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Berkshire South East Campaign for Real Ale


The Old haTcheT

Long popular with local gastronomes, The Old Hatchet enjoys a growing reputation for fine food. At the bar, you’ll always find the perfect complement to your meal – with cask ales, world wines, lagers and ciders all available. Peroni, Frontier, Fosters, Stowford and Guinness are all available on draught.

The Old Hatchet | Hatchet Lane | Cranbourne | Windsor | Berkshire | SL4 2EE T: 01344 899911 | E: theoldhatchet@outlook.com W: www.oldhatchet.co.uk


Editor’s Welcome Welcome to our 45th edition of the Mad Cow ♪Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way! ♬… Yes it’s that time of

year again, time to pull the decorations out of the loft and turn your house into a sparkling grotto, filling your home with Christmas spirit. Or, if you are anything like me, then it’s time to start filling the beer fridge with all of those ‘winter warmers’ ready for the long winter nights curled up in front of the fire, with your copy of this quarterly edition of our branch magazine to keep you company. This time we have an extensive update on the CAMRA Revitalisation Project from our Branch th Chairman on pages 7 to 11. A round up of all the fun of the 10 Ascot Beer Festival can be found on pages 20-21. Congratulations to Chris Bingham for his tremendous Champion Beer of Britain Award at this year’s Great British Beer Festival on page 12. A full listing of the region’s upcoming Beer Festivals is on page 25. And, if you are trying to decide where to holiday next summer, with the low value of sterling, then why not try the West Country in May, where you can experience Beer, Mussels and Rick Stein – turn to pages 26 to 30 to read about some our members experiences there last summer. Merry Christmas! Mike Rathge Mad Cow Editor

The views expressed in the Mad Cow are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Campaign for Real Ale.

CAMRA Berkshire South East Branch Contact List Email addresses are followed by seberkscamra.org.uk CHAIRMAN David Richards chairman@ BSE BRANCH CONTACT Andy Ross contact@ MAD COW EDITOR Mike Rathge madcow@ MAD COW PRODUCTION Jeremy Barber madcow@ Mad Cow Circulation: 2,700 Copies

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© Berkshire South East CAMRA 2016

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The Wheelwrights Arms has ongoing major refurbishment and extension works, and is closing for a short while from 31st October - 28th November. They are looking for new members of the team to join them ready for their launch at the end of November.

Wokingham A round up of what is happening in the pubs in the Berkshire South East Region.


The Bull has been formally declared an Asset of Community Value (ACV) by Wokingham Borough Council. Read more on page 19.


Prince th A new menu arrives at the Prince on the 27 October, including a new range of burgers and sandwiches. Well worth a visit before their th Oktobeerfest ends on the 12 November. Oktobeerfest still running to th 12 November. Buy 5 pints and get one free

The Dog and Duck has earned an award from Brakspear for Best Kept Cellar 2016 which now has pride of place in the bar. A 100% record on weekly line cleaning and an unannounced full inspection by a Cask Marque Inspector confirms why the beer is always at its best. The Queen’s Head has won CAMRA’s Berkshire Pub of the Year award for 2016, the second year running. See page 18 for the full details. The Hope and Anchor now has a hand-pull permanently dedicated to local breweries. Recently serving Hogs Back TEA, they also plan to get Bond Brews and Rebellion in coming weeks. They also now have Caledonian Deuchars IPA as a permanent ale. Similarly to the local ale, this is a concession outside of their normal tied Brakspear’s and Marston’s range.


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 local real ale pub on the 27th October to the 31st of October. Peter and Michelle do like to stimulate the senses with their ghostly decorations and we are sure that you will be in for another real treat (or trick) this year. We have been told to expect 20+ real ales and 4 ciders. We have also recently seen on Facebook that the Rose and Crown now has ‘Real Ale Mondays’ where all real ales are only £3 a pint!

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Victoria Arms has a new landlord. Chris is enthusiastic about his real ale, and is considering the possibility of running a beer festival in the future.

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Pete and Michelle welcome you to

The Rose & Crown, Sandhurst Find us in CAMRA’s GOOD BEER GUIDE & WhatPub.com

- Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. -Real Ale Mondays. All @ ÂŁ3.00/pint - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday - Traditional Sunday roasts - CAMRA LocAle accredited, & members discount - Comfortable surroundings and Large garden area. - Family friendly and dogs welcome - Freshly ground coffees and other hot beverages - Live music most Saturdays. Plse see facebook

Bookings being taken for Christmas party events and Christmas Day Lunch

The Rose & Crown, 108 High Street, Sandhurst. GU47 8HA. www.roseandcrownsandhurst.info Catering for parties and special events available. Please call. 01252 878938


What’s in a pub name? By Anthony Springall

The next time you are enjoying a pint in one of our fantastic pubs in the area, spare a thought for how the pub got its name. We have a great variety of names in the locality and we have also lost some with pub closures and changes of use but this article tries to give the background to where the names may have come from.

Famous People

Admiral Cunningham – Named after Andrew Cunningham, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean during the Second World War and later First Sea Lord. The Cannie Man – Named after the Scottish music hall star Sir Harry Lauder. Jack O'Newbury – John Winchcombe of Newbury was a wealthy wool merchant who equipped a small army of his own men to assist Henry VIII at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Prince – Prince Alfred was the second son of Queen Victoria and Albert and became Duke of Edinburgh before inheriting the title Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Iron Duke (closed) One of a number of pubs in the area with connections to the Duke of Wellington.

The Duke of Wellington th depicted in a 19 century cartoon.

Raglan – Lord Raglan was the Commander of the British Army in the Crimea and issued the order for the Charge of the Light Brigade. Walter Arms – John Walter II 1776 -1847 was the son of the founder of The Times newspaper and bought the Bearwood estate at Sindlesham. William Twigg – The pub is said to have been built on the smallholding once occupied by said gentleman.

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Golden Farmer – A previous pub sign showed William Davis, the 17th century highwayman who was hanged in 1690. Molly Millar – A celebrated innkeeper’s daughter of great beauty who resisted all proposals of marriage and died a spinster. Duke of Edinburgh – Spouse to the Queen and the fourth person to bear the title. Downshire Arms – Named after the Marquess of Downshire who lived at Easthampstead Park.


