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Berkshire South East Campaign for Real Ale


The Victoria Arms

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

Fun & Entertainment Sunday night quiz and Regular live music

Monday club 15% off all drinks between 5pm & 7pm Gin & Tonic Tuesday - Any Gin with Fever Tree mixer for ÂŁ5

A Warm Welcome

Weather still chilly? come in and enjoy our large open log fire, there is no better place to warm up than in our cosy pub Come and watch 6 Nations Rugby on our big screens


Chairman’s Welcome

Welcome to the 58th edition of Mad Cow This is the first edition of Mad Cow for the new decade and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a prosperous 2020.

Last year, in addition to our Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and Club of the Year awards, we introduced a Community Pub of the Year Award. In 2020 we will introduce a new Long Service Award, details of which can be found in this edition. Highlight of the year was once again the very well organised Ascot Beer Festival and we look forward to the 2020 event to be held on the 2nd and 3rd October. A key role for our members is to be active in the National Beer Scoring System to ensure that the very best pubs in our region make it into the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. The scoring system is described later in this edition, however, a reminder that we are scoring how well the beer was kept and served, including the temperature of the beer, the quality of the glass and whether it was full measure, not whether we liked the taste of that particular beer. Have a good year blessed with great beers, ciders and perries. And finally, thank you to Mike Smith for guest editing this edition of the Mad Cow. Kevin Lenton Branch Chairman

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 Contacts CHAIRMAN Kevin Lenton chairman@seberkscamra.org.uk

WEBSITE www.seberkscamra.org.uk

BRANCH CONTACT David Richards contact@seberkscamra.org.uk

@CamraBSE @Ascot_Beer_Fest

MAD COW EDITOR Mike Rathge madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk

Berkshire South-East CAMRA

MAD COW ADVERTISING Andy Ross madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk PUB PROTECTION OFFICER Bruce Singleton Single pubprotection@seberkscamra.org.uk PRESS & PUBLICITY OFFICER Anthony Springall press@seberkscamra.org.uk

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A A round-up round-up of of what what is is happening happening in in the the pubs pubs in in the the Berkshire Berkshire South South East East Area: Area: Rose Rose & & Crown, Crown, Sandhurst Sandhurst A kitchen A kitchen refurbishment refurbishment has has been been planned planned for for February February with with the the pub pub closed closed for for a a short short period. period. Licensee, Charlotte, hopes to offer three to four Licensee, Charlotte, hopes to offer three to four real real ales. ales. We We hope hope it it will will return return to to a a ‘go-to’ ‘go-to’ place place for for LocAle LocAle in in the the coming coming months. months.

Siren Siren Tap Tap Yard, Yard, Finchampstead Finchampstead Siren Siren Tap Tap Yard Yard have have upgraded upgraded their their pizzas pizzas to to a a 10” Semolina flour 10” Semolina flour vegan vegan friendly friendly Italian Italian base; base; a a gluten-free gluten-free option option is is also also available. available. You You can can see see their their new new improved improved pizza pizza menu menu on on their their website website at sirencraftbrew.com/stories-and-events/blog at sirencraftbrew.com/stories-and-events/blog where where you you will will also also find find details details of of forthcoming forthcoming events events such such as as a a monthly monthly quiz quiz night night and and street street food food vendors. vendors. Bracknell Bracknell Rugby Rugby Club Club Organisers Organisers of of the the Bracknell Bracknell Ale Ale & & Cider Cider Festival Festival are returning on Friday, are returning on Friday, 13th 13th March March with with their their The The Scrum Scrum Craft Craft Beer Beer and and Cider Cider evening evening as as a a fundfundraiser raiser for for the the club. club. It It will will feature feature Elusive Elusive Brewing Brewing from from Finchampstead Finchampstead as as well well as as Reading Reading based based Double-Barrelled Brewery and Bradfield’s Double-Barrelled Brewery and Bradfield’s Tutts Tutts Clump Clump Cider. Cider. Tickets Tickets are are available available from from festival.bracknaleevents.co.uk festival.bracknaleevents.co.uk

New Leathern Leathern Bottle, Bottle, Jealott’s Jealott’s Hill Hill New Are Are launching launching “Club “Club 65” 65” inviting inviting pensioners pensioners to to meet meet up up and and make make new new friends. friends. Bingo, Bingo, pub pub quiz, quiz, fitness class, and gardening can be enjoyed with fitness class, and gardening can be enjoyed with a a discounted discounted food food and and drink drink menu. menu. Royal Royal Hunt, Hunt, North North Ascot Ascot Two planning Two planning applications applications to to demolish demolish the the Royal Royal Hunt Hunt pub pub have have been been refused; refused; the the owners owners then then lodged an appeal which was also dismissed. lodged an appeal which was also dismissed. The The main issue issue was was the the effect effect on on the the character character and and main appearance appearance of of the the area, area, in in particular, particular, to to the the longlongterm term effect effect on on a a protected protected oak oak tree. tree. We We underunderstand stand that that a a revised revised application application is is currently currently under under consideration consideration and and the the Royal Royal Hunt Hunt Pub Pub CommuCommunity nity Group Group (royalhunt.org.uk) (royalhunt.org.uk) will will be be continuing continuing their their fight fight to to save save this this valuable valuable community community asset. asset.


Royal Royal Oak, Oak, Sunningdale Sunningdale This This pub pub has has been been closed closed and and hidden hidden behind behind building site site hoardings hoardings since since winter winter 2019. 2019. The The building Royal Royal Borough Borough of of Windsor Windsor and and Maidenhead Maidenhead PlanPlanning ning Register Register has has been been searched searched but but no no planning planning applications applications can can be be found. found. The The Royal Royal Oak Oak webwebsite site has has not not been been updated updated in in 8 8 years. years. Squirrels Squirrels Bar Bar and and Restaurant, Restaurant, Cranbourne Cranbourne Currently closed and Currently closed and with with an an uncertain uncertain future, future, Winkfield Winkfield and and Cranbourne Cranbourne Councillor Councillor Moira Moira Gaw has arranged a meeting with local residents Gaw has arranged a meeting with local residents and Lawson Lawson Mountsevens Mountsevens (Managing (Managing Director Director of of and Star Star Pubs Pubs and and Bars) Bars) to to discuss discuss its its future. future.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Emmbrook Inn, Wokingham John and Christine Hibbett have retired as landlords of the Emmbrook Inn after 18 years of pulling pints. They had previously been landlords at the Metropolitan (now Bar Fifty Six), the Queen’s Head and the Hope and Anchor. They had successfully added a guesthouse to the pub which had become a hub for the local community.

Visit the Pub for Less by Bus Reading Buses and Courtney Buses have launched a new improved Simply Bracknell & Wokingham ticket for unlimited bus travel across the majority of the CAMRA Berkshire South East area. Ideal for visiting those pubs that you might not normally get to. Costing just £4.30 for one day or £16 for seven consecutive days the ticket is valid from Ascot in the east to Winnersh in the west and extends north to Binfield and south to Crowthorne.

