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Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the 54th edition of Mad Cow

Our exit from the European Union is only a matter of weeks away as I write this, and my thoughts once again turn to the potential impact to the UK brewing and pub industry. The initial fall in the value of sterling in the wake of the vote to leave certainly impacted the cost of imported raw ingredients for our breweries, and with the dramatic rise in popularity of hoppy “craft beers”, which tend to rely heavily on hop imports, beer prices have naturally increased for consumers at the bar. It is also becoming clear that future tariff structures may lower the cost of some imports into the UK while raising the price of others. Once Britain leaves we will no longer need to pay the EU-mandated tariffs we had been paying on say hops from New Zealand but the EU may decide to start charging us tariffs on malt from Germany and cider apples from France. So will we see our brewers return to Britain’s self-sufficiency for our essential raw ingredients? The chaps at the Hogs Back Brewery certainly think so, having grown their own hops since 2014, they are now planning to rebuild a traditional hop kiln at their premises in Tongham. You can read more about this exciting development on page 13. You will also find an array of other local pub and brewery news inside. Happy reading! Mike Rathge The views expressed in Mad Cow are those of Mad Cow Editor individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Campaign for Real Ale.

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Rose Rose & & Crown, Crown, Sandhurst Sandhurst

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

Save Our Pubs!

A day day of of political political division division saw saw an an unlikely unlikely A agreement agreement emerge emerge as as MPs MPs from from across across the the political political spectrum spectrum called called for for meaningful meaningful reform of business rates at a Parliamentary reform of business rates at a Parliamentary debate on on the the future future of of Britain's Britain's pubs. pubs. debate th

th The January 2019, 2019, which which was was The debate debate on on the the 15 15 January secured secured by by St St Albans Albans MP MP Anne Anne Main, Main, saw saw MPs MPs sharing examples of pubs across the UK sharing examples of pubs across the UK that that have been been lost lost or or are are under under threat threat due due to to skyskyhave high high business business rates. rates. Speaking Speaking in in the the debate, debate, Anne Anne Main Main MP MP explained explained that that "30 "30 of of the the 50 50 pubs pubs in in St St Albans Albans have seen seen a a rate rate increase. increase. Astonishingly, Astonishingly, they they have need need to to sell sell around around 180,000 180,000 more more pints pints per per year year to to cover cover those those increases." increases." "CAMRA, "CAMRA, which which is is based based in in my my constituency, constituency, recently provided provided a a comprehensive comprehensive submission submission recently to to the the Chancellor Chancellor ahead ahead of of the the Budget Budget in in September. September. It It [CAMRA] [CAMRA] has has called called for for a a full full review of of the the business business rate rate system system with with regard regard review to to pubs. pubs. It It maintains maintains that that the the current current system system is is not not fit fit for for purpose purpose and and a a review review is is needed needed to to tackle the unfair penalisation of property-based tackle the unfair penalisation of property-based businesses like like pubs, pubs, especially especially given given the the vastly vastly businesses reduced reduced levels levels of of taxation taxation paid paid by by online online retailers." retailers." Tom Tom Stainer, Stainer, CAMRA's CAMRA's Chief Chief Executive Executive said: said: "It's great great to to see see MPs MPs from from across across the the political political "It's divide divide coming coming together together to to recognise recognise that that pubs pubs are are a a force force for for good. good. It's It's clear clear that that MPs MPs want want fundamental reform reform of of our our outdated outdated and and unfair unfair fundamental business business rates rates system. system. I'd I'd urge urge the the Government Government to to listen listen carefully carefully to to unified unified calls calls from from backbenchers and from the pub backbenchers and from the pub industry industry to to safeguard safeguard the the long long term term future future of of the the Great Great British British Pub." Pub."

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There There may may be be trouble trouble ahead ahead for for the the Rose Rose and Crown Crown in in SandSandand hurst. hurst. Recent Recent planplanning ning applications applications for for the development development of of the new new homes homes in in the the pub pub garden garden have have caused caused local local residents residents and and regular customers customers to to regular be be up up in in arms arms about about the the potential potential threat threat to to the future future of of the the much much the loved loved pub. pub. The The “Rose “Rose and and Crown Crown Pub Pub CommuCommunity nity Group” Group” has has recently recently been been formed formed to to ensure ensure the pub pub survives. survives. This This group, group, along along with with branch branch the CAMRA CAMRA members members met met up up with with their their local local CounCouncillor, cillor, Michael Michael Brossard, Brossard, at at the the pub pub in in January January to to discuss their concerns. It was agreed that discuss their concerns. It was agreed that the the pub should should be be protected protected and and that that an an application application pub for for the the registration registration of of the the pub pub as as an an Asset Asset of of Community Community Value Value (ACV) (ACV) would would be be made made under under the Localism Localism Act Act 2011. 2011. To To date date over over 120 120 people people the have have pledged pledged their their support support and and the the number number continues continues to to rise. rise. If If you you would would like like to to join join the the group group to to help help secure secure the pubs pubs future future please please contact contact Jill Jill Fenner Fenner at at the jill_fenner@hotmail.com jill_fenner@hotmail.com

New New pub pub for for Wokingham? Wokingham?

We We have have been been informed informed that that Marstons Marstons have have sought sought planning planning permission permission to to build build a a new new pub pub at Keephatch Keephatch Gardens Gardens in in Wokingham. Wokingham. This This is is at the the new new development development opposite opposite St St Anne's Anne's Manor Manor on on the the London London Road. Road.

Jack o’Newbury, o’Newbury, Binfield Binfield Jack

Recent Recent reports reports say say that that a a cask cask of of Greene Greene King King Abbot Abbot Reserve Reserve was in was in particuparticularly good good larly form form at at this this pleasant pleasant country country pub. pub. This This is is a a rarerarely-found ly-found special special version version of of the the beer beer and and it it would would be well worth checking the pub out to see what be well worth checking the pub out to see what else they they might might have have on. on. else

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Dog & Duck, Emmbrook

If you haven’t been to the Dog & Duck in Emmbrook for a while, it is well worth a visit. General Manager Peter Biancheri and his team have worked hard to transform this rural public house into a welcoming, attractive place to stop for a drink and a bite to eat. The Sunday Carvery at just under £15 is a real treat with three different meats usually available, making for an excellent Sunday lunch. Starting life as a beer house, the Dog and Duck received its first licence 80 years later in 1851. It was later purchased by Brakspear Brewery in 1857 and by 1901 it had become the attractive public house you see today.

The current pub was built by Hewett’s Brewery of Waltham St. Lawrence in 1882, replacing the original smaller pub which was further back and is now the White Horse Cottage. The original pub was in the 1840s a beer house run by a Bichri Sheba Englefield. He obtained a full licence so that the White Horse then became a public house, about 1870. The pub also had a skittle alley. On his death, his wife took over the business. Morland Brewery, of Abingdon took over Hewett’s Brewery during the depression that followed the Boer War sometime between 1856 and 1859.

Walter Arms, Sindlesham

The Walter Arms in Sindlesham has been taken over by the Old Spot Pub Company. It continues to have two real ale pumps, and for those of you carrying on from Dryanuary they are the first pub in the UK to have a tap serving the St Peters Brewery 0.0% ‘Without’ alcohol free beer. Dating back to the 19th century, The Walter Arms is a welcoming pub in the heart of Sindlesham village.

White Horse, Wokingham In previous editions of Mad Cow, CAMRA Member, Kevin Lenton has provided potted histories of a number of pubs in Wokingham. This time he has turned his attention to the White Horse in Easthampstead Road, Wokingham Without.