White Hart – Heraldic symbol of Richard II. Red Lion – Heraldic symbol of John of Gaunt. White Swan – Heraldic symbol of Edward III Blue Lion – (closed - awaiting demolition) Heraldic symbol of Robert the Bruce.

Trades and Occupations

The Crispin – The patron saint of leather workers and cobblers. Wheelwrights Arms - The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights dates as a livery company from 1669. Weather Vane – Named in honour of the long association of Bracknell with the Metrological Office before its move to Exeter. Carpenters Arms – Pubs with this name have been in existence since the 1600's and early signs would have shown three compasses.


The Rose & Crown – There are more than 60 pubs bearing this name in London alone and it signifies loyalty to the monarch. Crown & Anchor (closed – now Cinnamon Tree) - Naval connection where it is the sign of a Petty Officer, much used by retired seamen. Redan – A defensive works in the Crimean War. Green Man – A mystical figure sometimes thought to represent fertility. Herne’s Oak (closed) – Named after a tree in Windsor Great Forest blown down in 1863 with association to the mythical Herne the Hunter. Hope and Anchor – Biblical association where the anchor is the sign for hope. Royal Oak – Named after the tree where the future Charles II hid after the Battle of Worcester. Golden Retriever – Built on the site of dog boarding kennels.

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CAMRA Revitalisation Update

Consultation Events:

By David Richards

In the last two editions of the Mad Cow I have reported on CAMRA’s major review of its purpose and strategy, the Revitalisation Project. Here is my latest update. Starting in April, CAMRA members were asked to participate in a survey seeking to understand who we should be representing in the future. The outcome of the survey was (as reported last time) that 50% of members thought we should be representing all real ale, cider and perry drinkers. 23% thought that CAMRA should support all pub-goers; 7% voted for ‘All Beer Drinkers’ and 11% for ‘‘All Beer, Cider and Perry Drinkers’. Just 1% thought we should represent all alcohol drinkers and 8% thought it should be ‘Something Else’.

As I predicted last time, it has been the combined segments totalling 18% in favour of all beer or all beer, cider and perry drinkers, plus the 8% ‘something else’ where CAMRA would need to do some more in-depth analysis. Following the initial survey, the second phase of the project was to consult with all members at a more detailed level. Consultation events were held all over the country, with our own local one being held in Reading on 25th June. There were some interesting sessions exploring why people had joined CAMRA and how active they had become (or not) since then. People’s thoughts on CAMRA’s strengths and weaknesses were also discussed, but it was the discussions around the 18% ‘all beer’ and the 8% ‘other’ that generated the most heated debate. Continued on page 8…






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CAMRA Revitalisation Update …Continued from page 7

There were those who felt strongly that we should support real ale and nothing else, but I felt that there was a significant majority who were in favour of a more relaxed attitude towards other ‘quality’ drinks. The elephant in the room here is, of course, craft beer. One problem hampering the debate is that the term cannot be defined, as it is just a marketing term that has been imported from the USA. Many small and independent real ale brewers consider themselves to be craft brewers and even the most traditional CAMRA supporters don’t have a problem with that. But then there is a huge real ale brewery, which will remain nameless, that declares in its advertising that its beer is ‘hand crafted’, whereas the reality is that the whole brewing process is fully automated and the only hand involved is the one with the finger that presses the button to start the process control computer. This is where the term ‘craft’ begins to loose credibility. But when people use the term in casual conversation, what they really mean is ‘craft keg’ i.e. beer that has been put in a container including carbon dioxide or some other gas. This is fundamentally against current CAMRA policy and is where all the heated debate is focussed. The problem, if indeed it is a problem, is that some of the so-called ‘craft keg’ beers are exceptionally good and taste fantastic. They can come in bottles, key-keg containers, kegs themselves and increasingly even in cans. I’ve tasted some of the canned versions and can say that they are very good indeed, although I hasten to add that I would much rather drink a pint of well made and well kept real ale any day – but only if it is well served. Unfortunately, we have all experienced a

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pint of real ale that is served in very poor condition and the bar staff don’t seem to care. This is where the cautious use of the word ‘quality’ has crept in. Many CAMRA members are coming round to thinking that quality is the key issue, no matter what format the beer is stored or served in. Quality is also a key issue for the pubs themselves and is fundamental to the survival of many of them. This came across loud and clear at the consultation events and has been taken on-board by CAMRA. Second Survey: The country-wide consultations have now ended and CAMRA has just completed a second survey of its members, the results of which can be found on page 11. This time the questions focussed on the hot topics, and drew the following conclusions: Drinks

• Real ale remains a core issue for almost all members • There is strong support for cider and perry • The majority of members are in favour of some recognition of "other high-quality beers".


• There is clear support for pubs remaining at the heart of campaigning, and strong backing for continuing support for clubs • The majority of members would also be in favour of CAMRA campaigning for consumption and sale in other on-trade venues such as bars, brewery taps, sporting and musical event venues.

Next Steps: Other major players in the

industry, such as publicans and breweries are also being consulted. The results will be collated and carefully analysed over the winter and the conclusions will be taken to the annual CAMRA Members’ Weekend in Bournemouth next April. If you are a CAMRA member and feel passionately about these questions, I would strongly recommend that you register to attend the next Members’ Weekend, where the future direction of CAMRA could well be decided. If you are not a CAMRA member, but care about these issues, it is never too late to join us. You can do so now by going online at join.camra.org.uk Nothing is decided or set in stone yet, so I’ll end by repeating what I said last time – watch this space…

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Revitalisation Project - Stage Two survey results About the CAMRA members who responded:

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A speciality beer has won CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for the first time.


