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Editor’s Welcome Welcome to our 48th edition of the Mad Cow

It seems like only yesterday I was compiling the last edition of the Mad Cow and here we are again, it’s mid-summer and our long awaited holidays are being realised. Relaxing in deck chairs, listening to the gentle crack of leather on willow resonating across the cricket green, the chink of glasses in the beer garden, and watching the sun setting over the brim of your glass as you sup your pint of finest real ale and enjoy this latest edition of the Mad Cow. This time we have a very extensive Beer Festival listing, carefully researched and compiled by CAMRA Branch Website Officer, Simon Grist, which you will find on pages 25 through 29. Branch Secretary, Anthony Springall continues his fascinating series of articles on the local history of brewing in our region on page 19, as well as providing some chilling tales on page 6. Our cover story is on page 31, where you can read all about how our branch members joined Andy Parker at Elusive Brewing to brew their own beer. All this in addition to the regular updates on current campaign activities, a diary of upcoming events and all the latest local pub and brewery news. Enjoy! The views expressed in the Mad Cow are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily Mike Rathge reflect the views of the Campaign for Real Ale. Mad Cow Editor

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Murder & Mayhem at the Pub By Anthony Springall

We normally think of the pub as a haven away from the stress and strains of normal life but a number of pubs on our patch have experienced grisly periods when they were far from the places of enjoyment that we know and love.

what he had done. Hannah did not die straight away but held on for a month before finally succumbing to her injuries on 14th November 1851. The following day John Carey was arrested and taken to Reading Prison charged with murdering his wife. He appeared before the Berkshire Assizes in February 1852 and was found guilty but with a recommendation of leniency. This was taken into account and he was not hung but instead John was transported abroad for seven years leaving his two young sons orphans. In all of these tales there is very seldom a happy ending. Tally Ho, Winkfield (now a private residence)

New Leathern Bottle, Warfield Now a place to enjoy a quiet drink and the end of season Steam Up in the grounds in aid of charity, in 1851 the licensees were John and Hannah Carey who lived there with their two young sons. They had a tempestous marriage, not helped by Hannah's gin drinking. John was significantly older than his wife and ran a small farm while his wife looked after the pub but her liking for the bottle and a young farmer called George Parker came between the elderly farmer and his wife. For a number of years, Hannah and George had been carrying on an affair much to the dismay of John until things came to a head one evening when, on returning home he found the lovers laughing and drinking at the bar. John threw a wooden bucket at his wife with such force that it broke then followed her upstairs whereupon he threw the matrimonial bed on top of her and jumped upon the prostrate figure before realising

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In May 1939 The Tally Ho was the favourite drinking place of Frederick Paul, an elderly market gardener who lived alone. He was on his way home to a simple one room cottage whereupon he was set upon and shot, the shots being heard in the pub which would later be told to the court. Poor Frederick had had part of his head and face blown away with a gun and his body was dumped into a pond behing the market garden. Initial suspicions fell upon an Ascot man George Willis who had a gun and the police gathered a lot of circumstantial evidence but a lot of this was based upon a pair of modified scissors found in his possession which others claimed belonged to the dead man. Willis stated that he used them to mend watches and asked the barrister for his watch. In front of the whole court he removed three tiny screws and this was enough to prove his innocence and he walked free. The perpetrators of the crime were never apprehended.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk find no evidence of a punch or kick. The Judge in this case directed the jury that there was no case to answer and George left the court a free man. Horse and Groom, Bracknell

Hope and Anchor, Wokingham The Hope and Anchor has developed over many years as bits and pieces have been added, the oldest part being the right hand side which is the original 15th Century hall house whilst the left hand side is much more recent and used to be a blacksmith shop. In 1911, the blacksmiths shop was run by two brothers, George & Henry Barker who worked happily together until one day an argument erupted over unpaid bills. Henry had the job of collecting monies from their customers but he had let things slip, much to the annoyance of his brother. It was while enjoying their mid morning beer, collected from the pub next door that George demanded to know if a certain customer had paid their bill. A squable turned into a fight and Henry fell over in the yard and broke his leg and started to shake uncontrollably. Both the doctor and police were called but on the way to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, poor Henry died. In June 1911, George Barker was on trial for feloniously killing his brother and the landlord of the Hope and Anchor, one Joseph Capon testified to the fight however the doctor who examined the body could

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In October 1810, Seventeen year old William Ware had visited Bracknell Fair with his father and two friends when they were returning home to Frimley. On their way home they were set upon by ruffians and beaten with sticks and cudgels. Poor William seemed to have been beaten even worse than his companions as he was carried back to the pub and there lingered for a day before expiring. The inquest was held in the pub and the verdict was unsurprisingly, killed by person or persons unknown.

I hope the these tales of grisly deeds has not put you off visiting the pub as you will generally find a warm welcome, great beer and a place to forget your everyday woes and tribulations. In preparing the above, I am indebted to the works of author Roger Long who has recounted these and other stories in many of his books on local history. Cheers.