White Horse Wokingham circa 1939. The Englefield family were publicans from 1871 to1895. In 1998, Greene King took over Morland Brewery and closed the Brewery down in 1999. The White House remains a Greene King Pub. Kevin Lenton

Thanks for having us! CAMRA BSE offers thanks to the following for hosting their recent branch meetings: Binfield Club in Binfield The Ship in Wokingham Old Manor in Bracknell Hope & Anchor in Wokingham

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Now this this is Crafty! Crafty! Now Now this is is Crafty!

We recently heard that The Crafty Brewing We recently recently heard heard that that The The Crafty Crafty Brewing Brewing We We recently heard thatextra The capacity Crafty Brewing Company, who needed to proCompany, who needed extra capacity to proproCompany, who needed extra to Company, who needed extra capacity capacity to Beer produce more beer, has acquired The Little duce more more beer, beer, has has acquired acquired The The Little Little Beer Beer duce duce more beer, has acquired The Little Beer Corporation in Guildford. Corporation in in Guildford. Corporation Corporation in Guildford. Guildford. Based in Dunsfold, Surrey, The Crafty Brewing Company will be doubling its brewing caBased in in Dunsfold, Dunsfold, Surrey, Surrey, The The Crafty Crafty Brewing Brewing Company Company will will be be doubling doubling its its brewing brewing cacaBased Based to in 40,000 Dunsfold, Surrey, The Crafty Brewing Company will be doubling its tells brewing capacity litres of beer per month with this acquisition. The company us they pacity to 40,000 litres of beer per month with this acquisition. The company tells us they pacity to litres of per month this acquisition. pacity to 40,000 40,000 litresexpand of beer beertheir per range monthofwith with this acquisition. The The company company tells tells us us they they also intend to further craft beers. also intend intend to further further expand their their range of of craft beers. beers. also also intend to to further expand expand their range range of craft craft beers. Based in Guildford, the Little Beer Corporation was founded by local entrepreneur Jim TayBased in in Guildford, Guildford, the the Little Little Beer Beer Corporation Corporation was was founded founded by by local local entrepreneur entrepreneur Jim Jim TayTayBased Based in Guildford, the Little Beer Corporation was founded by local entrepreneur Jim Taylor ten years ago. Although Jim was sorry to see Little Beer close, he is convinced that lor ten ten years years ago. ago. Although Although Jim Jim was was sorry sorry to to see see Little Little Beer Beer close, close, he he is is convinced convinced that that lor lor tenextraordinary years ago. beers Although Jim was shareholders sorry to see Little Beer close, he ishands convinced that their and former will be in excellent with The their extraordinary extraordinary beers beers and and former former shareholders shareholders will will be be in in excellent excellent hands hands with with The The their their extraordinary beers and former shareholders will be in excellent hands with The Crafty Brewing Crafty Brewing Brewing Company. Company. Crafty Crafty Brewing Company. Company. Established in 2014, The Crafty Brewing Company launched an apprenticeship scheme Established in 2014, The Crafty Crafty Brewing Brewing Company Company launched launched an an apprenticeship apprenticeship scheme scheme Established in The Established in 2014, 2014, Thelast Crafty Brewing Company launched an apprenticeship scheme with Godalming College February so they now have the capacity to increase producwith Godalming College last February so they now have the capacity to increase producwith Godalming College last February so they have the to with and Godalming College last February somake, they now now have the capacity capacity to increase increase producproduction can recruit more local people to sell and deliver to new customers. tion and can recruit more local people to make, sell and deliver to new customers. tion tion and and can can recruit recruit more more local local people people to to make, make, sell sell and and deliver deliver to to new new customers. customers. In addition to the acquisition, The Crafty Brewing Company is planning to redevelop its In addition addition to to the the acquisition, The The Crafty Crafty Brewing Brewing Company Company is is planning planning to to redevelop redevelop its its In In addition to the acquisition, acquisition, The Crafty Brewing Company is planning to4,000ft2 redevelop its original brewhouse at Thatched House Farm near Dunsfold to create a new breworiginal brewhouse brewhouse at at Thatched Thatched House House Farm Farm near near Dunsfold Dunsfold to to create create aa new new 4,000ft2 4,000ft2 brewbreworiginal original brewhouse at Thatched House Farm near Dunsfold to create a new 4,000ft2 brewery with of litres month. ery with with a a capacity capacity of of 100,000 100,000 litres litres per per month. month. ery ery with aa capacity capacity of 100,000 100,000 litres per per month.

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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 Crown Wood offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members Green Man offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members Silver Birch 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]

Binfield Victoria Arms offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members

Crowthorne 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 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 Two Poplars offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members The Ship now offer 15% off real ales to CAMRA members Three Frogs offers 10% discount on real ale 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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The The Campaign Campaign for for Real Real Ale Ale will will welcome welcome the New Year by appointing the New Year by appointing a a new new Chief Chief Executive Executive and and Deputy Deputy Chief Chief Executive. Executive. Tom Stainer, Stainer, who who has has worked worked for for CAMRA CAMRA Tom since since 2006, 2006, will will become become the the organisation’s organisation’s Chief Chief Executive. Executive. Ken Ken Owst, Owst, who who joined joined the the Campaign Campaign as as Chief Chief Support Support Officer Officer and and Company Company Secretary Secretary in in 2018 2018 will will become become its its new new Deputy Deputy Chief Chief Executive. Executive. CAMRA National National Chairman Chairman Jackie Jackie Parker Parker CAMRA said: said: “I “I am am delighted delighted that that Tom Tom and and Ken Ken will will be be taking taking up up their their new new roles roles as as 2019 2019 gets gets underway, underway, and and am am confident confident they’ll they’ll provide provide strong support for our volunteer strong support for our volunteer leadership leadership and and lead lead our our dedicated dedicated professional professional team team at head office to build on at head office to build on our our campaigning campaigning successes.” successes.” CAMRA CAMRA Chief Chief Executive Executive Tom Tom Stainer Stainer said: said: “I’ve “I’ve worked worked for for CAMRA CAMRA for for more more than than a a decade decade so so it’s it’s an an organisation organisation II deeply deeply understand and and hold hold a a great great affection affection for. for. understand The The Campaign Campaign is is an an incredible incredible and and unique unique organisation, organisation, entirely entirely as as a a result result of of its its dedicated dedicated and and passionate passionate volunteers. volunteers. My My job job now now is is to to help help our our National National Executive Executive develop develop the the strategy strategy to to continue continue CAMRA’s CAMRA’s growth, growth, support support our our branches branches and and continue continue to deliver deliver effective effective campaigning campaigning -to especially especially to to ensure ensure the the Pubs Pubs Code Code is is working as intended, to protect pubs working as intended, to protect pubs from from unfair unfair business business rates rates and and to to ensure ensure tax tax on on beer served in pubs is reduced.” beer served in pubs is reduced.” Deputy Deputy Chief Chief Executive Executive Ken Ken Owst Owst said: said: “Since arriving at CAMRA it “Since arriving at CAMRA it has has been been apparent apparent that that all all the the CAMRA CAMRA staff staff are are committed and keen to be as effective committed and keen to be as effective as as possible possible in in supporting supporting our our members members to to organise organise great great festivals festivals and and effective effective campaigns across across the the country. country. We We need need to to campaigns make make sure sure our our systems systems and and staff staff continue continue to to develop develop to to their their full full potential, potential, so so they they

