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Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the 51st edition of Mad Cow

I am writing this welcome on an historic day for CAMRA as its members descend on the University of Warwick in Coventry for the CAMRA Annual General Meeting & Conference 2018 where they will be making the most important decision for the campaign since CAMRA was established back in March 1971. For over 47 years, CAMRA has focused its attention primarily on the promotion of real ale, but if new proposals are approved, CAMRA could start engaging with all beer drinkers, irrespective of what they choose to drink. To pass this radical change, 75% of members need to be in favour. The objectives of the changes include: To play a leading role in the provision of information, education, and training to all those with an interest in beer, cider, and perry of any type; To act as the voice and represent the interests of all pub goers and beer, cider and perry drinkers; To promote and protect pubs and clubs as social centres as part of the UK's cultural heritage. Announcing the plans earlier this year, the CAMRA National Executive have said: "While continuing to advocate that real ale is the pinnacle of the brewer's craft, the campaign's wider focus [if approved] will mean all drinkers who enjoy a range of beers, ciders and perries will feel welcome in the organisation." The results of the vote are in a “STOP PRESS” article on page 39. Mike Rathge Mad Cow Editor

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

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Rose Rose and and Crown, Crown, Sandhurst Sandhurst

A round-up of what is happening in the pubs A round-up of what is happening in the pubs in the Berkshire South East Region: in the Berkshire South East Region:

Squirrels Squirrels Bar Bar -- Winkfield Winkfield

The Rose and Crown in Sandhurst had another The Rose and Crown in Sandhurst had another roaring success with their Easter Beer and Cider roaring success with their Easter Beer and Cider festival. Peter and Michelle had once again festival. Peter and Michelle had once again arranged a spectacular selection of fine ales arranged a spectacular selection of fine ales from across the country, including… from across the country, including…

The Squirrels Bar in Winkfield closed its doors The Squirrels Bar in Winkfield st closed its doors for the last time on February 1 st, bringing the end for the last time on February 1 , bringing the end of existence to another much loved community of existence to another much loved community pub. pub.

Broomhall Broomhall Hutt, Hutt, Sunningdale Sunningdale

The Sunningdale Lounge re-opened on 12th The Sunningdale Lounge re-opened on 12th April 2018 after a major refurbishment under the April 2018 after a major refurbishment under the new name Broomhall Hutt, a traditional pub in new name Broomhall Hutt, a traditional pub in the heart of Sunningdale. A new outdoor Alfresthe heart of Sunningdale. A new outdoor Alfresco dining and drinking area where you can relax co dining and drinking area where you can relax in the company of family, friends and neighin the company of family, friends and neighbours. Your well-behaved four legged friends bours. Your well-behaved four legged friends are more than welcome to join you in the outare more than welcome to join you in the outdoor courtyard. Indoors you will find a 60-seat door courtyard. Indoors you will find a 60-seat restaurant, bar and lounge area. The kitchen is restaurant, bar and lounge area. The kitchen is open every day for lunch and dinner, serving open every day for lunch and dinner, serving classic British favourites all freshly cooked, classic British favourites all freshly cooked, roasts on Sundays a speciality. The bar has a roasts on Sundays a speciality. The bar has a range of beers, lagers, IPA's and ciders (no real range of beers, lagers, IPA's and ciders (no real cider yet) on tap that will include local real ales cider yet) on tap that will include local real ales from Windsor & Eton Brewery, Ascot Ales and from Windsor & Eton Brewery, Ascot Ales and West Berkshire Brewery. A carefully selected West Berkshire Brewery. A carefully selected world-wide list of 25 to 30 wines, a premium world-wide list of 25 to 30 wines, a premium spirit range and a wide choice of non-alcoholic spirit range and a wide choice of non-alcoholic drinks. To further your enjoyment board games drinks. To further your enjoyment board games are on offer. The pub is now owned by Ascot are on offer. The pub is now owned by Ascot Estates. Estates.

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Reunion Reunion ales ales –– Would Would you you could could you you Stonehenge Stonehenge –– Sign Sign of of spring spring XT XT –– Squid Squid Ink Ink Itchen valley – Itchen valley – Hampshire Hampshire Rose Rose Stardust Stardust –– Optic Optic Langham Langham -- Flor–Ale Flor–Ale Ascot Ascot –– Bronco Bronco Buster Buster (Beer (Beer of of the the Festival) Festival) Cotleigh – Chocca Mocha Cotleigh – Chocca Mocha Animal Animal –– Polar Polar Bear Bear Hobsons – Old Hobsons – Old Prickly Prickly 3D 3D –– The The Dude Dude

… to name a few. … to name a few. We are now counting We are now counting down the days to Haldown the days to Halloween! loween! The Rose and Crown The Rose and Crown also have regular Music also have regular Music Nights, with Martyn’s Nights, with Martyn’s Open Mic Night every Open Mic Night every Tuesday, and the folTuesday, and the following upcoming events in May: lowing upcoming events in May:

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Royal Foresters, Bracknell

The Royal Foresters Pub in Bracknell will re open at the end of June after a £10m restoration by their new owners Oakman Inns. Real ale will still be available and there will be a separate areas for drinkers and eaters. They are also adding a function suite with 24 guest bedrooms.

Dukes, Sunninghill

Dukes (formerly Dukes Head) re-opened in December 2017 after renovation and re-painting, Dukes is a modern British restaurant with bar dining throughout the day and restaurant dining for lunch and dinner. You can drink a beer in the bar room to the left of the pub, or at the bar counter. The bar room and the bar counter both have high stool seating and may not be suitable for all diners. The restaurant has a more traditional feel with arm chairs and booth seating. A second Greene King ale and disabled toilets are planned for later in 2018.

Molly Millar, Wokingham The Molly Millar in Wokingham (next door to the train station) has been given the go ahead to change their name to the Station Tap See their new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheStationTap

The Bull at Barkham

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The Bull at Barkham will be offering around 12 guest ales on stillage plus six pub regulars on their bar on May 12th and 13th.

Queens Head, Wokingham

In the last edition of Mad Cow, CAMRA Member Kevin Lenton provided a potted history of the Rifle Volunteer pub in Emmbrook. This time he has turned his attention to the Queens Head in Wokingham. The Queens Head has been recorded as a public house since at least 1740. However, its origins are considerably older and this grade 2 listed building probably dates back to the early 15th century. What makes this building unique is its timber frame, called a Cruck construction, which in this case is basically of similar appearance to a capital “A”. The long uprights are formed with a curved trunk split along its centre and coupled together at the top. The strong shape provided the framework onto which the roof was supported and alongside which the walls were built. The use of the Cruck frame has been identified as having a regional bias and Wokingham lies to the very edge of that area. There are only seven buildings with this form of construction known in Berkshire. The records of the Wokingham licensing sessions for 1777 records the Queens Head. In the 1870s and ‘80s the pub was renamed the Welcome Home for reasons that have not been documented. In 1879 the Welcome Home was bought by Henry Hewetts and Co. of Waltham St. Lawrence, from whom it had been leased for some years. About 1883 the pub regained its old name. Morlands and Co. later acquired the pub when they bought Henry Hewetts and co. More recently the Queens Head has been distinguished by being voted the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) Berkshire SE Branch Pub Of the Year for 2015, 2016 and 2017. But it could have been very different, as reported in the Reading Mercury on Saturday 4th January 1930. Continues over…

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“Thrilling Thrilling rescues rescues were were made made at at Wokingham Wokingham early early on on “Thrilling rescues were Wokingham early on Thursday Thursday morning morning by by the themade police policeat and and firemen firemen when when aa fire fire Thursday morning by the police and firemen when a fire occurred occurred at at The The Queen’s Queen’s Head, Head, an an old old inn inn situated situated on on occurred at The Queen’s Head, an old innIn on the the Terrace, Terrace, Reading Reading Road, Road, Wokingham. Wokingham. Insituated the the house house the Terrace, Reading Road, Wokingham. In the house were were the the landlord, landlord, Mr. Mr. Alfred Alfred Dyer, Dyer, his his wife, wife, their their four four were the landlord, Mr. Alfred Dyer, wife, and their Mrs. four daughters, daughters, Hilda, Hilda, Vera, Vera, Eileen Eileen and andhis Edna, Edna, and Mrs. daughters, Hilda, Vera, Eileen and Edna, Mrs. Dyer’s Dyer’s father, father, Mr. Mr. George George Brooks, Brooks, who who is is 87 87and years years of of Dyer’s father, Mr. occurred George who is 87 years of age. age. The The outbreak outbreak occurredBrooks, in in the the tap tap room room downstairs, downstairs, age. The outbreak occurred in the tap room downstairs, aa beam beam in in the the chimney chimney taking taking fire fire and and burning burning its its way way a beam in the chimney firethe and burning By its way into into aa cupboard cupboard by by the the taking side side of of the fireplace. fireplace. By this this into a cupboard by the side of the fireplace. By this cupboard cupboard was was the the gas gas meter, meter, and and as as the the heat heat increased increased cupboard was the gas meter, and as the heat increased the the pipes pipes of of the the meter meter melted melted and and the the gas gas started started to to the pipesProbably of the meter melted thesmouldering gas started for to escape. escape. Probably the the beam beam had hadand been been smouldering for escape. Probably the beam had been smouldering for some some time. time. When When Mr. Mr. Dyer Dyer awoke awoke he he smelt smelt smoke, smoke, and and some time. Whenthe Mr.rest Dyer he smelt smoke, and at at once once aroused aroused the rest of ofawoke the the household. household. The The smoke smoke at once the in rest of the household. Thewith smoke was was now nowaroused increasing increasing in volume, volume, and, and, together together with the the was now increasing in volume, to and, with the gas gas fumes, fumes, made made itit impossible impossible to get gettogether down down the the stairs. stairs. gas fumes, made it impossible to get down the stairs. The The alarm alarm was was given given from from the the window, window, and and the the police police The alarm They was given fromcalled the window, and the police informed. informed. They at at once once called the the Wokingham Wokingham Fire Fire informed. Brigade. Brigade. They at once called the Wokingham Fire Brigade. POLICEMAN’S POLICEMAN’S PLUCK PLUCK -- P.C. P.C. Surman, Surman, aa young young memmemPOLICEMAN’S P.C. a young member ber of of the the force, force,PLUCK was was one one- of of the theSurman, first first on on the the scene, scene, and and ber of the force, was one of the first on the scene, seeing seeing the the people people at at the the windows windows he he rushed rushed to to their theirand aid aid seeing the people at the windows he rushed to their aid with with aa ladder. ladder. Taking Taking one one of of the the girls—all girls—all of of whom whom were were with a ladder. Taking one of the girls—all of whom were in in their their night night attire—in attire—in his his arms, arms, he he was was bringing bringing her her in theirthe night attire—in arms, he was bringing her down down the ladder ladder when, when,his while while about about half-way half-way to to the the down the while to the ground, ground, the theladder ladder ladderwhen, slipped, slipped, and and about he he fell fell half-way with with the the girl girl on on ground, the ladder slipped, and he fell with the girl on top top of of him. him. Neither Neither was was injured, injured, but but although although shaken shaken top of him. Neither was injured, but although shaken the the constable constable again again used used the the ladder ladder to to rescue rescue another another the again used rescue another girl. girl. constable Other Other policemen policemen also alsothe ran ranladder to to the thetoscene scene and and gave gave girl. Other policemen also ran to the scene and gave assistance. assistance. assistance. Within Within three three minutes minutes of of receiving receiving the the alarm alarm the the WoWoWithin receiving theOfficer alarmF. Wokingham kinghamthree Fire Fire minutes Brigade, Brigade, of under under Second Second Officer F.the Knight, Knight, kingham Fire fire Brigade, undermotor Second Officer Knight, were were at at the the fire with with their their motor pump pump and andF.escape. escape. were at the the escape fire withinto their motor pump Bringing Bringing the escape into immediate immediate action actionand the the escape. firemen firemen Bringingdown the escape into immediate action the Brooks. firemen carried carried down the the remaining remaining womenfolk womenfolk and and Mr. Mr. Brooks. carried down the remaining womenfolk and Mr. Brooks. Mr. Mr. Dyer Dyer managed managed to to get get out out by by himself. himself. One One fireman fireman Mr. Dyerinto managed to get by himself. One fireman dashed dashed into the the house house and andout prevented prevented the the possibility possibility of of dashed into the house and prevented the possibility of aa gas gas explosion explosion by by turning turning off off the the gas gas at at the the main. main. a gas explosion by turning off the gas at the main. Dr. Dr. F. F. Curl, Curl, who who is is the the hon. hon. surgeon surgeon to to the the brigade, brigade, Dr. F. Curl, is thepeople, hon. surgeon to the brigade, attended attended the the who rescued rescued people, but but beyond beyond shock shock and and attended thethey rescued people, being being dazed dazed they were were not not hurt. hurt. but beyond shock and being dazed they were not hurt. When When itit was was thought thought that that everyone everyone was was saved saved the the When wassuddenly thought told thatthat everyone the firemen firemenitwere were suddenly told that one one girl girlwas was was saved left left inside. inside. firemen were suddenly told that one girl was left inside. A A fireman fireman put put on on aa smoke smoke helmet helmet and and was was about about to to A fireman put onwhen a smoke helmet and was to enter enter the the house house when the the girl girl appeared appeared from fromabout among among enter the house when the girl appeared from among some some neighbours neighbours. some neighbours.

TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY TRAGEDY AVERTED AVERTED -- A A graphic graphic account account TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AVERTED - A graphic account of was to Mercury” by of the the outbreak outbreak was given given to the the “Reading “Reading Mercury” by of the outbreak was given to the “Reading Mercury” Second of Second Officer Officer Knight, Knight, who who said: said: ”It ”It was was just just aa matter matter by of Second Officer Knight, who said: ”It was just a matter of minutes, minutes, or or there there would would have have been been aa terrible terrible tragedy. tragedy. minutes, or there would have been a terrible tragedy. As As we we got got the the people people out out the the flames flames were were just just coming coming As we got people out the was flames were just coming through the floor. The dense—in fact there through thethe floor. The smoke smoke was dense—in fact there through the floor. Thethan smoke was but dense—in fact there was far smoke flames, the danger was far more more smoke than flames, but the chief chief danger was far more smoke than flames, but the chief danger was was the the gas. gas. The The people people were were hanging hanging out out of of the the winwinwas The In people were hanging out they of the windows in despair. another few seconds would dowsthe in gas. despair. In another few seconds they would dows in despair. In another few seconds they would have have fallen fallen back back inside, inside, and and itit would would have have been been exexhave fallen difficult back inside, it would have beenvery extraordinarily to to ItIt was all traordinarily difficult to get getand to them. them. was all over over very traordinarily difficult to get to them. It was all over very quickly, quickly, but but while while itit was was going going on on there there were were some some quickly, but while it was going on there were some thrilling thrilling moments.” moments.” thrilling moments.” Sources: Sources: Sources: The The Inns Inns and and Public Public Houses Houses of of Wokingham Wokingham by by Dennis Dennis Ayres Ayres and and The Inns and (Berkshire Public Houses of Wokingham by Dennis Ayres and Judith Judith Hunter Hunter (Berkshire Books) Books) Judith HunterTrail, (Berkshire Books) Society Blue Blue Plaque Plaque Trail, The The Wokingham Wokingham Society Blue Plaque in Trail, The Wokingham Society Wokingham Wokingham in the the News News ed. ed. Jim Jim Bell Bell (e-Book (e-Book on on Wokingham Wokingham Wokingham in the News ed. Jim Bell (e-Book on Wokingham Society website website Society Society website www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News.html) www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News.html) www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News.html)

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CAMRA BSE offers thanks to the following CAMRA BSE offers thanks to the following for hosting their recent branch meetings: for hosting their recent branch meetings: Greyhound in Finchampstead Greyhound in Finchampstead Old Manor in Bracknell Old Manor in Bracknell Binfield Club in Binfield Binfield Club in Binfield

Pub Pub Of Of The The Year Year 2018 2018 for for Berkshire Berkshire

Congratulations Congratulations to to all all four four pubs! pubs! Berkshire South East: Old Manor, Bracknell Berkshire South East: Old Manor, Bracknell Reading: Nag's Head, Reading Reading: Nag's Head, Reading West Berkshire: Catherine Wheel, Newbury West Berkshire: Catherine Wheel, Newbury Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead: Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead: Craufurd Arms, Maidenhead Craufurd Arms, Maidenhead

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Pubs offering CAMRA member discount in Berkshire South East Branch Area Bracknell Old Manor offers 50p off a pint of real ale or cider on presentation of a CAMRA/Wetherspoons voucher. [The voucher will be retained by staff] Cannie Man offers 10p off a pint of real ale to CAMRA Members Green Man offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members The Golden Retriever is offering 20p off a pint of real ale. [Offer is available at all Vintage Inns]

Crowthorne The Prince offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members

Warfield Shepherds House (Chef & Brewer) offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members

Sandhurst Rose and Crown offers 20p/pint or 10p/half pint discount on real ales to CAMRA Members

Wokingham Gig House offers 50p off a pint of real ale or cider on presentation of a CAMRA/Wetherspoons voucher. [The voucher will be retained by staff] Olde Leathern Bottel (Chef & Brewer) offers 10% discount on real ales to CAMRA Members Station Tap is offering 10% off real ales to CAMRA members You must present a valid CAMRA membership card to obtain these discounts. Please show your card or voucher before ordering your drinks to assist bar staff. The above CAMRA discounts are subject to change and the decision of the pub to offer the discount or not is final. If any pub in our area would like to offer a discount to CAMRA members please contact campaigns@seberkscamra.org.uk and we will add you to the list.

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Pete and Michelle welcome you to

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

Live music and open mic - Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. nights -Real Ale Mondays. All @ £3.00/pint - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday Ever popular acoustic - Traditional Sunday roasts Café, Mondays at 7:30pm - 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

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What’s in a Pub Name (Part 2)

By Anthony Springall A few issues of Mad Cow ago we listed the background to many of the pubs in the Berkshire South East area. It has been pointed out that a few were missed and to make amends we are adding to the list. Where the symbol © is shown it means the pub is closed.

Sporting Pubs Royal Hunt ©: A race, inaugerated in 1843 and run over 1 mile for horses of three years and older. It is held in June each year at the Royal Ascot meeting. Gold Cup ©: A race open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 2 miles 3 furlongs and 210 yards and it is scheduled to take place each year in June. It is Britain's most prestigious event for "stayers" and it is traditionally held on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting, which is known colloquially (but not officially) as Ladies' Day. Stag & Hounds: Said to be the centre of Windsor Great Park, it refers to the hunting of deer using dogs when the park was a royal hunting preserve. Tally Ho: The phrase tally-ho originated from the activity of foxhunting and other forms of hunting with hounds, shouted when a rider or follower sees the fox. Cricketers: Named after traditional summer sport.

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Dog and Duck: The name refers to the barbaric sport of letting dogs loose onto a pinioned duck on a pond to see how quickly it could be caught.

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The Dog & Duck, Wokingham

Famous People Pubs Downshire Arms: Named after the Marquess of Downshire, the local nobility who lived at Easthampstead Park in the midst of 5000 acres of land. Wellington Arms, Dukes Head & Boot: These pub names refer to the Duke of Wellington and they illustrate the impact of his living close by at Stratfield Saye.

Historical Pubs Newtown Pippin: Also known as Albemarle Pippin, is an American apple that originated in the late 17th or early 18th century and is still cultivated on a small scale . White Horse: This was the badge of the Hanovarian Kings, starting with George I as well as being the heraldic sign of the Earls of Arundel.

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Who'd a Tho't It ©: The exclamation supposedly said by the Duke of Wellington upon discovering the inn whilst out hunting. There is no record of this event however. Bull: There are two origins of this name, either a medieval latin bulla, a monastic seal or the venue for the cruel sport of bullbaiting. In the case of the Bull at Barkham, the pub is named after the Bullock family, an influential local family that once owned Barkham Manor. Bush ©: The earliest pub sign dating from Roman times. Horse & Groom: Generally these pubs are named after the ostlers and grooms that kept the stage coaches running before the advent of motorised transport. Market Inn: It refers to Bracknell Cattle Market that was held on the land now occupied by the council offices. In the days before all day opening the pub had a market licence to open for longer hours on market days.

Peacock Farm: The name of the farm originally on the site. The Waterloo Hotel ©: Named after the Duke of Wellington's most famous battle. The Wheatsheaf ©: Heraldic sign of the Earls of Exeter. Crooked Billet: A bent stick or branch, one of the earliest pub signs. Three Frogs: An obscure heraldic sign which is unique in the country. Greyhound: This dates from the times of the Tudors and was the symbol of the Kings Messengers. Cranbourne Tower ©: The pub name refers to the remaining part of Charles II hunting lodge, being a large brick tower in Windsor Great Park. Queens Oak: Celebrates the planting of an oak tree to commemorate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. Another unique pub name in the UK.

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Brewery News

Taplow Brewery celebrates 2nd birthday

moogBREW is a tiny back-garden brewery in Taplow, which celebrated its second birthday on 1st April. The brewery marked the occasion of its anniversary with the release of a new beer, 'Return Of The Bunny', a 7.2% West Coast style IPA. The beer made its debut at the Egham Beer Festival at Easter. With a limited brewing capacity and a policy of restricting sales to a 10-mile radius of Taplow, your best bet for sampling moogBREW beers may be to attend one of the brewery's Open Days. The moogBAR and beer garden are open to the public on alternate Saturdays during the afternoon and early evening. For details of opening dates and times, check out the website www.moogbrew.co.uk/where-to-buy. The brewery is also licensed for offsales by appointment.

