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Berkshire South East Campaign for Real Ale

11th Ascot Beer Festival

was another huge success and we would like to thank all of our volunteers for their time and effort in helping us to bring real ale and cider to a very thirsty and appreciative racing audience. Cheers!


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


Editor’s Welcome Welcome to our 49th edition of the Mad Cow

Well-run pubs play a pivotal role in local communities, but are increasingly under threat from closure with 21 pubs shutting every week. Since 1980, pub numbers in Britain have fallen from 69,000 to around 52,000. Some of this is down to changing social habits, some to the attractiveness of pub buildings to developers, some to other reasons. We shouldn't forget, though, that pubs and bars remain the most popular leisure destinations for adults and that many pubs are thriving, even in the unlikeliest locations. Pubs cannot afford to stand still. The competition for people's time and money is fiercer than ever, not just from supermarkets and other providers for home-based drinking, but alternative venues like cafe/bars, coffee shops and casual dining chains. CAMRA campaigns both to promote and protect our pubs. It isn't for us to tell pub owners and licensees how to run their pubs. However, as campaigners, we will seek to influence their thinking by highlighting what customers want and what seems to work in attracting that custom. We have several documents available to you on our website that will support you in fighting to save your local. For more information visit www.camra.org.uk/pubs. 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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since since the the closure closure of of the the Royal Royal Hunt Hunt which which has has been been subsequently subsequently sold sold to to a a property property developer. developer. The community had already lost the other The community had already lost the other two two pubs pubs locally locally with with the the closure closure of of The The Cranbourne Cranbourne Towers Towers and and more more recently recently The The Gold Gold Cup Cup (see (see below) below) and and this this has has meant meant that that the the area area is is now now without without a a pub pub in in a a significant significant radius. radius.

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Within Within CAMRA CAMRA we we are are constantly constantly fighting fighting to to keep keep viable viable pubs pubs open open but but many many pub pub companies companies see their properties as assets to be sold to the see their properties as assets to be sold to the highest highest bidder bidder with with little little or or no no thought thought on on the the impact impact of of local local communities. communities. The The people people of of North Ascot have been deprived of their last pub North Ascot have been deprived of their last pub

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What What can can be be done done to to stop stop this this from from happening? happening? Well, Well, joining joining CAMRA CAMRA helps helps to to give give a a voice voice to to the the consumer that pubs are more consumer that pubs are more than than mere mere commodities commodities to to be be traded traded and and sold sold & & whilst whilst recent recent legislation legislation has has helped helped to to close close planning planning loopholes there is still a need to stop loopholes there is still a need to stop the the wholesale closure closure of of pubs. pubs. The The UK UK has has lost lost a a wholesale third third of of its its pub pub stocks stocks since since the the very very first first Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide was was published published in in 1974 1974 and and it it is is important important to to realise realise that that pubs pubs have have been been an an intrinsic intrinsic part part of of the the landscape landscape for for several several hundred hundred years years but but recently recently they they have have become become a a threatened species and can only survive threatened species and can only survive with with our patronage. patronage. our

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The Winkfield (nee Slug & Lettuce)

This once popular pub is now closed and boarded up. We understand Arkells are not going to sell the site but are instead opting to redevelop it themselves... Housing? No clue's provided by the pub’s website, but removed from Arkells website.

Cinnamon Tree (nee Drunken Pear)

Also previously known as the Crown & Anchor, this historic pub and current Indian restaurant ceases trading and will be closed by the end of October. We understand the site will be redeveloped into two residential properties.

General Election 2017 - Pledge for Pubs!

Ahead of the General Election on Thursday 8th June, CAMRA asked election candidates to pledge their support for beer and pubs by committing to:

1. Beer: Celebrate and promote Britain's 1,540 breweries 2. Pubs: Support action to help pubs thrive 3. Consumers: Represent the interests of pub goers, beer and cider drinkers In total, 773 candidates signed up to our #pledgeforpubs and 130 of them were elected! We'd like to say a big thanks to all of the candidates who added their support, and all the CAMRA members who joined in the campaign. We will now be working closely with elected MPs to make sure your voice is heard in Parliament. For more information on how you can get involved please email campaigns@camra.org.uk

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Gone Gone but but not not forgotten forgotten

it was was registered registered as as a a limited limited company company and and it expansion started in earnest. expansion started in earnest.

By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

The The history history of of Thomas Thomas Wethered Wethered & & Sons Sons Ltd Ltd starts starts with with George George Wethered, Wethered, a a Berkshire Berkshire maltster maltster who who marries marries into into a a brewing family family and and starts starts brewing brewing in brewing in the the mid mid 18th 18th Century. Century. George George had had two two sons sons and upon his death in 1783 he and upon his death in 1783 he left left them them his his malthouses. malthouses. One One son, son, Thomas, Thomas, in in 1791 decided to build his own 1791 decided to build his own brewery brewery and chose chose a a site site next next to to the the River River and Thames Thames in in Marlow, Marlow, the the river river could could then then be be used used as as a a means means of of transport transport for for his his finished finished beers. beers.

Thomas Thomas was was astute, astute, expanding expanding the the brewery brewery into into parts parts of of the the garden garden of of the the adjoining adjoining house house and and when when he he retired retired in in 1845 1845 he he had had become become a a wealthy wealthy man man and and upon upon his his death death four four years years later later he he leaves leaves the the brewery, brewery, £100,000 £100,000 (around (around £9 £9 million million in in todays todays money) money) and and 100 100 public public houses houses in in and and around around the the brewery brewery to to his his sons sons who who take take on on the the business. business. Under Under the the partnership things flourish and partnership things flourish and they they in in turn turn leave leave the the business business to to their their sons sons until until in in 1899 the business has grown to a size 1899 the business has grown to a size that that Page Page 6 6

In 1901 1901 a a bottling bottling plant plant is is built built and and then then the the In brewery started to buy up local competitors brewery started to buy up local competitors in order order to to increase increase their their tied tied estate. estate. In In in 1913 they bought the Weldale Brewery in 1913 they bought the Weldale Brewery in Reading from from Henry Henry Bird Bird with with its its 9 9 tied tied Reading houses and and in in 1927 1927 The The Royal Royal Stag Stag houses Brewery in Wooburn, Bucks fell victim with Brewery in Wooburn, Bucks fell victim with 35 pubs. pubs. In In 1949 1949 however, however, the the hunter hunter 35 became the the hunted hunted when when Strongs Strongs of of became Romsey (famous (famous for for their their advertising advertising Romsey hoardings advising advising “You “You are are now now in in the the hoardings Strong Country”) bought the company with Strong Country”) bought the company with its 236 236 pubs pubs and and merged merged it it with with Strange's Strange's its Brewery, Aldermarston estate of 50 pubs pubs Brewery, Aldermarston estate of 50 and then then with with Higgs Higgs Lion Lion Brewery, Brewery, Reading Reading and estate of of 8 8 pubs. pubs. estate The 1960's 1960's and and 70's 70's was was a a period period of of rapid rapid The takeover of regional breweries and in 1970 takeover of regional breweries and in 1970 Strongs were were swallowed swallowed by by a a much much larger larger Strongs preditor in in the the shape shape of of Whitbread. Whitbread. The The preditor story however however does does not not end end there there as as story Wethereds maintained some Wethereds maintained some independence independence and it it was was not not and until 1988 that until 1988 that the Marlow the Marlow brewery closed brewery closed and the the depot depot and remained open open remained until the early until the early 1990's. 1990's.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk SPA “Special, fuller bodied bitter” Samuel Whitbread “Strong Ale” Winter Royal “A warming dark ale” The Wethereds pubs in Berkshire South East where you might have enjoyed a beer were as follows:-