The Emmbrook Inn was previously named the Thatched Cottage, a private house built in the early 19th century. William Langley bought the house in 1821 and began using it as a beer house in the 1840’s. Strangely he only had a six-day licence and was fined for selling beer on a Sunday. William was to become a tenant in 1854 having sold the pub and rented it back. He remained there until his death in 1872. Where the car park and accommodation block are now, there was a cart shed, pig sty, stables and other farm buildings. Simmonds, the Reading brewers, bought the pub in 1866 and it was rebuilt around 1900. Extract from the Reading Mercury in 1923: “The recent show of the Emmbrook Racing Pigeon Club was held at The Thatched Cottage Inn, Emmbrook and proved to be very successful”.

It is valid on all Reading and Courtney bus services within the designated zone and can be purchased from the driver of the first bus you board using cash or card. Timetables and a map of the area covered by the ticket is on the Courtney Buses website at courtneybuses.com Crispin, Wokingham CAMRA members tucked into a delicious curry prepared by Gavin of Curry Frenzy in a charity fund raiser organised by Adrian and Angie at the current Berkshire South East Pub of the Year last month. All washed down with some fine pints of locally brewed Real Ales; many thanks to Adrian and Angie, a great way to start the year. Elusive Brewing Taproom, Finchampstead Ascot Beer Festival Organiser, Mike Smith, presented the 2019 Beer of the Festival to Andy Parker from the brewery last month for Morrisman double chocolate stout brewed with a little help from CAMRA member Tim Lloyd.

[Acknowledgements: The Inns And Public Houses Of Wokingham by Dennis Ayres and Judith Hunter, Wokingham in the News (1858-1999) by Jim Bell]

Shelly and Dan have now taken over as licensees at the Emmbrook Inn and we wish them all the best. Lord Raglan, Wokingham News is still eagerly awaited as to the reopening of the Lord Raglan under the new ownership of the Big Smoke Brew Co.

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Thanks Thanks for for having having us! us!

CAMRA CAMRA offers offers thanks thanks to to the the following following for for hosting hosting our our recent recent branch branch meetings: meetings: Crispin Crispin in in Wokingham Wokingham Old Old Manor Manor in in Bracknell Bracknell Bull in Bracknell Bull in Bracknell Queen’s Queen’s Head Head in in Wokingham Wokingham Queen’s Oak in Queen’s Oak in Finchampstead Finchampstead

CAMRA CAMRA Real Real Ale, Ale, Cider Cider and and Perry Perry Vouchers Vouchers CAMRA’s CAMRA’s new new voucher voucher scheme, scheme, launched launched in in July July last last year, year, was was brought brought in in to to make make pub-going pub-going more more affordable affordable for for consumers consumers while helping to raise the profile and footfall at participating venwhile helping to raise the profile and footfall at participating venues. It It extends extends the the traditional traditional ‘Wetherspoons ‘Wetherspoons Vouchers’ Vouchers’ to to include include ues. Stonegate Stonegate Pub Pub Company, Company, S.A. S.A. Brains, Brains, Castle Castle Rock Rock Brewery Brewery and and 15 15 independent independent pubs. pubs. As As of of 1 1 July July 2019, 2019, we we are are replacing replacing Wetherspoon Wetherspoon vouchers vouchers with with a a new new CAMRA CAMRA owned owned and and operated operated voucher voucher scheme. scheme. All All new new and and renewing renewing CAMRA CAMRA members members will will now now receive: receive: £30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider £30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and and Perry Perry Vouchers. Vouchers. Redeemable Redeemable at at over over 1,550 1,550 pubs pubs nationwide, nationwide, including including J J D D Wetherspoon, Wetherspoon, Stonegate, Stonegate, Brains, Brains, Castle Castle Rock Rock and and Amber Amber Taverns managed managed pubs. pubs. Taverns All All vouchers vouchers will will be be valid valid for for the the length length of of membership membership for for added flexibility, (rather than just three months added flexibility, (rather than just three months as as they they were were before). before). All All existing existing Wetherspoon Wetherspoon vouchers vouchers are are still still valid valid within within the the terms terms stated stated on on them. them. The CAMRA CAMRA Voucher Voucher Scheme Scheme is is in in addition addition to to the the Real Real Ale Ale Discount Discount Scheme Scheme where where around The around 3500 3500 pubs pubs offer offer great great discount discount benefits benefits to to membership membership card-carrying card-carrying CAMRA CAMRA members. members. Voucher Voucher redemption: redemption: Each Each voucher voucher is is stamped stamped with with a a start start and and end end date date and and must must be be redeemed redeemed within within this this time. time. A A membership membership card card should should be be produced produced when when using using vouchers vouchers as as proof proof of of membership. membership. CAMRA CAMRA promotes promotes responsible responsible drinking drinking and and encourages encourages the the responsible responsible use use of of vouchers vouchers at at all all times. times.

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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 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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Local Local Pub Pub Awards Awards When When we we launched launched our our biannual biannual Community Community Pub Pub award award in in 2019, 2019, it it was was always always intended intended that itit would that would be be the the first first in in a a series series of of awards awards to to recognise recognise the the efforts efforts of of the the publicans publicans in in our our branch area. area. branch This This year, year, we we plan plan to to focus focus on on recognising recognising those those publicans publicans with with a a long long service service of of ten ten years years or more. These awards will be in addition to our usual Pub Of The Year, Cider Pub or more. These awards will be in addition to our usual Pub Of The Year, Cider Pub Of Of The The Year Year and and Club Club Of Of The The Year Year awards. awards. Our Our Committee Committee know know of of the the following following long long serving serving publicans: publicans: -         

Anne Anne & & Nick Nick at at the the Duke Duke of of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Woodside Woodside (21 (21 years) years) Graham & Graham & Dawn Dawn at at the the Rifle Rifle Volunteer, Volunteer, Wokingham Wokingham (16 (16 years) years) Phil Phil & & Jean Jean at at the the White White Hart, Hart, Winkfield Winkfield (15 (15 years) years) Amanda Amanda & & Max Max at at the the Cannie Cannie Man, Man, Bracknell Bracknell (10 (10 years) years) Hattie Hattie at at the the Hope Hope & & Anchor, Anchor, Wokingham Wokingham (10 (10 years). years).