Binghams - Vanilla Stout Old Dairy - Snow Top Tring - Death or Glory

Gold Silver Bronze

Binghams’ Vanilla Stout, brewed in Berkshire, was named the best beer of 2016 at the Champion Beer of Britain Awards Dinner held on 9th August 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Olympia in London. The award comes after almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats seeing the best beers across the UK invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival. Binghams’ Vanilla Stout is a 5 per cent Dark Stout infused with vanilla and dark malts to create a smooth and dark beer. CAMRA national director responsible for the Champion Beer of Britain Competition Nik Antona said: “This year all the judges commented on how high quality all the beers were in the final stages of the competition and what a wide range of styles and beers they had to try and choose between. Binghams’ Vanilla Stout is packed full of comforting flavours and I’m sure it will be a popular Champion Beer Choice. It’s great to see a speciality beer win the award for the first time in the history of the competition and our congratulations go to the brewery.” The stout was created in 2011 but has been tweaked by the brewers, who have refined the taste since it was first created.

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Founder of Binghams Brewery, Chris Bingham, told us: " We were absolutely delighted to hear that Vanilla Stout had won Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2016, it is huge. We have gone from struggling to find wholesalers because we are too small, to wholesalers coming to us. Production has had to ramp up to cope with the demand from pubs, as well as from wholesalers, many of who had not taken Binghams beers prior to the award. The brewery shop has also been busier since the award with plenty of people converted over to the dark side! Wholesalers are now taking Binghams’ beers to all four corners of the country so if you're out you might find Binghams a bit further afield than you used to!" Branch Campaigns Coordinator, Barry Garber said: “Well deserved congratulations go to Chris Bingham, Delia Allott and the team at Binghams Brewery for this superb achievement. This is particularly pleasing for us as Chris and Delia are good friends of Berkshire South East CAMRA, with the brewery located in Ruscombe, near Twyford just over our branch border in Reading and Mid Berkshire's area. Binghams’ beers are frequently found locally, and if you get the chance to try the winning Vanilla Stout then do give it a try. Although with production trying to keep up with surging demand it may take a while tracking it down!” The Kent based Old Dairy Brewery’s ‘Snow Top’ claimed the silver award in the Champion Beer of Britain competition. The 6 per cent ABV Old Ale has already taken a gold award at CAMRA’s National Winter Ale’s Festival and is described by the brewery as the “perfect winter warmer” with fruitcake and marmalade flavours. Placing third in the competition was Tring brewery’s Death or Glory, a 7.2 per cent Barley Wine, brewed by appointment to the Queen’s Royal Lancers. The beer is described by the Hertfordshire brewery as being a rich and sweet barley wine with a complex nature. Chris, Michelle, Delia and the team at Binghams would like to thank all the CAMRA members who nominated their beers to enable them to qualify for the regional heats. They also want to remind you that with Christmas fast approaching don't forget to phone through your beer order for larger containers (over 5 litres) in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Brewery News

West Berkshire Brewery has had a busy few months. Planning permission was

granted on their new site and they didn't waste any time in getting the wheels in motion. The barns were cleared of the old cow stalls and work has begun on the partition wall for the brewery and packaging line. Soon the old roof will be coming off so the whole site gets a thorough steam clean before a new roof is put on.

Celebrating the half century since David Bruce first learnt to brew in 1966 at Simonds Brewery in Reading, after 50 firkin years, his entrepreneurial, international brewing career has brought him back to Berkshire as the chairman of West Berkshire Brewery. ‘Firkin Ale’ is an iconic, traditional strong ale which has an original gravity of 1060º giving it an ABV of 6%. Rich ruby in colour and packed with malt flavor thanks to marris otter, crystal and black malts. English goldings hops give a balanced bitterness and pleasant hoppy character. Yule Fuel is a full-bodied strong beer perfect for long winter evenings by the fire. Deep red in colour with plenty of caramel sweetness to balance a full berry-fruit hop flavour with raisin and liquorice overtones. WB created this rich and hearty winter ale brewed using all English ingredients. ABV - 4.3% in Cask 5% in Bottle.

Siren Craft Brew has a new Head Brewer who joined the team in September. Kyle

Larsen is best known for his time at Double Mountain Brewery in Oregon, and joins Siren with a superb pedigree and plenty of enthusiasm and ideas that he can’t wait to put in to practice. You can hear all about the man himself talking beer, breweries and future plans in a video on Siren’s website at www.sirencraftbrew.com.

The winner of Siren’s homebrew competition this year is ‘Coconut Porter’. Winner Dave will go to Sweden to work on a three-way collaboration with Siren and Omnipollo. Finally, this year’s Rainbow Project Launch Party held at the brewery in September was a huge success, and provided an opportunity for all of the participating brewers from both sides of the globe to showcase their results. This time Siren were in collaboration with New Zealand’s Garage Project and drew the colour Indigo. They brewed ‘Blacklight Banana’ in which they used 100kg of fresh bananas which they blow-torched by hand to introduce a well-rounded caramelised banana flavour.

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The new edition of CAMRA’s Beer Knowledge was launched at a book signing and beer tasting event at the Hungerford Literary Festival on the 22nd October. This absorbing, pocket-sized book is packed with beer facts, feats, records, stats and anecdotes to ensure that you are never lost for words at the pub again. More than 200 entries make up this unique collection of entertaining trivia and essential wisdom, allowing you to explore the world of beer through one portable volume. An ideal present for Christmas or any other occasion, this 3rd edition of CAMRA's Beer Knowledge is a miscellany of beer information, which combines useful reference material with content for lighthearted browsing. Subjects include beer styles, heritage pubs, taxation, and beer served in restaurants, planes and trains – all mixed up with a smattering of history, awards results and some typically daft stories from the world of beer. Beer Advocate says: “Trivia flies off the page from all directions at about a million hops a mile. Essential? Agreed.” CAMRA's Beer Knowledge has been meticulously researched by the award-winning beer writer Jeff Evans, who is the author of more than 20 books in the field of beer including CAMRA’s So You Want to Be a Beer Expert? and Good Bottled Beer Guide.

Brewery News (Continued) Bond Brews is now 10 months old and the three core ales, Best of British, Railway

Porter and Goldi-hops are holding their own in the local market appearing regularly in local pubs. During the 2016 Olympics they found time to create another one off brew called Rio Rye, a 3.8% Golden Ale with Rye Crystal Malt & Chinook hops.