Wethered Bitter “Well balanced brew, widely available in the S. East”



Jack O'Newbury


Newtown Pippin

Finchampstead Greyhound

The beers available in the latter days of brewing from Marlow, were as follows (together with the descriptions from the 1988 Good Beer Guide):




Cottage Inn (now The Winning Post)

Winkfield Row

White Horse (closed)


Wheatsheaf (closed)

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

Beer festival 23rd to 26th November Up to 20 beers available ! Plough & Harrow , Newell Green Warfield, Berks RG42 6AE Tel: 01344300701 Email: ploughandharrowwarfield@gmail.com

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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


Launch of the 45th Good Beer Guide

The 14th September 2017 saw the publication of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) 45th Good Beer Guide, which includes many pubs in South East Berkshire. At a presentation in the Hope and Anchor, Wokingham, town mayor (and CAMRA member) Peter Lucey presented a copy of the new edition to Hattie Gutzman, licensee of the pub, with Terry Burrows representing CAMRA. The Queens Head, The Crispin, Bull at Barkham and The Wheelwrights Arms are also featured in this edition, with the quality of their beer as well as the general welcome and ambience of the pubs being recognised. Further afield there are entries in Bracknell, Warfield, Winkfield and Sandhurst. The Good Beer Guide is an invaluable tool to find the best places to drink and enjoy an evening out in both the local area and throughout the UK. This years guide highlights the loss of so many pubs since it was first published in 1974 with a third of the pubs in the UK closing in that time. Wokingham has not been immune from these closures and many will fondly remember such pubs as The Bush, Norreys Barn, Pin & Bowl, Three Brewers, Wheatsheaf and Ye Olde Rose among others.

Looking for the perfect gift for your beer-loving friend? Then look no further, the new 2018 edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide is available to order now! CAMRA's Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated each year and features pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale. Now in its 45th edition, this pub guide is completely independent, with listings based entirely on nomination and evaluation by CAMRA members. This means you can be sure that every one of the 4,500 pubs deserves its place, and that they all come recommended by people who know a thing or two about good beer. Roger Protz is a campaigner, broadcaster and the author of over 25 books about beer and brewing, including CAMRA at 40. He appears regularly on radio and TV and contributes to the Guardian and the Publican's Morning Advertiser. In 2015, Roger gained a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Independent Brewers SIBA.

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

LocAle LocAle Breweries Breweries

(within (within 25 25 miles miles of of Bracknell) Bracknell)

Andwell Andwell (Andwell, (Andwell, Hampshire) Hampshire) Ascot Ascot Ales Ales (Camberley, (Camberley, Surrey) Surrey) Bell Bell Street Street (Henley, (Henley, Oxon) Oxon) Bingham’s Bingham’s (Ruscombe, (Ruscombe, Berks) Berks) Bond Brews Bond Brews (Wokingham, (Wokingham, Berks) Berks) Brightwater Brightwater (Claygate, (Claygate, Surrey) Surrey) Crescent Crescent (Maidenhead, (Maidenhead, Berks) Berks) Elusive Brewing Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) (Finchampstead) Frensham Frensham (Frensham, (Frensham, Surrey) Surrey) Hogs Back Back (Tongham, (Tongham, Surrey) Surrey) Hogs Little Little Beer Beer Corp Corp (Guildford, (Guildford, Surrey) Surrey) Longdog Longdog (Basingstoke, (Basingstoke, Hants) Hants) Loddon Loddon (Dunsden (Dunsden Green, Green, Oxon) Oxon) Malt the Brewer (Prestwood, Malt the Brewer (Prestwood, Bucks) Bucks) MoogBrew MoogBrew (Taplow, (Taplow, Bucks) Bucks) Park Park (Kingston (Kingston Upon Upon Thames) Thames) Rebellion (Marlow, Rebellion (Marlow, Bucks) Bucks) Sherfield Sherfield Village Village (Sherfield, (Sherfield, Hants) Hants) Siren Siren Craft Craft (Finchampstead, (Finchampstead, Berks) Berks) Thames Thames Side Side (Staines, (Staines, Middx) Middx) Thurston’s Thurston’s (Horsell, (Horsell, Surrey) Surrey) Tillingbourne Tillingbourne (Shere, (Shere, Surrey) Surrey) Twickenham (Twickenham, (Twickenham, Middx) Middx) Twickenham West West Berkshire Berkshire (Frilsham, (Frilsham, Berks) Berks) Wild Wild Weather Weather (Aldermaston, (Aldermaston, Berks) Berks) Windsor & Eton Windsor & Eton (Windsor, (Windsor, Berks) Berks) Zero Zero Degrees Degrees (Reading, (Reading, Berks) Berks)

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Stocking Stocking local local real real ales ales can can increase increase visits visits to to public public houses houses Consumers Consumers get get to to enjoy enjoy greater greater beer beer choice choice and and locally locally brewed brewed beer beer Local brewers increase their sales and Local brewers increase their sales and get get better feedback feedback from from consumers consumers better More More money money spent spent and and retained retained in in the the local local economy economy Fewer ‘beer miles’ results in less road Fewer ‘beer miles’ results in less road concongestion gestion and and pollution, pollution, reducing reducing impact impact on on the the environment environment

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

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

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

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

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

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Brewery News

Rainbow Project 2017

In September this year Siren delivered on their annual tradition with their International Rainbow Project 2017. Details of this year’s exciting collaborations are below. Red: Magic Rock + Casita Cervecería Name: Amanecer Mexicano Style: Lime, Hibiscus and Chilli Gose ABV: 5.8% Orange: Partizan + New Belgium Name: West Fork Style: Saison with spruce tips and exp. hop 522 ABV: 5%

Green: Hawkshead + Modern Times Name: Mojito Style: Kettle Soured Tart IPA ABV: 6. 0%

Yellow: Beavertown + Jester King Name: Rex Apiary Style: Bière De Miel with Honey, Rosemary & Lemon ABV: 4.7% ABV

Indigo: Wild Beer Co + Side Project Name: Indigo Style: Sour Wheat Beer with Foraged Fruits ABV: 5%

Blue: Siren + Sante Adairius Name: Santo del Frio Style: Dry Hopped American Lager ABV: 5.2% ABV

Violet: Burning Sky + 3 Floyds Name: Burial Vault Style: White Stout ABV: 8.4%

Windsor & Eton Brewery Christmas is just around the corner, which can mean only one thing, Mandarin is Coming!! Join W&E at their brewery on Friday 24th November 5pm-9pm for the Mandarin Christmas Ale 2017 launch. Entry is free and includes a glass of a very special, one-off, Grand Marnier Mandarin, which will only be available at the launch event. The brewery tap will be open with the 2017 Mandarin on alongside eleven other beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Test Kitchen will also be there offering a festive feast. If you need somewhere for Christmas dinner or a work party then the teams from The George will be on hand with samples of their Christmas menu and W&E’s newest venture, The Old Court with information on their festive events. They'll have the Christmas classics playing with snacks available. We're pretty sure the brewery will be cold so we recommend Christmas jumpers! W&E tell us that you're all welcome to carry on the party down The George or The Old Court.