If If you you are are aware aware of of anyone anyone else, else, please please let let us us know know at: at: chairman@seberkscamra.org.uk chairman@seberkscamra.org.uk

CAMRA AGM 2020 The The Campaign’s Campaign’s AGM AGM will will take take place place on on the the morning morning of of Saturday 4th April 2020 at Central Hall, University of Saturday 4th April 2020 at Central Hall, University of York. York. Around Around 1,000 1,000 members members attend attend the the Members’ Members’ Weekend Weekend each each April, which which incorporates April, incorporates the the AGM AGM and and Conference, Conference, and and is is open open to all our members. to all our members. We’re We’re proud proud to to announce announce that that the the great great city city of of York, York, with with its its wealth of wealth of history, history, pubs pubs and and beer, beer, will will be be hosting hosting this this year’s year’s Weekend. Weekend. You You can can find find more more information information on on the the dedicated dedicated CAMRA CAMRA event event page page -- about about the the venue, venue, the the area, area, travel and accommodation. Once registered to attend, you will be sent information about travel and accommodation. Once registered to attend, you will be sent information about activities activities and organised organised trips trips nearer nearer the the time. time. Members Members can can also also register register in in person person over over the the Weekend. Weekend. and

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Brewing & Banking By Anthony Springall The art of brewing good beer had a number of unforeseen benefits, not least was that brewers were a cash rich business. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was common for successful businesses to branch out into other fields and one of these was to create their own banks. Barclay, Perkins & Barclays Bank The great brewing house of Barclay, Perkins at the Anchor Brewery, Southwark was created in 1781 when Henry Thrale died and his executors (including Dr Johnson) sold the brewery for £135,000 (worth £14m + today) to David Barclay who was a partner in the banking firm of Barclay, Bevan & Bening. He placed his nephew Robert Barclay in charge and created a partnership with John Perkins who had been the chief clerk and head brewer. When it was taken over, Dr Johnson said, “We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice” and it proved true in coming years. By 1810 it was producing 200,000 barrels a year and was the largest brewery in the world. By 1815 production had increased to 330,000 barrels and it was a dominant force in brewing. The Barclay family remained in charge until 1955 when it merged with Courage to form Courage, Barclay & Co.

The Anchor Brewery Southwark

Windsor Old Bank & Brewery Founded by the local Member of Parliament, John Ramsbottom in the late 18th century on the Datchet Road the business of both bank and brewery passed to Nevile, Reid & Co in the 19th century. The banking interests were eventually absorbed by Barclays whilst Noakes & Co of Bermondsey took over the brewing side of the business in 1918 before themselves being taken over by Courages.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Simonds of Reading The story of H & G Simonds Ltd is firmly rooted in Reading where William Blackall Simonds started both the brewery and the bank. In 1791 he used the very positive cash flow from the brewery to fund his banking interests. He set up in partnership with messrs Micklem, Stephens and Harris, in Market Place, Reading as bankers. It was extremely fortuitous that in the same year he had been appointed ReceiverGeneral of Taxes for West Berkshire meaning he could use the accumulating tax revenues for up to six months before remitting them to the Treasury, another useful source of short term funds for the bank. It appears that by 1814 WB Simonds had decided to withdraw from his banking partnership and founded another in nearby King Street. His partners were his son Henry, Ralph Nicholson, and two cousins, John and Charles Simonds. Five branches in nearby towns from Basingstoke to High Wycombe were established over time. At this stage the banking partnership was carried on completely separately from the brewing business. By 1859 John Simonds was the only partner alive and in 1871 he took his two sons, John and William, and a nephew, James Simonds, into partnership and over the years, there were about 33 partners, all from the family. In 1913 the bank amalgamated with Barclays and it is only in the past couple of years that the Reading branch of Barclays Bank has vacated the original Simonds Bank premises. H & G Simonds Ltd remained independent as brewers until 1960 when they were taken over by Courages.

Ashbys of Staines Whilst slightly out of the Berkshire South East area, local drinkers would have been aware of the beers of Ashbys of Staines who started brewing in 1783 and by 1796 had been successful enough to start their own bank. Based in Church Street, Staines, the bank of Thomas Ashby Snr & Sons grew steadily until the turn of the last century when it had nine full branches and thirteen sub offices in the locality. It had weathered the financial crisis of May 1866 when many other local banks had been forced to close and it went on to forge close links to Barclays Bank who purchased it in 1904. The brewery continued to be independent until 1930 when it was purchased by another banking & brewing dynasty in the shape of Simonds of Reading (see above).

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Brewery News Bond Brews

It's been a very busy time for Bond Brews with eight specials having been brewed since last August in addition to the core range of four beers. 50 new casks have been purchased to enable the specials to be stored, as well as to cope with the increased number of casks in circulation at pubs. A small hand-operated bottle labelling machine has been purchased to speed up the process. Labels were previously stuck onto the bottles by hand. The standard range of four core beers remain the same, being Goldi-hops (pale ale), Best of British (bitter), Bengal Tiger (English IPA) and Railway Porter (porter).

Scrum Five (4% ABV Bitter) will see a return for the rugby season in February and the 3.6% Mild, Melo Velo will be brewed in time for CAMRA's Mild Month in May 2020, as well as for Reading Beer Festival. 2020 will see the 5th Anniversary of the brewery's opening and Dean will be holding a celebratory beer festival, on 20th June, which he intends to be bigger and better than ever with at least 8 beers direct from the cask, live music and food. Further details will be announced when known. The brewery shop is open 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday and is CLOSED on Thursdays and at weekends.

Loddon Brewery

Loddon ended the year well, with a record-breaking Christmas which saw yearon-year December sales up 28%. A large part of this was down to the taproom and shop, which has really taken off over the past 18 months. This year they plan to continue reinvesting, increasing its size and moving the shop to its own dedicated building.

Head brewer Jake has lined-up a load of new beers for 2020, carrying on the theme of brewing totally new styles while remaining loyal to their core brands. Forthcoming beers are listed below – along with some events they’ve got planned. Monthly Specials:  January – Glaistig 5.5% Scottish Wee Heavy (Burn’s Night)  February – Six Pack 4.2% Blonde Ale (Six Nations rugby)  March – B’Gorrah 5% Oat Stout (St Patrick’s Day) Contd.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Session IPA Quad Series:  Jan-Feb – Eureka Quad 4.4% (US hop, dark fruits and herbal flavours)  March-April – Rakau Quad 4.4% (NZ hop, passionfruit and pine flavours) Tap Room Events:  Six Nations Rugby – all England games shown in Tap Room and brewhouse.  Quiz Night – Thursday 6th February 7pm; first ever quiz night with a host of beery prizes.  Public brewery tours (with fish and chip supper) – February 27th & March 26th  Saturday Brewery tours – Starting in March. 3 tours each Saturday 10am, 12pm, 2pm.

Elusive Brewing

Elusive Brewing has expanded and now has a fermenting capacity of 28 BBLs. The brewery has a Tap Room that is open Friday and Saturday, noon to eight pm, which sells Key Keg, bottled beer, canned beer and brewery merchandise. It has eight taps available and also has three flat screens with controls for retro gaming.

Siren Craft Brew Beer52, the online beer ordering site have just had their first awards and Siren Soundwave won the IPA award, quoting “that it is a true modern classic that will stand the test of time”. Siren are kicking the year off by adding Coldblooded to the web shop. It is 5% coldsteeped brown porter, rich in chocolate and coffee notes, with a silky-smooth mouthfeel and satisfying richness. It's available in 440ml cans and in cask and keg.