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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


Wild Pub Walks

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has released the latest title in its pub walks series aimed at the most adventurous hill walkers who enjoy long days out followed by a refreshing beer in a welcoming pub. Author Daniel Neilson guides readers on 22 walks in beautiful remote or mountainous landscapes, each with one or more great pubs, often with historical significance, at the journey’s end. Each walk varies in level of challenge, from long walks in lower-lying areas to mountain routes taking in some of the country’s highest summits. The book covers routes across England (Peak District, North York Moors, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales), Scotland (Highlands and Borders) and Wales (Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales). Many of the routes are recommended in collaboration with Alan Hinkes, one of the country’s most successful mountaineers and the only Briton to have climbed each of the world’s 8,000 metre peaks. Author Daniel Neilson says: “There are a huge variety of walks in this book, from remote Highland Munros to sea-swept walks along the Yorkshire Coast. We’ve included the highest mountains in England, Wales, and - the highest of them all - Ben Nevis in Scotland. Where possible, we’ve chosen walks that end right in a village or a pub. A particular favourite of ours is a pub with a ‘muddy boots welcome’ sign and fantastic beer garden or a log fire. Somewhere you can easily drop in for a pint post-walk and be made to feel welcome.” Lavishly illustrated throughout, Wild Pub Walks includes detailed insights into fascinating local places, practical recommendations, safety information and easy-to-use ordnance survey mapping with detailed route markings. The book is designed for outdoor enthusiasts with experience in hillwalking. All are challenging from a physical perspective and vary between eight and 13 miles. CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks is available to order on the CAMRA website for £11.99.


Newell Green, WARFIELD. Up to Five cask ales on. Good food available every day. Destination for Sunday Roasts Free Parking inc. for Horses!. Dogs Welcome Open Log Fire Free WiFi Beer Garden Heated Smoking Area Monday Quiz night Six Nations Rugby

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

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

LocAle Breweries (within 25 miles of Bracknell)

Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Crescent (Maidenhead, Berks) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Frensham (Frensham, Surrey) Hogs Back (Tongham, Surrey) Little Beer Corp (Guildford, Surrey) Longdog (Basingstoke, Hants) Loddon (Dunsden Green, Oxon) 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) Twickenham (Twickenham, Middx) West Berkshire (Frilsham, Berks) Wild Weather (Aldermaston, Berks) Windsor & Eton (Windsor, Berks) Zero Degrees (Reading, Berks)


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 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 19 9 14 9 5 22 9 9 20 16 17 25 13 22 10 22 15 19 9 12 12 21 21 24 19 10 13

Barkham Binfield Bracknell Eversley Jealott's Hill Sandhurst Sindlesham Sunningdale Warfield Winkfield Wokingham

The Bull Jack o’Newbury Cannie Man Old Manor South Hill Park Tally Ho New Leathern Bottle Rose & Crown Walter Arms Royal Oak Cricketers Squirrels Bar White Hart Crispin Gig House Hope and Anchor Olde Leathern Bottel Queens Head

Your CAMRA Branch would love to receive your comments about the pubs you visit either by email to: madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk or go to WhatPub at; www.whatpub.com and use ‘Submit Update’

For more information contact Graham Holt CAMRA BSE LocAle Officer locale@seberkscamra.org.uk

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Brewery News

Project Barista

It was a pleasantly warm Saturday afternoon when we gathered in our shorts and T-shirts at the leafy Hogswood Industrial estate for this special ticketed event laid on by The Siren Craft Brewery. The main purpose of the event was to showcase their latest range of coffee beers, aptly named 'Project Barista', but this also provided an opportunity to try some of their other beers, as well as few from some of the other local breweries, including their next door neighbour 'Elusive Brews'. Following a tour of the brewery we prepared our taste buds for sampling the four showcase beers. Up first was ‘Crema’, a 4.9% Sweet White Stout made with German Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee. After experimenting with barrel aged coffee on two previous occasions, Blacklight Banana and Bourbon Coffee Broken Dream, Siren wanted to create a beer that would really push the spirit characteristics gained by ageing the green beans in barrels. They came up with the idea of making a white stout, using German whiskey barrel aged, light roasted, coffee beans along with some vanilla and cocoa nibs. One could certainly taste the coffee, but this beer was surprisingly smooth and creamy and remarkably easy to drink. What a great start! Next up was ‘Americano’, a 9.2% Double IPA made with Ethiopian Coffee. We have been told that this beer was a spin off from a brew, which originated by accident when some dark malts found their way into a Sound Wave brew, and this rendition was intended to be somewhat similar to its surprise predecessor. Siren paired this with a Natural Ethiopian coffee from Quarter Horse Coffee in Birmingham. They chose to use a new technique for infusing the coffee into the beer with the goal of preserving the delicate nature of this natural coffee’s high-end berry notes. This beer certainly packed a punch at 9.2%. The colour of a light roast pour over, this Coffee Double IPA, is packed full of Citra, Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, and Mosaic hops. Third in the line up was ‘CapHeine’, a 6.2% Kettle Sour made with Kenyan Coffee, Raspberries and Hibiscus. For this beer Siren paired up with Climpson and Sons in London. The Kenyan coffee is floral and fruity with lots of redcurrant, cranberry, plum, red fruit notes. Mosaic, Palisade and Bravo hops were used and hibiscus was added in the boil with raspberries added to the fermenter. CapHeine is a bright pink kettle sour beer with biscuit, bready malt notes that finish with a refreshing taste of hibiscus and raspberries. Last, but by no means least, was ‘Turkish’, a massive 10% Imperial Stout made with Coffee, Figs, Muscovado, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Cacao Nibs and Vanilla. This beer was inspired by a traditional combination of Turkish coffee and Turkish delight. This time Siren partnered with Tamp Culture Coffee and selected a Thai coffee from a producer called Doi Chang. They added coffee at three points in the brewing process and added some vanilla, nutmeg and orange zest. To top it all off they threw some figs into the fermented beer. Obviously Siren had to make one of their beers in the series a big one, and Turkish was just that. With a good body, it also has lovely smooth spicy notes and a nice citrus sweetness.