The end of September saw the 10th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival run by Berkshire South East branch of CAMRA. A competition was held to name the festival special brew. The winning entry was “Thirsty Trotter”, a 4.2% Best Bitter using Minstrel & Goldings hops. The festival itself had over 250 beers from around the country with a large and dedicated team of CAMRA volunteers showing up and manning the festival. Dean Bond said, “Hats off to them for a great job well done. When Bond Brews attended on the Saturday it was very busy”. Attention at Bond Brews now focuses on the next few months and hopefully some more ‘one-off’ beers for Halloween & Christmas. Check out www.bondbrews.co.uk, Facebook & Twitter for updates and for details on the availability of bottle conditioned versions, polypins etc.

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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: 3B, Wiltshire Gold ale, Hoperation IPA, 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


Queen’s Head Does It Again! (and launch of 2017 Good Beer Guide) By Terry Burrows

licensees Amanda & Neil (Max) Maxwell from the Cannie Man in Hanwell, Bracknell and Hattie & Ian from the Hope and Anchor across the road also came along to join in the celebrations. Six beers were on offer from the bar and as The Queen’s Head is one of Greene King’s “Local Heroes” pubs, three of the six were from local breweries. They were Hogs Back Surrey Nirvana, Loddon Hoppit and Bond Brews Railway Porter. The beers from Greene King were St. Edmund’s, Abbot Ale and the pub badged Queen’s Head Bitter.

Left to Right – Past Mayor Peter Lucey, Carol Williams, Terry Burrows (CAMRA) & Pete Cousins

The Queen’s Head in Wokingham has won CAMRA’s Berkshire Pub of the Year award for 2016, the second year running. On a balmy Thursday evening on 15th September, CAMRA members and regulars gathered at the Queen’s Head as past Mayor (and CAMRA member) Councillor Peter Lucey and local branch member Terry Burrows presented the award.

The award coincided with the launch of the 2017 edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, hailed as the “UK’s Best-Selling Beer & Pub Guide”. Terry Burrows told a packed Queen’s Head that this was the 44th edition of the Guide and that it contained details of some 4,500 pubs across the UK plus a comprehensive list of breweries and beers. He thanked real ale and non-real ale drinkers alike for attending on the night as, with about three pubs a day closing in the UK, it was crucial to support local pubs. Terry Burrows (left) with the Good Beer Guide 2017 and Past Mayor Peter Lucey (right) with his original 1974 edition (the first book bound version)

Licensees Carol Williams and Pete Cousins were obviously delighted at winning the award with Carol saying “Winning last year was brilliant enough, but winning for the second time in a row is unbelievable. Perhaps it will be a ‘hat-trick’ next year!”. Showing their support on the night were Dean Bond from Bond Brews and Dominic Ronane from Hogs Back brewery. Fellow

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THE QUEENS HEAD 23 The Terrace ADVERT Wokingham RG40 1BP PAGE 19

QUEEN’S WOKINGHAM Tel: 0118 HEAD, 9781221 Email: queenbeecarol132@gmail.com HALF PAGE

Carol and Peter welcome you to this Historic Traditional Public House. Full range of beers including six hand-pumped real ales

(three Greene King and three LocAles)

Berkshire PUB OF THE YEAR 2015 & 2016 CAMRA Award

Rear part-covered garden

Wokingham's first pub ACV The granting of an Asset of Community Value (ACV) to any local facility such as village hall, sports field, shop or pub gives it greater protection from unwanted development and keeps them available to be used by the local community. The Bull at Barkham is the only pub in the village and this was recognised by Barkham Parish Council who, working with Mike Cobb, the landlord of The Bull decided that it was important to preserve this local amenity. The Bull is a traditional country pub with the added bonus of serving really great food, often with a Thai flavour, reflecting the background of landlady Lily who oversees the skilled kitchen team. The pub is partly grade 2 listed and it truly is at the heart of the local community which was the reason so many people signed a petition to have the pub listed by Wokingham Borough Council as an ACV. The pub offers a wide choice of real ale and is a welcome addition to the 2017 Good Beer Guide and credit must be given to the Parish Council and Mike for being so tenacious in seeing through the nomination, notwithstanding an earlier refusal. Wokingham has a truly rich heritage of pubs and it is hoped that now Wokingham Borough Council has granted its first pub ACV, that it may be the first of many. Anthony Springall

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Ascot Beer Festival 2016 By Mike Smith, Festival Organiser

This year’s Ascot Beer Festival at the beginning of October was our tenth held at the racecourse and our 120 strong band of volunteers ensured it was another huge success despite the (now legendary) Festival Organiser’s staff briefing joke. High autumnal temperatures during set-up saw our collection of wet tea-towels making another appearance to stabilise the conditioning temperature. Full credit to the cellar team for managing to deliver the beer to the usual high standard we have come to expect. Customer numbers were up over the two days of the festival and pushed us close to selling out with only 2% of our stock remaining at closing. First cask past the post was Anarchy, Blonde Star closely followed by Rich’s on the cider bar. Our Festival Special brews from Bond Brews, Elusive, Wild Weather, Gyle 59 and Skinner’s were all very popular and it was a pleasure to meet Paul Griffin who successfully named Bond Brews, Thirsty Trotter in our competition featured in the last edition of this magazine.