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Tom Tom Stainer Stainer Tom Tom has has worked worked at at CAMRA since CAMRA since 2006. 2006. With With a a background background in in journalism journalism he he previously previously worked worked on on pub-trade pub-trade publication The Morning Advertiser publication The Morning Advertiser and and was was editor editor of of Morning Morning Advertiser Advertiser Scotland Scotland before before being being hired hired by by CAMRA CAMRA as as editor editor of of its membership publication What’s its membership publication What’s Brewing. Brewing. During During his his time time at at CAMRA CAMRA he he was was responsible for the launch of the successful responsible for the launch of the successful and and award-winning award-winning BEER BEER magazine magazine before before becoming CAMRA’s Chief of becoming CAMRA’s Chief of Communications in 2014. In early 2018 he Communications in 2014. In early 2018 he took on on responsibility responsibility for for campaigns campaigns and and took became the Chief of Communications and became the Chief of Communications and Campaigns. Campaigns. Ken Owst Owst Ken Ken comes comes from from a a long long and and successful successful Ken career in in retail retail -- he he was was Finance Finance Director Director at at career Beales Department Stores for almost 20 Beales Department Stores for almost 20 years. Prior Prior to to joining joining CAMRA CAMRA he he also also years. served for more than three years as served for more than three years as Director of of Finance Finance and and Corporate Corporate Director Services and and Company Company Secretary Secretary for for a a Services national children's' charity. He serves as a national children's' charity. He serves as a volunteer non-exec non-exec director director on on the the volunteer Peterborough Diocesan Diocesan Board Board of of Finance. Finance. Peterborough Ken joined joined CAMRA CAMRA in in May May of of 2018 2018 as as Ken Chief Support Officer and will continue to Chief Support Officer and will continue to be responsible for support operations at be responsible for support operations at CAMRA's office office in in St St Albans Albans and and remain remain as as CAMRA's Company Secretary. Secretary. Company About CAMRA CAMRA About CAMRA, the the Campaign Campaign for for Real Real Ale, Ale, is is a a CAMRA, not-for-profit consumer consumer group group with with more more not-for-profit than 191,000 191,000 members than members that that has has been been operating since 1971. Our vision is to to have have operating since 1971. Our vision is quality real real ale ale and and thriving thriving pubs pubs in in every every quality community. community.

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Mass Lobby Day Branch Branch Members Members Lobby Lobby their their MP MP for for improved support for pubs. improved support for pubs. On On Tuesday, Tuesday, 30th 30th October, October, Branch Branch Chairman Chairman David David Richards Richards and and Branch Branch Secretary Secretary Tony Tony Springall Springall travelled travelled to to Westminster together together with with 100s 100s of of other other Westminster CAMRA CAMRA members members from from across across the the country country to lobby their MPs in a "Mass Lobby to lobby their MPs in a "Mass Lobby Day". Day". They They had had a a very very friendly friendly and and productive productive meeting meeting with with the the MP MP for for Bracknell, Bracknell, Dr Dr Phillip Lee. Lee. Phillip

Left to right: Branch Chairman David Richards, MP for Bracknell Left to right: Branch Chairman David Richards, MP for Bracknell Dr Phillip Lee and Branch Secretary Anthony Springall Dr Phillip Lee and Branch Secretary Anthony Springall

The The key key areas areas that that were were covered covered were: were: 1. 1. The The sale sale of of beer beer and and other other drinks drinks by by supermarkets for for consumption consumption at at home, home, supermarkets often often as as loss loss leaders. leaders. A A reduction reduction of of beer beer duty for for draught draught beers beers served served in in pubs pubs duty would would help help to to alter alter the the balance balance and and encourage people to drink beer encourage people to drink beer in in pubs pubs rather rather than than at at home, home, which which brings brings with with it it the associated benefits of it taking place the associated benefits of it taking place in in a safe safe and and controlled controlled environment. environment. a 2. The The temporary temporary reduction reduction in in business business 2. rates rates for for small small businesses businesses with with a a rateable rateable value value (RV) (RV) of of less less than than £51,000, £51,000, which which was was introduced introduced in in the the Budget, Budget, will will bring bring welcome welcome relief relief to to many, many, but but for for some some pubs pubs there is is also also a a "poverty "poverty trap" trap" insofar insofar as as there Page Page 10 10

pubs pubs with with an an RV RV of of £100,000 £100,000 or or below below were due due to to receive receive a a £1,000 £1,000 rebate rebate in in were 2019/20, 2019/20, but but this this has has now now been been scrapped scrapped in in favour favour of of the the new new scheme, scheme, leaving leaving those those pubs between between £51,000 £51,000 and and £100,000 £100,000 RV RV pubs finding themselves worse off. finding themselves worse off. Furthermore, a a review review of of the the whole whole issue issue of of Furthermore, business rates rates is is necessary necessary as as pubs pubs business currently pay pay 2.8% 2.8% of of the the business business rates rates currently bill but but account account for for only only 0.5% 0.5% of of business business bill turnover. This This situation situation is is patently patently unfair unfair turnover. and wholesale wholesale reform reform is is required required to to stem stem and the rising rising tide tide of of pub pub closures. closures. the 3. The The Pubs Pubs Code Code is is being being exploited exploited by by 3. Pub Companies both large and small in Pub Companies both large and small in order to to negate negate the the spirit spirit of of the the legislation legislation order and exploit exploit gaps gaps and and loopholes. loopholes. Since Since its its and introduction in in 2016 2016 the the Pubs Pubs Code Code has has not not introduction been implemented implemented as as intended, intended, with with tied tied been tenants being unable to secure a fair tenants being unable to secure a fair “Market Rent Rent Only” Only” option option in in order order to to break break “Market the tie tie and and then then purchase purchase stock stock on on the the the open market market at at more more competitive competitive prices. prices. open Within Dr Dr Lee's Lee's own own constituency constituency we we have have Within seen instances instances of of rents rents rising rising at at eyeeyeseen watering levels, levels, forcing forcing tenants tenants out out of of watering business and leaving the Pub Companies business and leaving the Pub Companies to seek seek new new tenants tenants or or redevelop redevelop sites. sites. As As to an example, example, there there is is a a well-known well-known local local an Pub Company Company which which is is notorious notorious for for taking taking Pub on tenants tenants at at an an attractive attractive rent rent and and then then on doubling it on the first anniversary of its doubling it on the first anniversary of its review. In In another another local local example, example, there there is is review. a large international brewer whose British a large international brewer whose British Pub Company Company subsidiary subsidiary has has driven driven a a Pub publican out out on on trumped-up trumped-up charges, charges, using using publican expensive lawyers, lawyers, which which the the publican publican expensive could not not afford afford to to contest. contest. In In that that case, case, it it could is believed that the action was taken to is believed that the action was taken to gain access access to to the the land land for for redevelopment redevelopment gain into housing. housing. into The role role of of the the Pubs Pubs Code Code Adjudicator Adjudicator The should be urgently reviewed to provide provide should be urgently reviewed to them with with the the necessary necessary “teeth” “teeth” and and to to them ensure that tenants have a level playing ensure that tenants have a level playing field to to run run a a business business and and not not be be seen seen as as field Issue Issue 54, 54, Spring Spring 2019 2019


www.seberkscamra.org.uk merely cash cows to be milked. The issues discussed were critical to the survival of many public houses which remain central within the community in providing a positive impact on the personal well-being of pub goers, combating loneliness and are an essential hub for a huge cross-section of the population. Dr Lee was already aware of a number of these issues and undertook to write to the Pub Minister's Office on the subject of the Pubs Code and the liberties that some pub companies are taking. It should be noted, in contrast, that we also wrote to the now-knighted Sir John Redwood MP (MP for Wokingham) requesting a meeting with him on the same day, but unfortunately he didn't reply to our request and we were therefore unable to see him. The closure of public houses across the country has continued at an unprecedented pace such that 18+ pubs close every week. This issue is not restricted to city centres and rural areas, but impacts towns and cities across the land. Bracknell and the surrounding areas have not been immune to these closures and the following list gives concrete evidence of the impacts of high property prices, business rates, high beer duties etc. that have caused havoc to licensed premises. Since 2010 the following pubs / clubs have closed in the constituency: • • • • • • •

