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Berkshire South East Campaign for Real Ale



TRADITIONAL ENGLISH PUB • Award-winning Fuller’s real ales with 10% discount for CAMRA members • Traditional home cooked food • Live Sky and BT sports shown • Comfortable surroundings and friendly atmosphere

HEATED AND COVERED PATIO • Catering for functions with BBQ or buffets • Recently refurbished marquee—hire free of charge

SECLUDED GARDEN • Family friendly • Dogs welcome


Sunday night quiz Regular live music Monday club 15% off all drinks between 5pm and 7pm Gin & Tonic Tuesdays—Any gin with Fever Tree mixer for £5



VictoriaArms@Fullers.co.uk /VictoriaArmsBinfield



Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the 55th edition of Mad Cow

You may remember from the previous edition of the Mad Cow, our local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has introduced a new Community Pub Award which does not require a pub to serve Real Ale, nor will it be based on the quality of the beer, but on other aspects of the whole pub-going experience, using the following CAMRA Community Pub definition: “A community pub is “a licensed hub which encourages social interactions and puts something back into the communities it serves”. By “encourage social interactions” we mean discussions and conversation between customers, whether those customers be family, friends, acquaintances or strangers. By “put something back” we mean to offer some facility or undertake some action which is of benefit to a community, without any motivation based on direct financial benefit to the pub “. The nominations are now in and the branch committee will be reviewing them in the next few weeks, and a number of the committee members will be visiting the nominated pubs to verify the details provided. The winner and runners up will be announced during May and published in the next edition of the Mad Cow. Happy Reading! Mike Rathge Mad Cow Editor

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

CAMRA Berkshire South East Branch Contact List CHAIRMAN David Richards chairman@seberkscamra.org.uk BRANCH CONTACT Andy Ross contact@seberkscamra.org.uk MAD COW EDITOR Mike Rathge madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk MAD COW ADVERTISING Andy Ross madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk PUB PROTECTION OFFICER Bruce Singleton pubprotection@seberkscamra.org.uk PRESS & PUBLICITY OFFICER Anthony Springall press@seberkscamra.org.uk

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WEBSITE www.seberkscamra.org.uk

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has been been prepared prepared to to send send to to all all newly newly has elected elected Bracknell Bracknell Forest Forest Councillors Councillors after after the results results of of the the local local elections elections are are the announced. announced. This This can can be be read read on on pages pages 9 9 and and 10. 10.

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

Save Our Pubs!

We see see a a lot lot of of new new life life coming coming into into the the We world world in in spring. spring. Unfortunately Unfortunately the the same same cannot be be said said for for pubs, pubs, as as 14 14 pubs pubs close close cannot their their doors doors for for good good each each week. week. This This spring, spring, help help give give pubs pubs a a new new lease lease of of life life by supporting supporting the the Save Save our our Pubs Pubs by campaign. campaign. http://www.camra.org.uk/saveourpubs http://www.camra.org.uk/saveourpubs

Marstons Marstons are are currently currently seeking seeking to to recruit recruit a a General Manager Manager for for their their new new build build pub pub at at General Keephatch Keephatch Gardens Gardens in in Wokingham. Wokingham. This This is the the new new housing housing development development opposite opposite is St St Anne's Anne's Manor Manor on on the the London London Road. Road.

The Bull, Barkham The The Bull Bull at at Barkham Barkham pub pub reopened reopened on on Wednesday, March 13, following Wednesday, March 13, following a a theft, theft, which stripped stripped the the bar bar bare. bare. which th

Police were were called called to to the the pub pub on on Friday Friday 8 8th Police March after the owners came back to disMarch after the owners came back to discover that that the the pub pub had had been been emptied. emptied. It It is is cover understood the the former former manager manager cleared cleared understood the the contents, contents, taking taking washing washing machines, machines, glasses and and televisions televisions as as well well as as bottles bottles glasses of of wine wine and and spirits. spirits. The The thieves thieves apparently apparently disconnected disconnected the the water mains, mains, as as well well as as taking taking cleaning cleaning water equipment and and cooking cooking utensils. utensils. equipment

As As CAMRA CAMRA campaigners, campaigners, we we all all know know how how important beer beer and and pubs pubs are are to to this this important country, and and we we need need to to make make sure sure MPs MPs country, know know that that too. too. During During the the first first quarter quarter of of 2019, thousands thousands of of you you emailed emailed your your MP MP 2019, to to ask ask them them to to attend attend a a debate debate in in th Parliament to to be be held held on on Thursday Thursday 28 28th Parliament March, on the subject of how beer and March, on the subject of how beer and pubs pubs are are taxed. taxed. Turn Turn to to page page 8 8 for for a a summary of of the the results results of of this this important important summary debate. debate.

A note note was was posted posted on on the the pub’s pub’s Facebook Facebook A page page from from the the ‘Bull ‘Bull Barkham Barkham team’ team’ stating: stating: “We are are extremely extremely sorry sorry to to announce announce that that “We we we are are closed closed until until further further notice. notice. We We apappreciate preciate your your help help and and support support throughout throughout

Locally, Locally, CAMRA CAMRA campaigners campaigners have have been been taking steps steps ahead ahead of of the the local local elections elections to to taking ensure ensure that that the the future future of of our our region’s region’s pubs pubs will will be be in in safe safe hands. hands. A A two two page page letter letter

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk the years of the Bull. And it’s a great shame what has happened to us on Friday.” A spokesperson for the pub told the local press “We’re determined to get back on our feet as quickly as possible. The bar will reopen and as soon as we can we’ll get the kitchen up and running.” A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said, “A theft was reported at that location however it is a civil matter so no police involvement.” Unfortunately, some of the events planned, including a classic car day on Saturday, March 23, had to be cancelled until normal service was resumed.

Wonston Arms, Hampshire A community pub saved from closure is named the best in Britain.

The Wonston Arms, a small community pub nestled in the heart of a Hampshire village, has been named the best in the country in CAMRA’s prestigious National Pub of the Year Awards 2018, the most respected and well-known pub accolade in the UK. The pub was derelict and empty just four years ago when the owner and landlord Matt Todd bought it. Since reopening, it Issue 55, Summer 2019

has focused on benefitting the local community. As a result, has become an incredibly important asset for local residents, as well as a successful, growing business. Alongside a selection of carefully kept cask ales and a gin bar with 180 varieties, the Wonston Arms boasts a range of pop-up foodie nights and social events carefully selected to meet local demand. Darts matches, folk music, jazz sessions, quizzes and a photography club all take place regularly, and local food vendors are invited for special fish and chip, pizza and curry nights. The Wonston Arms is also the heart of fundraising for the local area. To date, it has raised in excess of £25,000 from the pub community. Every month it hosts a pop-up cafe, which has raised over £7,000 for local charitable causes. Owner and landlord Matt Todd said: "I’m overwhelmed that our little pub - which had been handed a death sentence four years ago - has now been named the very best in the country. I have strived to recreate the kind of wet pub I went to in the 1970s with my dad when I was a young boy in the north of England. The support from the local community and beyond has been overwhelming, helping to propel us forward despite these testing times. “Ultimately I’d like to see our pub play a vital role in supporting and employing local residents and recirculating the local pounds that are spent in our pub. To do this, we need to ensure our continued survival with the likes of small business rate relief, which has been absolutely vital to getting us through our fledgeling years, helping us to realise our potential. Now we’re in a position where continuing to build our business may end up ensuring that we’re penalised for growth through the rates system, and we need all the help we can get!”

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Local Local MP MP Steve Steve Brine Brine said: said: “The “The pub pub trade trade isis not not easy easy these these days, days, to to put put itit mildly. mildly. In In this this context, context, itit isis even even more more impressive impressive what what Matt Matt Todd Todd and and the the team team have have achieved. The fact he’s done achieved. The fact he’s done so so while while staying staying so so true true to to the the values values of of real real ale, ale, aa decent local pint and community is decent local pint and community is just just great.” great.”