Mike Smith (left) with Paul Griffin (right)

Skinner’s Brewery of Cornwall very kindly brewed a festival special named ‘AAA’ in memory of Alex Agar, who served as depu-

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ty bar manager at the prior nine festivals and sadly passed away earlier in the year. Alex was a big fan of Cornish beers and Skinner’s Betty Stoggs was his favourite. I am delighted to announce that yet another LocAle brewer, Thames Side brewery in Staines, who only started brewing commercially last Autumn, rode away with the Beer of the Festival crown with their Egyptian Goose IPA. On hearing of their success, Commercial Manager Michele Gibson said “You have made two people very happy and it makes our morning printer problems all worthwhile. The printer has still gone out the window!” Perhaps the award certificate frame can be melted down to fund a new print cartridge for them at least. At the cider bar, Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees perry won the Cider of the Festival award. To celebrate our 10 year partnership with Ascot, the penultimate race of the weekend was named “The Ascot & CAMRA 10th Anniversary Rous Stakes”. One of the listed runners was “Lights Camera Action” – could it be destiny... unfortunately it limped out as a non-runner, and was last seen at Bar 14 with a pint of Wild Weather’s festival special ironically named Why the Long Face?? It was a great honour to not only be asked to present the award to the winning rider, but to also judge the best turned out horse beforehand. I was slightly nervous as all of the horses were better turned out than me, but I eventually chose a horse named “Willythe-conqueror” who then proceeded in helping me to lose a fiver. Thank you to Carl Griffin, our Regional Director, for helping out with the presentations and to all of our volunteers who made the festival another thoroughly enjoyable event.

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Farnham White Bine By Anthony Springall

Just as we have got used to local beers being called LocAle, it is now possibly the time to introduce a new phrase of LocHop to describe hops from a particular location or area. Whilst we may think of Kent and Hereford & Worcester as the traditional hop growing areas of the United Kingdom, in history, the area around Farnham and north Surrey had a rich hop growing heritage in the 18th & 19th centuries with up to 1500 acres under cultivation in the Farnham area alone. The Farnham White Bine hop was once considered the finest of all English hops and it commanded the highest price in the market. Unfortunately, it was prone to downy mildew disease and this led to the decimation of the local hop growing industry, such that by the 1970's there was only around 30 acres of hops growing in the whole of Surrey, none of which was Farnham White Bine. The good news is that it has been revived by the Hogs Back Brewery and following the planting in 2014 within its own hop garden in Tongham, was harvested in September 2015 to give the

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Several of our customers are featured in the 2016 CAMRA Good Beer Guide

first crop in many decades. Anyone who doubts the importance of this hop should realise that it was the precursor of the much better known variety of Goldings which has been a mainstay of British brewing over the last centrury. In brewing terms the Farnham White Bine imparts a rich earthy aroma to the beer and gives it a spicy, peppery taste. Both taste and aroma are nicely balanced in the golden “Farnham White” beer produced by Hogs Back which is available in cask form around January time but can be found bottled in Waitrose at other times. It is pleasing to report that the latest information from the 2016 harvest is that it was a bumper one which bodes well for the January release. The hop was featured on the BBC One programme, Country File when Anita Rani visited both the Hogs Back Brewery and the adjacent hop garden to report on the growing and processing of the hop therefore our “LocHop” should have a much bigger market in the future as it becomes better known. Sources: The Farnham White Bine Hop, Edward Wray. Brewery History Society 2012 Hogs Back Brewery 2016

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Real Real Cider Cider in in the the South South East East Berkshire Berkshire Area. Area. The traditional cider and perry producers The traditional cider and perry producers get into top gear during the Autumn get into top gear during the Autumn months to get next year’s product undermonths to get next year’s product underway. The fruit is collected, washed and way. The fruit is collected, washed and milled to pulp. The pulp is pressed and the milled to pulp. The pulp is pressed and the juice put into vats to ferment over the winjuice put into vats to ferment over the winter. We will start to see the resulting ciders ter. We will start to see the resulting ciders and perries from around Easter next year. and perries from around Easter next year. Cider is the fastest growing long drink in Cider is the fastest growing long drink in the pub trade. the pub trade. We hope you have noticed that the number We hope you have noticed that the number of outlets serving real cider grows every of outlets serving real cider grows every year. Most have it all year but others have year. Most have it all year but others have it just in the summer, from May to October. it just in the summer, from May to October. If you have any questions or comments If you have any questions or comments about Real Cider in our area, please conabout Real Cider in our area, please contact me, Mike Lee, at tact me, Mike Lee, at cider@seberkscamra.org.uk. cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.


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Newell Green, WARFIELD. Up to Five cask ales on. Good food available every day. Wednesdays - 2 course set menu for £18 from 6pm. Destination for Sunday Roasts Free Parking inc. for Horses!. Dogs Welcome Open Log Fire Free WiFi Beer Garden Heated Smoking Area Monday Quiz night

New Years Eve — Casino Night. Buffet Inc Free arrival drink.

Plough & Harrow , Newell Green Warfield, Berks RG42 6AE Tel: 01344300701 Email: ploughandharrowwarfield@gmail.com


The Beer Festival Guide By Simon Grist

Updates will be put on our website at seberkscamra.org.uk/localfestivals th


27 – 30 October 2016: Rose & Crown, Sandhurst roseandcrownsandhurst.info

If you’re quick reading this in the first few days after publication, you may catch the Halloween beer festival at this local real ale pub. Expect around 20 ales and 4 ciders. th


10 – 13 November 2016: Egham Beer Festival eghambeerfestival.co.uk

Egham United Services Club put on three fine charity beer festivals each year assisted by the local CAMRA branch. Expect around 60 real ales, featuring new breweries and special brews, plus around a dozen ciders & perries. Reduced admission for CAMRA members. th


11 – 12 November 2016: Woking Beer Festival wokingbeerfestival.co.uk

A long-running beer festival organised by our neighbours in Surrey Hants Borders CAMRA. Around 70 ales, plus ciders and foreign beers. Due to limited capacity, entry is by advance ticket only. CAMRA members can obtain a free pint by presenting their card at the membership stand. Look out for the ever-popular sing along with Len on the Wurlitzer organ. th


16 – 20 November 2016: Perseverance, Wraysbury thepercy.co.uk

This is advertised as a “Mini-Beer Festival of Champions” so expect a select range of award winning beers. The Percy is easily accessible from Wraysbury station (change at Staines on the Waterloo line from our area). th


16 – 19 December 2016: Marlow Royal British Legion Beer Festival rblmarlow.co.uk

A seasonal beer festival from this club located right next to Marlow station (direct trains from Maidenhead). Expect around 20 carefully selected ales plus some cider. Free entry. th


6 – 8 January 2017: Perseverance, Wraysbury thepercy.co.uk

Back to the Percy again in the new year. This time for their infamous Pie and Porter Festival. Expect a selection of seasonal porters to wash down delicious home-made pies. th


24 – 25 February 2017: Alton Winter Beer Festival altonbeerfestival.co.uk

The Winter beer festival at Alton College is a sign that Spring is just around the corner. Expect around 70 ales, plus ciders and perries. In an environmental initiative, customers are requested to bring their own lined half pint beer glass.