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Brewery News (Continued) Ascot Brewing Company Ascot Ales has recently been sold to an investor group headed by local businessmen Chris Davies and Mike Neame. Chris Gill who has owned Ascot Ales for the last ten years is moving on to pastures new. Chris has brewed some of the most amazing beers during his tenure with the standout moment gaining CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain, National Final Stouts 2014 SILVER - Anastasia Exile Stout, 5% ABV. Many of his other beers have won awards so he can be rightfully proud of his achievements. A testament to Chris’s endeavours is not only his place at the top table in terms of UK Brewing but that this is recognised by the availability of Ascot beers in supermarkets and a number of prestigious hotels. The new owners believe there is an opportunity to grow the business and offer Ascot’s existing range of real ales and craft beers to more pubs and supermarkets as well as meeting new challenges around consumer demand for different types of beers that use unusual ingredients including new world hops and specialist yeasts. The new owners commented that “UK craft beer brewing leads the world and we believe Ascot Ales represents an excellence opportunity for growth in terms of increasing turnover, providing employment opportunities, selling to more pubs and supermarkets as well as exporting our unique flavours”. Ascot Brewing Company has been busy since the new owners took over. A review of the overall branding has meant a new and exciting overlay of leading edge de-

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sign, drawing from the company’s existing provenance. The objective has been to effect a through the line branding design that will mean consumer recognition throughout the range. Be it pump clips in a pub or bottles on a shelf of a supermarket. A consumer will instantly know who Ascot Brewing is and what it stands for.

Each of the existing award winning beers has been renamed in a new exciting style whilst taking nothing away from the actual taste. The goal has been one of uniqueness and enhancement combined with simplicity. After a number of iterations, the designs were shown to a beer buying audience and then provided to a leading hotel group for brand design awareness testing. The results were tremendous with sales at the hotel rising 250% over a 2-month period. Ascot Ales is a ten-year-old, independent, microbrewery based in Camberley. Ascot brews and sells a range of traditional and experimental craft beers, which have won numerous awards. Ascot Brewing is known for its innovative brewing techniques and use of new exciting flavours. Amongst our award winners are Anastasia’s Exile Stout. 5/4 Favourite (was Alligator Ale), Final Furlong (was Posh Pooch), Gold Cup, On the Rails, as well as a number of seasonal specials such as Winter Reserve and Oktoberfest.

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Brewery News (Continued) Bond Brews

After a few one-off brews of Bengal Tiger (ABV 4.3%), it has become so popular that owner and brewer Dean Bond has decided to make it one of his permanently available beers. He describes it as an English-Style India Pale Ale with two types of malted barley whilst East Kent Golding hops provides the bitterness, Goldings for aroma and dry-hopped for good measure. It won Bronze at the Silchester Beer Festival 2017. A recent informal tasting by a couple of CAMRA's Berkshire Tasting Panel members described it as "A pale golden IPA with a hoppy, fruity aroma. The initially fruity flavour leads to an earthy bitterness and a long, dry, bitter finish."

Elusive Brewery

Sphere of Destiny (Mosaic) was voted the best ale out of 52 at the recent Moreton Beer Festival by the North Cotswold branch of CAMRA. The Brewery is taking part in an event called COLLABAGEDDON, bringing together some great breweries to brew a range of diverse beers that will be launched all around the UK on the same night, Friday 17th November. Given the project is built around the idea of being collaborative, sharing and learning, pairings have been created to bring together two breweries per beer who usually brew quite different styles to each other - diversity being a key driver. In total, seven breweries are taking part. Each brewery will welcome a guest at their place before they take to the road to brew a beer at a different brewery. Elusive will welcome Affinity (Tottenham, London) before going to 40ft (Dalston, London). Finally, all the breweries will descend upon Weird Beard (Hanwell, London) to create the eighth beer in one massive collaboration. Check out the results at the Nag's Head, Reading on Friday 17th November.


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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. I expect you have heard of Craft Beer by now; Real Cider is also being given the “Craft” tag. Many new Cider producers are springing up to produce this quintessentially British drink that has been around longer than beer. Some people think of it as a cheap summer substitute for beer but if you are going to compare it to anything, it should be wine. We have 4000 named apple varieties in the UK and the blending of those apples to produce a wonderful cider is just as much of an art as blending grapes to make a great Bordeaux. Most cider is made in the West Country, particularly Somerset, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. Here they grow specialist apples with fabulous names like Yarlington Mill, King-ston Black and Dabinett. They are bittersweet, sharp and full of tannins, like full bodied red wine. In the East of England, the cider is more acidic and lighter, like a white wine. Here they often use apples that you might find in your fruit bowl: Gala or Discovery. A lot of cider made in England is naturally still, not sparkling. The small producers instead get a fizz from a secondary fermentation in the bottle, the same method used to produce the bubbles in champagne. A little-known fact is that the whole “methode champenoise” was pioneered by cider makers in Herefordshire, before it was used by the winemakers of France. That’s one for the Brexiteers, we invented champagne before the French! 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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There is a beer for that! (or pairing food with beer) If you visit any fancy restaurant you will be swamped with the choices available from the wine list, from the house white to bottles costing a king's ransom but isn't it amazing that you are rarely if ever offered the beer list. Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the world but the art of pairing food with a beer is not common. Why have a Chablis with fish or a Cabernet Sauvignon with beef when there are some great alternatives in the brewers repetoire.

attention to the mouthfeel of the beer. Is it full-bodied or light? High carbonation or low? You’ll see in a moment why this is so important. It’s easy to get caught up in individual flavours, but take a step back and think about the overall balance of the beer. What ingredient dominates? Hops, malt, yeast, or some specialty ingredient? 2. Find common ground Beer is more like food than you might realize. Because there are over 100 beer styles, almost every flavour you can find in food you can also find in beer. Tropical fruit, smokey, salt, bread – beer has it all. It’s really the all purpose beverage. Look for flavours that complement one another, like the chocolate flavours in a vanilla stout (Binghams ?) with those in a piece of chocolate cake. Or the citrus flavours in smoked salmon with those in a US West Coast style pale ale (Oakham's Citra ?).

There are a number of simple rules to apply and you can then enjoy a wide variety of beers with different foods from the starter, through the mains and onto desserts and the cheese board. 1. Use your senses It’s hard to pair when you don’t know what your beer tastes like. Start out by taking a couple short sniffs of your beer. What do you smell? Fruit? Roast? Grass? Your nose is actually a better tool than your palate when it comes to picking up ingredients. When you’re done getting a feel for the aroma, go ahead and take a sip. When your goal is food pairings, pay special Issue 49, Winter 2017

3. Don’t let one dominate Intensity is crucial in pairing beer with food. Think “delicate food, delicate beer” and “bold food, bold beer”. Here’s an example of doing it wrong. Pair smoked ribs drenched in BBQ sauce with a light session golden ale and the poor, delicate ale doesn’t stand a chance. Intensely flavoured food will cover up lighter beers, and intensely flavoured beers will cover up lighter foods. You want to achieve a harmony. The alcohol percentage is a good guideline because the higher the alcohol, the stronger the flavours need to be to balance it out. If a beer is above 6%, don’t pair it with lighter foods like fish, salad, and eggs.