Windsor & Eton Brewery continues to do well. They told us that they have recently completed installing a 27% increase in fermentation capacity to keep up with ever growing demand. Their range of beers, including seasonals and monthly specials as well as their popular “Uprising” brands has driven this increase in demand. Eton Boatman is now available and Uprising’s All Day Pale Ale will be available in August. There will also be a Kellerbier brewed for September. The new W&E shop and bar has proved a great success too with the bar now open on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as all week during the day. Likewise tours have grown enormously and have received outstanding approval on Trip Advisor making it one of the highest rated tours anywhere in the country. Finally, The George Inn, Eton has also been a great success. It serves six W&E cask beers at any time and recently made it into the Good Beer Guide. Issue 48, Autumn 2017

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Brewery News (Continued) West Berkshire Brewery

Oktoberwest tickets are apparently selling out fast. This year West Berks are offering two sessions, with new entertainment and food vans. Join them at either 12-5, or 611. Dust off your lederhosen, pick up a pint of traditional Oktoberfest beer (WBB, Renegade and Cider also available) and dance the night away to fab local bands. ‘Wild and Rustic’ will be their again providing venison, beef and halloumi burgers. They also have traditional bratwurst and Go Fish and Chips later in the evening. Horsebox Waffle will be serving ice cream, waffles and smoothies as well. Children are welcome at the 12-5 session and will be kept amused with face painting and the big bouncy slide. Each session is £10 (children go free). Book online wbbrew.com. West Berks honey beer 'Oh Beehave' went down a treat but unfortunately it's all gone now! The brewery tells us not to panic because they have two more new pale ales to choose from. Stegri's Enigma is a 4.2% ABV pale made from experimental hops. Their other seasonal is Elderflower Power at 4.1% ABV, made with heaps of locally grown elderflower. West Berks award winning Tamesis Stout is now maturing in bourbon barrels. Watch this space, sounds like a brewery launch tipple to us… The new brewery is progressing rapidly and they are hoping to be in by August. The packaging line and brew kit are almost complete and the restaurant, shop, beer garden and bar are all coming together. The restaurant/bar space will be available for events both corporate and public. They’ll be serving simple pub grub with a WBB twist and as well as their own beers there will be a selection of spirits, wines and other local brews.

Bond Brews Dean is still producing his three core beers - Best of

British, Goldi-Hops and Railway Porter in Cask and bottle conditioned form which are appearing regularly in outlets in our area. Recently Dean has introduced a traditional English style IPA – Bengal Tiger at 4.3% ABV which is proving to be very successful and may well become his fourth core beer. Mellow Velo made a re-appearance in time for this year’s CAMRA Mild Month at an ABV of 3.6%.

The next limited edition is to be an American style bitter – Whirlybird at 4% ABV which uses American Hops and will be available locally in August. Dean is also planning Brewery Experience Days where people spend a day at the brewery learning the processes and helping to brew ale. The shop is progressing and will soon be opened, where you will be able to buy draft beers as well as bottle conditioned ales, bag in box poly pins and branded clothing.

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Brewery News (Continued) Binghams The latest special from Binghams is APA, an Ameri-

can Pale Ale. Weighing in at 5.0% ABV it packs a hoppy punch with a refreshing combination of Simcoe and Chinook hops. Coming up in the 4.5% ABV Hop Project series using 2 varieties of hops are Cascade Columbus and Citra Southern Cross.

Binghams recently featured in The Sunday Telegraph’s Sunday supplement when Chris Bingham taught one of their reporters how to homebrew a stout. The reporter turned up at 8am and stayed until the brew was happily fermenting away at 4pm. The Binghams website and online shop have also undergone a redesign to make them more mobile friendly, so please take a look and let us know what you think. Tours are proving as popular as ever, with online booking available. The tours start from the brewery shop at 3pm on Saturdays.


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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. The branch Cider Pub of the Year award goes to the Old Manor, Bracknell for their excellent selection of well-kept ciders and perries. Their award was presented on the evening of June 7th 2017. An honorary runner-up award in the Cider Pub competition went to the Wheelwrights Arms, St Nicholas Hurst. Congratulations to both pubs for supporting Real Cider in our area. th

Don’t forget the Real Ale and Cider Festival at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 6 October th and Saturday 7 October where there will be over 30 ciders and perries available. If you have any questions or comments about Real Cider in our area, please contact me, Mike Lee, at cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.


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The Moon under Water

It is now over seventy years since the author George Orwell (Animal Farm, 1984 etc) wrote about his ideal pub calling it “The Moon Under Water”. It is no co-incidence that there are now at least 14 pubs with this name in the Wetherspoons chain but in Orwell's mind it summed up his view of a pub customers nirvana. The key points can be summed up as follows:

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The architecture should be solid (Orwell wanted Victorian). An open fire in winter. Different bars to enable everyone to enjoy the evening. Games such as darts to be played only in the public bar so there was no danger to life and limb whilst walking. The pub is quiet enough to talk without a radio or piano (or Sky TV !) Staff are friendly and know customers names and where they don't, will call them “dear”, irrespective of age or gender. It takes pride in its drinks and serves them well in decent glasses. A good draught stout is served (Orwell's favourite) It may not serve full dinners but you can always get something to eat albeit sandwiches or cheese and pickles. The pub has a decent garden where it is a pleasure to drink on a warm summer evening and where children can happily play.

Orwell finished his article by saying that there were no pubs he knew with all these qualities although he knew of one with the majority and as he said “if anyone knows of a pub that has draught stout, open fires, cheap meals, a garden, motherly barmaids and no radio, I should be glad to hear of it, even though its name were something as prosaic as the Red Lion or the Railway Arms. Evening Standard, 9 February 1946” With the publication of “The Good Beer Guide” in September it is an interesting exercise to see that ClearBrew-QP-MAP42.qxp_Layout 1 01/06/2017 11:21 what makes a great pub has not changed much in three generations!