Ben Ben Wilkinson, Wilkinson, National National Pub Pub of of the the Year Year Coordinator Coordinator said: said: “Matt “Matt and and his his team team have have created created aa fantastic fantastic rural rural village village pub pub with with aa great atmosphere by shaping it around great atmosphere by shaping it around the the community community and and its its needs. needs. They They have have realised realised that that itit takes takes something something special special to to create create aa sense sense of of real real belonging belonging so so that that people people want want to to come come out out of of their their homes homes and back in the pub. and back in the pub. “Pubs “Pubs like like the the Wonston Wonston Arms Arms highlight highlight what communities stand to what communities stand to lose lose ifif their their local local pub pub closes closes -- something something being being experienced experienced in in all all too too many many places. places. These These types types of of pubs pubs are are more more than than just just businesses, businesses, they they are are the the heart heart of of our our local local communities communities and and part part of of what what makes makes the the UK UK the the country country itit is. is. The The Wonston Wonston Arms Arms

serves serves excellent excellent cask cask ales ales and and isis aa great great social social environment environment for for all. all. ItIt fully fully deserves deserves its its title title as as the the best best in in the the country.” country.”

Pubs Pubs in in the the competition competition are are selected selected by by CAMRA volunteers and judged CAMRA volunteers and judged on on their their atmosphere, atmosphere, decor, decor, welcome, welcome, service, service, community focus and community focus and the the quality quality of of the the beer. beer. Runners-up Runners-up in in the the competition competition include include the the Cricketers Cricketers Arms Arms in in St St Helens, Helens, Merseyside; Merseyside; the the Chequers Chequers in in Little Little Gransden; Gransden; and and the the Volunteer Volunteer Arms Arms (Staggs) (Staggs) in in Musselburgh. Musselburgh.

Thanks Thanks for for having having us! us! CAMRA CAMRABSE BSEoffers offersthanks thanksto tothe thefollowing following for hosting their recent branch meetings: for hosting their recent branch meetings: Binfield BinfieldClub Clubin inBinfield Binfield The Bull in Bracknell The Bull in Bracknell Old OldManor Manorin inBracknell Bracknell


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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 Page Page 66

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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 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 White Swan offers 10% discount on real ale 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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Campaign Focus By Kevin Lenton

CAMRA continue to focus on the following key campaigns: • • • •

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

Details of these can be found on the CAMRA web site.

House of Commons Debate on Beer Taxation and Pubs Mike Wood (MP for Dudley South and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group) and Ruth Smeeth (MP for Stoke North and Labour Vice Chair of the Beer Group) th secured a debate on Beer and Pubs in the House of Commons Chamber on the 28 March 2019. Despite (or maybe because of) the political chaos around Brexit, this was extremely well attended and hugely positive about the role of beer and pubs as a force for good in UK society. Several MPs commented that that it was good to be able to debate an issue where they all agreed. You can read the full transcript on Hansard 11 or watch the debate on Parliament TV 1. In his summing up, Mike said “We have had well over 20 contributions from Members representing six out of the seven parties in the House and all four nations of our United Kingdom. The contributions from the Minister, the shadow Minister and the SNP spokesperson, the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman), showed the breadth of agreement and support for British beer and pubs and the need for us to support them where we can. If people watching this debate take away just one message, I want it to be that British beer and pubs are a force for good in so many ways.” Over 30 MPs contributed to the debate and all were hugely supportive of beer and pubs. Many thanks for encouraging your local MPs to participate. It was a great showcase for our sector!

Local Campaign News In Bracknell, local elections for the borough council are held every four years and each seat in all 18 wards is up for grabs. Polling day is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, and candidates from a range of parties have been announced ahead of the poll. There are 42 seats for Bracknell Forest Council, with the Conservative Party currently holding 41 of them, and the Labour Party holding one seat. Local CAMRA Campaigners have been taking steps ahead of this local election to ensure that the future of our local pubs will be in safe hands. The following two page letter has been prepared to send to all newly elected councillors as soon as the local election results are announced.

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TO ALL BRACKNELL FOREST COUNCILLORS Dear Councillor, Firstly, congratulations on your recent election to Bracknell Forest Council. I am writing on behalf of the Berkshire South East branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and, whilst I understand that you very busy at this time, I would really appreciate you taking some time to read the following. We hope that the contents of this will convince you to pledge your support for pubs and clubs in the Borough. Did you know that there have been numerous closures of pubs and clubs in the Borough? Since 2010 the following licensed premises have closed: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Blue Lion, Bracknell Royal British Legion, Bracknell Iron Duke, Crowthorne Waterloo Hotel, Crowthorne Dukes Head, Sandhurst Jolly Farmer, Sandhurst Fox & Hounds, Sandhurst Royal Hunt, Ascot Gold Cup, Ascot Roebuck, Binfield Squirrels, Cranbourne Three Legged Cross, Warfield Kees, Winkfield

Did you know that this has a big impact on the local community? We, in the Berkshire South East Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) know that the pubs in our area offer so much, including one or more of the following: Good Beer Good Cider & Perry Good Spirits Good Food Excellent Coffee Quiz Nights Meat Raffles Open Mic Nights Book Clubs Darts Team Crib Team Poker Nights … and so much more.

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Charity Events Good Soft Drinks Beer Garden and/or Children’s Play Area Film Shows For Children Free Tea/Coffee For The Elderly Meeting Rooms or areas of the pub available Local Musicians & Singers Games Nights Charity Meetings Children Friendly Dog Friendly Sponsorship of Local Teams PTO…

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So when a pub closes, it is not just simply one less place to drink, it can impact the community and reduce the level of people interaction, at a time when it is recognised that social interaction is one of the most important factors in maintaining the physical health and well-being of everyone. Did you know the level of employment and financial contribution that pubs and clubs make? The 34 pubs and 3 breweries in the Bracknell constituency create 1,285 jobs with 48% of those employed are under 25 years old and 33% are between 25 and 44. These jobs generate £ 15.7 million in wages per annum and the industry raises £ 10.2 million each year for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. Did you know that it is the Pub Companies that are having the biggest impact on pub closures? They are exploiting the Pubs Code legislation 2016 to stop tenants securing a “Market Rent Only” option and to then be able to purchase stock on the open market. To dissuade tenants from taking that option, they raise the rents for these tenants, often to unviable levels. They literally have them over a barrel. Some Pub Companies are identifying pubs on attractive plots of land, selling them to property developers and then running them down to make them look unviable so as to facilitate a successful planning application for redevelopment. Did you know that pubs can apply for Assets Of Community Value (ACV)? Any organisation can apply for an ACV under the Localism Act of 2011. For example, in your constituency, when the Rose and Crown in Sandhurst was hit by a planning application to build two houses in the pub garden, the “Rose and Crown Pub Community Group” applied for an ACV. Did you know that it is the Council that is not supporting the ACVs? Despite the fact that the ACV for the Rose and Crown was granted, the plot of land which belongs to the pub but which has been earmarked for the two houses, has been excluded from the ACV by Bracknell Forest Council. Bracknell Forest Council has a poor record in the protection of pubs and its officers have often proved obstructive therefore it would be good if you could pledge your support to keeping pubs, which are hubs of the community, in place to support our society. I therefore ask you to give your pledge or other views by replying to this e-mail. It is our intention to publicise the feedback that we receive from councillors. Regards Kevin Lenton Public Affairs Officer

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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.

Beautiful outdoor eating area and lovely large garden now the days and nights are getting warmer. Large welcoming bar and separate restaurant area 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 Function room for hire, have your event or party here Excellent Lunch and Evening menu. Fish and Chips on Friday for just ÂŁ7 Children welcome with a special menu available for them

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

Call - 01344 882415 Email - thewhitehartwinkfield@outlook.com


South East Berkshire ‘Pub of the Year’ On Thursday 28th March the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) were pleased to award the annual “Pub of the Year” to The Crispin in Wokingham. Angie and Aid Evans have worked hard to make The Crispin a fantastic venue for lovers of good beer, with help from Sam Willatts, Asst Manager, the selection of beers is mouthwatering, with a lot of local breweries benefiting from the choices made. In presenting the award, David Richards Chairman of Berkshire South East CAMRA said "Ever since Aid & Angie took over, the quality of the real ale being served has been consistently high. Judges found this during their visits and gave the Crispin high scores on that aspect. They also scored it highly on the welcoming atmosphere in the pub and on its community focus, with many local teams and societies being hosted there. It is a pleasure to see a no-nonsense pub like the Crispin doing so well in this prestigious award." The Crispin now goes on to be assessed in the Berkshire County round of CAMRA's competition, where it will be judged against the winning pubs from the three other Berkshire county CAMRA branches, these being the Bell Inn at Aldworth, the Craufurd Arms in Maidenhead and the Nag's Head in Reading. We wish the Crispin all the very best in this next round. This year over 90 pubs were in contention with five of them shortlisted and visited by CAMRA members to judge them, not only on the quality of the beer but also ambiance, community focus, accessibility etc. The Crispin is a well deserved winner. The photo above shows David Richards presenting Angie and Aid with the award.