Longdog are currently producing a series of single-hopped specials to supplement their core range. All brewed at 4.5% abv, they’ve so far brewed Citra and Chinook and look forward to using some other exciting hops. They’ve also just purchased an ‘ancient’ bottle filler which, despite its age, will aid them in getting a more regular supply of bottles onto their shelves and various bottle shops. Ascot Brewing have now opened a shop on site, but,

did you know, spend £25 before end of June and they will give you a litre of beer for free! They also tell us that they are increasing the size of their brewing equipment, improving their internal systems and are employing new people to enhance their brewery, brand and presence in pubs. Since John Willatts joined Ascot Brewing as Head Brewer he has already added a number of new beers. Their stable of beers now includes a highly hopped IPA called Bronco Buster brimming with new world hops and further dry hopped with Citra and Nelson Sauvin. Bronco Buster not only sold out first at the Rose and Crown Easter Beer and Cider Festival, it was also crowned "Beer of the Festival”. Gold Cup has been uprated. It’s a well-balanced session IPA with citrus notes, complimented with pine flavours and aromas. Recently released is Ascot Brewing’s rye beer, Race Card a highly hopped rye IPA with spicy citrus notes and a balanced bitter finish. Coming shortly is their mobile tap house in a horse box (of course). Keep an eye on their website for further details. You will be able to hire the tap house to use at your own event, either by renting or buying a minimum amount of our beer. Finally, Ascot Brewing are busy converting part of their brewery into a brilliant micro pub, The Black Horse where you will be able to try their beers and enjoy the brewery ambiance and surroundings.

Elusive Brewing have been at full capacity this quarter and been involved in a number of Tap Take Overs and Collaborations. A joint “Berkshire Take Over” took place at the renowned Rake bar on the edge of Borough Market, London on the 27th March. Elusive were also represented at a couple of other local brewery events recently including Siren Craft Brew fifth birthday event and also the West Berkshire Brewery. Elusive beers available were Thrust, Lord Nelson and Invisible Wall. Issue 51, Summer 2018

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Brewery News

Siren Committing to Cask

Siren Craft Brew have underlined their commitment to quality cask beer by signing a new agreement with The Draft House. Berkshire-based Siren, recently named one of the world’s top 100 breweries by Ratebeer, have penned a long term deal with The Draft House, a 13-strong group of pubs located in London and Milton Keynes. The new relationship ensures that at least one of Siren’s core beers or their ‘Suspended In’ range will be on cask at each of The Draft House sites throughout 2018 and into 2019. Siren’s Andy Nowlan confirmed: “The new agreement firms a long-standing personal and professional relationship between Siren and The Draft House. Both of us continue to be strong supporters of serving flavour-forward, quality modern cask beer in the best conditions possible." Throughout the new contract, Siren will make weekly visits to each of The Draft House sites to ensure the freshest product possible, underpinning a commitment to quality with in-depth, specialist cask training for The Draft House staff team. Siren kicked off the new deal by exclusively brewing Six Nations-inspired Ruck ’n' Maul for The Draft House. The Session Pale matches six delicious malts and six beautiful hops.

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Siren celebrated their 5 Birthday in style in March with a sell out birthday party held in its tap-room and adjacent warehouse. 23 different ales were on tap and neighbours Elusive Brewing were also present. The fifth vintage of Siren’s Anniversary beer, Maiden was headlining the event. Maiden was the first beer ever brewed at Siren. An American style Barley Wine, Maiden is aged in a variety of spirit and wine barrels, before being blended back toSiren Tap Yard New Opening Times gether with a percentage of fresh beer, to create the • Every Thursday 12:00 – 20:00 year’s vintage. The barrels that have been used are left • Every Friday 12:00 – 20:00 with 10% aged beer in them before being topped up with fresh Maiden, in what is a form of the Solera sys• Every Saturday 12:00 – 20:00 tem. This ensures a constant evolution and develop ment of flavour.

West Berkshire Brewery launces Cellaring Education Scheme

West Berkshire Brewery has launched a quality cellaring scheme to help educate landlords and beer contemporaries in the importance of keeping and serving cask and keg beer in perfect condition. As part of a new partnership with Day One Training, WBB will offer the scheme to permanent stockists of their beer which includes Good Old Boy Best Bitter and the Renegade keg range with a view to extend to other customers in the future. The one-day course will include topics such as; line cleaning, the workings of a cellar, glass care, dispense and product presentation. After successful completion of the course, publicans will be awarded the recognised industry BIIAB Award in Beer and Cellar Quality (ABCQ) certificate. Clare Candy, Marketing Manager at WBB says “At West Berkshire Brewery we are passionate about all types of beer and have a special love for cask ale which remains at the heart of our business. It is our belief that a good pint of cask ale can rival any beer or style across the world which is why we are proud to be launching this initiative. We want our customers to be drinking a cask beer that is in perfect condition every time and believe that education across the industry is the key.” Having moved into their new premises in October, the training will take place at West Berkshire Brewery in Yattendon, near Reading. Attendees will be able to experience a tour of the new state of-the-art brewery and packaging line as well as a tasting of WBB beers and lunch in their taproom. For more information on the beer and cellar quality training scheme at West Berkshire Brewery, please contact Clare Candy (clare.candy@wbbrew.com).

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Windsor & Eton Brewery granted Royal Warrant Windsor & Eton Brewery Royal Warrant Congratulations to Windsor & Eton granted Brewery who have been granted

a Congratulations to Windsor &asEton Brewery have granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment Brewer to Her who Majesty thebeen Queen. Royal Warrant of Appointment as Brewer to Her Majesty the Queen. The award allows it to display a designated Royal Coat of Arms on its products, The awardpremises allows it and to display a designated Coat of Arms on itsa business products, stationery, vehicles. To becomeRoyal a Royal Warrant Holder stationery, and vehicles. To become a Royal Warrantover Holder a business must have premises supplied goods or services to a Royal Household a period of at must five have supplied goods or services to a Royal a period of at least years. Windsor & Eton Brewery, which willHousehold celebrate over its’ eighth birthday least years. Day Windsor & Eton which will barley celebrate its’ on eighth birthday on St.five George’s on 23rd April,Brewery, brews beer using grown the Windsor on St. and George’s Day grains on 23rd April, brewstobeer using to barley on the“We’re Windsor Farm, the spent are returned the Farm feedgrown their cattle. a Farm,fortunate and the business” spent grains aredirector returned to Calvert. the Farm“To to feed their cattle. “We’re a very said Will be Windsor’s community fortunate business”and saidcustomers director Will Calvert.the “To be Windsor’s community brewery working withvery all our local suppliers including Royal Household is a real brewery working all comes our local suppliers and customers including the Royal Household real privilege. With thiswith award responsibility – and we’ll never forget how we serve Windsor is& aEton, privilege. With this comes – and we’ll serve & Eton, and that we’re onlyaward ever as goodresponsibility as the quality of our lastnever pint forget of beerhow andwe how we Windsor treated our last and that we’re only ever as good as the of our pint of awards, beer andincluding how we two treated our last customer.” Windsor & Eton Brewery hasquality won over 60 last significant 2018 SIBA customer.” Brewery has won overbeer 60 significant awards, including two 2018 Farm SIBA National GoldWindsor Medals & forEton its beer. It brews bottled for the House of Commons, Windsor National Gold Medals for its and beer.forIt pub brews bottled beer for the House of Commons, Farm Shop, nationally for Waitrose, companies including Wetherspoon and MitchellWindsor & Butlers. Shop, nationally for Waitrose, and for pub companies including Wetherspoon and Mitchell & Butlers.

Bond Brews BondScrum Brews Dean’s Five

(4.0% Best Bitter), brewed to coincide with the six Dean’s rugby Scrumchampionship, Five (4.0% Best brewed coincide with 1st thetwo six nations wentBitter), so well that it toran out in the nationsofrugby championship, went so wellsothat it ran out in the 1st two weeks the competition back in February, it was re-brewed for March. weeks of the competition back in February, so it was re-brewed for March. The current seasonal beer is called Kiwi Pale (4.3% New Zealand Pale The current seasonal beer is called Kiwi Pale (4.3% New Zealand Pale Ale), using Dr. Rudi hops. Ale), using Dr. Rudi hops. Also, to coincide with CAMRA’s ‘Mild for May’ promotion, Mellow Velo Also, to coincide withmake CAMRA’s ‘Mild return for May’ promotion, Mellow Beer Velo (3.6% Dark Mild), will a welcome in time for the Reading (3.6% Dark Mild), will make a welcome return in time for the Reading Beer Festival. Festival. There will also be a special beer to celebrate England’s World Cup campaign beginning in June. There will also be a special beer to celebrate England’s World Cup campaign beginning in June. Bond Brews have appeared in beer festivals both near and far recently in; Gosport, Alton, Wantage, Bond BrewsTewkesbury, have appeared in beerWraysbury festivals both near and far recently Gosport,soon Alton, Winchester, Newbury, & Sandhurst. And will bein;featuring at Wantage, Newbury Winchester, Tewkesbury, Newbury, Wraysbury & Sandhurst. will Brews be featuring at Newbury Racecourse, Reading, Kingston & Eversley. There will also be And a Bond stall atsoon the Wokingham Racecourse, Reading, Kingston & Eversley. There will also be a Bond Brews stall at the Wokingham May Fayre, so come along and say hi and sample the beers. May Fayre, so come along and say hi and sample the beers.

Binghams Brewery launched Ricochet as a new label in April, Binghams Brewery launched Ricochet a new label currentin April, which will have exciting new beers, distinctly different as from the beers

which will by have excitingBrewery. new beers, the beers currently brewed Binghams Thedistinctly first beerdifferent is calledfrom American Amber and ly brewed Binghams The firstin beer is called American Amber and weighs in by at 5.5% ABV.Brewery. It is red-amber colour, courtesy of the complex weighsofincoloured at 5.5% malts ABV. which It is red-amber colour, courtesy the complex blend provide ainrounded caramel of flavour profile, blend of coloured provide aprovided roundedby caramel flavour profile, accompanied by a malts strongwhich hop character American hops, It is accompanied a strong character provided by American It is unfiltered and by unfined and hop as such may be hazy. This first brewhops, also has unfiltered and as such may pump be hazy. first brew has distinctive laserunfined etchedand square wooden clips.This Expect more also exciting distinctive etched square brews from laser Ricochet in the comingwooden months.pump clips. Expect more exciting brews from Ricochet in the coming months.