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Pete and Michelle welcome you to

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

Bookings being taken for - Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. -Real Ale Mondays. All @ ÂŁ3.00/pint Christmas party events - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday and - Traditional Sunday roasts Christmas Day lunch - CAMRA LocAle & members discount - Comfortable surroundings and Large garden area. - Family friendly and dogs welcome - Freshly ground coffees & other hot beverages - 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

www.seberkscamra.org.uk 4. It’s a balancing act When you have food with a dominant flavour galloping off in one direction, the right beer will rein it in. A perfect example is with hot foods – the kind that make your eyes water, like chilli hot wings or a vindaloo curry. Drinking a beer that is high in alcohol is like throwing fuel on the fire. If you have masochist tendencies you might enjoy that sort of thing, but the rest of us should choose a beer that will douse the fire. This does not mean you have to drink a mock indian beer brewed in the UK but instead choose a lower alcohol cask ale if available, as alcohol accentuates heat. The sweet malt flavours will temper the heat and the low alcohol won’t accentuate it.

to clean your palate, scrubbing it clean of whatever your last bite left behind. When their work is done, you’re ready for the next bite. This is especially important in fatty foods that coat your palate. When you come across one of these dishes, reach for the beer. Now for some suggestions, these are based on beer styles rather than named brands as the current brewing scene means that individual beers come and go but the style remains.

Type of Food



Amber or Red Ale


Imperial IPA


Golden Ale

Seafood & fish

Wheat Beer


Vienna style or Abbey


Old Ale, Strong Bitter


Blond Ale or a Pilsner

Pork Chops

Brown Ale

Pasta in a tomato sauce

Pale Ale

Another example is a rich and creamy sauce, like Spaghetti Carbonara. You’ll want something bitter that can cut through the sauce, and an India Pale Ale is perfect for the job. You can even play to the herbs in the dish by choosing an IPA with herbal tasting hops.


Sweet or Oatmeal Stout (really)


Indian Pale Ale (of course)

Chocolate desserts

Stout or porter, Cherry beer (Kriek)

Mild Cheese


5. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles When people ask me why beer is better at pairing with food than wine, it is a long speech that begins with a single word – “bubbles”.

Blue Cheese

Barley Wine

Beer’s secret weapon is its carbonation, which wine does not have (Ok Champagne or Prosecco does, but their food pairing abilities are limited). Carbonation is refreshing on the palate, and it’s responsible for the customary “Ahhhhh” after a good swig. The bubbles actually act

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I hope this has given you a few ideas and there are no right or wrong answers but the next time you hold a BBQ please don't buy a cheap ersatz lager but go for something a liitle more interesting. Grateful acknowledgements to the American Brewers Association and Primer Magazine for help in writing this article. For anyone wanting more information, go to the CAMRA website:


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Pub Walk

The Hill Farm Lane Circuit Countryside walk in Bracknell Forest

This Binfield walk is 2.5 miles (4km).

The walk starts and finishes at the car park of the Jack o’ Newbury Pub on Terrace Road North in Binfield. Grid reference SU845718.

On leaving the pub turn right and follow the pavement to the first turning on the right into Wicks Green. After approximately 100m take the public footpath into the field on your right. Follow this field-edge path to its junction with another footpath and turn right keeping to the field edge for nearly 400m until you exit into Carters Hill. Turn right along the road and take the first public footpath on your left after 150m. This is a private drive as well as a public footpath but don’t be put off.

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Allow yourself to linger and admire the fine views across the rolling wooded countryside to the east. Just past the large house take the footpath through the hedge on the left. It’s easy to miss, so as you pass in front of the house keep your eyes peeled! Follow this field path down to its junction with Billingbear Lane. Turn right and follow the road for approximately 400m to its junction with the Twyford Road. Go almost straight across into Hill Farm Lane, an unsurfaced track which heads uphill to Hill Farm and then turns right onto a tarmac road. Carry on downhill past private houses, the Binfield Archery Club and Football Club to a t-junction with Stubbs Hill where you will see the cemetery opposite. Turn right here and the bear right to join the pavement in Church Lane. Take the next left turn into Terrace Road North, next to Binfield All Saints Parish Church, which dates from the 14th century. The Jack O’Newbury pub will then appear on your right and you can sample some of its delicious refreshments

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Campaign Focus By Barry Garber

High Business Rates harming pub viability Sky-high business rates are harming the viability of many pubs particularly in the South of England. With 21 pubs closing every week, CAMRA is calling on the Government to introduce an immediate £5,000 annual reduction on what is often eye watering rate bills. In the last budget the Government introduced a £1,000 one off pub specific business rate rebate for pubs with a rateable value of below £100,000 but the scheme is administered by local authorities and many pubs are still waiting for their rebate. With more than one third of the price of your pint being tax it really is time to give pubs a break. Its simply unfair and unjustifiable to collect 2.8% of all business rates from pubs which account for just 0.5% of UK turnover. We wait to see what happens in the forthcoming autumn budget.

Is your pint becoming unaffordable?

New research commissioned by CAMRA has found that for many people having a few pints in the pub is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Did you know that of an average strength £4 pint of beer, 49p is beer duty, 67p is VAT, 15p is business rates and another 15p is for other taxes. This leaves just over £2.50 to cover every-

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thing else such as production, distribution and profit. In advance of the autumn budget CAMRA sent a detailed submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer clearly setting downs its views. With 900,000 jobs in the trade and £23 billion at stake this is no small contribution to national GDP. We simply can't go on piling tax after tax on beer and pubs and then expect revenues to carry on up because put simply they wont! Pubs will close, jobs will be lost and the tax take will fall. In fact between 2008 and 2013 the beer duty escalator then in force caused 3,700 pubs to close for good, beer sales in pubs to fall by almost 25% and 75,000 jobs in the trade to be lost. When you factor in the sense of community and effect on social wellbeing the benefits of a local pub are undeniable. Drinkers Voice which launched in early September is an independent not for profit organisation separate from industry influence and is reliant on members of the public for funding. It seeks to widen the debate on alcohol and the effects on health and wellbeing. The organisation is headed up by Byron Davies, a former MP who spoke out when he was in parliament against the health lobby's recommendation for men to reduce their weekly alcohol consumption from 21 to 14 units. CAMRA is supportive of the aims of drinkers voice and is encouraging it's members to support drinkers voice by donating online. Barry Garber Branch Campaigns Coordinator

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Public Public Transport Transport