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11th Ascot Beer Festival By Mike Smith

Yes, the rumours are true, we’ve been invited back to run the eleventh beer festival at Berkshire’s iconic racecourse. This year there will be around 200 real ales, ciders and perries carefully selected by our committee from the best local breweries and other favourites from across the country.

If you are a CAMRA member and have never worked at a beer festival before, why not give it a go? We pride ourselves with our 100 strong band of volunteers who return year after year and tell us it’s their favourite festival to work at. Contact details can be found on our website.

Pride of place at the bar will be Thames Side Egyptian Goose from just down the road at Staines who were voted by our customers as the Beer of the Festival last year. We hope to have one or two exclusive festival specials from our favourite local brewers. Further details will appear on our festival website beer list.

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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 offer our extensive A-la-Carte menu, with always a large selection of ‘Specials’ 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.

On Thursdays we have our ever popular ‘Hot & Spicy Night’ – a meal & drink for just £10.95. 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


Morlands – Gone but not forgotten By Anthony Springall

Continuing the series of articles from Anthony Springall uncovering the history of our local breweries, the following passages focus on the rise and fall of Morlands.

Prior to Edward Henry Morland taking on the business, in the late 18th century, Susannah Morland, a daughter of the family was married off to John Spenlove, the owner of the Abbey Brewery in Abingdon. This business also flourished with Abingdon being a centre for malting and brewing and as part of the marriage settlement, a sum of £5000 (almost £¾ million in modern terms) was given which enabled rapid expansion and it started to produce a strong porter. In 1866, on the death of Susannah's spinster daughter, the brewing operation passed to Edward Henry Morland who by 1887 had combined the businesses as well as taking over the Ilsey Brewery to create United Breweries and in the same year he closed West Ilsey to centre everything in Abingdon. Edward Henry died the following year and having no direct descendants the breweries passed to a nephew Edward Morland, whose father was a solicitor in the town.

In the early 1700s the Morland family in West Ilsey, Berkshire were brewing commercially at Hodcott Farm and over succeeding generations the business prospered and grew. In 1854 the business passed to a cousin Edward Henry Morland who purchased the bankrupt Eagle Brewery in Abingdon in 1861 in order to expand operations. This was the site for the next 140 years of brewing until its closure following the Greene King takeover.

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The young Edward followed his uncle's philosophy of expansion and in the same year took over Saxbys of Abingdon and the following year Field and Sons of Shillingford was absorbed along with their tied houses and the brewing operation closed down. As the business grew it was necessary to seek outside expertise and Thomas Skurray was invited to join the company as he had studied brewing abroad and had a very astute business brain. Over the course of the next 50 years he oversaw rapid expansion as well as creating a number of subsidiaries such as malt extract production, soft drinks and built a new brewhouse for the business.

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The Brewhouse in 1912 The inter war years saw the takeover of many local breweries with the Wantage Brewery in 1920 then in 1927 J DymoreBrown and Sons and Ferguson's, both of Reading, and Hewett and Co of Shurlock Row, near Reading, were all purchased and closed down, the trade being supplied from the main brewery in Abingdon. The former Dymore-Brown site was then used as a depot to supply the large number of tied pubs in South Berkshire which had been acquired with these purchases. The company had doubled its pubs and production had grown similarly making Morlands a significant regional brewer and it consolidated its position in Abingdon by purchasing The Tower Steam Brewery and in 1928 Wantage's Lewis Rock Well Brewery. In 1944, Morland became a public company and all the other company names with the exception of Fergusons were withdrawn. At the same time, a new trademark was introduced. It showed a man in a red frock coat and tricorn hat, holding an artist's palette in one hand and admiring a glass of beer held in the other hand. It is this symbol (shown above) which is still visible on many of the former pubs in our area. The drawing is a depiction of the artist George Morland (1763-1804), a relative of the original Morland brewing family, who became famous for his landscape and rustic agricultural scenes. By the mid-1950s, the Company had an estate consisting of approximately three Page 20

hundred tied houses, all within a 40 mile radius of Abingdon. This trading area extended from Bicester in the north to Basingstoke in the south; in the east a line from Windsor up through Princes Risborough and westwards to Lechlade. In 1956 Whitbread purchased a large block of shares (39%) and whilst this may have been seen as a predatory approach it proved useful to both companies as Abingdon was an ideal training ground for many young brewers who would go on to other parts of the Whitbread empire and for Morlands it could call on the technical expertise of the much larger company. The businesses co-existed for the next 25 years quite happily and in 1979 Morlands launched its most iconic beer of Old Speckled Hen to celebrate 50 years of MG car production in its home town of Abingdon. It was an immediate success and the high gravity strong bitter was then produced in cask form to much acclaim. The demand for this beer became so great that additional brewhouse capacity was required, with the result that the decision was taken to withdraw from lager production in order to make additional capacity available for brewing Old Speckled Hen.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk joining the original Morland distribution territory which now extended to the south coast and eastwards into the Greater London area, with a further group in Kent. As a result, there had to be further reorganisation and expansion of the Abingdon facilities This expansion did not go unnoticed and in 1992 Greene King bought a large block of the Whitbread shares on the understanding that the rest would also be sold if the could acquire a controlling interest. This hostile approach was fended off following a local outcry but in it's bid to become too big a target; Morlands bought Ruddles of Oakham with its brands of Ruddles Best and Ruddles County and moved production to Abingdon. Partly due to mismanagement and cash flow problems the business became a suitable target again for Greene King and in 1999 they purchased sufficient shares to gain control and they took over the whole Morland business, including the beer brands. The great market success enjoyed by ‘Old Speckled Hen’ was an important part of the attraction. Production in Abingdon ceased almost immediately with the brewery site being sold for housing and all beers were now produced in Bury St Edmunds ending over 250 years of brewing heritage in this part of Berkshire (Oxfordshire after the 1974 Local Government changes).