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Following a visit by our local MP Dr Phillip Lee in December, Bond Brews Goldi-Hops was stocked in the Strangers bar in the Houses of Parliament in January.

Dean is shown below, with Dr. Phillip Lee, on his visit to the Strangers Bar to celebrate.

Demand for the 4 core beers; Goldihops (3.9%), Best of British (4%), Bengal Tiger (4.3%) and Railway Porter (4.5%) is increasing, which means Dean has less time to brew his seasonal & special beers. Following the success of the seasonal Scrum Five bitter, in February & March for the rugby Six Nations championship, plans are in place to brew Pikes Peak American Issue 55, Summer 2019

Pale Ale (4.5%) for April and Mellow Velo Dark Mild (3.6%) for May. The 4th anniversary Bond Brews beer festival will take place on Saturday 22nd June at the Brewery from Noon until 8pm. There will be a selection of Bond Brews beers direct from the cask (including an anniversary special), Live Local music and Local Food.

Dean is also supplying Newbury Racecourse Beer Festival in April and Reading Beer Festival in May, having exhibited at Winchester in March and Gosport and Alton in February.

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Ascot Ascot Brewing Brewing Company Company

West West Berkshire Berkshire Brewery Brewery

Ascot Ascot Brewing Brewing Company Company closes closes crowdcrowdfunding funding campaign campaign after after raising raising £270,680 £270,680 to to upgrade upgrade equipment equipment and and relocate: relocate: Ascot Ascot Brewing Brewing Company Company has has closed closed its its fundfundraise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to to move move to to larger larger premises premises and and buy buy equipment to to meet meet demand. demand. The The brewer, brewer, equipment which which was was acquired acquired by by local local businessmen businessmen Chris Davies and Mike Chris Davies and Mike Neame Neame last last year year and is based in Camberley, Surrey, and is based in Camberley, Surrey, raised raised more more than than £270,000 £270,000 on on Crowdcube Crowdcube in in early early 2018 to ramp up brewing capacity. 2018 to ramp up brewing capacity. For For its its latest latest £250,000 £250,000 funding funding round, round, the the compacompany raised raised its its equity equity offer offer to to 20% 20% in in return return ny for for investment, investment, giving giving the the company company a a prepremoney money valuation valuation of of £1m. £1m. In In total, total, 537 537 ininvestors vestors pledged pledged £270,680 £270,680 and and the the camcampaign paign has has now now closed. closed. The The pitch pitch stated: stated: “To accelerate the next phase of “To accelerate the next phase of growth growth we we are raising raising further further capital capital to to move move premises premises are and and equip equip the the brewery brewery appropriately. appropriately. We We aim to increase brewing aim to increase brewing capacity capacity and and our our sales sales team, team, meeting meeting demand demand for for kegs kegs and and cans cans in in the the UK UK and and for for export; export; increase increase revenue by maximising revenue by maximising value value from from our our brewery, brewery, web web and and brewery brewery shop, shop, and and mimicro-pub; roll roll out out contactless contactless ‘smart ‘smart pump pump cro-pub; clips’ clips’ to to pubs pubs that that will will instantly instantly answer answer consumer questions about consumer questions about a a beer’s beer’s style, style, hops hops and and process; process; and and test-market test-market Ascot Ascot House House Amarillo Amarillo handcrafted handcrafted gin gin using using our our knowledge of hops, flavours and aromas.” knowledge of hops, flavours and aromas.”

Beers Beers Available Available until until they they run run out: out: •• Maggs' Magnificent Mild 3.5% Maggs' Magnificent Mild 3.5%

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West West Berkshire Berkshire Brewery Brewery are are hosting hosting another another Mild Mild In In May May event event over over the the first Bank Bank first Holiday Holiday weekend weekend with with a a one one off off Twisted Twisted Barrel Ale collaboration and a Barrel Ale collaboration and a Limited Limited Edition Edition version version of of their their classic classic Maggs' Maggs' Magnificent Mild. Magnificent Mild.

•• Maggs' Maggs' Mild Mild Salted Salted Caramel Caramel Edition Edition 3.5% 3.5% Little Yeller Yeller 3.5% 3.5% Peanut Peanut Butter Butter Biscuit Biscuit •• Little Mild Mild collaboration collaboration with with Twisted Twisted Barrel Barrel Ale Ale •• ••

Black Black Beauty Beauty 3.9% 3.9% Mild Mild White White Horse Horse Mansion Mild 3.7% Tring Brewery Mansion Mild 3.7% Tring Brewery

•• More More to to be be confirmed. confirmed.

Head Head Chef Chef Shaun Shaun Cheyney Cheyney will will be be creating creating some dishes with Mild to add to some dishes with Mild to add to their their menu menu plus plus you you can can get get 20% 20% off off cans cans in in the the shop shop all all weekend. weekend.

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Fuller’s Brewery Campaign for Real Ale statement in response to the sale of the Fuller’s brewing business to Asahi. CAMRA Chairman Jackie Parker said: "CAMRA is always concerned about any consolidation in the brewing industry as it could result in a reduction in choice, value for money and quality for beer drinkers. We're also wary of one company increasingly controlling a larger and larger share of the market, which is seldom beneficial for consumers”. “Fuller's has been a family brewer in Britain for more than a hundred years, and it’s a very sad day to see such a well-known, historic and respected name exit the brewing business”. “It would be very disappointing to see the character of Fuller’s beers change as a result of the deal. While the Fuller’s family has stressed it has sought to protect the heritage of the Griffin Brewery, we’d call on the new owners to pledge to continue brewing operations at the Chiswick site as well as show a commitment to not only continuing cask beer production, but to preserve the full range of Fuller’s, Dark Star and Gale’s beers.”

Upham Brewery

We have been advised that the Upham Brewery in Southampton has closed permanently. The Upham Pub Company continues to manage its collection of several country pubs in the South of England, including the Winning Post in our own region in Winkfield.

Elusive Brewing

Elusive Brewing got off to hectic start in the first week of April with its beers being featured at the Seven Stars in Bristol, the Dodo Micro Pub in Hanwell, London, where Andy had a meet

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the brewer session. Nearer to home a number of their beers appeared at the Nag’s Head, Reading.

Siren Craft Brew

Since opening their doors in December 2017, the Siren Tap Yard has continued to grow in popularity.

As a result Siren has recently announced that as of Sunday 7th April, they will be adding two extra days to their regular Tap Yard hours on Sundays & Wednesdays. The Siren Tap Yard week now opens at 12 noon until 8pm on Wednesdays, and at 12 noon until 6pm on Sundays.

Siren Tap Yard Opening Hours: Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

12:00 - 20:00 12:00 - 20:00 12:00 - 20:00 12:00 - 20:00 12:00 - 18:00

Siren will be holding Street Food Saturdays through out May and June, they also tell us that they will also be working to keep the street food going on Sundays, either with weekend residencies, or different vendors for each day. See their web site for details. Siren have brewed a special collaborative beer that is being be sold at the TATE Gallery in recognition of the Van Gough exhibition, the largest collection of his paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. The bottle label was inspired by the picture ‘Starry Night on the Rhône’. Thousand Things IPA will be available on the Siren Web Shop from Monday 1st April for the duration of the six-month exhibition (whilst stocks last), it will also be available from TATE bars and restaurants.