By By Barry Barry Garber Garber Goodbye Goodbye South South West West Trains Trains and and Hello Hello South Western Western Railway… Railway… South At At 01:42 01:42 on on Sunday Sunday 20th 20th August August the the last last ever ever South West Trains service trundled out South West Trains service trundled out of of WaWaterloo terloo station station and and with with it it the the end end of of 21 21 continucontinuous years of franchise operation by Stagecoach ous years of franchise operation by Stagecoach South South West West Trains Trains through through our our branch branch area. area. Smack Smack bang bang in in the the middle middle of of an an £800M £800M upgrade upgrade to Waterloo station South Western Railway to Waterloo station South Western Railway took took over the the reins. reins. After After the the swift swift application application of of new new over stickers stickers displaying displaying the the 'exciting' 'exciting' new new logo logo on on a a handful handful of of trains trains the the new new era era of of First/MTR First/MTR bebegan. There have been many promises of new gan. There have been many promises of new and and faster faster trains trains with with increased increased frequencies frequencies but but initially initially it's it's the the same same trains trains with with the the same same staff staff and the same inflated fares so we watch with and the same inflated fares so we watch with keen interest interest how how the the new new franchise franchise fares fares (no (no keen pun pun intended!). intended!). Worryingly Worryingly the the new new franchisee franchisee has has refused refused to to commit commit to to protecting protecting the the role role of of the guard. guard. This This has has forced forced the the RMT RMT to to hold hold a a the ballot, ballot, which which could could well well lead lead to to industrial industrial action action during during the the next next few few months. months. Could Could we we be be headhead-

ing ing the the same same way way as as the the current current Southern Southern RailRailway way dispute? dispute?

All All change change on on the the buses buses in in Bracknell Bracknell The The new new Lexicon Lexicon shopping shopping cencentre opened on on 7th 7th September September tre opened and and with with it it a a new new evening evening offeroffering ing that that has has simply simply not not existed existed before. A multitude of new before. A multitude of new resrestaurants taurants and and a a multi multi screen screen cinema cinema complex complex has has encouraged encouraged the the 2 2 principle principle bus bus operators operators in in the the area area (Courtney (Courtney buses buses and and Reading Reading Buses) Buses) to to extend extend their their timetables timetables to to run run services services almost almost up up to to midnight. midnight. Reading Reading buses buses have introduced an entire new route into Brackhave introduced an entire new route into Bracknell from from the the south south side side of of the the borough. borough. These These nell moves moves should should be be warmly warmly welcomed welcomed as as not not only only do do these these later later services services offer offer an an opportunity opportunity to to use the new town facilities but they also offer use the new town facilities but they also offer great great accessibility accessibility to to many many of of our our outlying outlying pubs. pubs. II for for one one will will be be using using these these new new services services regularregularly ly and and II urge urge others others to to do do likewise. likewise.

Barry Barry Garber Garber Branch Branch Public Public Transport Transport Officer Officer

Brewery Tourism Tourism Brewery By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall By

Do Do you you fancy fancy a a day day or or evenevening out to visit an interesting ing out to visit an interesting location? location? Forget Forget the the National National Trust, Castles Trust, Castles or or Stately Stately Homes, how about a brewery Homes, how about a brewery trip? Many trip? Many of of our our local local breweries run tours breweries run tours to to see see how beer is made plus samhow beer is made plus sampling pling the the finished finished product. product. The list attached The list attached is is of of our our local local brewerbreweries and and whether whether tours tours are are available, available, costs costs together together with with any any ies extras available. You will note that the cheapest tours may extras available. You will note that the cheapest tours may not not be be the the best best value value if you consider what else might be available and included in the price… if you consider what else might be available and included in the price…

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Tours Cost



Andwell, Hants


£7.50 day 12.00 evening

Brewery shop on site

Ascot Ales

Camberley, Surrey No

Bell Street

Henley-onThames, Oxon


Big Drop

Maidenhead, Berks No


Ruscombe, Berks


3 pints free and a glass

Bond Brews

Wokingham, Berks No


High Wycombe, Bucks



Claygate, Surrey


Brewery has a Micro pub


Addlestone, Surrey No

Brewery open days held


Reading, Berks



Brewing experience days includes 5 litres.


Finchampstead, Berks



High Wycombe, Bucks


Brewery shop on site


Frensham, Surrey


Brewery tap and shop on site

Hogs Back

Tongham, Surrey



Brewery shop on site + glass

Little Beer Corp

Guildford, Surrey



Brewery shop on site

Little London Tadley, Hants



Dunsden Green, Oxon


£25 with Fish & Chips (£20 without)

Brewery shop on site

Long Arm

Ealing, London



A “Brew Pub”


Basingstoke, Hants Yes


Brewery shop on site


Henley-onThames, Oxon



Site runs a 2 hour “Beer School” and has an on site tasting room

Malt the Brewer

Prestwood, Bucks



2 ½ pints free

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Tours Cost


Marco Paulo Marco Paulo

Northfield Ave, Northfield Ave, London London

No No

Effectively a Brew Pub but also Effectively a Brew Pub but also runs a “HomeBrew” evening runs a “HomeBrew” evening

Moogbrew Moogbrew

Taplow, Bucks Taplow, Bucks

No No

Monthly brewery open day Monthly brewery open day

New Wharf New Wharf

Maidenhead, Berks No No Maidenhead, Berks

New brewery New brewery

Old Luxters Old Luxters

Hambledon, Oxon Hambledon, Oxon Yes Yes

£15.00 £15.00

Brewery shop on site Brewery shop on site

Park Park

Kingston upon Kingston upon Thames Thames

No No

Rebellion Rebellion

Marlow, Bucks Marlow, Bucks

Yes Yes

£13.00 £13.00

2 ½ pints free 2 ½ pints free

Reunion Reunion

Feltham, Middx Feltham, Middx

No No

Savour Savour

Windsor, Berks Windsor, Berks

No No

Sherfield Sherfield Village Village

Sherfield, Hants Sherfield, Hants

No No

Siren Craft Siren Craft

Finchampstead, Finchampstead, Berks Berks

No No

Events held at the brewery Events held at the brewery

Stardust Stardust

White Waltham, White Waltham, Berks Berks

No No

Brewery open days Brewery open days

Thames Side Thames Side

Staines, Middx Staines, Middx

No No

Thurstons Thurstons

Horsell, Surrey Horsell, Surrey

No No

Limited merchandise available Limited merchandise available

Tilford Tilford

Farnham, Surrey Farnham, Surrey

No No

BrewPub BrewPub

Tillingbourne Shere, Surrey Shere, Surrey Tillingbourne

No No

Brewery shop on site Brewery shop on site

Tiny Vessel Tiny Vessel

Hampton, Middx Hampton, Middx

No No

Twickenham Twickenham

Twickenham, Twickenham, Middx Middx

Yes Yes

£17.50 £17.50

3 pints free and a glass 3 pints free and a glass

West West Berkshire Berkshire

Frilsham, Berks Frilsham, Berks

Yes Yes

£15.00 £15.00

2 pints free and brewery shop 2 pints free and brewery shop on site on site

Weird Beard Weird Beard

Hanwell, Middx Hanwell, Middx

No No

Brewery open days held Brewery open days held

Wild Weather Wild Weather Aldermarston, Aldermarston, Berks Berks

Yes Yes

Bespoke Bespoke

Brewery shop on site Brewery shop on site

Windsor & Windsor & Eton Eton

Windsor, Berks Windsor, Berks

Yes Yes

£12.50 £12.50

Brewery tap and shop on site Brewery tap and shop on site

Zero Degrees Reading, Berks Zero Degrees Reading, Berks

No No

Correct as at September 2017 and information obtained from breweries own web site where available. Correct as at September 2017 and information obtained from breweries own web site where available.