The following list of pubs, past and present are where you might have sampled Morlands beers, which were described as offering a dryness but with easy drinkability and explains the prevalence of so many Greene King pubs in the area: Ascot


Gold Cup (Closed)

Plough & Harrow

Royal Hunt (Closed)



Crispin (Closed)

Wells (Closed)

Crown & Anchor (Closed)


Fleur De Lys (Closed)

Jolly Farmer (Closed)


Royal Standard (Closed

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Norreys Barn (Closed)

Royal Foresters (Closed) Plough (Closed) Running Horse

Queens Head

Silver Birch



Thatched Cottage

Who'd a tho't it (Closed) Three Frogs Little Sandhurst

Two Poplars

Bird in Hand

White Horse



Dukes Head (Closed)

Rose & Crown

White Swan

I am indebted to Bill Mellor, former Head Brewer at Morlands for the majority of this article with additional material from Britains Lost Breweries by Chris Arnott and The Berkshire Pub Guide edited by Colin Lanham

Where would you have drunk Morlands beers in the Berkshire South East area?

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Real Ale... ...tastes better with friends... ...tastes better together.

And that’s the truth of it So why not show your friends how much you care and invite them to join CAMRA today? As you already know there are a whole host of benefits to being a member of CAMRA, from discounts in thousands of pubs across the UK to having the chance to connect with over 180,000 like-minded members. CAMRA membership boasts so many benefits it’s far too long to list here but why not refer them today and as a reward for them joining we will give you both a 5% discount in the CAMRA shop and each month we will choose 2 lucky winners at random to give away a case of free beer! It could be both you and one of your friends.

Visit camra.org.uk/mgm to refer a friend today

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Campaign Focus By Barry Garber

Support your Local: The general election has now come and gone (unless of course there's been another one called at the time of reading this!) All the main political parties expressed their support for pubs in their manifestos. CAMRA members were urged to contact election candidates to seek their support for pubs and hundreds of those candidates signed up to affirm their support. It's now time to hold them to account. With almost 900,000 jobs at stake it’s vitally important that the alarming rate of pubs closures is stemmed. CAMRA will be watching closely and won't hesitate to take action if they fail to deliver.

Summer is in full swing and what better reason is there to get out of the house and visit your local pub. A pint of real ale in a pub garden is hard to beat! Barry Garber Branch Campaigns Coordinator

Public Transport By Barry Garber

An often overlooked but useful ticket is PlusBus. This ticket is bought as an add-on to a rail ticket and permits onward unlimited bus travel at your destination in a defined travel area for an additional price of around ÂŁ3. Tickets can be purchased on the day of travel at staffed national rail stations or online in advance on rail ticket websites. If purchased in advance PlusBus can be bought to use

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to get you to and from the origin station as well. The PlusBus website www.plusbus.info has all the information you need about this ticket including a zone map and an interactive bus stop map showing the boundaries of the bus travel area. Why not use this ticket this summer to travel to a pub that you don't usually get to and if you usually go by car leave it at home! Barry Garber Branch Public Transport Officer

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Britain’s biggest beer festival will be returning to London this summer from Britain’s Britain’sbiggest biggestbeer beerfestival festivalwill willbebereturning returningtotoLondon Londonthis thissummer summerfrom from the 8th-12th August at London Olympia. Do you have your tickets yet? the the8th-12th 8th-12thAugust AugustatatLondon LondonOlympia. Olympia.Do Doyou youhave haveyour yourtickets ticketsyet? yet? CAMRA is giving away two free tickets to readers who enter by the 21st July CAMRA CAMRAisisgiving givingaway awaytwo twofree freetickets ticketstotoreaders readerswho whoenter enterbybythe the21st 21stJuly July 2017 at www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions. 2017 2017atatwww.gbbf.org.uk/competitions. www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions. A paradise for beer lovers, CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival is an event AAparadise paradisefor forbeer beerlovers, lovers,CAMRA’s CAMRA’sGreat GreatBritish BritishBeer BeerFestival Festivalisisananevent event not to be missed, with beers to suit all tastes and preferences. To celebrate not nottotobebemissed, missed,with withbeers beerstotosuit suitallalltastes tastesand andpreferences. preferences.ToTocelebrate celebrate our 40th year, we will be expanding our drinks offering of real ales and other our our40th 40thyear, year,we wewill willbebeexpanding expandingour ourdrinks drinksoffering offeringofofreal realales alesand andother other craft beer, cider and perry to include fruit ciders and fine English wine. craft craftbeer, beer,cider ciderand andperry perrytotoinclude includefruit fruitciders cidersand andfine fineEnglish Englishwine. wine. This year we are also offering a selection of food, including some long This Thisyear yearwe weare arealso alsooffering offeringa aselection selectionofoffood, food,including includingsome somelong long attending favourites and we will have a whole host of entertainment such as attending attendingfavourites favouritesand andwe wewill willhave havea awhole wholehost hostofofentertainment entertainmentsuch suchasas rock, pop and alternative bands which appear alongside auctions, traditional rock, rock,pop popand andalternative alternativebands bandswhich whichappear appearalongside alongsideauctions, auctions,traditional traditional pub games and Saturday’s Big Pub Quiz for you to enjoy. pub pubgames gamesand andSaturday’s Saturday’sBig BigPub PubQuiz Quizfor foryou youtotoenjoy. enjoy. If you are looking for some light entertainment, our tutored tastings will allow If Ifyou youare arelooking lookingfor forsome somelight lightentertainment, entertainment,our ourtutored tutoredtastings tastingswill willallow allow you to not only sample a selection of beers but also learn how to best taste you youtotonot notonly onlysample samplea aselection selectionofofbeers beersbut butalso alsolearn learnhow howtotobest besttaste taste and appreciate beer. and andappreciate appreciatebeer. beer. Enter today for your chance to go to this year’s Great British Beer Festival Enter Entertoday todayfor foryour yourchance chancetotogogototothis thisyear’s year’sGreat GreatBritish BritishBeer BeerFestival Festival www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions We look forward to seeing you there! We Welook lookforward forwardtotoseeing seeingyou youthere! there! Terms and conditions do apply please visit www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions Terms Terms and and conditions conditions dodo apply apply please please visit visit www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions for more information forfor more more information information