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Binghams Brewery

Binghams Tap Room has moved from its temporary premises and is now located just down the road at Emma’s Kitchen in Twyford, at 27-29 London Road.

into a tap room. As previously, in addition to cask ales to drink on site or take away (or of course, both) there is Tutt's Clump Cider and a selection of red and white wines on offer. The next beer in the Hop Project series will be Blanc Mandarina, and the next special will be Viennese Whirl, a 5% Viennese Pale Ale brewed with a blend of Citra, Centennial and Chinook hops.

Watch out for the one-off Ricochet beers which will be launched in keykeg during the course of 2019. These will undergo secondary fermentation in the keykeg, and therefore be real ale.

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Brewery tours run on Saturdays, typically lasting around two hours, and are always 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 to take home if you are driving. Binghams two litre stainless steel double walled growlers are back in stock.

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

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

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

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

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When Pubs Stay Shut A Campaigning Guide

This guidance is concerned specifically with those unfortunate situations where it has become clear that an intransigent owner is prepared to play the ‘long game’ and sit on a closed pub in the hope of eventually getting what they want – invariably, planning permission for change of use. The owner is not prepared to enter into meaningful dialogue with campaigners and has effectively shut up shop. Even if the local community is willing to put its money where its collective mouth is and purchase the pub, the owner either refuses to engage at all or is only prepared to sell for a ludicrously high price. The Legal Position: Nobody is obliged to keep a pub open so owners are perfectly within their rights to close them down if they wish. Residential use of the former licensee accommodation is still allowed as, in the eyes of the law, the building remains a pub. However, owners cannot use any other part of the building for any new purpose without first obtaining planning permission. Any apparent unauthorised use should be brought to the attention of the Council who should take enforcement action if appropriate. If the building is unlisted, nothing can be done about removal of fixtures and fittings, though the pub use remains even without the fittings - but if the pub part begins to be used for residential purposes, even if all Issue 55, Summer 2019

the pub fittings survive, then an unauthorised change of use has taken place. In other words, it’s the use that counts, not the fixtures and fittings. Should the building be listed, though, then any material alterations to the interior need listed building consent and the Council should be asked to take enforcement action concerning any unauthorised changes. Something to look out for is any attempt to establish a case for a ‘Lawful Development Certificate.’ This will be granted by the Council if certain things can be proved, including where the use of a building has been changed (without planning permission) to use as a single dwelling house and that use has gone unchallenged for at least four years. So, even if permission for residential use of a pub was refused, if someone just goes ahead and uses it for that purpose, and nobody objects, they can later apply for this illegal use to be authorised. What Can be Done? At this stage in the proceedings, it’s very likely that the owner will have applied for planning permission for change of use or demolition and been turned down. He/she may also have gone to appeal and had that dismissed. Rather than accept defeat, some owners will keep the pub closed in the hope that the planners will eventually give way. They might go so far as to strip out the interior so as to reinforce their claims that reopening is not a realistic prospect. It’s vital that the Council stand their ground in this situation and campaigners will need to encourage them to do so. The message has to be conveyed to the owner that their tactics will not succeed – so the Council should be asked to spell out to the owner in no uncertain terms that, so long as the prospect of a purchase by the community or another party is considered to be realistic, the only acceptable use for the

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land land is is its its existing existing use use as as a a pub pub and and that that no no alternative alternative use use will will be be considered considered acceptable acceptable in in the the meantime. meantime. The The desired desired outcome, outcome, of of course, course, is is that that the the owner owner will will realise realise that that delay delay is is not not going going to to work work and, and, given given that that the the value value of of their their asset asset is is likely likely to to be be declining, declining, they they may may as as well well cut cut their their losses. losses. Sadly, Sadly, some some people people are are quite quite prepared prepared to to cut cut off off their their nose nose to to spite spite their their face face and and refuse refuse to to budge. budge. So, So, what what next? next? Asset Asset of of Community Community Value Value (ACV): (ACV): It It may may well well be be that, that, by by now, now, campaigners campaigners have have already already applied applied for, for, and and hopefully hopefully been been granted, granted, ACV ACV designation designation for for the the pub pub – – but but if if not, not, this this should should now now be be done. done. ACV ACV status status has has several several advantages. advantages. Firstly, Firstly, if if the the owner owner puts puts the the pub pub on on the the market, market, the the nominator nominator (or (or indeed indeed any any community community group) group) can can register register an an interest interest in in purchasing purchasing the the property. property. A A six-month six-month moratorium moratorium then then kicks kicks in in during during which which (subject (subject to to certain certain caveats) caveats) the the owner owner cannot cannot sell sell the the property property to to anyone anyone else. else. They They aren’t aren’t obliged obliged to to sell sell and and can can just just wait wait out out the the six six months months but but time time is is often often valuable valuable in in situations situations like like this, this, especially especially for for campaign campaign planning. planning. ACV ACV status status also also helps helps if if and and when when planning planning applications applications are are submitted submitted because because it it is is open open to to Councils Councils to to regard regard it it as as a a ‘material ‘material consideration’. consideration’. Many Many Councils Councils have have planning planning policies policies protective protective of of valued valued community community facilities facilities and and having having an an ACV ACV in in place place is is prima prima facie facie evidence evidence that that the the community community does does indeed indeed value value the the facility facility and and wants wants to to see see it it protected. protected. The The fact fact that that a a pub pub is is closed closed should should not not be be a a barrier barrier to to ACV ACV registration registration because one of the tests is because one of the tests is whether whether there there is is a a reasonable reasonable prospect prospect of of the the asset asset furthering furthering the the social social well-being well-being or or interests interests of of local local people people in in the the future future – – not not just just at at present. present. Enforcement Enforcement Action: Action: Should Should you you consider consider that that something something is is happening happening at at the the property property which which doesn’t doesn’t have have the the necessary necessary permission, permission, the the first first

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person person to to contact contact is is the the Enforcement Enforcement Officer in the Council’s Planning Officer in the Council’s Planning Department Department – – their their details details should should be be on on the the Council Council website, website, or or you you can can phone phone the the Council Council offices offices and and ask ask to to be be put put through. through. The The Officer Officer should should then then check check whether whether what has happened is or isn’t what has happened is or isn’t above above board. board. Officers Officers have have the the right right of of entry entry to to properties properties to to check check if if there there has has been been any any breach breach of of planning planning control control and, and, if if so, so, whether whether enforcement enforcement action action should should be be taken. taken. That That action action could could include include a a demand demand that that any any unauthorised unauthorised works works be be removed removed and and the the building building restored restored to to its its former former state. state. On On the the other other hand, hand, the the Council Council might might decide decide to to grant grant retrospective retrospective permission permission for for the the work. work. Compulsory Compulsory Purchase: Purchase: Councils have powers to make Councils have powers to make Compulsory Compulsory Purchase Purchase Orders Orders (CPOs) (CPOs) where where there there is is ‘a ‘a compelling compelling case case in in the the public public interest’ interest’ to to do do so so – – which which might might well well apply, apply, for for example, example, if if a a valued valued community community facility facility like like a a pub pub is is being being left left to to rot. rot. In In June June 2011, 2011, the the Government Government issued issued guidance guidance to to Councils Councils on on the the use use of of CPO CPO powers powers to to save save community community assets. assets. Councils Councils are are now now obliged to take seriously all viable requests obliged to take seriously all viable requests put put to to them them by by voluntary voluntary and and community community groups for the compulsory groups for the compulsory purchase purchase of of a a threatened threatened community community asset. asset. Councils Councils must must respond respond formally formally to to such such requests, requests, outlining the reasons behind outlining the reasons behind their their decision decision on on whether whether or or not not to to use use CPO CPO powers. powers. This This guidance guidance has has since since been been updated, updated, most most recently in October 2015 (DCLG recently in October 2015 (DCLG Compulsory Compulsory Purchase Purchase Process Process and and the the Crichel Crichel Down Down Rules Rules :: Guidance). Guidance). The The key key parts parts of of the the guidance guidance are: are: What What requests requests can can be be made made to to a a local local authority? authority? Authorities Authorities can can receive receive requests requests from from the the community community or or local local bodies bodies to to use use their their compulsory compulsory purchase purchase powers powers to to acquire acquire community community assets, assets, which which may may have have been been designated designated as as Assets Assets of of Community Community Value, Value, that that are are in in danger danger of of being being lost lost where where the the owner owner is is unwilling unwilling to to sell, sell, or or vacant vacant Issue Issue 55, 55, Summer Summer 2019 2019

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word of warning – the latter might be significant).