Blue Lion, Bracknell Royal British Legion Club, Bracknell Iron Duke, Crowthorne Waterloo Hotel, Crowthorne Dukes Head, Sandhurst Jolly Farmer, Sandhurst Fox & Hounds, Sandhurst

The Queen’s Oak in Finchampstead (part of the constituency in the Wokingham Council area) has now re-opened but two previous publicans had handed back the keys to the owning pub company. In both cases, excessive rent increases were believed to be the reason. Other pubs in the Bracknell Forest Council area (but outside the constituency) which have also closed in the past decade are: • • • • • •

Royal Hunt, Ascot Gold Cup, Ascot Roebuck, Binfield Squirrels, Cranbourne Three Legged Cross, Warfield Kees, Winkfield (previously known as the Winkfield and Slug & Lettuce)

13 pubs / clubs have closed in this period and in only two cases (The Bull, Bracknell and The Royal Foresters, Ascot) have reopened as a public house, albeit with a much greater emphasis on serving food.

Pub & Brewery Statistics for the Bracknell Constituency 34 Pubs and 3 Breweries exist in the area. These pubs and breweries create 1,285 Jobs (79% Direct and 21% Indirect). Of those employed in these jobs, 48% are under 25 years old, 33% are between 25 and 44, and 19% are over the age of 44. These jobs generate £15.7 million in wages per annum, and the local industry raises £10.2 million each year for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.

David Richards – Branch Chairman

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BREWERY NEWS Wild Weather Ales

Wild Wild Weather Weather Ales Ales have have been been extremely extremely busy recently, recently, as as you you will will see see from from this this busy recent recent update update from from our our Brewery Brewery Liaison Liaison Officer Officer Steven Steven Kelly. Kelly. Five Five new new beers beers have have been been added added to to proproduction in in the the last last couple couple of of months, months, includincludduction ing; ing; Full Full of of Beans Beans II. II. Planned Planned for for the the first first quarter of of 2019 2019 this this exciting exciting new new beer beer is is quarter already canned canned and and ready ready for for sale. sale. A A 5.0% 5.0% already Coffee Coffee Stout, Stout, infused infused with with a a coconut coconut & & chocolate flavour. flavour. Staggeringly Staggeringly Good Good of of chocolate Southsea Southsea collaborated collaborated to to produce produce the the imimaginatively named, named, 'I 'I Bring Bring You You Scientists Scientists aginatively -- You You Bring Bring a a Rockstar'. Rockstar'. This This is is a a masmassively hopped, 4.6% IPA. Laine Brew sively hopped, 4.6% IPA. Laine Brew Co Co of Brighton Brighton collaborated collaborated with with a a 6.5% 6.5% West West of Coast Coast IPA. IPA. The The name?... name?... 'Don't 'Don't Act Act Like Like You're Not Not Impressed', Impressed', of of course. course. You're The Wild Wild Weather Weather canning canning line line has has now now The been been altered altered from from 330ml 330ml to to 440ml 440ml cans. cans. Five Five beers beers have have been been canned, canned, but but are are bebeing held held back back for for a a launch launch at at Craft Craft Beer Beer ing Rising Rising in in February. February. Also Also we we understand understand a a new Wild Wild Weather Weather logo logo is is being being rolled rolled out out new as as part part of of a a brand brand refresh. refresh. This This goes goes hand hand Page Page 12 12

in hand hand with with three three redeveloped redeveloped // rebranded rebranded in beer ranges. ranges. The The 'Damn 'Damn Dead' Dead' fruit/sour fruit/sour beer range range comprises comprises of of six six beers. beers. Strawberry, Strawberry, gooseberry, cucumber, cucumber, apricot, apricot, blueberry blueberry gooseberry, and and grapefruit. grapefruit. Finally, Finally, 'King 'King Street' Street' will will likely add add a a DIPA DIPA to to the the Pale Pale and and IPA IPA now now likely being being produced. produced. As As for for upcoming upcoming Wild Wild Weather Weather events… events… The 1st 1st of of March March will will see see Wild Wild Weather Weather The take take over over the the taps taps at at the the “Greyfriar” “Greyfriar” in in Reading with with their their good good friends friends “Bad “Bad Seed Seed Reading Brewery”. Brewery”. It’s It’s been been a a long long time time since since they’ve had had all all the the taps taps at at one one of of Reading’s Reading’s they’ve best craft craft establishments establishments and and there there are are best rumours rumours that that one one of of Bad Bad Seed’s Seed’s mixed mixed fermentation sour sour kegs kegs might might make make it it onto onto fermentation the the bar. bar. This This will will be be followed followed by by a a night night at at “The Castle Castle Tap” Tap” where where not not only only will will Wild Wild “The Weather Weather take take over over ALL ALL of of the the taps taps but but they they also plan to take over the stage! also plan to take over the stage! That’s That’s right, the the bands bands from from “Wild “Wild Weather” Weather” right, (Threepwood, (Threepwood, Damn Damn Dead Dead Sea, Sea, Curious Curious Sounds) will will all all get get up up to to strut strut their their stuff, stuff, Sounds) with with their their acoustic acoustic acts acts (Iain, (Iain, Mike, Mike,th Chris, Chris, th JD) JD) all all in in tow. tow. Later, Later, on on March March 27 27 ,, Wild Wild Weather will will be be back back at at London’s London’s “Rake “Rake Weather Bar” Bar” but but they they won’t won’t be be alone! alone! A A massive massive Berkshire takeover takeover will will ensue ensue with with “Siren”, “Siren”, Berkshire “Elusive” “Elusive” and and “Renegade”, “Renegade”, each each brewery brewery planning to to show show their their best best wares wares and and planning proving why why the the Royal Royal County County might might just just proving be be the the best best place place to to brew brew beer beer at at the the momoment! ment!

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Ascot Brewing Company

move to larger premises, increasing keg sales, the launch of a canning range and building on export opportunities.

Hogs Back Brewery

Ascot brewing Company’s crowd-funding success last year (they overfunded by some 35%) was a huge achievement given the then size of the brewery and sales are growing more than 300%, year on year. They have installed new larger fermenting vessels, created new award-winning beers and are brewing twice a day to meet current demand. Ascot Brewing Company has also opened a micro pub in the Brewery called ‘The Black Horse’. A converted horse-box is available to take to weddings, corporate functions and any event which requires lots of beer. They have opened an on-line shop with a complete range of bottled and boxed beers. Ascot Brewing Company’s current range includes; Gold Cup, to Starting Gate, 5/4 Favourite, Front Runner, Dark Horse, Final Furlong and Stewards Enquiry, covering a good section of the available drinking styles, Bitters to IPA/APAs, Stouts and even a Sour. Look out for their new contactless Smart Pump Clip, ‘Tap the Tap’ technology. A programme they call ‘Thirst for Knowledge’ having secured a registered Trade Mark for Smart Pump Clip. The future is looking bright for ascot Brewing Company with a second funding round due imminently through Crowdcube, a Issue 54, Spring 2019

