Oak, or the near by Nags Head.
This walk, is one of many and reproduced by kind permission. PUB WALKS IN BERKSHIRE (New Edition) by Nick Channer Published by Countryside Books www.countrysidebooks.co.uk Price £7.99 ISBN 978 1 84674 181 4
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Real Cider at the 9th Ascot Racecourse CAMRA Beer Festival. By Mike Lee
We had a very successful cider Bar at the Ascot Racecourse CAMRA Beer Festival during 2nd and 3rd October. We had our largest cider bar at this festival and we were more centrally located and it made a big difference for both the CAMRA volunteers that were serving as well as the “cider seekers” at the bar. As the sun shone into the racecourse atrium we sold over 4000 pints of cider and perry (pear cider) over the two days, about 300 pints an hour during our opening times. This year we sold 37 different ciders and perries, 16 from local producers and two from Lancashire to support the region beer bar from the same area. The Ascot festival demographics at the cider bar are noticeably different from the beer bars with predominantly younger customers and a higher proportion of women than men. The perries were in great demand as was sweeter cider, so as the cider procurer for the festival, I will make a note to order more perry and a sweeter stock of cider for next year. I did have some strange requests from customers at the cider bar this year. Apart from a request for ice in their Real Cider and for “something light and fizzy” (I helpfully suggested they try the champagne bar!), I was asked for two straws for their pint of Real Perry! We are looking forward to our first decade of Ascot Racecourse CAMRA Festivals next October when, apart from great beers, you will find the best selection of ciders and perries in the South East Berkshire region.
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www.TheDukeOfEdinburgh.com Check out our website for all news, menus, events, local information, as well as info on our range of real ales, lagers & wines. The Duke also offers a spacious beer garden which boasts a large avery.
A Menu for all Occasions Bar & Light Lunch menu available lunchtimes & evenings. Evenings also offers our extensive A-la-Carte menu, with a large selection of ‘Specials’ always available.
Real Ales @ the Duke The Duke’s real ale collection is popular. Arkell’s of Swindon provide an excellent range of beers, with favourites offered such as: 2B, 3B, Wiltshire Gold ale, Moonlight and Kingsdown special ale, with others such as: Bee’s organic ale and Noël ale also offered in different seasons.
Christmas lunch & dinner menu now available! Bookings being taken. Book your Xmas lunch or dinner now! The Duke has free WiFi access (high speed compu-fix system) bit.ly/Qag3nQ
The Duke of Edinburgh, Woodside Road, Winkfield, SL4 2DP Tel: 01344-882736 Located in the hamlet of Woodside, just 1/2 mile from Ascot racecourse
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CAMRA is pleased to announce that the Berkshire Pub of the Year (POTY) award has recently been presented to the Queen's Head, Wokingham. CAMRAâ€™s Berkshire Area Organiser, Darren Stock, presented the certificate. Local branch chairman, David Richards, said, â€œThis is the first time in the history of our branch that one of our pubs has won the County round of the Pub of the Year competition. To get this far, a pub has to have won the local branch award and been judged against all the other CAMRA branch POTYs in the County round. We are all extremely pleased that the Queenâ€™s Head came out top and are immensely proud of licensee Carol Williams, who took the pub over in 2013. There are four CAMRA branches in Berkshire and so to be judged the best pub is quite an achievement. So it is now official â€“ the Queenâ€™s Head is the best pub in Berkshire! â€?
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Campaign Focus By Barry Garber
The CAMRA 2016 Good Beer Guide was published in September and highlights the rapidly changing trends in Real Ale. As editor Roger Protz said ' The great British beer revolution rolls on and appears to be unstoppable'. There are now more than 1400 breweries in the UK, a far cry from the 1970's when the industry appeared to be declining to the point of extinction. A relatively new concept is the micropub. This is often situated in a small high street shop unit where a traditional pub would not fit and can be adapted to serve beer usually, but not always, straight from the cask. There are now around 200 micropubs in the UK and the number is expected to grow rapidly. The range of beers on sale has never been better so whether your tipple of choice is a golden ale or a strong full bodied stout (or something in between), there is bound to be a beer just for you! As summer becomes a distant memory and we turn our thoughts to Christmas and the new year, what better time to pay a visit to your local pub and enjoy a pint of Real Ale. A winter's evening in a cosy pub with a real log fire burning conjures up all sorts of lovely thoughts, and topped off with a pint of real ale and good conversation. How better could life be! Yes, you could buy a few bottles of beer in the supermarket and drink it at home in front of the TV, but it's just not the same as drinking cask ale in the only place where it can be drunk as the brewer intended, and that's in a pub. Cask ale sales are on the rise again as people recognise that Real Ale choice and quality has never been better. Sales are increasing at a faster rate than other drinks sold in pubs. With a greater choice of product as a result of an ever-increasing number of breweries in the UK it is imperative that, in order to