Loddon Brewery

LoddonGeorge Brewery Gorgeous - a traditional English beer brewed to celebrate our most Gorgeous George - a available traditionalfrom English beerBrewery. brewed toThis celebrate most famous George, is now Loddon is a trueour English famous George, is now available from Loddon Brewery. is aFuggles true English bitter brewed every April to celebrate St Georges Day. This Using and bitter brewed every Aprilvarieties to celebrate St Georges Day. Using Fuggles and Goldings, the two oldest of English hop, Gorgeous George is a proper Goldings, twocelebrates oldest varieties hop, Gorgeous George is a proper 4.3% bitterthe which all thatofisEnglish great about English brewing tradition. 4.3% bitter which celebrates all thatFullness: is great about English 60%. brewing tradition. Sweetness: 40%, Bitterness: 70%, 70%, Colour: Sweetness: 40%, Bitterness: 70%, Fullness: 70%, Colour: 60%.

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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. We held our Annual Cider Pub of the Year (CPOTY) competition for our SE Berks CAMRA Branch in March this year and there is a new winner for this branch:

The Winner: The Crispin in Wokingham. The Runner-up: The Old Manor in Bracknell. The Certificate for 2018 Cider Pub of the Year will be presented in May 2018 and photos will follow in the next Mad Cow magazine. The Crispin always has a broad selection of at least four real Ciders on sale from its cellar, and it has rightly been acknowledged for serving consistently good real ciders throughout the year. The month of May is also the CAMRA Real Cider and Perry promotion month because Pubs hold festivals including Cider Festivals in the Spring and Summer months. Look out for a vast selection of Cider in our neibouring Branch, Reading Beer and Cider Festival on Christchurch Meadows in early May (3rd to 6th) where you will find a great selection of real Ciders and Perries over this four-day festival. I expect there will be many Cider Festivals during the Spring and Summer months but one just announced and hot off the press is a Cider Festival at the Broad Street Tavern in Wokingham on the 4th August. Look out for many other Cider Festivals as the weather gets warmer and the Summer Cider lovers come out of the closet. If you have any questions or comments about Real Cider in our area, please contact me, Mike Lee, at mailto:cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.

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Public Transport Bus Service Changes

Nothing ever stays the same for long on our local bus services. After a few months experience of operating Green Line route 702, Reading buses have made some changes. From 8th May the London service Green Line 702 no longer serves Bracknell, Ascot or Winkfield in the off peak period and will start and finish at Legoland Windsor. This will mark the first time in many decades that Bracknell won't have a regular daily bus service direct to London. During peak hours several 702 journeys will extend to and from Bracknell and Reading to maintain commuter links. However, its not all bad news as the 702 will be replaced by a new service 703 run by Reading Buses and operated by one of their sub brands Thames Valley Buses. The 703 will run hourly from Bracknell to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Alternate buses will operate via North Ascot, Winkfield and Legoland with a 2 hourly

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faster direct service from Ascot to Legoland and from there a combined hourly on to Slough, Langley and Heathrow. The service reduction from hourly to 2 hourly to North Ascot and Winkfield is due to low passenger loadings according to Reading buses.

South Western Railway Changes Following a three month consultation period, South Western Railway, the franchise operator on the London Waterloo to Reading route that runs right through the middle of our branch area has announced changes to service that will come into force in early December 2018. The service frequency will double from 2 trains an hour to 4 trains an hour. Last trains from London Waterloo to Reading will be just after midnight and from Reading around 11.20 pm. The doubling of the frequency to 4 trains an hour is to be welcomed. The Martins Heron stop will be omitted during the off peak period so this stop will remain on a 2 services per hour frequency.

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Queen visits Bracknell

By Anthony Springall

The 20th January 1845 was a cold crisp morning when Queen Victoria set out from Windsor Castle on route to Stratfield Saye in order to see the Duke of Wellington. The entourage stopped in Bracknell at the Red Lion (now The Blues Smokehouse) in order that the queen could refresh herself and for a change of horses. This was a very big day for the small market town of Bracknell and a local child presented the queen with a posy before she

entered the pub. Once the horses were changed, the Queen re-joined her carriage and carried on her way. It is not recorded what the Queen drank that day but the pub at the time was serving Blandy, Hawkins & Co, Castle Brewery beers from Reading so it is nice to think of her enjoying one of their ales!

The Red Lion (now Blues Smokehouse)

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Jean and Phil Lacey welcome you to their cosy English pub and restaurant in the heart of Winkfield. Just 4 miles from Windsor Castle and 3 miles from Ascot Racecourse.

Large welcoming bar and separate restaurant area. Excellent Lunch and Evening menu, ÂŁ6 for Fish and Chips on Fridays. Beautiful outdoor eating area and garden. Function room for hire, have your party here! Read a free newspaper over a coffee, or gather round a table and play one of the many games available. Come and join our Wednesday quiz night. Real log fire when it is cold outside. Children very welcome with a special menu available for them.

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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.

Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) 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) Stardust Brewery (White Waltham) 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)

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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

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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

If you believe a pub should be assessed for LocAle accreditation, please submit a request by email to our Locale Representative, Graham Holt at LocAle@seberkscamra.org.uk. The criteria required to obtain LocAle accreditation is twofold: 1. Must be an establishment that regularly sells any real ale brewed within 25 miles of the Old Manor in Bracknell (see qualifying brewery list above). 2. Must have an annual rolling average beer score above 2.5 (see the National Beer Scoring System inside the rear cover of this magazine).

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Pub Pub Signs Signs – –A A unique unique art art form form By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

Anyone who passes a pub will often see Anyone who passes a pub will often see a unique art form in the shape of a a unique art form in the shape of a painted sign-board advertising the painted sign-board advertising the name of the pub and often the brewery name of the pub and often the brewery if it is a tied house. These signs are the if it is a tied house. These signs are the descendents of the Roman tradition of descendents of the Roman tradition of hanging a bush outside of a house hanging a bush outside of a house where drink and food could be obtained where drink and food could be obtained (hence the popular pub name “The (hence the popular pub name “The Bush”) or a chequer board showing that Bush”) or a chequer board showing that games were played within (hence the games were played within (hence the pub name “The Chequers”). pub name “The Chequers”).

classy sign may actually use gold leaf to classy sign may actually use gold leaf to ensure the lettering remained perfect for as ensure the lettering remained perfect for as long as possible. long as possible. The pub sign The pub sign painter gets little painter gets little recognition but recognition but their works may their works may be seen by many be seen by many more people than more people than a picture in an art a picture in an art gallery. One of gallery. One of the most famous the most famous painters of pub painters of pub signs was signs was George Mackenney who had studied at the George Mackenney who had studied at the Westham School of Art before undertaking Westham School of Art before undertaking a number of commissions after his wife a number of commissions after his wife contacted breweries to ask for work. In his contacted breweries to ask for work. In his career he painted over 6,000 signs which career he painted over 6,000 signs which considering a sign is double sided meant considering a sign is double sided meant 12,000 pictures! It is no wonder that when 12,000 pictures! It is no wonder that when working he spent around 14 hours a day in working he spent around 14 hours a day in the studio and rarely took a holiday. the studio and rarely took a holiday.

The Queens Head, Wokingham The Queens Head, Wokingham

The pub sign painter’s art is to capture the The pub sign painter’s art is to capture the essence of the pub and this was important essence of the pub and this was important in the days when literacy rates were low in the days when literacy rates were low but everyone could recognise the picture but everyone could recognise the picture and know what was the name of the pub. It and know what was the name of the pub. It gave the painter some leeway in the degave the painter some leeway in the design of each sign and breweries would sign of each sign and breweries would employ specialist painters to create each employ specialist painters to create each new sign and to refurbish older signage. new sign and to refurbish older signage. The sign would be painted in very high The sign would be painted in very high quality paint as it was expected to stand up quality paint as it was expected to stand up to all weathers and would have a lifespan to all weathers and would have a lifespan of around 10 years but modern technology of around 10 years but modern technology has been used in some signs to create has been used in some signs to create plastic relief signage which it was felt plastic relief signage which it was felt would last longer. The artist would often would last longer. The artist would often double up as the sign writer and for a very double up as the sign writer and for a very Page 20 Page 20

The Red Lion, Wokingham The Red Lion, Wokingham

Some signs would use humour and many Some signs would use humour and many people will remember the sign at the people will remember the sign at the “Whod a tho't it” in Crowthorne with an “Whod a tho't it” in Crowthorne with an

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The Golden Farmer in Bracknell used to have a picture of William Davis, the infamous highwayman and “Golden Farmer” to adorn the premises but this has been replaced with a rather boring name board.

The Golden Farmer, Bracknell

A very special signage is that of the gallows sign that spans the whole road. The Swan in Fittleworth, West Sussex has one of the most famous of these signs and there is no missing it for a weary traveller.

A similar named pub in Southwark (now closed) used a theme of fishing to give a very funny interpretation of the name.

The Swan, Fittleworth

It is a sad fact that economics has forced many pubs to abandon a painted pictorial sign and instead use a mere name board in its place.

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Pub signs are a very unique and British art form and breweries and pub companies should be encouraged to keep this piece of pub tradition alive and not to revert to mere name boards or plastic signage. For anyone who wishes to learn more about this fascinating subject then the book “Pub Signs” by Paul Corballis is highly recommended.