Hogs Back Brewery is planning to build a new hop kiln on the brewery site at Manor Farm in Tongham, Surrey. It is understood that this may be the first traditional style kiln to be constructed in the county for over 100 years. Hogs Back Brewery Managing Director Rupert Thompson has been overseeing a £700,000 investment in the brewery and hop garden over the last 12 months, which will culminate in this £350,000 investment for a new hop kiln. It is anticipated that the kiln will be operational just in time for Hogs Back’s harvest in September, and is being built alongside their brewhouse and hop garden, where a kiln originally stood on the same site within Manor Farm for many years. As the kiln will only be used to dry Hogs Back’s hops for around one month a year, the rest of the year, it will serve as an event space and visitor centre, educating people about the local hop farming industry which Hogs Back is helping to revive. We understand that Hogs Back is also investing in state-ofthe-art vacuum packing technology to capture the hops’ freshness. Once packed the hops will be stored in a new warehouse

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converted from an existing barn on the farm. Hogs Back is now the biggest hop-growing brewer in the UK and with the enlarged hop garden and new kiln will make them a more sustainable and environmentallyfriendly business. Hogs Back’s new hop garden occupies 8.5 acres on Manor Farm, and 2,000 hop plants have been transferred from the old garden with a further 4,000 new ones planted. Three varieties are being grown on the new site: Fuggles, Cascade and Farnham White Bine.

Elusive Brewing

Elusive Brewing has been at full capacity this quarter and has also been involved in a number of Take Overs and Collaborations.

Owner Andy Parker obtained a special licence to sell his beer on the three Saturdays running up to Christmas and this may become a permanent feature in 2019. Andy recently signed heads of terms on the unit next door to the brewery, enabling Elusive to expand its capacity to double. The new unit will be a cold store and (subject to planning and licensing) a retail shop for a new merchandise range and a tap room to entice us to try his beers fresh from the brewery.

Siren Craft Brew

Freshly awarded Supreme Champion Beer of Britain by CAMRA & Top 100 Brewer in the World by Ratebeer, Siren Craft Brew, in conjunction with Crowdcube, has now exceeded their target funding to commence an exciting next stage of growth. With just over £1.2 million raised against a target of £750k, Siren now has sufficient funds to accelerate the next phase of their growth. Their primary objecPage 14

tive is to package into cans, and they have identified a top-rate canning line that will meet current bottling quality standards and future-proof their packaging options. In other news, Siren have teamed with a Ukrainian Brewer called Varvar and created an 11.4% Coffee & Coconut Imperial Porter called Mavka. As the result of a chance meeting last year at the Tilquin English Beer Festival in Belgium, Siren Head Brewer, Kyle Larsen, and Lana Svitankova from Varvar agreed to collaborate on this exciting new brew. We understand that following the festival, Siren sampled a coconut porter from Varvar called ‘Caribbean Dream’, and they were blown away by the perfect expression of coconut in beer. As Kyle had been planning a coconut IPA (Later to become Hawaiian Shake) he reached out to Varvar for advice. The initial plan considered was a mash up of Siren’s Broken Dream, and Varvar’s Caribbean Dream, although from Siren’s perspective they didn’t want a ‘Broken Caribbean Dream’ getting confused with their own Caribbean Chocolate Cake. They decided to go imperial and the brew was on! Lana said that they had a real blast brewing in the UK. The chance to gain exposure to the UK craft market was nearly as exciting as visiting the old pubs in our area and trying out some of the traditional cask ales! Sirens tell us that the coconut and chocolate notes provide big gorgeous flavours that just leave you wanting more. Apparently, for an 11.4% imperial porter, this one is really drinkable.

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Binghams Brewery The pre-Christmas pop-up shop at Twyford Crossroads became a tap room and an extremely successful one at that.

This is primarily somewhere with a friendly welcome to chat with friends, and there is no music, sport or TV. There is no food available but you are welcome to bring your own and there is a chip shop conveniently located opposite. The Tap Room is dog friendly, and the brewery labradoodle, Stout, is frequently there to offer a doggy welcome.

As the brewery is located just down the road in Ruscombe, the tap room qualifies for CAMRA’s LocAle scheme, designed to promote local breweries and reduce beer miles. Originally it was planned to be open only until Christmas but Chris Bingham is able to retain the unit until March and plans to continue opening on Fridays and Saturdays until then. After that he hopes to find a permanent home for it. In addition to a selection of Binghams cask ales and bottled beers to drink on site or take home, cider from Tutts Clump and wine are also on sale. You can fill your growler or take away beer in 1 litre or 2 litre containers.

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All Bingham’s cask stouts and porters are now Vegan friendly. The bottled Vanilla Stout is not (yet) but they are working on this. Brewery tours run on Saturdays, last two hours and are very engaging and informative. See https://binghams.co.uk/tours/ for details. Three pints are included in the price, to sup while you sit and listen, or take home if you are driving - their stainless steel, 2 litre double walled growlers are back in stock!

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Save our pubs! Almost Almost one one in in four four pubs pubs have have closed closed since since 2008 2008 More than than 11,000 11,000 pubs pubs have have closed closed in in the the UK UK in in the the More last last decade decade – – a a fall fall of of almost almost a a quarter quarter (23%) (23%) as as reported in in the the Office Office for for National National Statistics Statistics (ONS) (ONS) reported report titled titled Economies Economies of of Ale, Ale, published published in in report November November 2018. 2018. Their Their analysis analysis shows shows that that small small and often often independent independent pubs pubs of of 10 10 staff staff or or less less are are and taking taking the the brunt brunt of of these these disappearances. disappearances. The The number of of small small pubs pubs has has slumped slumped from from 38,830 38,830 to to number 22,840 22,840 since since 2001. 2001. These smaller smaller pubs, pubs, that that are are often often village village pubs pubs or or These found found in in the the suburbs suburbs of of major major cities cities act act as as a a hub hub for for local communities. communities. local

Tom Tom Stainer Stainer (CAMRA) (CAMRA) has has said said that that “These “These shocking shocking new new figures figures show show the the huge huge loss loss that that has been been felt felt by by communities communities up up and and down down the the country country as as beloved beloved locals locals have have closed closed has down”. down”. He called on the He called on the government government to to “act “act now now to to save save our our pubs pubs from from extinction”. CAMRA CAMRA also also extinction”. believe believe that that the the report report does not not recognise recognise the the does loss loss of of the the benefits benefits that that local pubs pubs bring bring to to their their local communities communities by by providing providing a a social social environment environment to to enjoy a a drink drink with with friends friends enjoy and and to to meet meet new new people. people. They help help combat combat isolation isolation They and and loneliness loneliness and and help help people people feel feel connected connected to to their their community. community. The Guardian Guardian newspaper newspaper of of 28th 28th November November suggested suggested that that these these pub pub closures closures may may be be The impacting impacting the the sex sex lives lives of of people people in in Britain Britain and and stated stated that that “The “The steady steady decline decline of of the the pub pub industry in in the the UK UK coincides coincides with with another another much much documented documented downturn: downturn: in in sex.” sex.” industry

A A YouGov YouGov survey survey of of 2,120 2,120 adults adults in in 2016 2016 found found that that nearly nearly a a fifth fifth (18%) (18%) of of those those in in relationships had had met met their their partner partner at at the the pub, pub, more more than than those those who who had had met met at at work work relationships (17%), (17%), online online (12%),in (12%),in a a night night club club (7%) (7%) or or on on a a holiday holiday (2%). (2%). Also Also 29% 29% of of respondents respondents put put their local as the ideal venue for a first date. A pub also provides an opportunity their local as the ideal venue for a first date. A pub also provides an opportunity to to meet meet a a broader range range of of people. people. broader

Tom Tom Stainer Stainer said said “There’s “There’s something something about about the the way way people people interact interact in in pubs, pubs, you’re you’re getting getting more of of those those signals signals that that people people give give out, out, about about whether whether they’re they’re trustworthy. trustworthy. On On apps apps and and more social social media, media, its its very very hard hard for for people people to to give give those those clues”. clues”. Kevin Kevin Lenton Lenton -- Branch Branch Campaigns Campaigns Coordinator. Coordinator.