sustain this choice and the outlets that sell the beer, we make the effort to go to the pub regularly. One of CAMRA's key campaigns encourages people to go to the pub, so why not make it your resolution to visit your local pub more regularly. CAMRA has increased the target for pubs it wishes to see listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in England to 3000 by the end of 2016. Currently there are around 900 pubs with ACV protection in England. This vital protection enhances the very weak planning laws that allows pubs to be closed and even demolished without any recourse to the local council or community. From April 2015 additional protection was afforded to pubs listed as an ACV which makes it compulsory for the community to be consulted over any proposed changes. If you are aware of any pub in our branch area that you believe would benefit from being listed as an ACV please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Berkshire South-East Public Transport By Barry Garber
In the Berkshire South East CAMRA area there has recently been changes to the bus schedules, which have particularly impacted on evening services. This now makes it very difficult to access some of our pubs without using a car, which is unfortunate, as without doubt this affects our pubs business volumes, and can impact long-term viability. Our branch area includes a mixture of towns and villages with a train line running East-West (Waterloo to Reading Line) calling at Sunningdale, Ascot, Bracknell, Wokingham and Winnersh. Services run on this line every thirty minutes, seven days a week, until approximately 23:30hrs. Another train line (Reading to Gatwick Airport) runs through Wokingham, Crowthorne and Sandhurst, all of which are in our branch area. Services on this line run hourly Monday to Saturday, with a two hourly service on Sunday, although this level of service is expected to be increased in the New Year. Services also run until approximately 23:30hrs. The train services described above are adequate and provide a valuable link across the branch between towns. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for bus services with last services finishing by 9pm at the latest. It is clearly not seen as viable to run bus services outside big cities late into the evening. This is something CAMRA needs to have a say in as part of its campaigning role. In future columns we will go into detail about our remaining daytime and evening bus services and possibilities that still exist to take the bus to the pub and hopefully get home again!
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Visit our branch website for the latest diary updates. We welcome your suggestions for a future social visit. Contact our social secretary, Clive Doran at: email@example.com
NOVEMBER Wednesday 4th November Wobbly Wednesday Minibus Social to visit pubs in Winkfield Area, including; Squirrels, Old Hatchet, White Hart and Winning Post. Pick-up points: Wokingham Train station at 18.50, Crowthorne (Prince bus stop) at 19:05, Golden Retriever Bracknell at 19:10 and Bracknell Train Station 19:20. Cost £5.00 payable on the day. Pre-booking required - Contact Clive Doran for more details at: firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 14th November Egham United Services Club Beer Festival, 111 Spring Rise, Egham. TW20 9PE. Meet at 1pm. Thursday 19th November Thirsty Thursday Minibus Social to visit pubs in Warfield Area, including; Cricketers, Plough & Harrow, Shepherds House, & New Leathern Bottle. Pick-up points: Wokingham Train station at 18.50, Crowthorne (Prince bus stop) at 19:05, Golden Retriever Bracknell at 19:10 and Bracknell Train Station 19:20. Cost £5.00 payable on the day. Pre-booking required Contact Clive Doran for more details at: email@example.com Thursday 26th November Social at the Village Inn, 21 Yorktown Rd, Sandhurst. GU47 9DX. Meet at 8pm.
DECEMBER Wednesday 2nd December Open Meeting & GBG Shortlist Meeting. Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1BP, Meet at 8pm. Thursday 10th December Christmas Social at the Prince of Wales, 184 Rectory Road, Farnborough. GU14 8AL Meet at 8pm.
JANUARY Thursday 14th January Social at the Wheelwright’s Arms, Davis Way, Hurst. RG10 0TR. Meet at 8pm. Saturday 23rd January will be the date of the next Central Southern Regional Pub Crawl. The route will be decided in November after a thorough and gruelling survey! Watch this space
FEBRUARY Wednesday 3rd February Open Meeting & GBG Selection Meeting. Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1BP. Meet at 8pm. Advertising Rates Quarter page £20 (new adverts) Half page £60* Full page £120* Full page premium £135* * Discounts available for annual subscription (four editions) paid in advance. For all Mad Cow enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org Next Edition Deadline (Feb–Apr Edition)
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LocAle Update By Graham Holt