Swamp Bog Brewery

Taryn and Paul Medlin have taken ownership of the Two Cocks brewery near Enborne, on the Berks/Hants borders whilst previous owners Caroline Davenport and Les Hanwell remain on the estate to concentrate on developing the farming business. Taryn and Mark will continue to brew Two Cocks beers whilst developing Swamp Bog as a separate company brewing new beers for a new market; their range includes Pixie P***, the original and popular 5% ABV IPA brewed for The Edge at Cropredy. An alternative label / pump-clip is available for this beer with the name Pixie Pee.

West Berkshire Brewery

It will be the brewery’s 25th birthday this year and to celebrate they will be bringing new specials with ingredients that can be found around the West Berkshire countryside. First up will be Golden Age, a 4.5% ABV American Pale infused with honey sourced from a local bee farm with the taste of resinous pineapple and apricot.

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Bingham’s Bingham’s Brewery Brewery The next beer in the Hop Project series will be hitting the pubs in The next beer in the Hop Project series will be hitting the pubs in January January and and is is 4.5% 4.5% Ekuanot Ekuanot Centennial, Centennial, with with a a lemon lemon and and lime lime hop hop character. character. V V Old Old Ale Ale will will return return as as the the monthly monthly special special in in January January 2020, 2020, a a dark, dark, malty, malty, smooth smooth old old ale, ale, and and in in February February there there are are plans plans for for a a new new beer, beer, a a 5% 5% chocolate chocolate porter. porter. Brewery Brewery tours tours are are held held on on Saturdays Saturdays lasting lasting around around 1 1 hour hour 45 45 minutes minutes and and include: include:            

3 3 pints pints of of real real ale ale A Bingham’s A Bingham’s pint pint glass glass to to take take home home The The history history of of the the brewery brewery and and director director Chris Chris Bingham’s Bingham’s brewing brewing background background The ingredients that go into beer The ingredients that go into beer The The process process that that the the ingredients ingredients go go through through to to become become beer beer A A walk walk around around the the brewery brewery to to see see all all the the equipment equipment and and casks casks used in the brewing process used in the brewing process

Phantom Brewing Phantom Brewing Co. Co. Dane White and Dom Gemski have opened Reading’s newest craft beer brewery and

Dane White and Dom Gemski have opened Reading’s newest craft beer brewery and taproom taproom at at Meadow Meadow Road Road (Cardiff (Cardiff Road) Road) a a short short stroll stroll from from the the station. station. The The focus focus will will be be on on hoppy hoppy pale pale ales ales and and IPA's IPA's in in both both keg keg and and can can with with guest guest beers beers also also on on offer. offer. Dane comes with good pedigree having brewed for Red Cat in Winchester. Dane comes with good pedigree having brewed for Red Cat in Winchester.

Ascot Co. Ascot Brewing Brewing Co. Ascot Brewing has relocated to no. 4 Lawrence Way, Camberley GU15 3DL, an Ascot Brewing has relocated to no. 4 Lawrence Way, Camberley GU15 3DL, an 8,500 8,500 square square foot foot building building with with a a unique unique mezzanine mezzanine taproom. taproom. A A 20 20 beer beer tap tap wall wall overlooks overlooks the the brewing brewing equipment equipment giving giving customers customers an an impressive impressive and and unique unique vantage vantage point point as as they they enjoy enjoy their their beers. beers.

The The opening opening of of the the new new brewery brewery also also marked marked the the launch launch of of their their exciting, exciting, hop-forward hop-forward craft craft range, range, DisDisruption ruption is is Brewing. Brewing. From From double double IPAs IPAs like like Droopin’ Droopin’ Lip Lip to to Black Black IPAs IPAs like like How How To To Dress Dress For For The The ApocApocalypse, alypse, there’s there’s a a host host of of punchy, punchy, bold bold new new beers beers to to be be explored. explored. For For those those who who want want to to try try something something a a bit bit different, different, the the Tap Tap Room Room offers offers a a bespoke bespoke Gin Gin Library Library with with several popular craft gin brands to choose from including Ascot Brewing’s very own Amarillo several popular craft gin brands to choose from including Ascot Brewing’s very own Amarillo gin, gin, Ascot Ascot House. House. ‘Session weekend ‘Session Saturday’ Saturday’ runs runs every every weekend from from noon noon to to st 11pm, 11pm, and and from from February February 1 1st their their doors doors will will be be open open every every Friday, Friday, Saturday Saturday and and Sunday Sunday from from noon noon to to 11pm. 11pm. Customers Customers will will receive receive a a 20% 20% discount discount off off their their first first Ascot Ascot or or Disruption Disruption beer beer by by quoting quoting promo20 promo20 at at the the bar bar and and is is valid valid until until April April 30th. 30th.

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When the Munchies Strike in the Pub (Part 2) By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall By In the the previous previous article article we we looked looked at at the the history history of of In that most most ubiquitous ubiquitous pub pub snack, snack, the the potato potato crisp crisp that but but here here we we will will examine examine the the other other snacks snacks that that satisfy satisfy the the munchies munchies in in the the pub. pub. Peanuts Peanuts The pub pub peanuts peanuts we we all all know know and and love love were were first first The found in in Bolivia, Bolivia, South South America America and and unlike unlike traditradifound tional tional nuts nuts they they grow grow underground, underground, hence hence their their alalternative name name of of ground ground nuts. nuts. In In the the pub pub they they will will ternative generally have have come come from from one one of of three three suppliers, suppliers, generally Planters, Planters, KP KP or or Big Big D D and and between between them them they they have have had had a a virtual virtual monopoly monopoly in in supplying supplying licensed licensed premises with with this this small small salty salty snack. snack. premises Planters Planters Peanuts Peanuts are are an an American import import which which have have American been in in production production since since the the been start start of of the the last last century. century. They They were were founded founded by by Italian Italian immiimmigrant Amedeo Amedeo Obici Obici in in WilkesWilkesgrant Barre, Pennsylvania and Barre, Pennsylvania and swiftly swiftly became became a a favoured favoured snack as as he he developed developed a a proprosnack cess cess to to remove remove the the shell shell and and brown brown hulls hulls from from the the nut nut prior prior to roasting. roasting. In In 1913 1913 he he moved moved to production to to Suffolk, Suffolk, Virginia Virginia production which which is is the the peanut peanut capital capital of of the the world. world. Taken Taken over over in in 1960, 1960, it it is is now now a a division division of of Kraft Kraft Foods. Foods. Mr Peanut, Peanut, the the company company logo logo is is shown. shown. Mr KP KP Nuts Nuts started started life life in in post post war war Britain Britain being being proproduced in in Rotherham, Rotherham, South South Yorkshire Yorkshire by by Kenyon Kenyon duced Products Products (hence (hence KP KP !) !) who who were were a a long long estabestablished lished manufacturer manufacturer of of grocery grocery goods goods with with a a hishistory dating dating back back to to 1853. 1853. The The first first nuts nuts were were tory salted hazelnuts hazelnuts being being the the only only ones ones available available at at salted the the time, time, but but production production swiftly swiftly moved moved onto onto using using imported imported peanuts peanuts and and these these quickly quickly became became the the major money money spinner spinner for for the the company. company. In In the the major early early 1980's 1980's to to reflect reflect changing changing tastes, tastes, the the dry dry roasted roasted peanut peanut was was produced, produced, and and these these have have reremained popular popular ever ever since. since. Taken Taken over over by by United United mained Biscuits Biscuits in in 1968 1968 they they were were sold sold in in 2013 2013 to to InterIntersnack, snack, the the European European snack snack producer. producer.