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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 Legoland and Ascot Racecourse.

Large welcoming bar and separate restaurant area. Excellent Lunch and Evening menu. Fish and Chips on Fridays for just ÂŁ7. 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

The White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield, Near Ascot & Windsor, SL4 4SE

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If you are a CAMRA member, you are warmly invited to ajoin us in member, the great you city are of Dundee If you are CAMRA warmly 5-7 April Members’ Weekend, invited to for joinCAMRA’s us in the great city of Dundee AGM & Conference 2019.Members’ Weekend, 5-7 April for CAMRA’s AGM & Conference 2019. In just under three months' time we'll be welcoming over 1,000 CAMRA members to Dundee -a In just under three months' time we'll be welcomcity of culture heritage - and great beer too. ing over 1,000and CAMRA members to Dundee -a We'd to see there.- Located the cencity oflove culture andyou heritage and greatinbeer too. tre of love Dundee, to the Located station, inwaterfront We'd to seeclose you there. the cenand allDundee, amenities, CairdtoHall a wonderful ventre of close the isstation, waterfront ue Members' Weekend. andfor allour amenities, Caird Hall is a wonderful venue for our Members' Weekend.

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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.

Accredited LocAle Outlets

LocAle Breweries

(Within 25 miles of Bracknell)

Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Crafty Brewing (Guildford, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Frensham (Frensham, Surrey) Hogs Back (Tongham, 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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15th – – 16 16th March March 2019: 2019: Wantage Wantage Beer Beer Festival Festival 15 whitehorsecamra.org.uk/wantage-beer-festival whitehorsecamra.org.uk/wantage-beer-festival The The annual annual festival festival of of our our friends friends in in the the White White Horse Horse branch branch of of CAMRA CAMRA is is held held at at the the Beacon Beacon in in Wantage. Wantage. Expect Expect a a selection selection of of 28 28 real real ales ales and and around around 4 4 ciders/perries. ciders/perries. There There is is free free entry entry to to all all sessions sessions for for CAMRA CAMRA members. members. 15th – – 17 17th March March 2019: 2019: The The Perseverance, Perseverance, Wraysbury Wraysbury 15 thepercy.co.uk thepercy.co.uk Another Another Spring Spring beer beer festival festival from from this this friendly friendly Grade Grade II II listed listed pub pub just just a a short short walk walk from from Wraysbury Wraysbury station. station. Expect Expect around around 14 14 carefully carefully selected selected real real ales ales over over the the course course of of the the weekend. weekend. Stamp Stamp cards cards for for 6 6 pints pints (or (or 12 12 halves) halves) are are the the cheapest cheapest way way to to purchase purchase your your beer. beer. th 21st – – 24 24 March March 2019: 2019: Happy Happy Man, Man, Englefield Englefield Green Green 21 thehappyman.co.uk thehappyman.co.uk This traditional local is worth seeking out for its well-kept ales. It It is is within within This traditional local is worth seeking out for its well-kept ales. walking distance of Egham station. Expect around 14 ales and 6 ciders. walking distance of Egham station. Expect around 14 ales and 6 ciders. Check Check for for 50p/pint 50p/pint discounts discounts for for CAMRA CAMRA members members during during certain certain sessessions. sions. nd

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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 Sheltered patio with heaters now the days are colder Full range of Fullers Real & Craft Ales along with a wide range of other drinks. (15% CAMRA discount) Barn room available for hire, ideal for parties / get together / work do Extensive food Menu with new range of healthy veggie and vegan options Free Tea and Coffee for Senior Citizens on cold days Live sport shown on large screens, regular quiz nights

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Community Pub Award By Kevin Lenton

CAMRA currently has the following campaign aims: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Stop Tax Killing Beer & Pubs Secure an Effective Government Support Package for Pubs Encourage People to try a Range of Real Ales, Ciders & Perries Promote Pubs & Pub-Going

In support of CAMRA’s key campaign to promote pubs and pub going, our branch will be introducing new Pub Awards in addition to our Pub Of The Year (POTY) Award. Unlike POTY, the new awards will not be based just on the quality of the beer and other select criteria, but rather on the whole ‘going to a pub’ experience. The first of the new awards will be to recognise “Community Pubs” using the CAMRA Community Pub Campaign view as follows: “a community pub is a licensed hub which encourages social interactions and puts something back into the community it serves. These community pubs encourage social interactions by stimulating discussions and conversation between customers, whether those customers be family, friends, acquaintances or total strangers. These community pubs also put something back into the community by offering some facility or undertaking some action which is of benefit to a community, without being motivated by direct financial benefit to the pub”. Community Pub Award Nominations Since we launched this new award, to date only one pub has been nominated, the White Horse in Wokingham Without (hence

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the picture on the front cover). Although we believe this to be a very worthy nomination, we are still urging people to nominate their own local community pubs to ensure a fair selection. Anybody can nominate a pub, you do not need to be a CAMRA member, and publicans can nominate their own pub. This award is for pubs ONLY and does not include clubs, wine bars or hotels. The pub also has to be in the Berkshire SouthEast branch area as listed on our website. The Branch Committee will review the nominations, short list them and then one or more Committee members will visit the pub to verify the nomination details. There will be no consideration made to the number of nominations made for an individual pub. An individual may nominate more than one pub, if they so wish. To nominate your local pub for the CAMRA Berkshire South-East Community Pub of the Year Award 2019 please fill out the Nomination Form on our web site. The closing date for 2019 is 31st March 2019. Branch Committee members will review the nominations, and visit them to verify the details provided. A decision is expected in June 2019. You are encouraged to nominate a pub for this award using the online form that can be found at: www.seberkscamra.org.uk/nominate

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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. The Monument to Cider

With Brexit and austerity in mind, 2019 might be a year for a “Staycation�. An American word for a holiday (vacation) in your own country and not travelling abroad. If you are travelling outside this region and down the M5 to the West Country, you might take a detour while travelling through North Somerset to see the Cider Monument there.

This 140ft monument was erected in memory of Sir William Pynsent. In 1763 Sir William, who had made his fortune from making Cider, was threatened by the Cider Act, a new tax on Cider to pay for the Seven Year War. Then as now, alcohol was an easy target for taxes. Pynsent sought help from the most gifted politician at the time William Pitt, (the Elder, not the Younger or the Embryo). Pynsent vowed to leave his entire estate to William Pitt if he challenged the Cider Tax. Protests turned to outrage over this tax which led to riots and public disturbances in Wales, Gloucester, Somerset & Devonshire, the traditional Cider counties of the UK. Sir William Pynsent kept his word and when he died in 1765, he left his entire estate to Pitt in gratitude. Pitt erected this permanent memorial to Pynsent in 1767 which is known as the Burton Pynsent Monument but also known as the Cider Monument. By Mike Lee SE Berks Cider Representative mailto:cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.