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MADCOW DISTRIBUTION Aborfield Aborfield Ascot Ascot Barkham Barkham

Binfield Binfield

Bracknell Bracknell

Caversham Caversham Crowthorne Crowthorne Dunsden Dunsden Green Green Egham Egham Eversley Eversley Farnborough Farnborough North North Finchampstead Finchampstead Hurst Hurst Jealott's Jealott's Hill Hill Knowle Knowle Hill Hill Little Little Sandhurst Sandhurst Marlow Marlow

Reading Reading

Ruscombe Ruscombe

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Bramshill Bramshill Hunt Hunt Ascot Ascot Racecourse Racecourse Jagz Jagz Stag Stag Swinley Swinley Thatched Tavern Tavern Thatched Bull Bull Binfield Binfield Social Social Club Club Jack O'Newbury O'Newbury Jack Roebuck Roebuck Stag Stag & & Hounds Hounds Victoria Victoria Arms Arms West Berks West Berks Brewery Brewery Blues Smokehouse Smokehouse Blues Boot Boot Bracknell Bracknell FC FC Bracknell Rugby Rugby club club Bracknell Cannie Man Man Cannie Downshire Arms Arms Downshire Golden Farmer Farmer Golden Golden Golden Retriever Retriever Goose Goose Green Man Man Green Old Manor Manor Old Peacock Peacock Farm Farm Royal Royal Oak Oak Silver Birch Silver Birch South Hill Hill Park Park South Fox Fox & & Hounds Hounds Crowthorne Crowthorne Inn Inn Prince Prince Loddon Brewery Brewery Loddon Egham Egham Utd Utd Services Services Club Club Frog Frog and and Wicket Wicket Tally Ho Tally Ho Prince of of Wales Wales Prince Greyhound Greyhound Queen's Queen's Oak Oak Siren Siren Craft Craft Brewery Brewery Castle Inn Inn Castle Wheelwrights Arms Arms Wheelwrights New New Leathern Leathern Bottle Bottle Bird Bird in in Hand Hand Bird in in Hand Hand Bird Fox & & Hounds Hounds Fox Rebelion Rebelion Brewery Brewery Ale Ale House House Castle Tap Tap Castle Grey Friar Friar Grey Grumpy Grumpy Goat Goat Fishermans Fishermans Cottage Cottage Nag's Head Nag's Head Binghams Brewery Brewery Binghams

Sandhurst Sandhurst Shinfield Shinfield Shinfield Shinfield Green Green Sindlesham Sindlesham Sunningdale Sunningdale Sunninghill Sunninghill Swallowfield Swallowfield Various Various Waltham Waltham St St Lawrence Lawrence Warfield Warfield Windsor Windsor Winkfield Winkfield Winnersh Winnersh

Wokingham Wokingham

Wokingham Wokingham Without Without Woodside Woodside

Dukes Dukes Head Head Rose Rose & & Crown Crown Village Village Inn Inn Wellington Wellington Arms Arms Magpie and and Parrot Parrot Magpie Bell and and Bottle Bottle Bell Walter Walter Arms Arms Nag's Nag's Head Head Royal Oak Oak Royal Sunningdale Lounge Lounge Sunningdale Belvedere Belvedere Arms Arms Dog Dog and and Partridge Partridge George George and and Dragon Dragon 15 local local Libraries Libraries 15 Beer Festivals Festivals Beer Bell Bell Cricketers Arms Arms Cricketers Plough & & Harrow Harrow Plough Shepherds House House Shepherds Yorkshire Rose Rose Yorkshire W W& &E E Brewery Brewery Old Hatchet Hatchet Old Squirrels Squirrels White Hart Hart White Winkfield Winkfield Inn Inn Winning Winning Post Post Pheasant Pheasant Bond Brewery Brewery Bond Broad Broad Street Street Tavern Tavern Crispin Crispin Dog and Duck Dog and Duck Duke's Head Head Duke's Elusive Elusive Brewery Brewery Gig Gig House House Hope & Hope & Anchor Anchor Lord Raglan Raglan Lord Majestic Majestic Wines Wines Metropolitan Metropolitan Molly Miller Molly Miller Old Leathern Leathern Bottel Bottel Old Pinewood Bar Bar & & Café Café Pinewood Queen's Queen's Head Head Redan Redan Rifle Volunteer Volunteer Rifle Roebuck Roebuck Ship Ship Two Two Poplars Poplars Victoria Arms Arms Victoria Warren Warren Crooked Crooked Billet Billet White White Horse Horse Duke of Edinburgh Duke of Edinburgh Rose and and Crown Crown Rose

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The Beer Festival Guide

(By Simon Grist)

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




– 5 November 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. rd


3 – 5 November 2017: Corner House, WIndsor

thecornerhousepub.co.uk A Winter festival at this recently opened sister pub to the Sussex Arms in Twickenham and various others. Their usual 10 ales on hand-pull will be supplemented by 12 stouts, porters and milds on stillage. Around 15 real ciders and numerous craft keg beers too.



10 – 11 November 2017: 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 everpopular singalong with Len on the Wurlitzer organ. rd

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November 2017: Plough & Harrow, Warfield

theploughandharrowwarfield.com This friendly local in the heart of our branch area are putting on their annual festival. Expect around 20 casks across the weekend plus some real ciders. On the 53 bus route between Bracknell and Maidenhead. th


15 – 17 December 2017: 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

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January 2018: Perseverance, Wraysbury

thepercy.co.uk The infamous Percy Pie and Porter Festival starts the New Year. Expect a selection of around 10 seasonal porters to wash down delicious home-made pies of various flavours. The Percy is easily accessible from Wraysbury station (change at Staines on the Waterloo line from our area). th


16 – 17 February 2018: Alton Winter Beer Festival

altonbeerfestival.co.uk The regular Winter beer festival at Alton College should offer around 70 ales, plus ciders and perries. A “Darkside” bar will feature stouts and porters, some aged for 12 months and some direct from the oak. Customers are requested to bring their own lined half pint beer glass.