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Shop and Taproom Opening Hours Shop Open Daily: 10am to 6pm Taproom Open Daily: 10am to 6pm, Thurs - Sat until 11pm Kitchen Open: Tues - Sun 12pm to 3pm, Thurs - Sat 6pm to 9pm Phone: 01635 767090 Email: info@wbbrew.co.uk wbbtaproom Available for private tours Please call 01635 767090 or Email: taproomandkitchen@wbbrew.co.uk

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk www.seberkscamra.org.uk A change in planning legislation has given Storm A change in planning legislation has given some protection from change of use but Storm brewing brewing for for pubs! pubs! some protection from change of use but CAMRA Branch Campaigns Coordinarecent closures have very much focused CAMRA Branch Campaigns Coordinarecent closures have very much focused tor, Barry Garber provides his “Camon residential development with The Jolly tor, Barry Garber provides his “Camon residential development with The Jolly paign Focus” update on page 23, highFarmer in Sandhurst being replaced by 42 paign Focus” update on page 23, highFarmer in Sandhurst being replaced by 42 lighting the Campaign for Real Ale’s retirement apartments, down the road in lighting the Campaign for Real Ale’s retirement apartments, down the road in recent call for a new deal for pubs in Little Sandhurst, The Fox & Hounds has recent call for a new deal for pubs in Little Sandhurst, The Fox & Hounds has response to fresh data, which reveals closed to be replaced by housing, Gold response to fresh data, which reveals closed to be replaced by housing, Gold 18 pubs are being lost each week. Cup in Ascot replaced by housing, Three 18 pubs are being lost each week. Cup in Ascot replaced by housing, Three CAMRA Branch Publicity Officer, AnBrewers, Wokingham now housing and CAMRA Branch Publicity Officer, AnBrewers, Wokingham now housing and thony Springall, puts a local perspective The Waterloo, Crowthorne has been dethony Springall, puts a local perspective The Waterloo, Crowthorne has been deon this… molished and sheltered housing is being on this… molished and sheltered housing is being built on the site. All of this has taken place While temporary business rate relief and a built thefew site. All of this has taken place While temporary business rate relief and a in theon past years. beer duty freeze have been welcome, in the past few years. beer duty freeze have been welcome, CAMRA is calling on the Government to The pub has suffered with a change in CAMRA is calling on the Government to The pub has suffered with a change in implement a fundamental review of the tax social trends such as drinking at home, the implement a fundamental review of the tax social trends such as drinking at home, the system. Britain's departure from the Eurosmoking ban and the growth of other leisystem. Britain's departure from the Eurosmoking ban and the growth of other leipean Union provides new opportunities to sure venues such as coffee shops. With pean Union provides new opportunities to sure venues such as coffee shops. With support pubs, such as the potential for crippling tax burdens the survival of UK support pubs, such as the potential for crippling tax burdens the survival of UK lower rates of tax for draught beer sold in pubs is under serious threat. lower rates of tax for draught beer sold in pubs is under serious threat. pubs. The British pub is the only place that you pubs. The British pub is the only place that you Colin Valentine, CAMRA's National Chaircan drink real ale, and with retail sales of Colin Valentine, CAMRA's National Chaircan drink real ale, and with retail sales of man says: "As Britain prepares to leave the beer now outselling those in pubs it is man says: "As the Britain prepareshas to leave the beer now outselling those in pubs it is European Union, Government a unique overdue if we are to protect this unique European Union, the Government has to a unique overdue if we are to protect this unique opportunity to update the tax system better institution, which after all is known all over opportunity to update the tax system to better support pubs, which are a bastion of British institution, which after all is known all over the world. Hilaire Belloc once said "But supportand pubs, which bastion of across British culture at the heartare of a communities the world. Hilaire Belloc once said "But culture and at the heart of communities across when you have lost your Inns, drown your the country. when you have lost your Inns, drown your the country. empty selves, for you will have lost the last Millions of dedicated pub-goers are looking to empty selves, for you will have lost the last Millions of dedicated are the looking to of England". That was written over 100 the Government to act pub-goers now to secure future of England". That was written over 100 thethe Government to pub. act now to secure the future years ago by a Frenchman! The message of great British We're now challenging years ago by a Frenchman! The message of the great British pub. We're now challenging here is to use your local otherwise it may the Government to be the most pro-pub in histohere is to use your local otherwise it may the Government to be the most pro-pub in histonot be there the next time you call. ry by seizing this opportunity”. not be there the next time you call. ry by seizing this opportunity”. In South East Berkshire we have lost 40 In South East Berkshire we have lost 40 pubs in the past 30 years and once a pub pubs in the past 30 years and once a pub closes it is rarely re-opened again as a closes it is rarely re-opened again as a pub. Since CAMRA was formed in the pub. Since CAMRA was formed in the early 1970's we have lost 1 in 3 of our pubs early75,000 1970'sdown we have lost 1 in 3 of our pubs from to around 50,000. from 75,000 down to around 50,000. The Community right to bid under the LoThe Community right to bid under the Localism Act 2012 gives the opportunity to calism Act 2012 gives the opportunity to save local pubs. In our area a local comsave local pubs. In our area a local community group is trying to re-open The Royal munity group is trying to re-open The Royal Hunt pub in North Ascot with a lot of public Hunt pub in North Ascot with a lot of public support and financial pledges after a plansupport and financial pledges after a planning application to demolish it was refused. ning application to demolish it was refused. Across in Maidenhead, the locals bought Across in Maidenhead, the locals bought The Crauford Arms and turned it into a The Crauford Arms and turned vibrant and thriving community pub.it into a vibrant and thriving community pub.

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14 th May 2018: Windsor Racecourse Royal Ale Festival 14 May 2018: Windsor Racecourse Royal Ale Festival windsor-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/royal-ale-festival windsor-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/royal-ale-festival In celebration of the Royal Wedding being held in Windsor, the raceIn celebration of the Royal Wedding being held in Windsor, the racecourse are holding a “Royal” beer festival. Just like our own festival at course are holding a “Royal” beer festival. Just like our own festival at Ascot, it will occur during a race meeting with entry covering both. Ascot, it will occur during a race meeting with entry covering both. Around 25 ales are expected presumably including some commemoraAround 25 ales are expected presumably including some commemorative Wedding ales. tive Wedding ales.

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25 th – 28 th May 2018: White Horse, Hedgerley 25 – 28 May 2018: White Horse, Hedgerley facebook.com/whitehorsehedgerley facebook.com/whitehorsehedgerley A very large beer festival for a country village pub, this features over A very large beer festival for a country village pub, this features over 100 rare and unusual ales over the course of the weekend. There are 100 rare and unusual ales over the course of the weekend. There are also ciders, perries and foreign beers. also ciders, perries and foreign beers.

26 th – 28 th May 2018: Queen’s Head, Wokingham 26 – 28 May 2018: Queen’s Head, Wokingham queensheadwokingham.co.uk queensheadwokingham.co.uk The now traditional Bank Holiday beer festival from Carol and the The now traditional Bank Holiday beer festival from Carol and the Queen’s Head team. Expect around eight ales on stillage on the delightQueen’s Head team. Expect around eight ales on stillage on the delightful back patio, plus six on the bar as usual. Some real cider is expected ful back patio, plus six on the bar as usual. Some real cider is expected too. too.

27 th May 2018: Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival 27 May 2018: Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival bracknellalefestival.co.uk bracknellalefestival.co.uk This festival at Bracknell Rugby Club seems to grow every year. Expect This festival at Bracknell Rugby Club seems to grow every year. Expect around 50 ales from local and regional breweries, plus ciders and Engaround 50 ales from local and regional breweries, plus ciders and English wines. Hogstar bar featuring Hogs Back Brewery keg products. lish wines. Hogstar bar featuring Hogs Back Brewery keg products. Gin, Pimms and Wine tent. Courtney buses put on a shuttle service Gin, Pimms and Wine tent. Courtney buses put on a shuttle service from Bracknell station to make getting there and back easier. Discountfrom Bracknell station to make getting there and back easier. Discounted entry for CAMRA members. ed entry for CAMRA members.

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15th – 16th June 2018: Hampton Beer Festival 15 – 16 June 2018: Hampton Beer Festival hamptonbeerfestival.co.uk hamptonbeerfestival.co.uk A worthwhile festival run by the local Scouts in aid of charity. It is locatA festival run by the is local in aidfrom of charity. It is locatedworthwhile near Hampton station which justScouts 10 minutes Twickenham (on ed Hampton which is just 10 minutes from (on the near Waterloo line station from our area). Expect around 15 Twickenham ales and a few the Waterloo line from our area). Expect around 15 ales and a few ciders. ciders.

15th – 17th June 2018: Perseverance, Wraysbury 15 – 17 June 2018: Perseverance, Wraysbury thepercy.co.uk thepercy.co.uk This friendly local puts on several beer festivals during the year. It is This friendly local from puts on several beer festivals during the year. is easily accessible Wraysbury station (change at Staines on Itthe easily accessible Wraysbury at Staines on the Waterloo line from from our area). Expectstation around(change 12 real ales at a time. Waterloo line from our area). Expect around 12 real ales at a time.

7th July 2018: Lowde Fest 7 July 2018: Lowde Fest lowdefest.com lowdefest.com This combined music festival and beer festival will appeal to many. This combined music festival(between and beerEversley festival will appeal to many. located at Hazeley Bottom & Hartley Wintney) located at Hazeley Bottom (between Eversley & Hartley Wintney) advertises over 60 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. advertises over 60 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries.

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26th – 28th July 2018: Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival 26 – 28 July 2018: Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival maidenheadbeerfest.org.uk maidenheadbeerfest.org.uk After having to switch to an indoor Winter festival last year, our neighAfter to switch to an& indoor Winter CAMRA festival last our neighbourshaving in Slough, Windsor Maidenhead are year, delighted to be bours in Slough, Windsor College & Maidenhead CAMRA are delighted to be returning to Desborough and Summer dates. Expect around returning to Desborough Summer dates. ExpectReduced around 100 carefully selected real College ales plusand about 20 ciders & perries. 100 carefully ales plus about 20 ciders & perries. Reduced admission for selected CAMRA real members. admission for CAMRA members. nd

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24th – 26th August 2018: Wokingham Festival 24 – 26 August 2018: Wokingham Festival wokinghamfestival.co.uk wokinghamfestival.co.uk A beer festival held as part of a food and drink festival, with live music A beer in. festival held as part a food drink festival,over with the livecourse music thrown Expect around 25ofales and and 10 ciders/perries thrown in. Expect Aaround 25 ales and 10 ciders/perries over theWokingcourse of the weekend. free shuttle bus service will again run from of thestation weekend. A temporary free shuttleCantley bus service again Free run from ham to the Parkwill venue. entryWokingbefore ham station toSaturday the temporary Cantley Park venue. Free entry before Midday on the & Sunday. Midday on the Saturday & Sunday.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk www.seberkscamra.org.uk Brewers started to issue mats to mark Brewers started to issue mats to mark (continued) special occasions such as when a beer (continued) special occasions such as when a beer had won an award or to tie in their product had won an award or to tie in their product Bass issued a series of mats in the late to historical events such as royal Bass issued a series of mats in the late to historical events such as royal 1920's to publicise their beers with a small weddings or local festivities. 1920's to publicise their beers with a small weddings or local festivities. humorous character called “Bill Stickers” humorous character called “Bill Stickers” Other industries soon caught on to the and his adventures in applying posters in Other industries soon caught on to the and his adventures in applying posters in effectiveness of this means of advertising the most unlikely places to publicise their effectiveness of this means of advertising the most unlikely places to publicise their and cigarette companies, soft drinks beers. and cigarette companies, soft drinks beers. manufacturers etc issued their own mats manufacturers etc issued their own mats which would vie for which would vie for space with the space with the brewers own designs. brewers own designs. As printing techniques As printing techniques advanced then mats advanced then mats were produced which were produced which did not conform to the did not conform to the normal round or normal round or square designs and square designs and these generated further interest. these generated further interest. Beer mats are no longer as prevalent in Beer mats are no longer as prevalent in pubs as they once were but it is an pubs as they once were but it is an interesting fact that around five and a half interesting fact that around five and a half billion are produced annually worldwide. billion are produced annually worldwide. These small pieces of art not only mop up These small pieces of art not only mop up spilled beer but can also be used to As a means of generating interest, spilled beer but can also be used to As a means of generating interest, publicise many other things such as “Don't brewers started issuing sets of mats and publicise many other things such as “Don't brewers started issuing sets of mats and drink & drive”, “Stop Smoking” or checking between 1936 and 1938 Bass, Ratcliffe & drink & drive”, “Stop Smoking” or checking between 1936 and 1938 Bass, Ratcliffe & for prostate cancer in a place which is Gretton Ltd and Worthington & Co issued for prostate cancer in a place which is Gretton Ltd and Worthington & Co issued seen as non threatening and hopefully the mats with realistic line drawings of their seen as non threatening and hopefully the mats with realistic line drawings of their message is taken on board. most notable pubs. Drinkers would then message is taken on board. most notable pubs. Drinkers would then look out for mats which they had not look out for mats which they had not previously seen and started to collect mats previously seen and started to collect mats in their own right and this fashion in their own right and this fashion continued for many years. continued for many years.