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Friary Meux – Gone but not forgotten By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

The history history of of Friary Friary Meux Meux starts starts with with The The Horseshoe Brewery in the The Horseshoe Brewery in the Tottenham Court Court Road, Road, London London which which Tottenham was was created created in in 1764 1764 and and gained gained notoriety after after the the great great London London Beer Beer notoriety flood of of 1814 1814 when when a a huge huge vat vat of of beer beer flood burst burst and and caused caused over over 300,000 300,000 gallons gallons of beer beer to to flood flood the the surrounding surrounding areas, areas, of killing killing 8 8 people people through through drowning drowning and and inebriation. inebriation.

brewery bought bought Burge Burge & & Co Co of of Windsor Windsor brewery with with 60 60 public public houses houses including including The The Stag Stag in in Ascot, Queens Queens Arms Arms (now (now the the Winkfield), Winkfield), Ascot, Queens Queens Stag Stag Hounds, Hounds, Ascot Ascot (now (now closed), closed), Seven Stars, Stars, Sunninghill Sunninghill (now (now closed) closed) and and Seven a number number of of off off licences. licences. In In June June 1938 1938 it it a acquired acquired Mellersh Mellersh & & Neale Neale of of Reigate Reigate and and their 94 94 tied tied houses. houses. their

Horseshoe Brewery, Brewery, London London Horseshoe

Henry Meux Meux had had taken taken over over the the brewery brewery Henry five five years years previously previously in in 1809 1809 and and his his son, son, Sir Henry Henry Meux Meux inherited inherited it it in in 1841. 1841. In In Sir 1878 his his son son Henry Henry Meux, Meux, 3rd 3rd Baronet Baronet 1878 took took control control and and it it is is possibly possibly his his wife wife Lady Lady Valerie that that is is the the more more famous famous of of the the pair. pair. Valerie She She was was never never accepted accepted in in high high class class society therefore therefore she she created created her her own own society fashion fashion and and would would be be seen seen driving driving around around London London in in a a carriage carriage drawn drawn by by zebras zebras and and entertained the the great great and and the the good good in in entertained lavish lavish style. style. She She inherited inherited the the brewery brewery on on the death death of of her her husband husband in in 1900 1900 and and the being being childless childless left left it it in in her her will will to to an an admiral admiral who who took took her her fancy fancy but but insisted insisted that he he change change his his name name to to Meux. Meux. The The that brewery brewery closed closed in in 1921 1921 and and production production was moved moved to to Nine Nine Elms Elms in in London London as as it it was gave gave room room for for expansion. expansion. In In 1932 1932 the the

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The Friary Friary Brewery, Brewery, Guildford Guildford was was started started The as as the the Cannon Cannon Brewery Brewery by by Thomas Thomas Taunton and and developed developed from from 1865 1865 Taunton onwards onwards following following the the appointment appointment of of CH CH Masters as as a a partner. partner. It It was was members members of of Masters the Masters Masters family family that that drove drove expansion expansion the and and in in 1889 1889 it it aquired aquired Holroyds Holroyds of of Byfleet Byfleet with its its 15 15 tied tied houses houses and and a a year year later later it it with absorbed absorbed both both the the Lion Lion Brewery, Brewery, Chertsey Chertsey and Healy Healy & & Co's, Co's, Crown Crown Brewery Brewery also also of of and Chertsey Chertsey with with 33 33 tied tied houses. houses. The The company company of of Friary, Friary, Holroyd Holroyd & & Healy Healy was was formed with with tied tied houses houses mainly mainly in in West West formed Surrey. Surrey. In In 1890 1890 The The Bridge Bridge Brewery, Brewery, Godalming Godalming was acquired acquired and and a a year year later later JAP JAP Clarke Clarke was & Co Co of of Addlestone Addlestone was was purchased purchased and and & the the buying buying spree spree continued continued in in 1897 1897 when when John Young Young & & Son Son of of Dorking Dorking was was John acquired acquired along along with with 33 33 pubs pubs and and operations moved moved the the same same year year to to operations Guildford. Guildford. Manning Manning Milton Milton of of Petworth Petworth was was acquired acquired in in 1908 1908 with with 3 3 tied tied houses houses and and Lambert & & Norris Norris of of Arundel Arundel in in 1908 1908 along along Lambert with with 81 81 licensed licensed premises. premises. Kennards Kennards of of

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Hartley Wintney followed suit in 1921 with 41 public houses and in 1926 Lascelles, Tickner & Co, Guildford was purchased along with 96 tied houses. Lascelles had themselves been purchasing local competition since the 19th century and had swallowed up the Red Lion Brewery, Dorking, Sun Brewery Godalming, Joseph Oldfield, Woking and TBB Baverstocks of Godalming. By 1928 the group had approximately 400 pubs spread throughout Surrey and adjoining counties.

group was a takeover target for Ind Coope (later Allied Breweries) who purchased the brewery, 672 public houses and 150+ off licences / wine merchants. Brewing ceased at Guildford on 23rd January 1969 with production moving to Romford, and the site is now the Friary shopping centre.

The beers available included: Friary Meux Bitter (1037) described in the 1991 GBG as “Darker than average, moderately malty with a strange apple like fruitiness. Thin and unremarkable – brewed by Ind Coope for the ex Friary Meux pubs. Original Friary Meux beers included: Friary Holroyd & Healey brewery (later Friary Meux), Guildford

In 1955 half of the 240 pubs and 100 off licences were bought from Messrs Henty and Constable, Chichester in a deal with Watney, Combe & Reid and a year later the Meux Brewery and Friary Holroyd & Healy joined forces to form Friary Meux with the majority of brewing centred in Guildford which had representation in London and Southern England. In 1959 the 60 public houses and 45 off licences of George Peters & Co, Portsmouth were acquired due to the formers debt problems creating a significant brewing empire but the merger was relatively short lived as the

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Friary Ale, Treble Gold, Meux Stout, Friary Brown Ale, Nightcap Stout, XXXX Bitter, Audit Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Friary Stout. The Ind Coope / Friary Meux pubs in Berkshire South East where you might have enjoyed a beer were as follows:•

Stag in Ascot

Royal Hotel in Ascot (Closed)

Queens Stag & Hounds in Ascot (Closed)

Market Inn in Bracknell

Crowthorne Inn in Crowthorne

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An historical Friary Meux lamp outside An historical Friary Meux lamp outside Crowthorne Inn only recently discarded Crowthorne Inn only recently discarded Greene King following a brewery makeover. Greene King following a brewery makeover.

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New New Inn Inn in in Sandhurst Sandhurst (now (now the the Village Village Inn) Inn) Nags Nags Head Head in in Sunningdale Sunningdale The The Rise Rise in in Sunningdale Sunningdale -- Off Off Licence Licence & & Beerhouse Beerhouse (Closed) (Closed)

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Seven Seven Stars Stars in in Sunninghill Sunninghill (Closed) (Closed) Victoria Victoria in in Sunninghill Sunninghill (Closed) (Closed)

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Wheatsheaf Wheatsheaf in in Wokingham Wokingham (Closed) (Closed)

This article was written with the help of staff at This article was written with the help of staff at Surrey History Centre and various articles from Surrey History Centre and various articles from the Brewery History Society. the Brewery History Society.