Local authorities should consider all requests from third parties, but particularly voluntary and community organisations, and commercial groupings like Business Improvement District bodies, which put forward a scheme for a particular asset which would require compulsory purchase to take forward, and provide a formal response.

Having said that, the threat of a CPO, if made sufficiently seriously, may well be sufficient to unblock the stalemate – this is what happened at Holywell Green (see case study). Fighting a CPO is a costly business for an owner and it may well be that this is the point at which they throw in the towel and enter into proper negotiations with would-be purchasers.

Local authorities must be able to finance the cost of the scheme (including the compensation to the owner) and the compulsory purchase order process, either from their own resources, or with a partial or full contribution from those making the request.

Other Ways Forward: Should the Council decline, at least initially, to run with the CPO process then you should ramp up your media publicity along the lines of ‘Council refuses to help save pub’; Councils dislike negative stories and might be shamed into taking action. You should continue to publicly berate the owner; a good line to take is that if you buy a pub, you become custodian of a community asset not just a simple business and responsibilities are attached – hence why the planning system is generally protective of pubs. You should also rebut the likely claims by the owner that the pub isn’t viable by pointing to the many instances of pubs written off by their owners as economic basket-cases which, in the right hands, are now thriving.

Local authorities should, for example, ascertain the value of the asset to the community, or the effect of bringing it back into use; the perceived threat to the asset; the future use of the asset and who would manage it (including a business plan where appropriate); any planning issues; and how the acquisition would be financed. (note ; in the phrase ‘which may have been designated as ACVs’, the word ‘may’ is important. Non-ACV properties are not excluded though there is a clear implication that ACV status is meaningful in this context) Historically, Councils have been reluctant to use CPO powers because of the cost implications. However, if local people are committed to a community purchase then an arrangement ought to be achievable whereby the impact on the Council is largely cost-neutral. A community group could, for instance, enter into a formal agreement to purchase the property from the Council at the price paid plus cover all or some of the costs incurred by the Council on the CPO process itself (but a

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If the Council holds its nerve on the planning side, and campaigners refuse to give up, the chances are that at some point the owner will say enough is enough and victory will be yours.

About CAMRA: CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with more than 191,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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11 – 12 May 2019: Bull at Barkham thebullbarkham.com A first beer festival of the Summer for this fine community local. The pub is accessible via the number 3 “Leopard” bus between Wokingham and Reading. There should be around 7 ales on stillage plus 6 on the bar from a mixture of local and national brewers. th


16 - 18 May 2019: Kingston Beer & Cider Festival camrasurrey.org.uk/festivals/kingston-beer-cider-festival A very enjoyable beer festival organised by Kingston & Leatherhead CAMRA. It is accessible by train from our area (changing at Twickenham). Over 60 ales are promised, plus 12 ciders and perries. A free beer token for CAMRA members. th




24 – 27 May 2019: White Horse, Hedgerley facebook.com/whitehorsehedgerley A very large beer festival for a country village pub, this features around 75 rare and unusual ales over the course of the weekend. There are also ciders, perries and foreign beers. 25 – 27 May 2019: Queen’s Head, Wokingham queensheadwokingham.co.uk The now traditional Bank Holiday beer festival from Carol and the Queen’s Head team. Expect around 8 ales on stillage on the delightful back patio, plus 6 on the bar as usual. Some real cider is expected too. th

26 May 2019: Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival festival.bracknaleevents.co.uk The annual Bank Holiday beer festival at Bracknell Rugby Club. Expect around 50 ales and 10 ciders, plus gins, Pimms and English wines. Courtney buses put on a shuttle service from Bracknell station to make getting there and back easier. Discounted entry for CAMRA members, especially when booking in advance. th


30 May – 2 June 2019: Happy Man, Englefield Green thehappyman.co.uk This CAMRA-friendly pub close to Royal Holloway college put on regular beer festivals. The pub is walkable from Egham station (on the Waterloo line from our area). Expect around 12 ales and 8 ciders. 50p off a pint for CAMRA members on the Thursday.

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31 May – 1 June 2019: Alton Summer Beer Festival altonbeerfestival.co.uk Held at Alton College (a short walk from the station), this festival has become quite an Alton institution. Expect around 70 ales, plus a dozen ciders and perries. Entry is by advance ticket only. In an environmental initiative, customers are requested to bring their own lined half pint beer glass to drink from. 31 May – 2 June 2019: Marlow Beerfest marlowbeerfest.co.uk Another beer festival at the Oak Tree Road football ground, a short walk from Marlow station (branch line from Maidenhead). It features an eclectic selection of around 25 beers plus about 8 ciders. Discounted entry for CAMRA members. th




7 – 8 June 2019: Twyford Beer Festival twyfordbeerfest.co.uk This community beer and music festival is run in aid of the male cancer charity “Orchid”. This year it moves to a new location, even closer to Twyford station. Expect around 70 real ales and ciders plus a gin & wine bar. 7 – 8 June 2019: Guildford Beer Festival guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk th A 10 anniversary beer festival at Guildford Cricket Club, organised with the aid of our friends in Surrey Hants Borders CAMRA. Entry is by advance ticket. Expect around 100 real ales & 20 craft beers sourced from Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Sussex, plus around 20 ciders/perries. th


14 – 16 June 2019: Perseverance, Wraysbury thepercy.co.uk Nick and Sarah at the “Percy” put on several excellent beer festivals each year. This friendly local is easily accessible from Wraysbury station (change at Staines on the Waterloo line from our area). Expect around 10 real ales at a time. nd

22 June 2019: Bond Brew, Wokingham Without bondbrews.co.uk th Dean at Bond Brews is holding a beer festival to celebrate the 4 anniversary of the brewery at the premises in Wokingham Without. Expect a selection of Bond Brews ales plus an anniversary special. The entrance fee is a small donation to Prostate Cancer UK. 10th – 13th July 2019: Ealing Beer Festival ebf.camra.org.uk This is an excellent festival organised by West Middlesex CAMRA. It advertises over 500 real ales, ciders, perries, wines and imported beers. The bar of beers served “from the wood” is a particular rarity worth seeking out. Reduced admission prices for CAMRA members.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk 13th – 14th July 2019: Woodcote Steam Rally Festival of Ale woodcoterally.org.uk This steam rally & country fayre held a few miles north of Reading includes a “Festival of Ale” organised by South Oxfordshire CAMRA. Expect around 25 real ales and around 5 ciders. Direct buses from Reading. th


25 – 27 July 2019: Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival maidenheadbeerfest.camra.org.uk A hugely popular Summer festival organised by our friends in Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA. The venue at Desborough College is very convenient for Maidenhead station. Expect around 100 carefully selected real ales plus about 30 ciders & perries. Reduced admission for CAMRA members. st


1 – 4 August 2019: Egham Beer Festival eghambeerfestival.co.uk The charity beer festivals at Egham United Services Club have become renown amongst the beer “scooping” community for showcasing new brand new breweries and beers. Expect around 60 ales, plus around a dozen ciders & perries. Reduced entry for CAMRA members. A short walk from Egham station. rd

3 August 2019: Fleet Lions Beer Festival fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest A (hopefully lucky) 13th beer festival run by the Fleet Lions in aid of local charitable causes. Over 50 real ales and ciders are advertised both local and from afar. A “Meet The Brewer” event is promised during the lunchtime session. th


6 – 10 August 2019: Great British Beer Festival gbbf.org.uk The CAMRA beer festival held at Kensington Olympia continues to be the highlight of the beer festival calendar. Expect a remarkable 900 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for 2019 will be announced on the Thursday afternoon - twice recently the winner has come from a Berkshire brewery. Reduced admission prices for CAMRA members.