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Nobby’s Nuts Nuts is is an an Australian Australian company company which which is is Nobby’s a subsidiary subsidiary of of Pepsi Pepsi Co Co (who (who also also own own Walkers Walkers a Crisps) Crisps) and and were were introduced introduced to to the the UK UK in in 2005 2005 targeting targeting male male consumers consumers with with a a slightly slightly risqué risqué series of of adverts adverts featuring featuring Noddy Noddy Holder Holder from from series Slade. Slade. The The adverts adverts were were shown shown only only after after the the 9pm 9pm watershed watershed due due to to the the double double entendre entendre tatagline, "Nibble "Nibble Nobby's Nobby's nuts". nuts". gline,

We We now now look look at at the the most most controversial controversial nut nut proproducer, Big Big D D Peanuts Peanuts who who in in the the 1970's 1970's to to 80's 80's ducer, had had a a unique unique way way of of selling selling their their nuts. nuts. They They were were supplied supplied on on cards cards of of 24 24 packets packets and and as as packets packets were pulled pulled from from the the card card it it revealed revealed a a scantily scantily were clad lady lady called called Beverley Beverley Pilkington, Pilkington, a a Sun Sun page page clad 3 3 model model or or as as she she was was better better known, known, Big Big D D Bev. Bev. The The images images are are mild mild by by modern modern standards standards but but at at the time time were were considered considered rather rather saucy saucy and and fit fit only only the for for the the pub pub or or club club with with its its almost almost exclusively exclusively adult clientele. clientele. adult

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Pork Scratchings Variations of pork scratchings are known the world over as a means of making deep fried, salted pig skin palatable. Known as pork rinds in the States they are a by-product of lard production and owe their existence to the need in preindustrial society of obtaining animal fats for cooking.

In the UK there are three distinct types. Traditional scratchings are made from shank rind and cooked just once. Pork crackling is also made from shoulder rind but is fried twice. It is first rendered at a low heat, and then cooked at a higher temperature for a less fatty, crispier result, or cut from roasted pork joints to produce heavier but less fatty results. A more recent development is the pork crunch, which is made from the back rind and again double-fried to become a large, puffy snack. The term "crackling" is also often applied to a twice-cooked variety of pork scratchings.

A food which has almost disappeared from pubs is the seafood man. Popular in pubs during the 1970's & 80's he would appear in his white coat just before closing time to offer cockles, whelks, prawns and jellied eels. The last seafood man is still operating around the pubs of Nottingham although it is a dangerous job today as he has been mugged in the past and had fireworks thrown at him. Undaunted he has vowed to carry on as long as he can, even though he is well past retirement age.

Other Snacks In this section we will look at the cornucopia of other foods which have been found in pubs to satisfy the need to snack whilst having a drink. Pickled Eggs are a traditional pub snack found in other countries around the world. They are preserved in vinegar and sit behind the bar and traditionally were a means of preserving eggs during the summer glut. They are not without risks however as a drinker in Devon died in 2016 whilst trying to win a ÂŁ5 bet to eat four in a minute, be warned!

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The list of other foods which have found their way onto pub counters includes pork pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls but these are starting to move towards something more substantial than the snack foods mentioned above. Pubs today will often serve a whole menu of wholesome food but when the munchies strike it is something small, salty and bite size which seems to hit the spot!

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Landlord’s Witter By By Barry Barry Fenton Fenton An An interview interview by by Barry Barry Fenton Fenton with with a a Landlord Landlord from from a a local local pub. pub. This This time time II welcome welcome James James and and Lucy Lucy Graves Graves at at the the Prince Prince of of Wales, Wales, Shepherds Shepherds Lane, Lane, Bracknell Bracknell RG42 RG42 2BT 2BT Q. Q. How How long long have have you you been been in in the the pub pub busibusiness ness and and at at the the Prince Prince of of Wales? Wales? A. A. James’ James’ dad dad had had a a pub, pub, so so he he knew knew the the busibusiness ness early early on, on, and and he’s he’s worked worked behind behind bars bars in in pubs pubs and and social social clubs clubs for for many many years. years. The The Prince Prince of of Wales Wales is is our our first first pub pub and and we’ve we’ve been been here here for for two-and-a-half two-and-a-half years. years. Q. Q. What What do do you you most most like like about about the the pub pub trade? trade? A. A. The The social social aspects aspects and and meeting meeting lots lots of of lovely lovely people people from from all all walks walks of of life. life. We We reguregularly larly have have visitors visitors who who know know the the pub’s pub’s history history and and have have come come in in to to see see the the changes changes they’ve they’ve been been hearing hearing about, about, and and it’s it’s really really rewarding rewarding to to see see them them leaving leaving pleasantly pleasantly surprised surprised and and having having had had a a good good time time here. here. Q. Q. And And the the least? least? A. A. It It must must be be the the hours! hours! We We have have a a fantastic fantastic support team support team here, here, but but we we still still work work most most of of the the shifts shifts ourselves. ourselves. And, And, of of course, course, there’s there’s all all the the other other stuff stuff that that goes goes with with running running a a pub pub to to do, do, too. too. It’s It’s harder harder work work than than a a lot lot of of people people would would imagine. imagine. Q. Q. What What real real ales ales are are you you selling selling today today and and how how does does this this change? change? A. A. London London Glory Glory (4.1%) (4.1%) and and Hardy Hardy & & Hanson Hanson Kimberley Kimberley Bitter Bitter (3.9%). (3.9%). We We are are currently currently tied tied to Greene King, but are in the process to Greene King, but are in the process of of nenegotiating gotiating with with them them to to sell sell local local ales ales through through the the SIBA SIBA scheme scheme Q. Q. How How important important are are real real ales ales to to your your pub? pub? A. A. Really Really important, important, as as they they are are becoming becoming more more and and more more popular popular and and sales sales have have doudoubled bled since since we we arrived. arrived. Q. Q. What What are are your your impressions impressions of of CAMRA CAMRA in in the the area? area?