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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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CAROL & PETER welcome you to this Historic Public House A range of Real Ales, Lagers, Spirits, Wines and soft drinks Rear part-covered Beer Garden

COVER STORY -- CLUB OF THE YEAR! COVER STORY CLUB OF THE YEAR! COVER STORY CLUB OF THE YEAR! At the March 2018 open At the March 2018 open

meeting of the2018 Berkshire At the March open meeting of the Berkshire South East branch of the meeting of the Berkshire South East branch of the Campaign Real Ale, a South Eastfor branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, a presentation made Campaign for was Real Ale, a presentation was made to the Binfield was Club of the presentation made to the Binfield Clubof of the prestigious “Club to the Binfield Club of the prestigious “Club of This the Year 2018” award. prestigious “Club of the Year 2018” award. This reflected only This the Year 2018”notaward. reflected notbeer only the quality of the served reflected not only the quality of the beer served but also it's community quality of the beer served but also it's community focus, and but also ambience it's community focus, ambience and accessibility and follows focus, ambience and accessibility and follows up on the same award accessibility and follows up on the same presented 2017.award The up on the insame award presented in 2017. The club beat over 60 clubs presented in 2017. The club beat over 60 clubs situated the club beat overin 60 clubs situated in Bracknell the Wokingham, situated in the Wokingham, Bracknell and Ascot area Bracknell and the award was accepted by Mandy & Bill (pictured) on behalf of the Wokingham, and Ascot area and the award wasTony accepted by Mandy & Bill (pictured) on behalf of the club from CAMRA branch secretary Springall. and Ascot area and the award was accepted by Mandy & Bill (pictured) on behalf of the club from CAMRA branch secretary Tony Springall. club from CAMRA branch secretary Tony Springall.

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By Barry Fenton

How important are Real Ales & cider to your pub?

An interview with a landlord from a local pub. This time Barry was at the New Leathern Bottle in Jealotts Hill. A Freehouse owned and run by Wendy & Dave.

Very important. Most regulars are Real Ale drinkers and have their opinions! I keep a diary of how people like or dislike a beer and then use that information to plan ahead.

What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? A few make themselves comments are helpful.

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

More of the same really. Car & Motor Cycle meetings. Live music once a month. Open Mic. Quiz nights, darts. Our Annual Steam Fair in October, and starting soon “Rock n Roll Bingo.” (No 2 fat ladies here, RnR music clues instead. Come along and see.) In May we have our Family Fun Day.

How long have you been in the pub business and at the New Leathern Bottle?

Wendy has been working in pubs in the UK and in Australia, since she was 18. She took some time out to work with children, worked at the New Leathern Bottle three years ago and then returned with Dave in July last year. Dave’s background is in printing.

What do you most like about the pub trade?

This is a lovely cosy pub with a big garden. It attracts good and interesting people, both Dave & Wendy enjoy the discussions, the banter.

And the least?

Rain, says Dave. People come for the garden and for the food. If it rains, and there’s been a lot recently, our trade suffers and it’s too quiet. Wendy said that there’s not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

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

In the winter, (our conversation was in Easter week,) we sell two, to maintain standards. In summer it will be three. Currently, we have on tap, Windsor & Eton Guardsman. (4.2%) and Welton’s George & Dragon IPA. (4.1%) Next on

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What is craft beer?

Dave said it’s not for him. Just Real Ales from different breweries.

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

Because we’re quite a way back from the road and a distance from most housing we rely on creating a cosy, traditional atmosphere and running events, as already discussed, to encourage customers to visit. We sell good, home made, traditional food, from 12 to 8 (6 on Sundays) during the summer. Wendy has great experience working with children and has put this to good use creating the soft play marquee and Balloon Room. Parties can be held here and customers can have breakfast, lunch or tea with play sessions for the kids. All details are on the pub website: www.thenewleathernbottlewarfield.co.uk

What wrong would you most like to put right in the pub trade? Too much red tape. No explanation needed.

Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? Lee Mack. He makes Wendy laugh!

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CAMRA MEMBERS VOTE TO APPROVE CHANGE FOLLOWING LARGEST CONSULTATION ON 47 YEAR HISTORY Members of the Campaign for Real Ale have voted to approve all but one of its National Executive’s recommendations designed to take the organisation into the future. Almost 18,000 members voted online and at CAMRA’s AGM, held in Coventry on 21 April, to express their views on changes to CAMRA’s Articles of Association to re-define the 47-year-old organisation’s purpose and campaigning activities. Members voted to remove the organisation’s current “objects” in the Articles of Association, the statement of what the Campaign exists to achieve. In place of the old objects, members voted to approve recommendations to add in new objectives for the Campaign, designed to make the organisation more inclusive, relevant and welcoming: • To secure the long term future of real ale, real cider and real perry by increasing their quality, availability and popularity • To promote and protect pubs and clubs as social centres as part of the UK’s cultural heritage • To increase recognition of the benefits of responsible, moderate social drinking • To play a leading role in the provision of information, education and training to all those with an interest in beer, cider and perry of any type • To ensure, where possible, that producers and retailers of beer, cider and perry act in the best interests of the customer. However, the majority of members did not approve the recommendation to add one additional object: • To act as the voice and represent the interests of all pub goers and beer, cider and perry drinkers. However, Branch Chairman David Richards' interpretation of this is that rather than restrict who or what CAMRA chooses to represent, the absence of a clause on the subject actually gives CAMRA total freedom to represent whoever or whatever it decides, depending on the circumstances and issues at stake at the time. So the minority of members who sought to keep CAMRA locked in the past have unwittingly given it more flexibility than ever before. The changes will see CAMRA put increased focus on educating members (and non-members) about different types of beer. It also sees campaigning for real cider and perry added to the objects for the first time, as well as recognising pub and club protection as a key object for the organisation.

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Four (sometimes five) go for a Burton in Derby and Sheffield By Terry Burrows

I can visualise the confusion on your face after reading the title of this article, so let me explain. In February four of us, Karen and Barry Garber with Trish and myself, travelled up for this year’s Derby Beer Festival and during our time there we were occasionally joined by Simon Grist, making us five. During the time spent in Derby we went on two day-trips, one to Sheffield and the other to Burton-on Trent. nd

Setting off on Thursday 22 February, Barry drove the four of us to Derby arriving at about 3pm. We checked into our accommodation at the Pride Park Travelodge, which was bang opposite the Derby County Football Ground (sorry you Nottingham Forest fans) before walking around to the Derby CAMRA Beer Festival venue. Once again, this year’s festival was held in the Roundhouse, the world’s first and oldest surviving railway Roundhouse of its kind. Situated virtually opposite Derby railway station, the Grade II Listed Roundhouse was originally built in 1839 and was extensively restored in 2008. A 12-meter engine turntable can still be found inside and a section of glass-covered flooring allows a view beneath the Roundhouse into the original working pits.

by Iain Flanagan from Burton on Trent. Iain is someone we have got to know very well over the years as we have seen him at many beer festivals in the past. He is also a regular stall holder at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia and is always delighted to see Trish. Sure enough, Trish came back with a bumper pack of various flavoured chocolate bars, although she was at pains to explain that not all of them were hers. There was also Morgan’s, a cheese specialist, who had an amazing range of different cheeses and chutneys, along with an array of pork pies with some unusual flavours. A free hourly bus shuttle service outside was providing round trips between the festival and the city centre. We were dropped off close to three Wetherspoons pubs, the Standing Order, with the Thomas Leaper virtually next door, and the Babington Arms. We chose the Babington Arms, a converted furniture showroom that has one of the largest selection of real ales in Derby, plus a choice of many ciders. In fact, it was Derby CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year for 2017. We made ourselves comfortable and being in a Wetherspoons on a Thursday, we naturally ordered curries all round. With the curries inside us to keep us warm we began walking back to where the bus had dropped us off. Here Trish’s sense of direction came to the fore and we emerged from a side street at the exact spot where the coach was waiting to take us back to the festival. Amazing! On our return to the festival we collected some clean glasses and found a table in the library area, which was nice and warm. We left the festival as it was closing for the night and walked back to our accommodation. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, Karen and Trish volunteered to walk around to the Roundhouse and join the queue to the festival, thankfully near the front. At 12 noon on the dot we were allowed into the venue. Karen and Trish went to grab a table in the main hall while Barry, Simon and I got the glasses and tokens. Unsurprisingly, Karen and Trish had found a table near Goodfellows chocolate stand. We said good morning to Iain who kindly brought over some samples of his truffles. They were gorgeous.