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Publicans Publicans declare declare the the business business rates rates system system ‘broken’ ‘broken’ Damning Damning new new evidence evidence from from CAMRA CAMRA shows shows the the extent extent of of the the damage damage done done to to Britain’s pubs by business rates Britain’s pubs by business rates New New research research compiled compiled by by CAMRA CAMRA has has been been submitted submitted to to the the House House of of Commons Commons which which shows that 72% of surveyed licensees find the business rates system unfair shows that 72% of surveyed licensees find the business rates system unfair to to pubs. pubs.

The The report, report, which which comes comes hot hot on on the the heels heels of of a a Parliamentary Parliamentary debate debate on on how how beer beer and and pubs pubs are taxed, surveyed 650 licensees from across the country. Publicans submitted are taxed, surveyed 650 licensees from across the country. Publicans submitted accounts accounts of of the the devastating devastating impact impact of of rate rate increases, increases, including including the the need need to to lay lay off off staff, staff, put put off off ininvestment, and raise prices for consumers. vestment, and raise prices for consumers.

The evidence evidence will will be be considered considered by by the the Treasury Treasury Committee Committee and and inform inform their their inquiry inquiry into into The the the impact impact of of business business rates. rates. It It echoes echoes the the sentiment sentiment expressed expressed in in the the House House of of ComCommons, mons, where where over over 35 35 MPs MPs from from six six different different political political parties parties spoke spoke out out in in support support of of BritBritain’s pubs during the debate, demonstrating a real need for Government to support ain’s pubs during the debate, demonstrating a real need for Government to support these these community community assets. assets. Speaking in Speaking in the the debate, debate, Mike Mike Wood Wood MP, MP, Chair Chair of of the the All All Party Party Parliamentary Parliamentary Beer Beer Group Group said: “We have to address business rates. We need fundamental reform. The said: “We have to address business rates. We need fundamental reform. The relief relief anannounced nounced in in the the Budget Budget last last autumn autumn was was enormously enormously helpful, helpful, with with about about 80% 80% of of pubs pubs benebenefiting, fiting, but but they they are are still still hugely hugely overtaxed. overtaxed. Despite Despite only only making making up up about about 0.5% 0.5% of of total total busibusiness turnover, our pubs represent nearly 3% of all business rate payments." ness turnover, our pubs represent nearly 3% of all business rate payments." Tom Tom Stainer, Stainer, CAMRA’s CAMRA’s Chief Chief Executive Executive said: said: “Since “Since the the last last business business rates rates 2017 it has been clear that the business rates system simply 2017 it has been clear that the business rates system simply isn’t isn’t working working publicans, publicans, many many of of whom whom have have contacted contacted us us directly directly about about the the issue. issue.

revaluation revaluation in in for for England’s England’s

“The “The rates rates hit hit tied tied tenants tenants especially especially hard, hard, as as they they are are usually usually unable unable to to make make cost cost savings savings elsewhere and have squeezed profit margins due to the high price of tied beer. elsewhere and have squeezed profit margins due to the high price of tied beer. “It’s “It’s encouraging encouraging to to see see such such overwhelming overwhelming cross-party cross-party support support for for a a fundamental fundamental review review of how pubs are of how pubs are taxed, taxed, and and we we hope that hope that the the Treasury Treasury CommitCommittee tee listen listen to to publipublicans and cans and take take that that message message on on board.” board.” The CAMRA CAMRA sursurThe vey was was carried carried vey out in in March March 2019 2019 out and received received over over and 650 responses 650 responses from from publicans. publicans.

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Binfield Club does it again ! By Anthony Springall

In what is becoming a rather regular occurrence, on the 7th March the Binfield Club were presented with the “Club of the Year� award in recognition of their support to CAMRA and the cause of fine beer. The club has been judged by the members of the Berkshire South East against a number of criteria such as opening hours, admittance policy, choice of real ales and it was a very easy choice to make against the clubs in the BSE area. The club is in the current Good Beer Guide based upon the quality of it's real ales, ambience and community focus among other benchmarks. The need to be at the heart of the community is taken very seriously here with the club offering a home to the local branches of The Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Royal Air Force Association as well as a myriad of other clubs, societies and community groups. One has only to look on the website to realise the huge number of different groups that use these facilities.

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It would be great to lay down a challenge to other clubs in South East Berkshire and provide a real competition to Binfield. We have in excess of 60 licensed clubs in our area and despite approaches made, very few seem willing to allow entry in order to judge the beer quality whilst others seem content to only offer fizzy keg beer. So the challenge is, are there any other clubs willing to try to take on Binfield? Pictured: Tony Springall presenting Bill the certificate

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CAMRA’s Peak District Pub Walks (3rd Edition) A pocket-sized, travellers’ guide to some of the best walking and best pubs in the Peak District. The book also explores some of the region’s fascinating industrial heritage and has useful information about local transport and accommodation. BOB STEEL is a geographer by profession and has been a teacher for much of his life. Apart from a lifelong interest in good beer and good architecture, he is a keen walker, cyclist and organic gardener. He has been a trustee of BioRegional, the sustainable development charity and a committee member of his local civic society. He is author of five other titles in CAMRA’s Pub Walks series and has written many magazine and newspaper articles. https://agm.camra.org.uk/ ES SE TAB CL RVIN LISH IEN G E TS OV D 2 NA ER 006 TIO 1,5 NW 00 IDE









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The Pub Walks Explorer Pack Walk up a thirst with this pack of three great walking guides that put real ale pubs at the centre of every route.

This pack includes London Pub Walks, Yorkshire Pub Walks and Wild Pub Walks.

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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. Many know that CAMRA supports Real Ale, but some may not be aware that CAMRA also campaigns for Real Cider, whether it is naturally made from Apples, Pears or more recently other natural Fruits, these are all supported by CAMRA if they are made naturally with Fruit. The best place to find a selection of Real Ciders is often at Beer (and Cider) Festivals, whether it is at our own Branch’s Ascot Racecourse Festival in October or the Bracknell Beer and Cider Festival at the end of May or at our neighbouring branch of CAMRA, at the Reading Beer Festival in early May. These Festivals have a great selection of Ciders that you may not have tasted before, from different regions, but they also promote local cider producers. Apart from Beer festival, for your everyday or weekend drinking you may find it difficult to find these great natural products at a pub near you. For the last few years this branch has tried to promote Pubs that regularly serve one and sometimes more Real Ciders through-out the year. Our Real Cider judging competition started in March 2019 for CAMRA mem-bers to judge the Pubs in our branch that regularly serve real Cider. The Cider Pub of the Year award is judged by CAMRA members that drink real Cider and they look at various aspects of the pub that is serving Real Cider, primarily rated on the Cider served, but also taking into account the other aspects of enjoying time at the pub with a pint of your favourite Cider. For the 2019 Cider Pub of the Year we have been judging the following pubs in our branch that all serve real Cider regularly and are all great pubs: •

The Broad Street Tavern – Wokingham

The Crispin – Wokingham

The Old Manor – Bracknell

The Village Inn – Sandhurst

The Wheelwright’s Arms – St Nicholas Hurst

The Winner and Runner Up will be notified and Presentations of Certificates will be available for the next issue of Mad Cow. Please support all the above Real Cider Pubs that continue to serve great Real Cider throughout the year. By Mike Lee SE Berks Cider Representative mailto:cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.