The list of local breweries and LocAle pubs is opposite, and the Cricketers Warfield has recently been added as it now regularly serves a beer from Windsor & Eton brewery. In addition to the pubs listed, local ales are known to be served in many other pubs/bars, with CAMRA members suggesting that LocAle status be considered for the Bull at Barkham, and the Dog and Partridge in Sunninghill. Records also show local beers are occasionally served at the Village Inn in Sandhurst, Gig House and Roebuck in Wokingham, Golden Retriever in Bracknell and the Binfield Social Club where a CAMRA card will get you a warm welcome. But the requirement is for LocAle accredited pubs to have at least one hand-pump continuously offering good quality local beer, so for these pubs, confirmation of this is needed before I can schedule a visit. Are you able to confirm an unlisted pub dedicates a hand-pump to LocAle? If so please send an email stating pub/info to: email@example.com. In my recent travels I have been very impressed by the welcome given and the connection with LocAle at the following pubs. If LocAle is your thing, then why not try The Queens Head or the Crispin Wokingham, New Leathern Bottle Jealotts Hill, Royal Oak Sunningdale, Squirrels Winkfield, White Hart Winkfield, Jack o'Newbury Binfield? Finally - your CAMRA Branch would love to receive comments about the pubs you visit either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to WhatPub and use ‘Submit Update’ Cheers! Graham Holt - CAMRA BSE LocAle Officer
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Accredited LocAle Outlets Ascot Binfield Bracknell
Eversley Jealott's Hill Sandhurst Sindlesham Sunningdale Warfield Winkfield Wokingham
Station Inn (Jagz) Thatched Tavern Jack O’Newbury Roebuck Cannie Man Green Man Old Manor South Hill Park Tally Ho New Leathern Bottle Rose & Crown Walter Arms Royal Oak Cricketers Squirrels Bar White Hart Crispin Molly Millar Olde Leathern Bottel Queens Head Pinewood Bar & Cafe
LocAle Breweries (within 25 miles of Bracknell) Abbey Ford (Chertsey, Surrey) Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Frensham (Frensham, Surrey) Hogs Back (Tongham, Surrey) Loddon (Dunsden Green, Oxon) Longdog (Basingstoke, Hants) Malt the Brewer (Prestwood, Bucks) Rebellion (Marlow, Bucks) Sherfield Village (Sherfield, Hants) Siren Craft (Finchampstead, Berks) Tillingbourne (Shere, Surrey) Triple fff (Four Marks, Hants) Twickenham (Twickenham, Middx) West Berkshire (Frilsham, Berks) Wild Weather (Silchester, Berks) Windsor & Eton (Windsor, Berks) Zero Degrees (Reading, Berks)
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Andy and Pauline welcome you to the
Pinewood bar and café All day breakfast, Good selection of Freshly cooked food, Baguettes, Sandwiches, Tea, coffee, and cakes.
Decked Patio Area Function room available for hire Ideal for weddings, parties, wakes etc. Party’s catered for all ages Real Ales, Licensed bar & Catering www.pinewoodbarandcafe.co.uk email@example.com 01344 778543
- Home to many clubs - Darts /pool - Tuesday night is Bike night MX5 & VW campers - Ballroom dancing to Burlesque - New skittle alley for hire Unit 8, Pinewood Leisure Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham, RG40 3AQ
Landlord’s Witter By Barry Fenton
An Interview with a Landlord from a local Pub.
This time we welcome Nathan Jones from the Village Inn in Sandhurst. Q. How long have you been in the pub business and at the Village Inn? A. I’ve been here for six months. Previously at the Jolly Coopers in Epsom for six years and before that many holiday reliefs up & down the country. Q. What do you most like about the pub trade? A. The social aspect. Being part of the community. Meeting new people and the challenge of building the business. Q. And the least? A. The hours and the hard work, but it’s worth it when it all works well. Q. What Real Ales are you selling today? A. We’ve just had a third handpump installed, so I can increase the ales on sale. I believe that to be enough at the moment, I will concentrate on quality. As trade improves I will increase the offer, to four or maybe five. Now we have FFF Alton Pride (3.8%). St Austell Tribute (4.2%) and Dark Star Hophead (3.8%). Q. And how will these change over the coming weeks and months? A. All rotated, and bought from the SIBA list. I want to highlight local beers and try some ales from Windsor & Eton, Hogs Back and Surrey Hills breweries.
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Q. How important are Real Ales to your Pub? A. It’s beer that makes the pub. Real Ales are about the only thing that we sell that you can’t buy at the supermarkets. In my Epsom pub we won the CAMRA Kingston & Leatherhead branch, Pub of the Year, two years running, and we were in the GBG every year 2009-2015. Here we have just got Cask Marque accreditation. Q. What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? A. We are new here and are still finding our feet. Apart from the ales, we are currently building the food trade with a complete refurbishment of the kitchen. We will do Sunday lunches, a Thursday steak night. We concentrate on traditional pub food with locally sourced products. Q. What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub? A. We have live music at weekends. Our new cocktail bar is open and we hope to run Real Ale festivals during the winter. We have a BBQ pit, a good range of wines by the bottle and most of them are on sale by the glass. Q. What wrong would you most like to put right in the pub trade? A. High taxes and the cost to me of buying the beer, make it difficult for me to sell at an acceptable price and to make a profit. Q. Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? A. Al Murray, but I would have to teach him how to pull a decent pint!
Quiz Answers — How well do you know your pub gardens ? The Winner is—Andy Ross with all correct. Well Done
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Jack o’ Newbury, Binfield,
Royal Oak, Sunningdale
Duke of Edinburgh White Horse Woodside Wokingham
Rose & Crown Sandhurst
White Hart Winkfield
Green man Bracknell
South Hill Park Bracknell
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Jealotts Hill, Warfield, Berkshire, RG42 6ET
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Issue 41 of the Mad Cow - Magazine of the Berkshire South-East ("BSE") branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)