The Beer Festival Guide

(By Simon Grist)

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




3 – 6 August 2017: 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.

4 – 6 August 2017: Corner House, Windsor thecornerhousepub.co.uk The Corner House is a welcome new addition to the Windsor pub scene and are holding their first beer festival. They advertise over 50 ales and ciders. Beers from Big Smoke brewery are likely to feature as they have the same ownership.


5 August 2017: Fleet Lions Beer Festival fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest A charity beer festival run by the Fleet Lions Club. Expect over 40 real ales plus local ciders. This year they promise lunchtime ‘Meet The Brewer’ sessions. th


8 – 12 August 2017: Great British Beer Festival gbbf.org.uk The biggest beer festival in Britain and the highlight of the beer festival calendar. Expect a phenomenal 900+ ales, ciders, perries and international beers. Also a vast array of food options and numerous entertainments. Reduced admission prices for CAMRA members. th








10 – 14 August 2017: Rose & Crown, Sandhurst Blues & Cider Festival roseandcrownsandhurst.info Real cider can be very refreshing on a hot August afternoon and some live Blues music sounds like an agreeable accompaniment. Expect over a dozen real ciders. As always, there will be an interesting selection of beers too. 19 – 20 August 2017: Bull, Barkham thebullbarkham.com Hot on the heels of a hugely popular festival in May comes another one at this busy local pub. Expect around 10 guest ales from both local and national brewers on stillage in the garden, plus the usual 6 on handpump inside. Accessed on the number 3 Leopard bus route. 25 – 27 August 2017: Wokingham Beer Festival wokinghamfestival.co.uk A beer festival held as part of a food and drink festival, with live music thrown in. Based upon previous years, expect around 50 ales, ciders and perries over the course of the weekend.

25 – 28 August 2017: Marlow Royal British Legion Beer Fest rblmarlow.co.uk Located right next to Marlow station, this club puts on regular beer festivals featuring carefully selected ales from both local brewers and across the country. Expect around 15 beers plus a cider. Free entry.

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2 – 3 September 2017: Windsor Craft Beer Fest webrew.co.uk Held at the Windsor & Eton Brewery. Featuring not only their own beers and those of sister brewery Uprising, but also many of the team’s own favourite beers from other breweries to guest. 8 – 9 September 2017: Yateley Cask & Cork Festival caskandcorkyateley.co.uk A second festival organised jointly by Yateley’s football and cricket clubs. They promise over 40 beers, plus wines and ciders. The location is a 30 minute walk from Sandhurst station but last year they put on a shuttle bus to connect with local Stagecoach buses. th

9 September 2017: Newbury Real Ale Festival newburyrealale.co.uk This charity festival is located 15 minutes from Newbury station, just down the line from Reading. Again they are planning for 140 real ales, and around 100 ciders & perries. To simplify serving, all the beers are given a sequence number in the programme and you order a beer by its number! th

16 September 2017: WADE Real Ale Festival wokinghamlions.org.uk/wade-festival This new beer festival is organised by the Wokingham Lions in support of the Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly (WADE). They promise 10 real ales plus cider and wine, not to mention live music. rd

23 September 2017: West Berkshire Brewery OktoberWest wbbrew.com/oktoberwest A third Bavarian themed beer festival from West Berkshire Brewery. It will feature real ale, craft beer and Bavarian bier, plus traditional Bavarian food and entertainment. This year there will be separate afternoon and evening sessions.


30 September 2017: Wheelwright’s Arms, St Nicholas Hurst thewheelwrightsarms.co.uk A first beer festival organised by Daryl and Katie at this local pub on the doorstep of the beautiful Dinton Pastures. Plans are still being formed but expect a healthy selection of real ales and ciders th

30 September 2017: Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk The annual calendar highlight for the village of Sherfield on Loddon (on the A33 NE of Basingstoke). Expect around 35 beers (with the village’s own brewery heavily featured) and a few ciders. There is a free evening taxi service back to Bramley station.



6 – 7 October 2017: Ascot Beer Festival ascotbeerfest.org.uk Your local Berkshire SE branch’s own festival, in collaboration with Ascot Racecourse. We will feature over 200 real ales and 30 ciders/perries, sourced from across the country but with a local bias. A race meeting runs in parallel with the festival, with the entrance tickets covering both (discounted advance tickets for CAMRA members quoting “CAMRA2017”).

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All proceeds to WADE





The Gas Trick Band ADVERT


Pauly Zarb


Sat 16 September 2017 11.00am till 10.30pm

Tickets : Adults £8.00 Price includes first drink free

Wade Centre Reading Road Wokingham Contact: Jess Secretary@wadecentre.org.uk

Andy and Pauline welcome you to the

Pinewood bar and café PAGE 27 ADVERT

All day breakfast, Good selection of Freshly cooked food, Baguettes, Sandwiches, Tea, coffee, and cakes.