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Beer, Mussels & Rick Stein By Terry Burrows

The annual Beer and Mussels Festival at the Cornish Arms in St. Merryn, Cornwall was held in March this year. “So what?” I hear you say. Well for those of you who don’t know the area, St. Merryn is very close to Padstow and when you mention Padstow then the name of the famous chef Rick Stein is often mentioned in the same breath (it’s not known locally as ‘Padstein’ for nothing you know) and this event is no exception. Apparently, the Cornish Arms has been Rick Stein’s local since he was a young man. The pub is owned by St. Austell’s brewery and when the tenancy became available in 2009 Rick was keen to add it to his growing empire of shops and restaurants in the area. At all other times in the year, simple pub food is served based on Rick Stein’s famous recipes, but not on this weekend as it is given over for the Beer and Mussels festival.

The Cornish Arms, St. Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall

This was the fifth year the festival has been held and Trish and I have managed to get to every one so far. Our journey started on the Friday morning with a breakfast at the Old Manor with Barry and Karen Garber (We can call her that now they are married). After a leisurely drive down the M4 and M5, only stopping for a coffee break en route, we arrived at Quince’s Honey

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Farm in South Molton, Devon where we stocked up on their excellent honey and honey marmalade to bring back with us. For lunch Trish suggested that we go to the Grove Inn situated at the nearby village of Kings Nympton, which always serves an excellent pint of Exmoor Ale and has since been voted the local CAMRA Branch’s Pub of the Year. Here we all had a good value two course lunch for £9.50 and caught up on all the local pub gossip from landlord Robert Smallbone and local CAMRA member Nigel Davies.

The Grove Inn, Kings Nympton, Devon

From here we drove to our accommodation, which was just off the A30 in a Travelodge in Sourton Cross near Okehampton. Following a well earned rest our thoughts turned towards which pub we were going to for the evening. Thankfully, this was not a difficult decision. When you are in this area of Devon there really is only one pub to go to and that is the Tom Cobley Tavern in Spreyton, just north of the A30 from the Whiddon Down junction. Winner of CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year some ten years ago, it has won awards at local, regional and national level virtually every year since. Not bad for a pub in a small village with a population of about 300 people. Owned and run by Roger Cudlip and family and named after the “old uncle Tom Cobley and all” as sung in the song about Widdecombe Fair and who is buried in the nearby cemetery. Fourteen real ales, mainly from west country brewers and just Issue 45, Winter 2016

www.seberkscamra.org.uk as many ciders & perries are regularly available. What’s not to like!

Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton, Devon

When we were all sat down and enjoying our drinks we noticed that the majority of people arriving in the bar had at least one dog with them. Now the main bar is not very big so it wasn’t long before it got very crowded with the number of dogs nearly matching the number of people. “Bit busy tonight Roger.” I said as he was passing by. He bent down and whispered, “Well tonight is when the dog walking club comes in and you’re sitting at their table!” With the message received loud and clear, we moved to the snug area so dogs and owners could occupy their usual table. The moral of the story – Don’t upset the locals! After sampling a few more beers and ciders we said our goodbyes and went back to our rooms for an early night after a long day. And so on to the main event the next day. After a good nights sleep we were off about 8.30am to Launceston where we had breakfast in the local Tescos. We then drove back into Devon to meet our friends in Lifton Down. One of our friends was celebrating a birthday and we thought that a trip to the Beer and Mussels festival would make a good birthday present.

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It took us about an hour to get to St. Merryn and we managed to get the last parking space. Since our visit last year a new dining area had been built on the side of the pub to compliment the two marquee areas, one housing the beers and ciders for the festival and the other containing the cooking area. Surprisingly the pub itself is quite small without all these additional areas. Rick Stein was in attendance, as he is most years, signing a selection of his many cookery books priced between £20 and £25. Needless to say the queue was very long for those wanting to take advantage of meeting and speaking with him. Normally he only stays for about an hour or two but he always has a small beer before going and chats happily with the people and staff at the festival.

Rick Stein signing one of his many books

In the marquee where the beers and ciders were kept, Rick’s son Jack did a demonstration of how to cook their latest version of mussels from Albania. Jack was accompanied on the stage by a commentator who seemed in awe at being in Jack’s presence and sounded very excited. However, this excitement quickly changed to

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panic when Jack poured some alcohol into the mussels which immediately caught fire sending a huge flame about three foot up in the air. “Is that supposed to happen?” she shrieked, backing away quickly. “Do you need a fire extinguisher?” Jack gave her a look of disdain and calmly put the lid back on the wok. Panic over. “Bit too much alcohol there” said Jack. “That often happens” he said matter-of-factly. Exit one embarrassed, red-faced commentator to howls of laughter from the watching crowd. Oh dear.

Jack Stein demonstrating how to cook mussels

For you foodies out there here are some of the dishes on offer that weekend: • • • • • • •

Local freshly caught Mussels – All cooked to order. Cost £6.00 New for 2016; Butrint mussels. Discovered by Rick and son Jack in Albania last year. Cooked with feta and ouzo. Mussels with beer, bacon and cabbage. Traditional Moules Mariniere. Cooked with onion, white wine and parsley. Mussels with black beans, garlic and ginger. Cooked with coriander and spring onion. Goan chicken curry or Goan vegetable curry. With coconut, coriander, tomato and chilli. Served with pilau rice. Sweet: Churros. Homemade and served with real chocolate and cinnamon.