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Traditional Pub Games By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

II am am sure sure that that we we would would all all agree agree that that the the pub pub is is not not merely merely a a drinking drinking establishment establishment but instead offers far more to its customers. but instead offers far more to its customers. The The pub pub has has been been the the centre centre of of sporting sporting games games for for as as long long as as they they have have existed, existed, from Romans playing dice in the taverna from Romans playing dice in the taverna to to the present present day day where where traditional traditional pub pub games games the still still exist, exist, often often creating creating friendly friendly rivalry rivalry bebetween tween players players and and the the pubs pubs themselves. themselves. Many Many pubs pubs themselves themselves are are named named after after sports, sports, many many cruel cruel and and some some long long forgotten forgotten like like The The Dog and and Duck Dog Duck which which refers refers to to the the sport sport of of using using spaniels spaniels to to catch catch tethered tethered ducks. ducks. The The Bull Bull in in Bracknell Bracknell was was the the scene scene of of Bull Bull Baiting Baiting in in the the 18th Century Century and and The The Stag Stag and and Hounds Hounds “cele18th “celebrates” brates” the the royal royal past past time time of of stag stag hunting hunting in in Windsor Windsor Great Great Park. Park. On On a a less less gory gory note note we we have locally The Cricketers in Warfield and have locally The Cricketers in Warfield and further further afield afield many many other other pubs pubs celebrate celebrate sportsporting ing heroes heroes such such as as The The Sir Sir Alf Alf Ramsey Ramsey in in TunTunbridge Wells or The William Webb Ellis bridge Wells or The William Webb Ellis in in Twickenham. Twickenham. Games Games have have to to be be relatively relatively compact compact if if they they are are to to be be played played indoors indoors as as very very few few pubs pubs have have the the space space for for a a full full size size snooker snooker table table however however a a dart board in the public bar (where they still dart board in the public bar (where they still exist) can can be be accommodated accommodated easily easily and and can can be be exist) enjoyed enjoyed by by all, all, whether whether an an expert expert with with the the “ar“arrows” rows” or or a a mere mere beginner. beginner.

Darts Darts

The The archetypal archetypal pub pub game game still still widely widely played played is is darts. darts. The The most most common common board board is is the the one one shown with a 20 at the top and an outer ring shown with a 20 at the top and an outer ring scoring scoring doubles doubles and and the the inner inner ring, ring, trebles. trebles. The The board board is is designed designed in in such such a a manner manner that that the the high scoring numbers are surrounded by high scoring numbers are surrounded by the the lowest ones ones ensuring ensuring an an element element of of risk risk in in gogolowest ing ing for for a a high high score. score. The The bull bull is is worth worth 50 50 and and an an outer outer bull bull 25. 25. The The normal normal rules rules are are a a 301 301 or or 501 501 target and and to to finish finish with with a a double. double. target For For 501 501 it it is is possible possible for for the the expert expert player player to to finish in finish in nine nine darts darts but but for for most most of of us us this this is is a a very very rare rare occurrence. occurrence. This This board, board, called called the the London, London, was was standardised standardised in in the the 1920s 1920s and and is is not the the only only one one in in existence. existence. not

Yorkshire Yorkshire (or (or Kent) Kent) Doubles Doubles and and Manchester Manchester Log Log End End Board Board The The Yorkshire Yorkshire Doubles Doubles Board Board (also (also known known as as the the Kent Kent Board) Board) has has no no inner inner ring ring for for trebles, trebles, no no outer bull and the bull itself is significantly outer bull and the bull itself is significantly smaller. The The Lincoln Lincoln Board Board is is similar similar in smaller. in design design to to the the Yorkshire Yorkshire Board Board but but it it has has no no colours colours and and the the board board is is completely completely black. black. The The Manchester Manchester “Log “Log End” End” Board Board is is solid solid wood wood and and significantly significantly smaller smaller than than the the standard standard board. It board. It has has no no trebles trebles or or colouring colouring and and the the number number arrangement arrangement is is significantly significantly different. different.

Ipswich Ipswich Fives Fives (Wide (Wide Fives) Fives) Dartboard Dartboard and and LonLondon don 'East 'East End' End' Fives Fives (Narrow (Narrow Fives) Fives) Dartboard Dartboard

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk The Ipswich Board is made up of only the numbers 5,10,15 and 20 and is known as a wide fives board. It is normal to play a game of 505 and due to the wider area it does allow higher scoring but the “oche” is nine foot away rather than the standard seven foot nine and a quarter inches to compensate. The next time someone challenges you to a game of darts you can rightly ask what kind they play !

ly 15 balls on the table and each player tries to pot their own colour without potting the black ball until the end. There are many variants and the game is popular in pubs and has been one of the key reasons for the demise in many of bar billiards.


Bar Billiards No longer as popular as it once was there are now few bar billiards tables in the area. It has a background in a number of continental games such as the French Bagatelle and the Russian game Billiards Russe. It was first imported into the UK in the early 1930's when the Jelkes Company of London were encouraged to produce a table, similar to one seen in Belgium.

Once the archetypical pub game which is now extremely rare. Played in a long alley, the aim of the game is to knock over the 9 pins using the wooden balls and score on behalf of the team. In different parts of the country there are a huge number of variants and the game is particularly popular in the West Country, as it seems to work best when cider is on the menu!

Aunt Sally

It consists of a baize playing surface 32 inches wide and nine holes dotted on the table with values between 10 and 200. The higher scoring holes are protected by coloured pegs. If a white peg is knocked over then the break is lost however if the black peg in front of the 200 hole is knocked over then the whole score is lost. The 8 balls are released upon a coin being inserted and play commences. After around a quarter of an hour a bar comes down preventing the return of the balls.

A game originating in the 17th Century where sticks, (similar to a rolling pin) are thrown at a representation of a human head, similar in manner to a coconut shy. The stick must strike the head cleanly to count and locally the game is played in the garden of the Queens Head, Wokingham. The game is played mostly in the Thames Valley and the “World Championships” are held annually at Charlbury Beer Festival.

The game is most popular in the south and east of the country although the world championships are held in Jersey each year and as recently as 2015, Paul Sainsbury from Reading was Mens World Champion.

Pool An American import to the UK and played generally as eight or nine ball. The table has six pockets and the eight ball game has confusing-

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Aunt Sally played at The Crown Inn, Oxon

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Shove Halpenny


Five old halfpennies are slid on a wooden or slate table to end between the lines marked on the board. The aim of the game is to have had the required number of coins in each bed and scoring takes place with a chalk mark on the side of the board.

For many years the only card game that was allowed to be played in a pub for modest stakes. Invented in the 17th Century by Sir John Suckling and using a wooden board with small pegs to keep score.

Dominoes Said to have originated in China, the game arrived into the UK from France and the word “Domino” is the French word for the black and white head covering used by priest. Consisting of 28 tiles ranging from the double 6 to the double blank, the aim of the game is to play your dominoes until no more are to hand.

Shove Ha'penny

Table Skittles The alternate name for this game is “Devil among the Tailors” where a small wooden ball is suspended on a chain from a gallows arrangement and it swings between the 3 x 3 arrangement of skittles. There is a variation to the table skittles game in the Midlands where “Hooded Skittles” is played and it consists of throwing wooden discs called cheeses at skittles in a hooded area similar to a pram hood.

Others The following games are very specialised and are often local to a particular area. Pitch Penny – Players take turns to throw a coin against a wall (without touching it) and the person closest to the wall wins. Ringing the Bull – A favourite in the East Midlands it involves swinging a ring held on a string suspended from the ceiling onto a hook on the wall. It is very difficult ! Toad in the Hole – A speciality around Lewes in Sussex where brass discs are thrown at a lead covered table with the aim of them landing in a hole. Knurr & Spell – A Yorkshire game to launch a ball into the air and hit it with a bat similar to a golf club. Bat and Trap – A Kent game which involves launching a ball in the air to be hit with a bat which is a cross between a table tennis bat and a tennis raquet.

Devil among the Tailors

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Goblin - A favourite amongst Bristol miners was a game to throw pegs into two receptacles.

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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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Saturday 4 May

CAMRA Afternoon Social, Marlow Royal British Legion Beer Festival, Station Approach, Marlow. SL7 1NT. Meet from 1pm. th

Thursday 9 May

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

Saturday 11 May

CAMRA Afternoon Social, Bull at Barkham Beer Festival, Barkham Road, Barkham. RG41 4TL. Meet from 1pm. th

Thursday 16 May

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

Friday 17 May

CAMRA Afternoon Social, Kingston Beer & Cider Festival, Kingston Workmen’s Club and Institute, Old London Road, Kingston KT2 6ND. Meet from 12 noon. rd

Thursday 23 May

CAMRA Mild Month Evening Social, Jack o’Newbury, Terrace Road North, Binfield, RG42 5PH. Meet from 8pm. th

Saturday 25 May

CAMRA Afternoon Social, Queen’s Head Beer Festival, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham. RG40 1BP. Meet from 12 noon. th

Monday 27 May

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



Saturday 8 June

CAMRA Social, Twyford Beer Festival, Stanlake Meadow Recreation Ground, Waltham Road, Twyford. RG10 0AB. Meet from 1pm.