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Spooks and Spectres at the Pub! By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

Anyone Anyone who who has has read read previous previous copies copies of of Mad Mad Cow Cow will will know know that that a a number number of of our our pubs pubs have have a a rich rich and and colourful colourful history history albeit albeit a a grisly grisly one one at at times. times. This This bloody bloody history history has has left left an an imprint imprint on on these these buildings buildings which which has has meant meant that that more more than than one one form form of of spirit spirit can can be be found found in in the the pub! pub! The The Old Old Manor, Manor, Bracknell Bracknell

The The pub pub has has two two resident resident ghosts, ghosts, one one a a cowled figure, possibly hiding cowled figure, possibly hiding from from persecution persecution in in one one of of the the priest priest holes holes and and another another nicknamed nicknamed Fred Fred (or (or is is it it Bert) Bert) who who was was a a former former customer, customer, large large built built and and a a handlebar handlebar moustache moustache who who obviously obviously liked liked the the place place so so much much he he just just does does not not want want to to leave. leave. The The New New Leathern Leathern Bottle, Bottle, Warfield Warfield In In 1851 1851 the the pub pub was was the the scene scene of of a a brutal brutal killing killing when when the the landlady, landlady, Hannah Hannah Carey Carey was was murdered murdered by by her her jealous jealous husband husband following her affair with following her affair with a a local local farm farm worker. worker. The The paranormal paranormal activity activity was was investigated investigated following following strange strange noises noises and and the the belief belief that that the the pair pair are are still still in in residence residence with with dreadful dreadful oaths oaths from from him him and and with with weeping sounds from the unfortunate weeping sounds from the unfortunate Hannah. Hannah. The The Ship, Ship, Wokingham Wokingham In In the the 1970's 1970's there there were were reports reports that that the the landlord landlord at at the the time time was was convinced convinced that that the the pub pub was was haunted haunted as as he he heard heard weird weird Page Page 30 30

noises noises from from an an alcove alcove in in a a small small room room above above the the patio patio doors. doors. The The Queens Queens Oak, Oak, Finchampstead Finchampstead There There is is a a small small lady lady ghost ghost that that frequents frequents the the saloon saloon bar bar and and even even has has her her favourite favourite chair. chair. The The Dukes Dukes Head, Head, Sandhurst Sandhurst Guests of the Guests of the landlord landlord were were staying staying in in the the pub pub when when they they went went into into the the bar bar downstairs downstairs first first thing thing in in the the morning morning (when (when pubs pubs opened opened at at 10.30am). 10.30am). In In a a mirror mirror they they could could see see a a small small neat neat man man with with a a trilby trilby hat hat in in the the other other bar bar and and thinking thinking he he was was a a customer customer waiting waiting to to be be served served went went into into that that bar. bar. When When they they got got there there the the bar bar was was completely completely empty. empty. After After describing describing the the man man to to the the landlord landlord they they were were informed informed that that it it sounded sounded just just like like a a former former regular regular who who had had passed passed away away recently. recently. Again, Again, here here is is a a ghost ghost returning returning to to where where he he was was happiest. happiest. Yorkshire Yorkshire Rose, Rose, Warfield Warfield This This is is a a truly truly ancient ancient building building and and whilst whilst it it may only have become a bar may only have become a bar and and restaurant restaurant in in living living memory memory it it is is on on the the site site of a much older property which of a much older property which was was a a monastic monastic staging staging post post for for travellers. travellers. This This may may explain explain the the black black cowled cowled figure figure said said to to have have been been seen seen here. here. The The Horse Horse and and Groom, Groom, Bracknell Bracknell

Anybody Anybody who who read read the the previous previous article article on on Murder and Mayhem at the pub may Murder and Mayhem at the pub may have have supposed supposed that that the the ghost ghost is is William William Ware Ware whose whose body body was was taken taken to to the the pub pub after after he he was was brutally brutally murdered. murdered. This This does does not not appear appear to to be be the the case case as as the the ghost ghost here here is is Issue Issue 49, 49, Winter Winter 2017 2017

www.seberkscamra.org.uk a benign old lady who can be heard cleaning the upstairs room and another spirit has a weakness for opening the drinks cupboard to help themselves to a crafty tipple. Plough and Harrow, Warfield The resident of Warfield Park in the 1870's was Lord Ormanthwaite (pictured) and his wife Lady Emily. In the days before Social Services, Lady Emily would visit the sick and needy, offering help and assistance and was much loved by the local population. This cannot be said of his lordship who had a foul temper, gambled heavily and it was rumoured, beat his wife. On the evening of 28th October 1874 the locals decided to show their displeasure by subjecting their squire to a few hours of rough music where pots, pans, kettles and anything that could make a noise was banged outside the gates. It is said that the ghostly band still be heard as they pass the pub, playing their discordant tune. Rackstraws Farm, Sandhurst This aparition came about from a photo taken in the bar which, when developed (pre-digital camera days !) showed a skull in an alcove which no one else could see. South Hill Park, Bracknell South Hill Park was built in 1760 for William Watts on his retirement from the Bengal Civil Service and has had a variety of owners over the years (including the Prime Minister George Canning) but it was on the death of Lady Haversham that the house was passed to her nephew Major Rickman. Far from being pleased with his inheritance, it became a source of great worry as it came with huge debts attached. The worry became too much and in 1940 he retired to the Gun Room and shot himself. Could it be Major

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Rickman that turns lights on and off, creates inexplicable noises or causes sudden drops in temperature ?. Ye Olde Rose Inn, Wokingham This tale has the frequent story of unrequited love and an unplanned pregnancy. A commercial traveller of old had abandoned a serving maid when he discovered she was pregnant and in disgrace the poor girl hanged herself. It may have been her spirit that caused a strange feel to the dining room ?. White Hart, Winkfield

In a previous incarnation this building was used as a courthouse to decide cases relating to the commoners rights in Windsor Great Park. The story relates to a weeping ghost said to be a man who had lost his land as he had cheated his landlord. The man crossed the road to the church yard and took his own life. Ye Olde Hatchet, Winkfield In the 18th century, boxing was far from the noble art. It was a bloody, brutal affair with boxers being involved in bare knuckle prize fights and it was in one of these fights behind the pub that a pugilist died. It is said that his spirit haunts the car park. Acknowledgements I have been indebted to the following in the preparation of this article:Roger Long – Reputedly Haunted Inns of the Chilterns and Thames Valley Roger Long – Haunted Berkshire Jeff Nicholls – Our Mysterious Shire

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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

NOVEMBER Thursday 2



CAMRA BSE Social at the Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2AY. Meet from 8pm. Our branch brewed beer Moo-cha should be available at this event. th

Saturday 4 November

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

Saturday 11 November

CAMRA Social at the Bree Louise, 69 Cobourg Street, Euston, London. NW1 2HH. Details TBA. th

Wednesday 15 November Wobbly Wednesday Minibus Trip • • • •

Cricketers, Warfield New Leathern Bottle, Jealotts Hill Jack o’Newbury, Binfield Victoria Arms, Binfield

Pick-up-points: Wokingham Station 18.50, Crowthorne Bus-stop on Bracknell Road, at Prince roundabout 19.05, South Bracknell outside Golden Retriever 19.10 and Central Bracknell Station, by bike-racks 19.20. th

Friday 17 November Collabageddon Social – Nag’s Head, 5

Russell Street, Reading. RG1 7XD. Meet from 8pm. th

Sunday 26 November

CAMRA Caversham Pub Crawl. Meet at the Crown, 3 Bridge Street, Caversham. RG4 8AA. Commences at 11:45am. th

Monday 27 November

CAMRA BSE Social with the BRATS at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Commences at 12 noon.

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Thursday 30 November Thirsty Thursday Minibus Trip • • • •

Prince, Crowthorne Crooked Billet, Wokingham Cannie Man, Bracknell Silver Birch, Bracknell

Pick-up-points: Wokingham Station 18.50, Bracknell Station, by bike-racks 19.05, South Bracknell outside Golden Retriever 19.15 and Crowthorne at the Prince Car Park 19.20.