A helpful addition on the menu was a suggested beer from the festival to go with each of the mussel dishes. These were

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selected by Julie McFeat, who is the beer sommelier at St. Austell brewery. There were 27 beers available from Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire and Somerset. A charity beer, The Victors Gold from St. Austell brewery had been specially brewed with 20p a pint being donated to Padstow RNLI. All the beers and ciders were priced at £1.80p a half pint in exchange for pre purchased tokens. We tried different beers between us and here is a selection of those we liked: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

St. Austell ‘XXXX Mild’ Skinners ‘Copper’ Padstow ‘Pale Ale’ Tintagel ‘Castle Gold’ Forge ‘Discovery’ Teignworthy ‘Reel Ale’ Branscombe Vale ‘OMG’ Wickwar ‘Falling Star’ Hunters ‘Pheasant Plucker’ Cheddar Ales ‘Potholer’ Country Life ‘Golden Pig’ Dartmoor ‘Jail Ale’ RCH ‘East Street Cream Palmers ‘Tally Ho’ St. Austell ‘Proper Black’

In addition, there were 10 ciders and two perries available ranging in strength from 4% to 6.4%. Again, those of us who drank cider tried a variety of those on show. The number of fruit ciders this year had increased to three with the best, according to Trish and Fiona, being ‘Bumbleberry Summer Fruits’ and ‘Strawberry Lane’ from Sandford Orchards in Crediton, Devon. Our pick of the regular ciders was ‘Philosopher’ from Orchard Pig in Somerset and ‘Old Rosie with Elderflower’ from Weston’s, Herefordshire. Both the perries are worth mentioning, those being ‘Country Pear’ from Weston’s and ‘Pear Cider’ (made from 100% pears so definitely not a cider) from Cornish Orchards in Dunloe. Issue 45, Winter 2016

www.seberkscamra.org.uk All in all we had another great day at this festival, which seems to get bigger and better every year. When we all got back to our friends house they produced a bottle of Jim Beam Maple that he had brought with him to celebrate the occasion. Personally I’m not a great lover of Bourbon Whiskey, but I have to say this was very palatable and rounded off a splendid day.

of his battles, including Trafalgar, often being his second in command. The most interesting aspect of the Admiral Collingwood is the large uncovered roof garden with Astroturf having being laid to give it that real garden look. The architecture and layout have been gaining many plaudits since opening and this pub has recently won CAMRA’s New Build Award at the National Pub Design Awards ceremony. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Top: Terry and Trish Bottom: Karen and Barry

On Sunday we began the long drive home which was made even longer due to a couple of detours. Firstly, we went via Winkleigh so that Karen, Trish and I could stock up on some of the marvellous ciders from the Winkleigh Cider Company. Then we took a slow drive up to Ilfracombe to see a new Weatherspoon’s pub called The Admiral Collingwood, arriving in time to have a look around this North Devon harbour town before getting to the pub in time for an early lunch. The pub was built on the grounds of the old Collingwood Hotel and named after Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood who partnered Nelson in several

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Top: The Admiral Collingwood Bottom: The large roof garden with Astroturf

And so to home after dropping off Barry and Karen at their house and reflecting on a thoroughly enjoyable weekend which we can heartily recommend. If you can get to this brilliant festival in the future I don’t think you will be disappointed. Although the dates for next year’s festival haven’t been announced yet, it normally takes place over the third weekend in March. Keep an eye on the pub’s website via What Pub or on: www.staustellbrewery.co.uk/pub/stmerryn/cornish-arms

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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 info@pinewoodbarandcafe.co.uk 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


Campaign Focus By Barry Garber

We want your Beer Scores! The 2017 CAMRA Good Beer Guide was published in September, featuring over 4500 pubs and 1700 breweries nationwide, but do you know how the pubs featured in the guide actually get in there? CAMRA members submit beer scores, which are effectively marks on a scale of 0 to 5. Scoring should take into account the quality and condition of the beer, not whether you actually like the taste of it. Scores can easily be submitted using the whatpub.com website. This invaluable CAMRA website is free for all to search and contains details of all of the pubs in our branch area and beyond! If you are not already a CAMRA member why not join and be part of the process in selecting the best local pubs for the Good Beer Guide 2018. Over the next few months we shall be stepping up our surveying of pubs in readiness for the deadline for the next guide. It would be great if you could be part of that process. Supermarkets, tax and pubcos to blame for pub closures. Pubs are

being forced out of business by cheap supermarket prices, high beer taxes and the high rents and wholesale beer prices charged by pub owning property companies, according to a new polling report on consumer perceptions from the Campaign for Real Ale. ‘YouGov’ asked more than 2,000 Brits what they thought was leading to pubs closing, currently at a rate of 21 a week. More than four-fifths (82 per cent) said the cost of alcohol in supermarkets compared to pubs was a factor that had a fair, or great, impact on pub closures. The taxes levied on pubs, including beer duty, VAT and business rates also had a great, or fair, impact on forcing pubs out of business according to

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69 per cent of those surveyed. Almost 78 per cent of people also blamed the high rents and wholesale beer prices charged to tenants by the pub owning property companies. CAMRA figures released at the start of the summer showed that the rate of pub closures has slowed from 27 to 21 per week, but CAMRA Chairman Colin Valentine said the rate of closures was still "alarming and unacceptably high". Colin added: "The survey findings highlight the issues

that have driven CAMRA's campaigning for many years now. We've long campaigned for a fairer deal for publicans from the property companies which own their pubs and have seen recent success in the introduction of the Pubs Code and the appointment of a Pubs Code Adjudicator. People clearly agree with us that the level of tax charged on beer and on pubs is too high and needs to be addressed. Again, CAMRA and the beer and pub industry has seen some success in persuading the government to abolish the beer duty escalator and cut tax over the last few years, but Ministers need to go further in supporting the industry. Despite these campaign wins, a pint in a local is becoming an unaffordable luxury, driving people away from the safe and social environment of the pub and encouraging them instead to drink cheap alcohol in their homes. We'd urge the government to continue to work to address what people see as the key issues threatening pubs. We'd also urge people to continue to support their local pubs as much as possible. Please lend your support to local campaigns to save pubs which are under threat and, of course, sign up to CAMRA to join the 180,000 members committed to reducing the numbers of pubs closing across the country.”