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Friday 14 June

National Beer Day Social, Stag & Hounds, Forest Road, Binfield. RG42 4HA. Meet from 8pm. th

Saturday 15 June

CAMRA Social at the Two Cocks Brewery – Details TBA. th

Thursday 20 June

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

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CAMRA Social at Bond Brews Ltd., 3-4, South Barns, Gardeners Green Farm, Heathlands Rd, Wokingham RG40 3AS. Meet from 1pm. th

Monday 24 June

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

Thursday 27 June

CAMRA Evening Social, Rifle Volunteer, 141 Reading Road, Emmbrook, Wokingham. RG41 1HD. Meet from 8pm. th

Saturday 29 June

Crazy Dave’s Cider Event, Oak Tree Farm, Gays Lane, Holyport. SL6 2HL. Meet from 2pm. Tickets are £5. Booking is essential through Eventbrite or Crazy Dave’s Facebook.




Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July

White Hart Beer Festival, Moneyrow Green, Holyport. SL6 2ND. th

Saturday 13 July

CAMRA Social, Blue Post Pub Crawl. Details TBA. th

Thursday 18 July

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

Thursday 18 July

Beer and Food matching at Peacock Farm, Peacock Lane, Jennett's Park, Bracknell. RG12 8SS. Meet from 7pm.

Monday 22



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

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Publicans, You are running a good pub to the best of your ability and probably working very long hours, so - would you like to have more customers? We, in the Berkshire South East Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) know that the pubs in our area offer so much, including one or more of the following: Good Beer Good Cider & Perry Good Spirits Good Food Excellent Coffee Quiz Nights Meat Raffles Open Mic Nights Local Musicians and Singers Darts Team Crib Team Poker Nights

Charity Events Good Soft Drinks Beer Garden and/or Children’s Play Area Film Shows For Children Free Tea/Coffee For The Elderly Meeting Rooms or areas of the pub available Book Clubs Games Nights Charity Meetings Children Friendly Dog Friendly Sponsorship of Local Teams

… and so much more But are you “keeping your light under a bushel” and not reaching a wide enough area to tell people what you have to offer? If you would like to get the word out to a wider audience, why not advertise in our quarterly magazine, the Mad Cow? Previous copies can be viewed on our website at http://www.seberkscamra.org.uk. Our prices are structured to make adverts affordable and cost-effective, starting from just £20. We deliver 2,500 magazines to pubs, clubs, libraries and even barbers’ shops, where they are available to read free of charge. Many of those magazines are read by several people, so we reach a considerable audience who are already interested in pubs or beer, or they wouldn’t be reading the Mad Cow! Our Advertising Rates are as follows: Quarter page £ 20 (new adverts) Half page £ 60 * Full page £ 120 * Full page premium £ 135 * *Discounts available for annual subscription (four editions) paid in advance. For all Mad Cow enquiries contact madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk We can use copy that is provided by yourself or we can help design your advert for free if you are pushed for time. We can even change the advert each quarter to advertise Christmas, New Year, Summer events etc. The next edition copy deadline (Aug-Oct Edition) is the 28th June 2019, so don’t delay! David Richards Chairman, CAMRA Berkshire South East

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk www.seberkscamra.org.uk How How important important are are Real Real Ales Ales & & cider cider to to your pub? your pub? Very By Very much much so. so. One One of of my my USPs. USPs. I’m I’m By Barry Barry Fenton Fenton pleased to say that I’m gaining An interview with a landlord from a local pub. pleased to say that I’m gaining a a good good An interview with a landlord from a local pub. reputation reputation and and happily happily several several CAMRA CAMRA This members are now regulars. This time time Barry Barry welcomes welcomes Paul Paul Gibbs, Gibbs, members are now regulars. Manager for Greene King at the White Manager for Greene King at the White What Swan What are are your your impressions impressions of of CAMRA CAMRA Swan in in Sandhurst. Sandhurst. The The pub pub is is tucked tucked in the area? away on Swan Lane, just a few yards in the area? away on Swan Lane, just a few yards To off To be be honest, honest, not not much much contact, contact, although although II off Yorktown Yorktown road road at at the the mini mini do know that II have had good feedback. roundabout, opposite the Co-op. do know that have had good feedback. roundabout, opposite the Co-op. We do give CAMRA members We do give CAMRA members a a 10% 10% discount on ales when shown discount on ales when shown a a membership membership card. card.

Landlord’s Landlord’s Witter Witter

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

Having Having had had a a refurbishment refurbishment a a year year ago, ago, we will continue much as now. I’m we will continue much as now. I’m looking looking forward forward to to delivering delivering good good service, service, good good beer and a great atmosphere. beer and a great atmosphere. The The Rugby Rugby World World Cup Cup in in September September is is a a good good opportunity opportunity for for us. us. Being Being in in Japan, Japan, the the matches matches will will start start at at about about 9 9 am, am, so so we we will will have have some some early early starts. starts.

How How long long have have you you been been in in the the pub pub business and at the White Swan? business and at the White Swan? In In the the business business for for over over 20 20 years, years, all all over over the country for several different operators. the country for several different operators. I’ve I’ve been been at at the the Swan Swan for for five five years. years. What What do do you you most most like like about about the the pub pub trade? trade? II like like the the difference, difference, no no two two days days are are ever ever the same. When I open the doors the same. When I open the doors II never never know know who who is is going going to to come come in. in. And And the the least? least? The The red red tape tape associated associated with with the the new new Licensing Act. Licensing Act.

What What Real Real Ales Ales are are you you selling selling today today and how does this change? and how does this change? Greene Greene King King IPA IPA (3.6%). (3.6%). Abbot Abbot Ale Ale (5.0%). Ascot Final Furlong (4.2%). (5.0%). Ascot Final Furlong (4.2%). Hogs Hogs Back Back TEA TEA (4.5%). (4.5%). Also Also Lilleys Lilleys Pineapple Pineapple Draught Cider (4.0%). The Draught Cider (4.0%). The cider cider and and the the guest ale, now Final Furlong, guest ale, now Final Furlong, change change every every two two weeks. weeks. The The guest guest ale ale always always comes from a brewery less than comes from a brewery less than 30 30 miles miles away. away.

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What What are are your your thoughts thoughts on on the the success success of of craft craft beer? beer? It It used used to to be be all all John John Smiths, Smiths, but but now now customers want more and they customers want more and they have have a a choice. choice.

What What would would you you like like to to get get over over to to our our readers to encourage them to readers to encourage them to come come into into your your pub? pub? Come Come in in and and see: see: it’s it’s a a great great place place to to eat eat and drink, to socialize and to watch and drink, to socialize and to watch sport. sport. (TVs (TVs don’t don’t dominate dominate the the pub. pub. The The pub pub is is big enough to avoid them if that’s what big enough to avoid them if that’s what you you want.) want.) We We have have 7 7 red red and and & &7 7 white white wines wines available by the glass. All our available by the glass. All our prices prices are are competitive, competitive, with with ales ales from from £2.64 £2.64 a a pint. pint. Main Main courses courses for for 2 2 are are available available for for £9.99. £9.99. What What wrong wrong would would you you most most like like to to put put right in the pub trade? right in the pub trade? Brexit. Brexit. (By (By the the time time this this is is published published I’m I’m sure sure it it will will all all be be sorted!). sorted!). Which Which celebrity celebrity would would you you most most like like to to work work behind behind your your bar bar and and why? why? It It has has to to be be Al Al Murray, Murray, the the Pub Pub Landlord. Landlord.

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National National Beer Beer Scoring Scoring System System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. 2. Average Average

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

3. 3. Good Good

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

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

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

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

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

5. 5. Perfect Perfect

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

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

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

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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. • • • • • • •

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