Wednesday 6 December

CAMRA BSE Good Beer Guide Shortlist Meeting at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Commences at 8pm. th

Saturday 9 December

CAMRA Windsor Pub Crawl. Meet at Carpenters Arms at 1pm, 4 Market Street, Windsor, SL4 1PB. Visiting 4 or 5 other

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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.

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Landlord’s Witter By Barry Fenton

An interview with a landlord from a local pub. This time Barry has been to welcome Pierre Cudon from the Queen’s Oak in Finchampstead, a Brakspear’s pub opposite the church.

Oxford Gold (4.2%), Hobgoblin Gold (4.3%) and Banks’ Blazin’ Fury (4.1%), “an amber beer, with a hint of ginger.” Next on is Brakspears Best Bitter (3.4%).

How important are Real Ales & cider to your pub? Very, so I make sure that I look after them in the cellar.

What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area?

Good. I’ve met a few members and the local branch is soon to hold a meeting here.

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

We’ve already renovated inside and out and next we will concentrate on the big garden. More events, including a Christmas family day on 23rd December, with a Christmas market and even a family of reindeer will be attending.

What is craft beer?

A real beer which needs taking care of. Not a lager.

What are your thoughts on the success of craft beers?

It makes beer more popular. Encourages new breweries. Good for the industry. Authentic.

How long have you been in the pub business and at the Queen’s Oak?

I’ve always been in hospitality, starting in a restaurant in Morzine in the French Alps. I’m originally from Brittany. I moved to England ten years ago and worked first in the Plough in Cobham. In 2012 I became the General Manager of the Flowerpot in Sunbury. Finally I came to the Queen’s Oak in March this year.

What do you most like about the pub trade?

There’s nothing like the English pub in France. I like that everybody comes together in the pub and it offers a good range of food and drink.

And the least?

The competition from big companies, selling at a cheaper price because they buy at a cheaper price.

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

A beautiful spot, with lots of walks nearby. Informal, with all tables available to drink or eat. We serve good homemade food. I’m French but we’re not a French restaurant! I’m working on my new menu which will be available by the time this is published. We have a big, secure garden with a kids play area. Our extensive wine list has 16 wines available by the glass.

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

I love traditional English pubs, but believe that too many are overdeveloped to all look the same. I’m trying to get back to the basics.

Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? David Walliams. He would be good to talk to and he’s a good laugh. He appears very approachable.

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Tel: 0118 9781221 QUEENS HEAD, QUEENS HEAD, WOKINGHAM WOKINGHAM Email: queenbeecarol132@gmail.com HALF HALF PAGE 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


JD The local press has recently reported that JD Wetherspoon have decided to quit The Gig House Wetherspoon have decided to quit The Gig House in Wokingham, Berkshire, after serving a break in Wokingham, Berkshire, after serving a break notice with the landlord. The pub in Erftstadt Court notice with the landlord. The pub in Erftstadt Court will cease to be a Wetherspoon venue in will cease to be a Wetherspoon venue in September 2018, leaving it available for let as a September 2018, leaving it available for let as a restaurant and bar. A JD Wetherspoon restaurant and bar. A JD Wetherspoon spokesman was quoted as saying: “Wetherspoon spokesman was quoted as saying: “Wetherspoon has served a break notice with the landlord. The has served a break notice with the landlord. The pub will be handed back to the landlord in pub will be handed back to the landlord in September 2018. There will be no redundancies, September 2018. There will be no redundancies, all staff will remain with Wetherspoon.” At the all staff will remain with Wetherspoon.” At the same time Wetherspoon has recently reopened the ‘Perkin Warbeck’ in Taunton, same time Wetherspoon has recently reopened the ‘Perkin Warbeck’ in Taunton, Somerset, which has remained closed since July. The £1.4m refurbishment has Somerset, which has remained closed since July. The £1.4m refurbishment has transformed the pub in East Street, which has been totally redecorated with dining booths transformed the pub in East Street, which has been totally redecorated with dining booths and banquette seating added, along with a new rooftop garden to the rear overlooking St and banquette seating added, along with a new rooftop garden to the rear overlooking St Mary Magdalene Church. The reopening has created an additional 35 jobs. Mary Magdalene Church. The reopening has created an additional 35 jobs.

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The History of the Beer Stein

By Anthony Springall

A number of issues ago we looked at the history of the beer glass but glasses are not the only drinking vessel.

The word stein is a shortened form of Steinzeugkrug, which is German for stoneware jug or tankard. By common usage, however, stein has come to mean any beer container - regardless of its material or size - that has a hinged lid and a handle. The idea of the stein came about during the Black Death in the 14th Centrury as it swept through Europe killing more than 25 million people. Notwithstanding the terrible circumstances, it prompted tremendous progress for civilization and the lid was conceived as a sanitary measure to keep the contents clean. The covered stein was but one measure designed to prevent the spread of disease and to promote good health. A more famous law was introduced (partly to ensure no adulteration and partly to preserve wheat and rye for breadmaking) which

required beer to be brewed using only

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four ingredients namely water, malt, yeast and hops being the famous “reinheitsgebot� or german purity law, the most famous of which was passed in Bavaria in 1516. The earlier steins were made of stoneware, which was tough and far superior to earthenware but required long slow firing to create a vitreous finish where the clay had partially melted. These were decorated with shields, heraldic emblems and coats of arms. They were then glazed with salt thrown into the kiln.

The golden age of the beer stein was in the 19th Century when production techniques had advanced to enable the mass production using moulds to produce the highly decorated steins with garish colours and rural scenes beloved of tourists the world over. The stein is now synonymous with German beers and any pictures of Octoberfest would not be complete without the odd stein or two although it might be slightly galling for the average Bavarian to learn that the biggest producer of steins today is Brazil!

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National National Beer Beer Scoring Scoring System System

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

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

How How do do II score score my my beer? beer?

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

What What do do II need need to to record? record?

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

What What do do the the scores scores mean? mean?

0. 0. No No cask cask ale ale available available 1. 1. Poor Poor

Beer Beer that that is is anything anything from from barely barely drinkable drinkable to to drinkable drinkable with with considerable considerable resentment. resentment.

2. 2. Average Average

Competently Competently kept, kept, drinkable drinkable pint but but doesn't doesn't inspire pint inspire in in any any way, way, not not worth worth moving moving to to ananother other pub pub but but you you drink drink the the beer without without really really noticing. noticing. beer

3. 3. Good Good

Good Good beer beer in in good good form. form. You You may may cancel cancel plans plans to to move move to to the the next next pub. pub. You You want want to to stay stay for another another pint pint and and may may seek seek for out out the the beer beer again. again.

What What if if II can't can't decide decide on on a a score? score?

The The NBSS NBSS allows allows you you to to enter enter half half scores scores

How How do do II edit edit my my scores? scores? To To edit edit your your scores scores go go to to data.beerscoring.org.uk. data.beerscoring.org.uk.

4. 4. Very Very Good Good Excellent Excellent beer beer in in excellent excellent condition. condition.

5. 5. Perfect Perfect

Probably Probably the the best best you you are are ever likely likely to ever to find. find. A A seasoned seasoned drinker drinker will will award award this this score score very very rarely. rarely.

How How is is the the information information being being collated? collated?

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

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