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A. A. The The local local CAMRA CAMRA group group has has been been very very supsupportive portive of of us, us, which which we we really really appreciate. appreciate. They They offered lots of help and advice for our offered lots of help and advice for our first first beer beer festival, festival, which which we we held held in in August August last last year, year, and and they they also also arranged arranged for for the the Prince Prince of of Wales Wales to to be be a a stop stop on on one one of of their their mini mini bus bus trips, trips, enabling enabling several several of of their their members members to to see see the the positive positive changes changes we we are are making making here. here. Q. Q. What What plans plans have have you you got got for for your your pub pub in in the the next next year? year? A. A. We We have have lots lots in in the the pipeline, pipeline, including including ananother other beer beer festival, festival, a a Thai Thai festival, festival, more more family family fun fun days days and and installing installing a a play play area area to to keep keep the the children children entertained. entertained. We We have have a a fantastic fantastic Thai Thai restaurant, restaurant, but but will will also also be be bringing bringing Sunday Sunday roasts roasts back, back, which which lots lots of of our our customers customers are are very very excited excited about. about. Q. Q. What What would would you you like like to to get get over over to to our our readreaders ers to to encourage encourage them them to to come come into into your your pub? pub? A. A. We’ve We’ve worked worked hard hard to to make make it it what what it it is is totoday and we’ve not finished yet, so come day and we’ve not finished yet, so come and and see see all all the the improvements improvements for for yourself. yourself. Our Our Thai Thai restaurant restaurant is is incredible incredible – – just just look look at at the the reviews reviews online online – – and and a a pint pint of of ale ale is is only only £3.80. £3.80. We We have have plans plans to to offer offer a a discount discount to to CAMRA CAMRA members, members, too, too, so so watch watch this this space! space! Q. Q. What What wrong wrong would would you you most most like like to to put put right right in in the the pub pub trade? trade? A. A. Unfortunately, Unfortunately, the the availability availability of of cheaper cheaper drinks drinks in in shops shops and and supermarkets supermarkets is is killing killing pubs pubs off. off. While While a a drink drink in in a a pub pub costs costs more, more, you you can’t can’t put put a a price price on on the the friendships friendships and and memories memories made made over over a a few few pints pints or or glasses glasses of of wine wine at at the the bar. bar. Visit Visit your your local local pub pub and and show show your your support support – – without without you you they they won’t won’t sursurvive. vive. Q. Q. 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? A. Michael McIntyre. Aside from the entertainA. Michael McIntyre. Aside from the entertainment ment value, value, have have you you seen seen how how fast fast he he moves moves around around that that stage? stage? He’d He’d be be great great at at serving serving drinks drinks quickly quickly during during a a busy busy shift! shift! Having Having taken taken on on a a pub pub that that had had been been written written off, off, they they are are working working hard hard to to return return it it to to a a welcoming, welcoming, family family pub pub that that the the whole whole community community can can enjoy. enjoy. II was was impressed impressed with with what what James James and and Lucy Lucy have have achieved achieved and and wish wish them them the the very very best. best.

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

Large welcoming bar and separate restaurant area. Fresh, tasty, varied lunch and an evening menu cooked exactly how you like it. We don't want you to spend an arm and a leg every time you sample one of our excellent dishes. We like to offer great food at restaurant prices you can afford. Beautiful outdoor eating area and garden. Function room 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 welcome with a special menu available for them.

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

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Thames Valley, 1920-1930 (£15) Thames Valley, 1931-1945 (£25) Thames Valley, 1946-1960 (£25)

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BRACKNELL, CROWTHORNE & WOKINGHAM AREA The second volume of 3 based on over 50 years of local transport history research, much of it using long-lost primary sources from those involved in the pioneering operations of bus and coach services. The Maidenhead Area will follow in 2021. Covering a period from the early days of motor vehicles, the stories reveal the enterprise, and at times setbacks of the age, all put in the context of the local area and other relevant factors of the period, up to (or beyond) the Second World War, containing many rare photos and much local and social history. Within its 112 A4 perfect bound pages are 126 monochrome photos, along with full details of all known vehicles and premises, plus location maps. Send your cheque for £15 for this post-free offer to: Paul Lacey, 17 Sparrow Close, Woosehill, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 3HT If you prefer to collect your copy please call me on 0118 979 4097 to set up a mutually-convenient time. SPECIAL OFFERS ON OTHER TITLES- Post free Thames Valley – Final Years 1961-1971 (£25) £13 The Newbury & District MS Story (£25) £13 White Bus Service-Berkshire’s Oldest Ind. (£20) £17 Smith’s Coaches of Reading 1922-1979 (£30) £23 Early Indies Henley & Marlow Area (£15) £13



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North West Frontier Pub Tour By Bruce Singleton

food menu. The pub now opens at 10:30am on Saturdays. They also offer a paddle of 3 beers for the price of a pint. The décor and ambience of this pub, including a real log fire, made this a worthy stop. Pheasant Inn

From the Wheelwright’s Arms, we walked 20 minutes (just over a mile) south along Davis Street and Robin Hood Lane and east along A329 Reading Road to the Pheasant Inn. Two beers from the Greene King stable were on offer, plus a very nice Fireside from Belhaven.

On pleasant winter’s day, branch members Bruce and Trevor treated their wives to a tour of pubs in the north west of the branch area using Reading Buses 4/X4 services (A329 Reading Road), plus a fair bit of walking! Trevor led the pub crawl with pub updates being sent live to WhatPub during the tour. The tour started at 10.59 with Bus X4 from Bracknell to the Showcase Roundabout, A329 Reading Road. The Poacher Pub

This pub is a 16 minute (less than a mile) walk from the Showcase Roundabout along Lower Earley Way and Mill Lane. The Poacher Pub (aka Sindlesham Mill) is managed by DoubleTree Hilton (was The Moat House). Nobby (from the bar in the hotel) opened the pub especially for us at 12.30. The only real ale on tap was Wychwood Hobgoblin. Nobby showed us their extensive food menu that you would expect in a pub managed by DoubleTree Hilton. Wheelwright’s Arms From the bus stop by Showcase Roundabout, we took a 3-minute bus-ride to the stop by Robin Hood Lane. We then walked for 20 minutes north along Robin Hood Lane, Davis Street and Little Hill Road to The Wheelwright’s Arms, which offers a good range of Wadworth ales. The guest ale was Navigation Splendor and there was an extensive

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Dog and Duck We caught the bus from the Pheasant Inn to the Rifle Volunteer, then walked 15 minutes (half a mile) along Emmbrook Road and Matthewsgreen Road to the Dog and Duck which served Brakspear Gravity, Oxford Gold, Ringwood Forty Niner and Courage Directors. Emmbrook Inn

From the Dog and Duck, we walked 5 minutes along Matthewsgreen Road to the Emmbrook Inn. Beers included Hardy and Hansons Rocking Rudolph. John and Christine Hibbett have now retired as landlords of the Emmbrook Inn after 18 years of pulling pints. The new publicans Danny and Shelley made us feel very welcome. Rifle Volunteer From the Emmbrook Inn, we walked for 10 minutes along Emmbrook Road and Reading Road to the Rifle Volunteer which served Aylesbury Brewhouse Elf, Weltons Xmas IPA, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Fuller’s London Pride. We paid our bill with cash, as cards are not accepted. From the Rifle Volunteer, the tour ended with an X4 bus to Bracknell.

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

LocAle Breweries

(Within 25 miles of Bracknell)

Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Brewing (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Big Smoke (Esher, Surrey) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Craft Brews (Frensham, Surrey) Crafty Brewing (Guildford, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Hogs Back (Tongham, Surrey) Little London (Tadley, Hampshire) Loddon (Dunsden Green, Oxon) Longdog (Basingstoke, Hants) Malt the Brewery (Prestwood, Bucks) MoogBrew (Taplow, Bucks) New Wharf (Maidenhead, Berks) Park (Kingston Upon Thames) Rebellion (Marlow, Bucks) Reunion Ales (Hanworth, Middx) 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.