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

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- 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

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13 mins

24th CAMRA Woking Beer Festival


10th & 11th November 2017


Woking Leisure Centre GU22 9BA

Over 70 Real Ales, all available at every session. Cider, Perry and Imported Beer Bar.

Tickets available late August from www.wokingbeerfestival.co.uk

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19 – 21 October 2017: Maidenhead Beer Festival maidenheadbeerfest.org.uk Organised by our friends in Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA, this festival moves location to the Magnet Leisure Centre in the centre of town. Expect around 100 carefully selected real ales plus about 30 ciders & perries. Reduced admission for CAMRA members.

19 – 21 October 2017: Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival rhcamra.org.uk/festivalnews.html Run by Richmond & Hounslow CAMRA, this long established festival usually features around 70 real ales and 20 ciders & perries. Reduced entry for CAMRA members.

26 – 28 October 2017: Oxford Beer & Cider Festival oxford.camra.org.uk A traditional CAMRA beer festival held in a beautiful town hall in the delightful surrounds of Oxford. Expect around 140 ales and 50 ciders & perries. Discounted entry for CAMRA members. 26 – 28 October 2017: Swindon Beer Festival swindon.camra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=23556 Swindon & North Wilts CAMRA’s beer festival is conveniently located in the STEAM museum near Swindon station (which is less than half an hour’s journey from Reading). Expect around 100 real ales, ciders and perries.


13 – 15 October 2017: Hampshire OctoberFest Beer Festival hampshireoctoberfest.co.uk This beer festival is run as part of a bigger country fayre event held at Basingstoke cricket ground. Over 190 different ales, ciders and perries are expected. Also a new craft beer tent.

26 – 31 October 2017: Rose & Crown, Sandhurst roseandcrownsandhurst.info Pete and Michelle really embrace the Halloween theme for their beer festival giving the pub a spooky revamp. Ghoulish fancy dress is optional for customers, but not for staff. Expect around 22 real ales and 4 ciders. 27 – 28 October 2017: Datchet Beer Festival datchetbeerfestival.co.uk A village festival just a short walk from Datchet station (on the Staines to Windsor & Eton line). Advertises over 25 beers, ciders and perries mostly sourced from local breweries. 10 – 11 November 2017: Woking Beer Festival wokingbeerfestival.co.uk A long-running beer festival organised by our neighbours in Surrey Hants Borders CAMRA. There should be over 70 ales, plus ciders and foreign beers. Due to limited capacity, entry is by advance ticket – on sale from late August. CAMRA members can obtain a free pint by presenting their card at the membership stand.

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Pete and Michelle welcome you to

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

Join us for our - Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. -Real Ale Mondays. All @ ÂŁ3.00/pint Blues & Cider festival on - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday 10th - 13th August - Traditional Sunday roasts - CAMRA LocAle & members discount and - Comfortable surroundings and Halloween Beer Large garden area. Festival on 26th - 31st - Family friendly and dogs welcome - Freshly ground coffees & other hot beverages October - Live music most Saturdays. Pls see Facebook - Open Mic night every Tuesday

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


Branch members brew their own beer! By Simon Grist

Thanks to a generous offer by Andy Parker of Elusive Brewing, branch members have brewed their very own beer. Nine lucky individuals gathered at the brewery on the morning of 17th June 2017 for a hands-on brewing experience. The beer was brewed on Elusive's prototyping equipment, rather than the full-size kit, but this still gave an authentic experience of brewing at a brewery. Members decided to brew a milk stout in acknowledgement of our “Mad Cow” heritage. The recipe followed was one for a coffee and cream stout discovered by our Mad Cow Editor, Mike Rathge. During a period of waiting on the day, members came up with the name “Moo-cha”, which seems perfect for a Mad Cow coffee beer! Although Andy was there to supervise throughout, it was branch members

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that did all the hard the work, whether it be shovelling in the ingredients, stirring, transfering between vessels, or good old fashioned cleaning-up. Special mention should go to Terry Burrows who donned the massive rubber gloves to perform the sparging. Whilst we were waiting for the mash, it was time for brunch. The kettle went on for teas and coffees, and the frying pan went on for some very tasty bacon baps. This was much to the consternation of members of the next door gym running laps of the car park whilst we munched! Once the sun was past the yard arm, Andy also allowed us to sample his excellent Overdrive Lap 3 straight from the keykeg. A cask of Moo-cha will be on-sale at a forthcoming branch social. Details to be confirmed. Attendees agreed that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and many thanks are due to Andy Parker.

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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



Saturday 5 August CAMRA BSE Social at Egham United Services Club Beer Festival, 111 Spring Rise, Egham. TW20 9PE. Meet at 1pm. th

Thursday 10 August CAMRA Social at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia London. Meet at the CAMRA stand at 12:30pm. th

Thursday 17 August CAMRA Open Meeting at the Molly Millar, Station Road, Wokingham. RG40 2AD. Meet at 8pm. th

Saturday 19 August CAMRA Reading Branch Pub Bus Crawl from Shinfield to Wokingham starting at the Bell & Bottle, 37 School Green, Shinfield. RG2 9EE at 12:30pm. th

Thursday 24 August CAMRA BSE Social at the Old Hatchet, Hatchet Lane, Cranbourne, Windsor. SL4 2EE. Meet from 8pm. th

Monday 28 August CAMRA BSE Social with the BRATS at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon.