Barry Garber Branch Campaigns Coordinator

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Branch Diary

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: social@seberkscamra.org.uk


Wednesday 2 November ‘Wobbly Wednesday’ Social. Minibus tour of various pubs in Winkfield area. Limited spaces so pre-book only - contact Clive Doran at social@seberkscamra.org.uk. th

Wednesday 16 November CAMRA Social at the Hope & Anchor, Station Road, Wokingham. RG40 2AD. Commences at 20.00. th

Saturday 19 November CAMRA Central Southern Regional Meeting at the Bacon Arms, 10, Oxford Street, Newbury, RG14 1JB. Meeting commences at 12 Noon.


Thursday 1 December ‘Thirsty Thursday’ Social. Minibus tour of outlying pubs in North of the Berkshire South East branch area. Limited spaces so pre-book only - contact Clive Doran at social@seberkscamra.org.uk. th

Wednesday 7 December CAMRA Open Meeting at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1BP. Commences at 20.00. Thursday 15th December CAMRA Christmas Social. Mini Pub Crawl of Reading. Details to follow.


Saturday 28 January CAMRA Regional Social. London Pub Crawl. Details to follow.


Thursday 24 November ‘Thirsty Thursday’ Social. Minibus tour of outlying pubs in South & West of Berkshire South East branch area. Limited spaces so pre-book only - contact Clive Doran at social@seberkscamra.org.uk. th

Saturday 26 November CAMRA Social Pub Crawl of Wokingham. Details yet to be confirmed. Contact Clive Doran at social@seberkscamra.org.uk

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Phil & Jean Welcome you

The WHITE HART Winkfield A Stylish 16th Century Pub and Restaurant directly opposite St Mary's Church This historic property was once a parish courthouse, still retaining a few original features.

- Recently extensively refurbished - Large Bar & Restaurant Dining. - Open Noon-11pm Mon-Sat & Sunday 7pm - Food Served 12-2.30 & 6-9 Sunday 12-3.30 - Large garden, car park. - Ideal venue for Events, & Weddings. - Quiz night - Wednesdays 8.30pm. - Real Ales - Rebellion IPA & Sharps Doombar. - Fish & Chips Special on Fridays.

The White Hart Church Road Winkfield Nr Ascot. SL4 4SE 01344 882415 www.thewhitehartwinkfield.co.uk thewhitehartwinkfield@outlook.com

www.seberkscamra.org.uk • Stocking local real ales can increase visits to public houses • Consumers get to enjoy greater beer choice and locally brewed beer • Local brewers increase their sales and get better feedback from consumers

The CAMRA LocAle scheme helps to promote the pub as a place to enjoy a pint of quality, local real ale.

• More money spent and retained in the local economy • Fewer ‘beer miles’ results in less road congestion and pollution, reducing impact on the environment

Accredited LocAle Outlets

LocAle Breweries (within 25 miles of Bracknell)

Abbey Ford (Chertsey, Surrey) Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Big Smoke (Surbiton, Surrey) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Crescent (Maidenhead, Berks) Decent (Addlestone, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Frensham (Frensham, Surrey) Hedgedog (Virginia Water, Surrey) Hogs Back (Tongham, Surrey) Hop Art (Blacknest, Hants) Kew (Richmond Upon Thames) Little Beer Corp (Guildford, Surrey) Loddon (Dunsden Green, Oxon) Longdog (Basingstoke, Hants) Malt the Brewer (Prestwood, Bucks) MoogBrew (Taplow, Bucks) Park (Kingston Upon Thames) Rebellion (Marlow, Bucks) Sherfield Village (Sherfield, Hants) Siren Craft (Finchampstead, Berks) Thames Side (Staines, Middx) Thurston’s (Horsell, Surrey) Tillingbourne (Shere, Surrey) Triple fff (Four Marks, Hants) Twickenham (Twickenham, Middx) Weird Beard (Hanwell, London) West Berkshire (Frilsham, Berks) Wild Weather (Silchester, Berks) Windsor & Eton (Windsor, Berks) Zero Degrees (Reading, Berks)

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Recently refurbished

T h e S h i p In n W o ki ng h a m

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 it’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.

The Ship Inn, 104 Peach Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1XH 01189 780389 E: shipinn.wokingham@fullers.co.uk Facebook & Twitter



19 Station Road Sunningdale Nr. Ascot, SL5 0QL. 01344 623625 Twitter:

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The Royal Oak Sunningdale

- Local Heroes pub serving up to six quality Real Ales - Good Beer Guide 2016 & 2017 - Local Real Ales inc. Windsor & Eton + Rebellion ranges - Large enclosed rear Garden - Simple Lunch time food - Open all day. Noon-11pm - Nr. Ascot & Wentworth Issue 45, Winter 2016

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National Beer Scoring System

Have you ever wondered how pubs are selected for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide? Scoring beer in pubs is really easy!

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 point scale for judging beer quality in pubs. It is an easy to use system that has been designed to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide and also monitor beer quality by encouraging CAMRA members from any part of the world to report beer quality on any pub in the UK. If you are a CAMRA member, we want you to tell us about the quality of beer in the pubs you visit. If you are not a member, why not join Europe's most successful consumer organisation? As an incentive, when you score a beer you get entered into a prize draw to win free CAMRA books!

How do I score my beer?

You can score your beer online at home or if you have a smart phone in the pub! To submit your scores just visit http://whatpub.com. Log into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring. You can find out more here http://whatpub.com/beerscoring

What do I need to record? • • • • •

The location and name of the pub (WhatPub mobile can work this out!). The date you visited the pub. A score out of 5. The name of the beer. We will also need your name and membership number but once you have registered these are recorded automatically in WhatPub.

What do the scores mean?

0. No cask ale available. 1. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment. 2. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing. 3. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again. 4. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition. 5. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

What if I can't decide on a score?

The NBSS allows you to enter half scores

How do I edit my scores?

To edit your scores go to http://data.beerscoring.org.uk.

How is the information being collated?

Once beer scores have been submitted online, CAMRA branches can download them and use them to help in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide selection process. For more information, go to http://members.camra.org.uk/group/branch-nbss-coordinator/dashboard

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