Accredited LocAle Outlets Ascot Barkham Binfield Bracknell Eversley Warfield Winkfield Wokingham

Royal Foresters The Bull Jack o’Newbury Stag & Hounds Cannie Man Old Manor Tally Ho Cricketers White Hart Crispin Hope and Anchor Station Tap Queens Head

Your CAMRA Branch would love to receive your comments about the pubs you visit either by email to:

madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk or go to WhatPub at; www.whatpub.com and use ‘Submit Update’

For more information contact Barry Garber 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, Barry Garber 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 this magazine).

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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area CAMRA’s CAMRA’s real real cider cider and and perry perry months months are are May May and and October October each each year, May May because because it it is is starting starting to to get get warmer warmer and and people people year, associate associate drinking drinking cider cider with with warm warm weather weather and and October October because that that is is the the month month that that most most of of the the apple apple picking picking and and because harvesting harvesting is is started. started.

Most cider cider apples apples are are picked picked in in the the Autumn Autumn and and are are pressed pressed before before the the winter. winter. They They start start to to Most ferment ferment over over the the winter winter and and then then when when itit gets gets warmer warmer in in March-April, March-April, are are bottled/boxed bottled/boxed ready ready for the the summer summer period. period. for Different types types of of ciders ciders can can be be made made by by carefully carefully selecting selecting the the combination combination of of apples apples (or (or Different pears pears for for perry). perry). Many Many orchards orchards are are designed designed with with different different varieties varieties planted planted at at the the same same time time so so they they can can be be harvested harvested together together and and used used to to create create different different characteristics characteristics in in the the cider. Cider Cider apples apples are are unlike unlike the the ones ones that that we we eat; eat; they they are are usually usually smaller, smaller, harder harder and and cider. would would be be too too dry dry to to eat. eat. Unsweetened Unsweetened cider cider is is usually usually dry; dry; this this is is because because all all the the sugar sugar is is used used up up in in the the fermentation fermentation process. Cider Cider can can be be sweetened sweetened after after fermentation fermentation using using unfermented unfermented apple apple juice juice or or process. artificial artificial sweeteners sweeteners to to provide provide the the required required balance balance of of dryness dryness and and sweetness sweetness for for the the cider cider producer. producer.

Mike Mike Lee Lee SE SE Berks Berks Cider Cider Representative Representative mailto: mailto: cider@seberkscamra.org.uk cider@seberkscamra.org.uk

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The Berkshire Tasting Panel Get Down to Business Have you ever wondered how beer descriptions find their way into the Good Beer Guide (GBG)? Normally, trained members of the local CAMRA Tasting Panel sample a beer in a pub setting, make formal notes in a pre-defined format and send them to the Tasting Panel Chairman, but sometimes we visit a brewery and sample the beers there, as was the case recently when we visited Bond Brews on the outskirts of Wokingham. When creating an official beer description, we are looking to describe its colour, head, aroma, taste and aftertaste. Characteristics such as malt, roast, caramel, hops, citrus, fruit, yeast, sweetness, bitterness and astringency are being looked for and the degree of their presence in a particular beer is assessed. From this information, a description in plain English is produced for publication in the Guide. Unlike wine tasting, with beer you are expected to swallow the sample in order for the full flavour profile to be described. It's a terrible chore to have to actually drink the beer in this way, but we have found that CAMRA members demonstrate a remarkable level of dedication to their work! Here, we tasted three of the four core beers that will be listed in the GBG. These were Golidi-hops (3.9%), Best of British (4.0%) and Railway Porter (4.5%).

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Our thanks go to owner and brewer Dean Bond for hosting this event and for his generosity. The fourth beer that will be listed in the GBG, Bengal Tiger (4.3%) wasn't available for sampling, so we're going to have to go back later in the year. What a terrible punishment! To find out what we thought of the beers, you're going to have to wait until the next GBG is published in September. Until then, why not visit the brewery shop and get some for yourself - details on page 12 and see the advert on page 4.

If you're a CAMRA member and would like to join the Berkshire Tasting Panel, get in touch with Terry Burrows at gbg@seberkscamra.org.uk

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2019 CAMRA Berkshire South East Pub Of The Year

Angie and Aidy welcome you to the Crispin pub in the heart of Wokingham Our free of tie pub has a great secret garden (with Aunt Sally) dogs always welcome Sport shown, free WiFi, Quiz and Game nights Buy a drink and bring your own food Follow us on Facebook for our latest news and events

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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

Wednesday, 5th March


Wednesday, 11th March

Wednesday, 5th February CAMRA Open Meeting with GBG selection at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell RG12 1PB. Meet from 8pm (members only). Thursday, 13th February CAMRA Social Sandhurst Pub Crawl – visiting the White Swan, 10 Swan Lane GU47 9BU, Wellington Arms, 203 York Town Road GU47 9BN and the Village Inn, 21 Yorktown Road GU47 9DX. Meet from 7.30pm. Saturday, 15th February CAMRA Ascot Beer Festival Helpers Trip (by invitation only). Saturday, 15th February CAMRA Regional Meeting at the Acre, Donnelly House, Victoria Street, Windsor SL4 1EN. Meet from 12 noon (members only). Thursday, 20th February Afternoon social with the U3A* at the Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. Saturday, 22nd February CAMRA Social London Pub Walk – start at Bishop & Bear, Upper Level, The Lawn, Paddington Station, London W2 1HB. Meet from 12 noon. Organised by SWM CAMRA. Monday, 24th February Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon. Thursday, 27th February Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* - Reading Pub Walk from Ale House to Nags Head. Details tbc. CAMRA Social at Duke of Edinburgh, Woodside Road, Ascot SL4 2DP. Meet from 8pm. Long serving publican presentation.

CAMRA Open Meeting at the Binfield Club, Forest Road, Binfield RG42 4HP. Meet from 8pm (members only). CAMRA Social at Rifle Volunteer, 141 Reading Road, Emmbrook, Wokingham RG41 1HD. Meet from 8pm. Long serving publican presentation. Saturday, 14th March CAMRA Social at Elusive Brewing and Siren Craft. Meet from 12 noon. Organised by SHB CAMRA. Thursday, 19th March Afternoon social with the U3A* at the Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. Monday, 23rd March Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon. Friday, 27th March CAMRA Social Fish & Chip Friday at White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield SL4 4SE. Meet from 7.30pm. Long serving publican presentation. Saturday, 28th March CAMRA Social Marlow Pub Walk. Meet at Royal British Legion, Station Approach, Marlow SL7 1NT. Meet from 1pm. Organised by SWM CAMRA.