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(GBG) listed free house and originally Guide (GBG) listedbrewery. free house and originally the home of Shiny The small brewing the of Shiny The small brewing planthome remains and brewery. now produces the Furnace plant andale nowhand-pumps produces the Furnace beers.remains Eight real serve their beers. Eight real ale hand-pumps serve their own beers and a constantly changing choice of own beers and a constantly changing choice of real ales, along with a few real ciders in boxes real withdiscount a few real in boxes and ales, a 20palong per pint for ciders CAMRA memand 20p per discount for CAMRA members.aWhat’s notpint to like! bers. What’s not to like! There were certainly some interesting drinks at There were certainly interesting the Furnace, so here some is a little tester fordrinks you. at In the Furnace, so here is a little tester for you. In the photo below there are two ciders and three the photo below there are two ciders beers, which is which? (Answer later) and three beers, which is which? (Answer later)

From here we walked along Edward Street, From we walked along until Edward Street, turned here right along King Street we came to turned right along King Street until we came the Five Lamps, one of my favourite pubs to in the Five onea of my favourite in Derby, soLamps, we stayed while. We had apubs couple Derby, so we stayed a while. We had a couple of drinks each, Oakhams Citra and Thornbridge of drinks each, Oakhams Citra and Jaipur IPA being among them. WithThornbridge up to fourJaipurbeers IPA being among them. With up fourteen on offer, plus two or three realtociders teen beers on offer, plus two or three real ciders and a 20% per pint discount for CAMRA memand 20%GBG per pint for CAMRA members,a the listeddiscount Five Lamps is a must to bers, Five Lamps a must to visit if the youGBG are inlisted the area. Walkingisback down visit if you are in the area. Walking back down King Street, we moved on to our third pub, the King Street, Another we moved on entry to ourpub thirdconsisting pub, the Flowerpot. GBG Flowerpot. Another GBG entry pubone consisting of two distinct buildings and being of Derof two buildings and Up being one of Derby’s fewdistinct live music venues. to fourteen real by’s few live music venues. Up to fourteen real ales are served on hand-pump, with beers from ales are served on hand-pump, with beers from Oakham, Whim and Blue Monkey catching the Oakham, and Blue Monkey the eye, plus Whim three ciders served fromcatching boxes. Yet eye, pluspub three cidersthat served from boxes. Yet another in Derby offers a 20p per pint another pub in Derbymembers that offers(there a 20pseems per pint discount for CAMRA to discount for CAMRA members (there to be a theme emerging here) so the seems main bar be theme emerging here) so the main bar wasavery busy. was very busy. We walked back into town and went into the We walked backainto town and went into Thomas Leaper, Wetherspoons Lloyds No.the 1 Thomas Leaper, a Wetherspoons Lloyds No. 1 pub, but were disappointed, as there was nopub, but wereWe disappointed, was nowhere to sit. hung aroundasforthere a little while, where to sit.out We around for pub a little just to keep of hung the cold but the waswhile, very just to so keep the cold wasWethvery busy, weout leftof and wentbut to the thepub other busy, so we andthe went to theOrder, other situatWetherspoons nextleft door, Standing erspoons StandingQuarter. Order, situated in the next heartdoor, of thethe Cathedral This ed in the heart of the hall Cathedral This former grand banking closed Quarter. in 1993 when former grand banking hall closed in 1993 when it was a Nat West Bank. Like most Wethit was a itNat Like most Wetherspoons hasWest been Bank. sympathetically converted erspoons it hasaspects been sympathetically converted so that many of the old building have so thatretained. many aspects old building been Being ofa the Friday, the Fishhave and been retained. Being a Friday, the Fish and

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Chips meal deal was available and very welChips meal deal was veryIsland welcome, accompanied byavailable a pint of and Kelham come, by atopint Kelham Island Aviator.accompanied Heading back the of Roundhouse we Aviator. the Heading back so to the spotted beer bus, we Roundhouse jumped onto we it. spotted the beer bus, so we jumped onto it. When we got back we walked over the railway When we got back we walked over the railway bridge through the station and went up the road bridge through theInn. station and theinn road to the Brunswick Built in went 1841,upthe is to the Brunswick Built brewery in 1841, and the inn is actually owned byInn. Everards is the actually owned by Everards brewery and is the oldest purpose-built railwayman’s hostelry in oldest railwayman’s in the UK.purpose-built It has won South Derbyshirehostelry CAMRA’s the It has won CAMRA’s PubUK. of the Year forSouth 2016 Derbyshire and 2017 and Cider Pub of the the Year Year infor2016. 2016The andbrewery 2017 and Pub of wasCider built Pub of extension the Year inin2016. was built as an 1991The andbrewery is the oldest in as an extension in 1991 and is the oldest in Derby. Derby.

A long, thin looking building, it was very busy in A long, looking building, it was very Howevbusy in the bar,thin which looked unusually small. the abar, which looked small. However, good selection of unusually beers were on offer and er, a goodBrunswick selection The of beers were on offer and included; Usual, Triple Hop and included; Brunswick The Usual, Triple Hop and White Feather; Everards Tiger and Beacon Hill White Feather; Tiger Taylor and Beacon Hill and last but notEverards least, Timothy Landlord. and last butpub not with least, Taylor Landlord. A fantastic a Timothy great atmosphere, this is A fantastic a great thisaris another thatpub is awith must visit ifatmosphere, you are in the another that islisted a must you are in the area. It is GBG andvisit alsoifoffers a discount to ea. It is GBG listed of and also offers discount to CAMRA members 20p per pint aand 10p per CAMRA half pint. members of 20p per pint and 10p per half pint. Our last pub of the night took us about a minute Our lastto. pub The of theAlexandra night took Hotel us about to get is aa minute former to get to. house The Alexandra is a former Shipstones but is nowHotel with Castle Rock. Shipstones house but is now with Castle A plaque in the lounge commemoratesRock. the A plaque of in Derby the lounge commemorates the birthplace CAMRA in 1974. The bar birthplace CAMRA in 1974. and The outbar features a of mixDerby of railway memorabilia features a mix37oflocomotive railway memorabilia and side a class cab resides in outthe side a class 37 again, locomotive cablisted resides the car park. Once a GBG pub inoffercar park. Once again, a GBG listed pub offering a CAMRA discount of 20p per pint and 10p ing CAMRA discount of Harvest 20p per Pale pint and per a half pint. Castle Rock was 10p our per Castle Rock Harvest Pale was our last half beerpint. of the evening. Perhaps it was the last beer of into the our evening. Perhaps it was the cold getting bones and the fading of our cold bones and the of our tastegetting buds, into but, our unfortunately, we fading couldn’t get taste buds, but, we couldn’t comfortable. We unfortunately, left after just one drink withget a comfortable. Weitleft justsome one drink a promise to try outafter again time.with We promise to try again some time. We walked back to ittheout Travelodge along the towwalked back to the Travelodge along the tow-

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk path. It was extremely cold by now so we all walked as fast as we could. Prior to making the trip to Derby, we had arranged to meet up with fellow CAMRA member Andrew Taylor from Barnsley Branch. We know Andrew from working with him at the Great British Beer Festival in Olympia for the past few years and last year he was selected to be our manager. Andrew had agreed to meet us there and be our guide on a pub crawl to try out some of the finer pubs in Sheffield. After breakfast we made our way to the station, only to find that the ticket machine was out of order, so we had to purchase our tickets from the station staff situated on the bridge. Simon joined us about two minutes before the train arrived, and so did a very noisy crowd of Aston Villa fans who were singing and chanting as the came down the steps and onto the platform. They were on their way to Hillsborough to see their team play Sheffield Wednesday. We arrived in Sheffield on time and went around to the Sheffield Tap where we found Andrew in the back bar. The place was heaving and it took us some time to get served and sit down with our halves of beer. Andrew offered us the choice of a city pub tour or the Kelham Island tour. We chose the Kelham Island tour as not many of us had been to that area before. As we drank and chatted, the crowd in the Sheffield Tap began to thin out as various trains arrived and departed, enabling us to admire the surrounds of this pub within a railway station. Unsurprisingly, it is included on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors, although it has only existed in its present form since 2009, having been a first-class refreshment room during the early part of the 20th century. A current GBG entry, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA is always on offer, although I started with their 3.5% Wild Swan, which was very good. An impressive focal point is the on-site Tapped Brewery, which opened in 2013 in the old dining room, and can be viewed behind a large glass screen.

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To get to Kelham Island we needed to take a tram, which took about 15 minutes to reach the Kelham Island stop. The first pub we went into was the GBG listed Wellington at the corner of Henry Street. A traditional cosy, two-roomed pub where Neepsend beers, brewed on a separate site, form the core beer range here alongside four changing guest beers including a stout or porter. Formerly the Cask and Cutler and housing the old Port Mahon Brewery, the pub changed hands in 2005 when the old name was reinstated. All the beers we tried were very good with the Totally Brewed’s Guardian of the Forest being my choice.

L to R: Andrew, Simon, Barry, Trish, Karen, Terry.

From there we walked across the road to our second pub, the Ship Inn, another GBG entry. Originally built by Sheffield Brewery Tomlinson’s, two sides of the pub have a distinctive tiled exterior with ‘TOMLINSON’S FINE ALES WINES SPRITS’ straddling over the door of the double frontage, and ‘ANCHOR ALES’ set in the lower section underneath each window. Immediately above the door in a half-circle surround was a montage of an old sailing ship with the pub’s name just beneath. The pub was refurbished in 2015 and subsequently commended in the 2016 National CAMRA/English Heritage Pub Design awards. Inside, the bar was relatively narrow and long, decorated with locally themed pictures. Six changing beers and Timothy Taylor Landlord as one of the regulars were on offer. I selected the Abbeydale Moonshine, which was again in very good condition. And now for something completely different! The next pub we moved on to was the Stew and Oyster. This is a smart modern pub/restaurant being part of the new Kelham Green Lane development, having been added

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on on to to a a gate gate house house from from an an old old steel steel works. works. The The main menu principally features, guess main menu principally features, guess what? what? Yes, Yes, you’ve you’ve got got it, it, Stews Stews and and Oysters Oysters in in the the afternoon afternoon and and evening, evening, although although there there is is a a ‘The ‘The Not Not Stew Stew or or Oysters Oysters Bit’ Bit’ on on the the menu. menu. Six Six real real ales ales are are on on offer offer with with Theakston Theakston Best Best and and house beer Nowt Bah't Hops from Kirkstall house beer Nowt Bah't Hops from Kirkstall being the the regular regular beers. beers. Four Four guest guest beers beers from from being breweries breweries like like Thornbridge, Thornbridge, Ilkley, Ilkley, Tiny Tiny Rebel Rebel and and Great Great Heck Heck often often make make an an appearance. appearance.

We We walked walked on on to to the the Kelham Kelham Island Island Tavern, Tavern, a a busy pub with lots of people standing busy pub with lots of people standing outside outside on on the the pavement. pavement. A A former former CAMRA CAMRA National National Pub Pub of of the the Year Year (2008 (2008 and and 2009) 2009) and and the the winwinner of several regional and local awards, ner of several regional and local awards, this this was was a a must must visit visit for for all all of of us us who who had had never never been there before. Rescued from dereliction been there before. Rescued from dereliction in in 2002, it it is is quite quite amazing amazing how how the the fortunes fortunes of of 2002, this this fairly fairly small small two-roomed two-roomed free free house house have have changed. changed. Even Even the the garden garden is is a a multi-awardmulti-awardwinner where you can relax in warmer months. winner where you can relax in warmer months. Twelve Twelve handpumps handpumps dispense dispense an an impressive impressive range range of of beers, beers, always always including including a a mild, mild, a a porter porter and a stout. The pub serves three and a stout. The pub serves three regular regular beers; beers; Acorn Acorn Barnsley Barnsley Bitter, Bitter, Bradfield Bradfield Farmers Farmers Blonde Blonde and and Pictish Pictish Brewers Brewers Gold Gold as as well well as as nine changing beers and two ciders. nine changing beers and two ciders.