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By Trish Burrows 2018, as we all know, was not a very good year for Salisbury due to the extensively reported Novichok poisonings and all of the problems that came with it. The local CAMRA branch decided that it would be a good idea to support the pubs in Salisbury by organising an Ale Trail. West Berkshire branch invited other branches to join them so my husband Terry and I decided to go along. We had a very good start to the day by going to the Old Manor for our breakfast. We then walked to Bracknell Station to catch the first of our three trains. For once our train to Reading was on time, and luckily the train for Basingstoke was waiting at the platform, so we were soon on our way. However we were slowed down again with a 20-minute wait for the Salisbury train at Basingstoke.

was due to open at midday, but it was still locked up when we arrived at five past midday. Eventually, a young lady came to unlock the door. She appeared to be a little flustered and was very apologetic. It transpired that she had received a panic phone call from the owner of the pub advising her to open as soon as possible as some visiting CAMRA members were expected. All very last minute it seemed. Anyway, within ten minutes everything was up and running and the beer was flowing well. We started with a Branscombe Vale Mild, (a brewery in Devon), followed by Downton Quadhop. All the beers were in very good condition. We stayed for about an hour, to allow everyone to arrive, before we moved on to the second pub on the list. It was quite a lengthy walk to this next pub and not a pleasant one either as the weather was very damp. On a good weather day, the walk along the river would have been much more enjoyable. We finally arrived at a pub called Qudos.

On the train, we met up with the members of the West Berkshire CAMRA branch. It was a 40-minute journey to Salisbury station and on arrival we all followed our good friend Tim Thomas, who fortunately knew the way to the first pub on the trail. Qudos This modern looking bar had been recently refurbished and was serving three real ales. One of the group recommended that we try Dark Revolution 625. Terry had a half pint which he enjoyed, followed by half of Hop Back Summer Lightning.

The Village Freehouse The first pub was the Village Freehouse. The pub is situated on the outskirts of the town and is a friendly local serving five real ales. The pub

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We walked along to the next pub, which was the Wyndham Arms. The pub used to be the home of the Hop Back brewery, which was first set up in 1987 by John Gilbert. The bar serves a range of Hop Back ales. Terry was in seventh heaven with the wide choice.

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The The Famous Famous Wyndham Wyndham Arms Arms – – Home Home to to the the original Hop Hop Back Back Brewery. Brewery. original We We tried tried the the Hop Hop Back Back Entire Entire Stout, Stout, the the Crop Crop Circle, and and the the Citra. Citra. The The beers beers were were all all in in exexCircle, cellent cellent condition condition and and very very enjoyable. enjoyable.

The The Winchester Winchester Gate Gate The The beers beers on on tap tap were were Front Front Row Row Number Number 8, 8, Lytham Lytham Fetlers Fetlers Ale, Ale, Downton Downton Fudgemental Fudgemental and and Plain Ales Ales ‘The ‘The Wife’s Wife’s Bitter’. Bitter’. The The cider cider on on offer offer Plain was was Lilleys Lilleys Red Red Rabbit. Rabbit.

The The Wyndham Wyndham is is also also the the local local of of Channel Channel 4 4 Time Time Team Team regular, regular, Phil Phil Harding. Harding. We We inquired inquired whether Phil Phil still still went went in in the the pub pub and and were were told told whether he did did but but that that Phil Phil was was probably probably at at the the Rugby Rugby he Club Club watching watching the the England England rugby rugby match. match. A A good good thing thing really, really, as as Phil Phil is is known known for for getting getting a a bit over over excited excited when when watching watching sporting sporting events events bit and and his his booming booming voice voice can can be be heard heard all all over over the the pub pub and and sometimes sometimes outside outside too! too!

The The merry merry men men & & one one sober sober woman! woman!

Spoilt Spoilt for for Choice! Choice! We We had had to to walk walk a a long long way way to to the the 4th 4th pub pub of of the the trail, trail, all all the the way way over over the the other other side side of of the the road road to the Winchester Gate, an old coaching to the Winchester Gate, an old coaching inn inn consisting consisting of of one one bar bar with with five five hand hand pumps, pumps, one one of of which which was was a a cider. cider.

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Our next next stop stop was was the the Haunch Haunch of of Venison, Venison, Our which which was was not not very very far far away. away. This This was was a a very very interesting interesting place place indeed. indeed. A A fourteenth-century fourteenth-century building the the Haunch Haunch of of Venison Venison was was originally originally a a building church church house house and and in in the the past past has has been been used used as as a a brothel brothel (not (not recently recently II hasten hasten to to add). add). It It was was made up up of of three three small small bars bars known known as as the the made Horsebox, Horsebox, House House of of Lords Lords and and Death Death Row. Row. This This pub pub is is also also well well known known in in the the area area for for havhaving ing a a mummified mummified hand hand on on display. display. Spooky! Spooky!

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The Haunch of Venison There were four beers being served here. Two beers from Hopback, Summer Lightning and GFB, as well as Courage Best and Exmoor Fox. The pub was very busy and there was very little space to sit down. Some of us had to stand until the group started to thin out to catch trains home. Before the group completely dispersed Tim took another team picture to memorialise the occasion.

Going for the record for the number of CAMRA members in a small space We walked around the corner to the Wig and Quill. This is a Wadworths’ pub and Terry told us that he had been here previously in 2010 for a stag night. Apparently, back then there were no hand-pumps on the bar. All the beers had been served straight from the casks in the cellar and many of them were in wooden casks. When we walked into the pub Terry could see that things had changed since his prior visit. The pub was now a Gastro Pub and now had five hand pumps, one of which was for Westons Old Rosie cider. The four beers were all from Wadworths.

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The Wig & Quill – not what it used to be. We then walked around to the Kings Head, which is now a Wetherspoons pub. As expected, the pub was very busy, but we were lucky enough to find a suitable table. We had a nice meal before we finally caught the train back to Bracknell.

The Kings Head Inn (Wetherspoons), which backs on to the River Avon. Mind the steps! We had had a lovely day despite the bad weather and were home before 9 o’clock. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day, despite the weather, and we were all pleased to give something back to this wonderful City following their unfortunate recent events. The Support Salisbury Ale Trail was organised by Andy Pinkard, the Chairman of West Berkshire branch. Many thanks to Andy and the rest of the West Berkshire Branch for making us so welcome and being able to join them for this enjoyable event.

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Branch Diary

Visit our branch website for the latest diary updates. We welcome your suggestions for a future social visit. Contact our social secretary, Clive Doran at: social@seberkscamra.org.uk

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Wednesday 6 February

Good Beer Guide Selection Meeting, Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 8pm (CAMRA Members only). st

Thursday 21 February

CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. th

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CAMRA Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon.

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CAMRA Open Meeting at Binfield Club, Forest Road, Binfield. RG42 4HP. Meet from 8pm. th

Thursday 14 March

CAMRA Social at Queen’s Head, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham. RG40 1BP. Meet from 8pm. th

Saturday 16 March

CAMRA Slough,Windsor & Maidenhead (SWM) & BSE Social – Pub Crawl of Reading. Meet at Reading Station at 12 noon. st

Thursday 21 March

CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. th

Monday 25 March

CAMRA Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon. th

Friday 29 March

CAMRA Fish & Chip Friday Social at White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield, SL4 4SE. Meet at 7pm.

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CAMRA Social – Henley Pub Walk. Meet at Anchor Inn, 58 Friday Street, Henley-onThames. RG9 1AH. Meet from 1pm. Details to be advised by CAMRA SWM Branch.

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CAMRA Social at Wheelwrights Arms, Davis Way, St Nicolas, Hurst. RG10 0TR. Meet from 8pm. th

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CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. th

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

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CAMRA Social at Siren Craft Tap Yard, Marino Way, Hogwood Industrial Estate, Fincampstead, RG40 4RF. Meet from 6pm (closes at 8pm). *BRATs are the Bracknell Real Ale Tipplers

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National Beer Scoring System

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

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

How do I score my beer?

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

What do I need to record?

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

What do the scores mean?

0. No cask ale available 1. Poor

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

2. Average

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

3. Good

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

What if I can't decide on a score?

The NBSS allows you to enter half scores

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

4. Very Good Excellent beer in excellent condition.

5. Perfect

How is the information being collated?

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

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

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