Saturday 2 September CAMRA BSE Social at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival, Windsor & Eton Brewery, 1 Vansittart Estate, Windsor. SL1 1SE. Meet from 12 noon. th

Saturday 9 September CAMRA BSE Social at the Newbury Beer Festival, Northcroft Lane, Newbury. RG14 1RS. Meet from 1pm.

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Thursday 14 September CAMRA BSE - Good Beer Guide Launch. Location to be confirmed nearer the time. Meet at 8pm. st

Thursday 21 September CAMRA BSE Bracknell pub-crawl at the Market Inn, Station Road. The Bull Inn, 52 High Street; and Old Manor, Grenville Place. Meet from 7:30pm th

Monday 25 September CAMRA BSE Social with the BRATS at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon.



Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October CAMRA Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival th

Thursday 12 October CAMRA BSE Social at the White Horse, Easthampstead Road, Wokingham. RG40 3AF. Meet from 8pm. rd

Monday 23 October CAMRA BSE Social with the BRATS at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon. th

Thursday 26 October CAMRA BSE Social at the Rose & Crown Halloween Beer Festival, 108 High Street, Sandhurst. GU47 8HA. Meet from 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 madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk Next Edition Deadline


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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. Sun trap garden with outdoor bar, sheltered patio to escape the sun, and heaters for cooler days. 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 now with fresh pizza direct from our new pizza oven. Live sport shown on large screens, regular quiz nights.

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



Loddon Brewery, Dunsden Green Farm, Church Lane, Dunsden, Oxfordshire, RG4 9QD

Tel : 0118 948 1111 Email: sales@loddonbrewery.com Web: loddonbrewery.com


Landlord’s Witter

attempt to keep on a selection to satisfy all tastes.

An interview with a landlord from a local pub.

How important are Real Ales & cider to your pub?

By Barry Fenton

This time Barry has been to the Crispin in Wokingham. The pub has seen several different licensees in recent years, but now Angie & Aidy Evans are here, and are planning to stay. Coincidentally they first met each other in the Crispin back in 1990.

Very important, but not the be all and end all. Carlsberg is still the best seller!

What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area?

Many CAMRA members have been in and have offered help and advice. We have a good relationship and hope to build on this.

What plans have you got for your pub in the next year?

In the three months we’ve been here, we have been concentrating on improving the general appearance, including the garden, at the same time as respecting the history of the pub. The ladies toilets are being refitted next month. Service standards are important to us and this is something that we will endeavour to maintain.

What is craft beer?

How long have you been in the pub business and at the Crispin?

The Crispin is our first venture in the business and we’ve been here for three months.

What do you most like about the pub trade?

Meeting different people and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere, knowing that we are keeping a traditional community pub going. Aidy even enjoys his battles with the sump pump!

And the least?

The unpredictability of the level of trade and the impact on staffing and stock.

What Real Ales are you selling today and how does this change?

Hogsback HBB (3.7%), Ascot’s Alleycat (3.8%) Loddon’s Ferrymans Gold (4.4%) and Longdog Red Runner (4.2%). Hogsback is permanent. The others rotate. In the cellar I have Andwell’s Gold Muddler, Triple fff Alton’s Pride and Isle of Purbeck Fossil Fuel. I can buy from anybody, which gives us the freedom to bring in new ales. We tend to listen to our customers and

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Having spoken to many people, including brewers, there are many definitions. We think that it’s any beer produced using traditional methods.

What are your thoughts on the success of craft beers?

Good to see the industry thriving on the back of the success of craft beers.

What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub?

We are a community pub, selling a wide range of quality ales. We have six ciders in boxes plus two on tap, which are proving very popular. We also have a range of wines by the glass.

What wrong would you most like to put right in the pub trade?

The high taxes. Perhaps there could be tax breaks for pubs maintaining the community spirit and upholding the tradition of British pubs and the drinking culture.

Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? The doctor from Doctor and the Medics as his song “Spirit in the Sky” is the most played on our amazing jukebox.

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THE QUEENS HEAD 23 The Terrace ADVERT Wokingham RG40 1BP PAGE 36

Tel: 0118 9781221 QUEENS HEAD, WOKINGHAM 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)

Rear part-covered garden

Berkshire PUB OF THE YEAR 2015 & 2016 Branch PUB OF THE YEAR 2015, 2016 & 2017


The CAMRA Berkshire South-East branch's Pub and Club of the Year award winners for 2017 have been announced. For a third year running, the Queen's Head, Wokingham has beaten off all the competion to win the branch Pub of the Year award. This Greene King “Local Hero” pub always gives a very warm welcome and offers 6 excellently kept real ales. A presentation to the Queen's Head took place during the beer festival held at the pub, on the afternoon of Saturday 27th May 2017. For the first time, the branch has also awarded a Club of the Year and this honour goes to the Binfield Club in Binfield, a very friendly club with well kept real ales. Their presentation was held at the club on the evening of July 6th 2017. Our warmest congratulations go to the winners!

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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. Becks, Guinness, Carlsberg, Stowford and Peroni are among our most popular drops. 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


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 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 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 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, CAMRA members can go to: members.camra.org.uk/group/branch-nbss-coordinator/dashboard

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E XC I T E M E N T O N TA P Friday 6th - Saturday 7th October 2017 Ascot’s annual Beer Festival returns for its eleventh year accompanied by two days of dramatic Flat racing. Sample a wide variety of real ales, ciders and perries, enjoy traditional pub games and live music or be part of our very own ‘Oktoberfest’ in a unique Bavaria-style experience within the Bier Haus. Tickets from £18 pp | Fine Dining from £178 pp | Children go free


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