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Afternoon social with the U3A* at the Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. Saturday, 25th April CAMRA Social Wokingham Pub Crawl – see website for details. Meet from 2pm. Monday, 27th April Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon *BRATs are the Bracknell Real Ale Tipplers *U3A are the University of the Third Age

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The Beer Festival Guide By Simon Simon Grist Grist By

Updates on our website at seberkscamra.org.uk/localfestivals st nd 21st – 22 22nd February 2020: 2020: Alton Alton Winter Winter Beer Beer Festival Festival 21 – February altonbeerfestival.co.uk altonbeerfestival.co.uk The Winter Winter Beer Beer Festival Festival in in Alton Alton kicks kicks us us off. off. Expect Expect around around 60 60 ales, ales, The plus 20 20 ciders ciders and and perries. perries. Unusually Unusually on on “Legg’s “Legg’s Bar” Bar” customers customers will will be be plus able to to pour pour their their own own beer. beer. In In an an environmental environmental initiative, initiative, customers customers able are requested requested to to bring bring their their own own lined lined half half pint pint beer beer glass. glass. are th – 14th 13th March 2020: 2020: Wantage Wantage Beer Beer Festival Festival 13 – 14th March 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 selection of of 28 28 real real ales ales is held held at at the the Beacon Beacon in in Wantage. Wantage. Expect Expect a a selection and and around around 6 6 ciders/perries. ciders/perries. There There is is free free entry entry to to all all sessions sessions for for CAMRA CAMRA members. members. th th 13 13th – – 14 14th March March 2020: 2020: Winchester Winchester Beer Beer & & Cider Cider Festival Festival winchesterbeerfestival.org.uk winchesterbeerfestival.org.uk Held Held in in the the elegant elegant surroundings surroundings of of the the Guildhall Guildhall and and only only 35 35 minutes minutes by its by train train from from Reading, Reading, this this CAMRA CAMRA organised organised festival festival celebrates celebrates its th 10 10th anniversary. anniversary. There There should should be be around around 70 70 real real ales ales and and 30 30 ciders ciders & & perries, plus plus foreign foreign beers. beers. Entry Entry is is by by advance advance ticket ticket only. only. perries, th th 13 – 15 15th March March 2020: 2020: The The Perseverance, Perseverance, Wraysbury Wraysbury 13th – 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 12 12 carefully carefully seselected cards for for 6 6 lected real real ales ales over over the the course course of of the the weekend. weekend. Stamp Stamp cards pints pints (or (or 12 12 halves) halves) are are the the cheapest cheapest way way to to purchase purchase your your beer. beer. rd th 23 25th April April 2020: 2020: Farnham Farnham Beer Beer Exhibition Exhibition (“Beerex”) (“Beerex”) 23rd -- 25 farnhambeerex.org.uk farnhambeerex.org.uk The The Beerex Beerex is is run run jointly jointly by by Farnham Farnham Lions Lions and and Surrey Surrey Hants Hants Borders Borders CAMRA CAMRA at at the the Farnham Farnham Maltings. Maltings. Expect Expect around around 70 70 ales, ales, ciders ciders & & perperries. ries. For For the the very very first first time time all all tickets tickets will will be be sold sold online online this this year, year, so so no no more more queueing queueing up up in in the the cold. cold. th th – 10 10th May 2020: 2020: Egham Egham Beer Beer Festival Festival 7th – May 7 eghambeerfestival.co.uk eghambeerfestival.co.uk th To commemorate commemorate the the 75 75th Anniversary To Anniversary of of VE VE Day Day the the excellent excellent Egham Egham United United Services Services Club Club has has moved moved its its Easter Easter beer beer festival festival back. back. Expect Expect around 60 60 ales, ales, featuring featuring many many special special brews brews and and new new breweries breweries for for the the around “scoopers”. “scoopers”. Also, Also, around around a a dozen dozen ciders ciders & & perries. perries. Reduced Reduced entry entry for for CAMRA CAMRA members. members.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk 7th– 10th May 2020: Reading Beer & Cider Festival readingbeerfestival.org.uk This is one of the largest beer festivals that CAMRA organises and takes place down by the banks of the Thames. It is expected to feature around 450 real ales and over 100 ciders & perries plus a KeyKeg bar and an extensive selection of foreign beers. 7th– 10th May 2020: Marlow Royal British Legion Beer Festival rblmarlow.co.uk This fine club are also celebrating the VE Day Bank Holiday with a beer festival. They are located right next to Marlow station (direct trains from Maidenhead). Expect around 15 carefully selected ales plus a couple of ciders. Free entry. 14th - 16th May 2020: Kingston Beer & Cider Festival camrasurrey.org.uk 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 & perries. A free beer token for CAMRA members. 22nd – 23rd May 2020: Guildford Beer Festival guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk This festival is organised by Guildford Cricket Club 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. 23rd – 24th May 2020: 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. 24th May 2020: Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival festival.bracknaleevents.co.uk A 10th Anniversary beer festival at Bracknell Rugby Club. Expect around 50 ales, 10 ciders, live music and food. Check their website for discounted entry for CAMRA members and shuttle bus.

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

The The National National Beer Beer Scoring Scoring System System (NBSS) (NBSS) is is a a 0-5 0-5 point point scale scale for for judging judging beer beer quality quality in pubs. pubs. It in 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 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 branches encouraging CAMRA CAMRA members members from from any any part part of of the the world world to to report report beer beer quality quality on on encouraging any pub pub in in the the UK. UK. any 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 If 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 most successful successful conconpubs sumer organisation? organisation? As As an an incentive, incentive, when when you you score score a a beer beer you you get get entered entered into into a a sumer prize draw draw to to win win free free CAMRA CAMRA books! books! prize

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

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

What What Do Do The The Scores Scores Mean? Mean?

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 date you visited the pub The date you visited the 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 numnumber, ber, but but once once you you have have registered registered these these are are recorded recorded automatically in WhatPub automatically in WhatPub

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

Beer Beer that that is is anything anything drinkable drinkable to to drinkable drinkable erable resentment. erable 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, way, not not worth moving to another pub worth moving to another pub but but you drink the beer without really you drink the beer without 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. You want to stay for another pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer pint and may seek out the beer again. again.

4. 4. Very Very Good Good

Excellent Excellent beer beer in in excellent excellent condicondition. tion.

5. 5. Perfect Perfect

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

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.

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

Once Once beer beer scores scores have have been been submitted submitted online, online, CAMRA CAMRA branches branches can can download download them them and and use use them them to to help help in in the the CAMRA CAMRA Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide selection selection process. process. For For more more information, information, 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. Berkshire South East CAMRA Community pub of the year 2019 • A large, very popular venue for all age groups, a number of eating and drinking areas • Extensive food menu with veggie and vegan options • 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 your get together / Work do • Live sport shown on large screens, regular quiz nights (Watch the 6 Nations Rugby here) • Sheltered patio with heaters for the colder spring days

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





10th Anniversary Event Over 50 real ales, more cider, great food and live music all day. Get the date in the diary! Ticket discou nts for Sunday 24th May CAMRA 2020 at Bracknell membe rs Rugby Club

Ticket details and more events at: www.bracknellalefestival.co.uk




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