The modern bar at the Stew and Oyster The modern bar at the Stew and Oyster

Next Next pub pub up up was was the the Gardeners Gardeners Rest. Rest. Owned Owned by by the the Gardeners Gardeners Rest Rest Community Community Society, Society, it it is is the the 51st 51st Community Community owned owned pub pub in in the the country country and a a current current GBG GBG entry. entry. Following Following flood and flood damdamage age in in 2007 2007 the the pub pub was was refurbished refurbished and and reoreopened pened in in 2009. 2009. One One of of the the staff staff came came to to chat chat with us and he was clearly very proud at what with us and he was clearly very proud at what has has been been achieved achieved with with the the pub pub since since being being taken taken over over by by the the community. community. It It acts acts as as the the brewery tap for nearby Sheffield Brewery and brewery tap for nearby Sheffield Brewery and in in addition to to at at least least four four of of their their beers, beers, there there are are addition up up to to eight eight guests, guests, plus plus at at least least two two ciders. ciders. Out Out the the back back is is a a beer beer garden garden which which overlooks overlooks the the River Don, but the best thing for me was to see River Don, but the best thing for me was to see a a fully fully restored restored bar bar billiard billiard table, table, a a game game II reremember member from from my my younger younger days. days. We We walked walked on on to to a a pub pub called called the the Riverside Riverside situated situated on on the the banks banks of of the the River River Don. Don. With With a a pleasant terrace terrace overlooking pleasant overlooking the the river, river, the the inteinterior rior is is largely largely open open plan plan but but with with a a mix mix of of comcomfortable fortable furniture. furniture. Three Three regular regular house house beers beers from True North brewery are complemented from True North brewery are complemented by by a a changing changing selection selection of of four four guest guest ales. ales.

We We walked walked back back around around the the corner corner to to the the Fat Fat Cat, Cat, which which was was also also very very busy. busy. We We got got our our drinks and found a spare table in a room drinks and found a spare table in a room upupstairs. stairs. Apparently, Apparently, The The Fat Fat Cat Cat was was the the pub pub that that started started the the real real ale ale revolution revolution in in the the Kelham Kelham Island Island area area when when it it opened opened in in 1981. 1981. A A current current GBG GBG entry, entry, beers beers from from around around the the country country are are served served alongside alongside those those from from the the adjacent adjacent KelKelham Island Brewery. The walls are covered ham Island Brewery. The walls are covered with many many awards awards presented presented to to the the pub pub and and the the with brewery. brewery. Three Three regular regular beers beers are are served; served; KelKelham ham Island Island Best Best Bitter Bitter and and Pale Pale Rider Rider and and TimTimothy Taylor Taylor Landlord, Landlord, plus plus up up to to eight eight guest guest othy beers. beers. The The Pale Pale rider rider was was excellent, excellent, as as it it should should be be as as it it only only had had to to travel travel 20 20 yards yards up up the the road road to get there! to get there! We We then then walked walked back back past past The The Kelham Kelham Island Island Tavern Tavern to to the the Shakespeare’s Shakespeare’s Ale Ale & & Cider Cider House. House. This This olde-worlde olde-worlde pub pub reopened reopened in in 2011, 2011, following following a a refurbishment refurbishment that that returned returned it it to to its its former former glory glory as as a a coaching coaching inn inn with with cobbles cobbles on on display display in in the the beer beer garden. garden. The The pub pub is is very very

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk supportive of live music with several up and coming acts appearing in the upper rooms. Folk singers often perform in the downstairs room and one such group of mainly young people were doing just that when we arrived. Unfortunately, they were doing it very badly! The Shakespeare is in the GBG and did have a good selection of real ales available with two regular beers from Abbeydale and Stancill breweries, up to eight guest ales, plus a cider or two. As you can probably tell from the name, the Banker’s Draft is named after its previous use as a bank. The building was designed and built in 1904 for the York & County. It became the Midland Bank in 1918, which is how it remained until it relocated in 1989. When we arrived, the pub was very busy and we found it very difficult to find a table. The only table we could find was upstairs and overlooked the lower floor. Unfortunately, this is where we came across the Aston Villa supporters we had seen previously at Derby station. They were being extremely noisy and were singing, shouting and chanting as their team had beaten Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 earlier that day. We hastily ate our food and left. As we got outside a police van pulled up and four officers went inside the pub. We didn’t hang around to see what happened. Instead we went back into the Sheffield Tap for a last drink with Andrew before saying goodbye and catching our train back to Derby.

We walked back over to the Beer Festival, got clean glasses and went into the Roundhouse. We found a table and sat down for a while to finish our drinks, leaving shortly after to walk back to the Travelodge. We all staggered upstairs to our rooms for a well-earned nights sleep.

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On Sunday morning we chose not to have breakfast in the Harvester as we had all agreed to eat when we got to Burton upon Trent. We took a swift walk along the tow-path to get to the station where the train arrived a few minutes early with only three carriages. The train was packed with passengers, so we had to stand all the way to Burton for the ten-minute ride. When we got out of the station we turned right, walked down the hill and soon passed the huge Molson Coors Brewery, now famous for brewing the popular and plentiful Doom Bar. Further down the main road we arrived at the Lord Burton for breakfast. Named after Michael Bass, the brewer and first Lord Burton, this Wetherspoon's pub opened in 1997 and was formerly a Woolworth's store.

After breakfast we walked around the corner to the Dog Inn, the local branch’s Pub of the Year 2017. A very attractive half-timbered, twostorey, 19th century terrace pub that has been radically revitalised since re-opening in 2015. The four regular beers include three from the Black Country brewery and Draught Bass plus seven changing guests, e.g. Fixed Wheel Through & Off and Harbour Antipodean. There are also five key keg fonts, which occasionally dispense real ale, plus up to six ciders. The next pub we walked to was one that Barry and I had been looking forward to for some time, the GBG listed Burton Bridge Inn. Since 1982 this 17th-century pub has been the flagship of the Burton Bridge Brewery estate and fronts the brewery itself. Sensitively refurbished in 2000, it has two rooms served from a central bar. The pub provided a friendly welcome to strangers like us. Free cheese and biscuits were on the bar for us to help ourselves to, and a warm bar on a cold day made us not want to leave. Six Burton Bridge beers were on offer

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including including Golden Golden Delicious Delicious and and Sovereign Sovereign Gold Gold and and there there was was room room for for one one guest guest beer beer as as well. well.

On On the the way way to to our our next next pub pub we we popped popped into into the the National National Brewery Brewery Centre Centre based based in in Burton. Burton. It It was was very very interesting interesting but but we we declined declined the the offer offer of of doing doing the the tour tour as as time time was was getting getting on. on. Instead Instead we we carried carried on on walking walking back back towards towards the the railway railway station station and and decided decided to to try try the the Roebuck Roebuck Inn, Inn, another another GBG GBG entry. entry. For For many many years years it it was was efeffectively fectively the the former former Ind-Coope Ind-Coope Brewery Brewery tap, tap, being being situated situated opposite opposite the the former former brewery, brewery, and and is is remembered remembered when when the the erstwhile erstwhile classic classic IndIndCoope Coope Draught Draught Burton Burton Ale Ale was was launched launched here here in in 1976. 1976. Four Four regular regular and and two two changing changing beers beers are are served served plus plus Old Old Rosie Rosie cider. cider.

group group started started to to play play far far too too noisily noisily for for us, us, so so we we downed downed our our drinks drinks and and left. left. As of time As we we had had a a bit bit of time before before our our train train was was due, due, we we decided decided to to walk walk back back to to another another pub, pub, the the Devonshire Devonshire Inn Inn but but on on the the way, way, we we noticed noticed a a micro micro pub, pub, The The GBG GBG listed listed Last Last Heretic. Heretic. We We decided decided to to wait wait for for our our train train in in there. there. The The Last Last Heretic Heretic was was opened opened in in 2016 2016 and and is is named named after after Edward Edward Wightman, Wightman, a a resident resident of of Burton, Burton, who who was was the the last last person person to to be be executed executed for for heresy heresy in in England. England. He He was was burnt burnt at at the the stake stake in in Lichfield Lichfield in in 1612, 1612, where where a a plaque plaque commemorates commemorates the the event. event. We We only only had had time time for for one one drink drink here here as as we we spent spent most most of of the the time time talking talking to to the the friendly friendly owner owner and and one one of of his his patrons. patrons. Saying Saying our our goodbyes goodbyes to to this this friendly friendly micro micro pub pub we we walked walked across across the the road road to to the the station. station.

Inside Inside the the Last Last Heretic Heretic Micro Micro Pub Pub

On On entering entering the the Roebuck Roebuck Inn Inn we we were were immediimmediately ately hit hit with with the the noise noise from from the the TV TV that that was was showing showing a a football football match match and and there there appeared appeared to to be be a a group group of of some some kind kind setting setting up up their their equipequipment. ment. Not Not to to be be deterred, deterred, we we ordered ordered our our drinks drinks and and sat sat down down at at a a small small table. table. II noticed noticed some some customers customers going going up up to to the the bar bar and and taking taking somesomething thing from from a a plastic plastic covered covered tray. tray. Intrigued, Intrigued, II went went to to look look for for myself myself and and found found a a whole whole tray tray full full of of homemade homemade sausage sausage rolls rolls that that were were delidelicious. cious. Barry Barry tried tried them them as as well well and and thought thought the the same. same. However, However, our our visit visit was was short-lived short-lived as as the the

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We We walked walked up up to to the the station station and and found found that that we we had had plenty plenty of of time time to to spare spare as as the the train train was was running running five five minutes minutes late. late. When When we we got got back back to to Derby, Derby, we we walked walked into into town town and and went went back back to to the the Babington Babington Arms Arms (Wetherspoons) (Wetherspoons) for for our our dinner. dinner. We We ordered ordered some some food food and and had had yet yet another another drink drink as as we we reflected reflected on on our our fantastic fantastic four four days days in in and and around around Derby. Derby. When When we we had had finished finished we we walked walked outside outside where where we we were were hit hit by by the the sub-zero sub-zero temperature temperature of of the the night. night. UnanUnanimously, imously, we we decided decided to to get get a a taxi taxi back back to to the the Travelodge Travelodge as as it it was was far far too too cold cold to to walk walk back. back. We We all all had had a a well-earned well-earned early early night night and and left left Derby Derby the the next next day day in in the the snow, snow, but but with with some some unforgettable unforgettable memories. memories.

Cheers! Cheers! Terry Terry Burrows. Burrows. Answer Answer to to the the beer beer or or cider cider question: question: L L to to R R – – 1. 1. Beer, Beer, 2. 2. Pink Pink Sour Sour Beer, Beer, 3.Fruit 3.Fruit Cider, Cider, 4. 4. Cider, Cider, 5. 5. Beer Beer

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