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THE MAGAZINE OF WEST BERKSHIRE CAMRA Brimpton
SUMMER 2015 Beenham
Community Pub of the Year
Club of the Year
Pub of the Year Glynis Snow & Chris Harman
Richard Scullion & Michelle Le-brasse
Ken Nisbett, Mike Avery, Dennis Brown & Kevin Gibbs
Branch Chairman, Richard Scullion presented the 2015 Community Pub of the Year award to Michelle Le-brasse, landlady of the Three Horseshoes, Brimpton, at the start of CAMRA’s Community Pubs Month, on Wednesday, 1 April. The pub profile feature in Ullage (Spring 2015) mentioned some of the pub’s community iniatives: a Christmas panto, Post Office services and car park sharing. The Arkell’s pub received 25 nominations giving these or other factors like live music, quiz and poker nights. One entry started ‘The Three Horseshoes is the centre of Brimpton life. The pub participates in the local pool and darts leagues and provides a place for friendly banter...’ Other pubs in the branch area receiving multiple nominations were the Cottage Inn, Bucklebury (2012 & 2013 winner); the Craven Arms, Enborne and the Stag, Leckhampstead.
ON OTHER PAGES Swift Halves - Pub and brewery news Beer Day Britain & CAMRA Discounts More Swift Halves, LocAle Gig Guide Indigenous & Downton breweries Pub Profile - Plough on the Green Wessex Downs Hike & Newbury pubs Great British Beer Festival Curmudgeon - Bring Back Plates! Diary Dates, CAMRA Contacts
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Branch Secretary, Mike Avery presented the 2015 Club of the Year award to Dennis Brown, Chairman of the Hungerford Club, on Friday, 10 April. They posed for a photo outside the club together with Secretary, Kevin Gibbs and Beer Festival Organiser, Ken Nisbett. Located in The Croft, with active tennis and bowls sections, the friendly and welcoming Club has been the regular winner of this award in recent years. Describing the club as ‘a very special place’, Dennis said its succes was due to ‘a community effort’. Ken Nisbett said the club’s fourth annual beer festival will run over the summer Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 28 – Monday 31 August). Admission to this four day event is free and open to all and there will be 14 real ales and 2 real ciders available from 11am daily (12 noon on Sunday) from a variety of local and national suppliers. The entertainment planned includes a curry night and quiz on the Friday; an all day barbecue on the Saturday; live rock and popular music on the Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime sessions; and a jazz concert on the Bank Holiday Monday lunchtime session.
The Kennet Morris Men danced outside the Six Bells, Beenham, on Wednesday 6 May, while the freehouse received its branch Pub of the Year award. Presenting the award, branch Press Officer, Andy Pinkard, congratulated the Six Bells for appearing in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for seven consecutive years. Accepting, landlord Chris Harman said ‘pubs are a great English institution and long may they continue’. Local ales from West Berkshire, Two Cocks and Loddon breweries were served from the bar of the pub which is also home for Chris and Glynis. A rapid stream of dishes delivered from the kitchen ensured nobody was left hungry as the Morris dancers, now indoors, heartily sang traditional songs. The Six Bells will now go forward to the Berkshire stage of the contest and will be judged against: the Queens Head, Wokingham; the Fox and Hounds, Caversham and the White Horse, Hedgerley by aggregating scores from CAMRA members visiting these pubs.
Branch AGM on 1 July at the Cow & Cask The 2015 West Berkshire CAMRA Annual General Meeting will be held at the Cow & Cask micropub, 1 Inches Yard, Newbury RG14 5DP - 8pm, Wednesday 1 July. Brief reports from current officers are followed by an election process. All members are eligible to attend and to stand for any committee role. Vacant posts include Pubs Officer and Membership Sec. Other volunteer roles are available. Contact Chairman or Secretary for more details - refer page 12.
■ After closing in June 2014, the Rising Sun, Stockcross, reopened on 28 April, 2015.. Dave and Chrissie Payne acquired the lease from West Berkshire Brewery and redecorated the pub, adding some softer touches. Former Wash Common residents, this is their first pub. A simple menu of traditional pub food will be introduced when possible. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Now a freehouse, initial beers were sourced from West Berkshire Brewery. Opening hours: Tue-Thu 12-3 & 6-11; Fri-Sat 12-11; Sun 12-10.30.
■ The Crab & Boar (previously Crab at Chieveley) opened on 3 April 2015. Ringwood Best and Ramsbury Gold are served from the two handpumps with Shipyard American Pale Ale on keg. Matt and Katie Beamish are planning to add a further two real ales as the Crab and Boar makes the change from a restaurant into a pub that serves fresh local food. The Cask Marque accredited pub is open all day from 12 noon. crabandboar.com
■ The popular daytime West Berkshire Brewery tours are available on Saturday 13, 27 June and 11, 25 July. Book in advance by phone 01635 202968 while space remains. The next Good Old Boys' Club quarterly evening event, at the brewery near Yattendon, is on Thursday 11 June. See the website for more details or to join online: www.wbbrew.com In July and August, a cask version of Double Decadence, brewed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of West Berkshire Brewery, is the seasonal beer. The double hopped 4.5% ABV golden ale shares its citrus bitterness complemented by sweet malt caramel flavours with the 500ml bottled version. Yaffle, another name for the green woodpecker seen or heard in Berkshire woods, lends its name to the beer for June. The pale beer with a full hop flavour was first brewed in 2005. After winning its category in the South East SIBA competition, Dr Hexter's Healer went on to win Silver (Bottled Beer over 5% ABV) in the 2015 SIBA National BeerX at Sheffield.
■ Pubs serving beer from Two Cocks Brewery include the the Bull, Stanford Dingley (1643 Roundhead) and the Woodspeen (Curly Rascal and Lord Rivett).
■ Ramsbury Brewery launched Marlborough IPA at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival in May. The 4.7% ABV golden IPA is brewed with five hops and then dry hopped in tank with Citra. Other Ramsbury summer beers to look out for are Chalk Stream, Belapur IPA, Sticky Wicket and Reach for the Sky. In the Premium Bitters and Pale Ales category, Ramsbury Gold won Silver in the 2015 South West SIBA competition at Tuckers Maltings. In the 2015 SIBA National BeerX at Sheffield, Belapur IPA won bronze in the Bottled Beer over 5% ABV category.
■ Farmers Glory is the Wadworth seasonal beer for July and August. Tasting notes for the 4.4% ABV beer describe it as 'A premium bitter brewed with a generous helping of Crystal Malt. Biscuity caramel and toffee notes on the palate with candied orange peel and a hint of citrus. Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.'
■ Summer beers from Arkell's Brewery are Bock (4.2% ABV) a German style beer and Perfect Promise a 3.6% ABV all malt beer brewed using only premium Golden Promise barley.
■ Events at the Cottage Inn, Bucklebury include a Phil Palmer – Two Cocks Brewery Cellar Door Bar
quiz night on the first Wednesday of each month and classic vehicle displays on the last Saturday lunchtime of each month. Tel 01635 864544.
■ CAMRA members can obtain a 5% discount
■ The Cow & Cask micropub, Newbury, now
when buying beer from the 'cellar door' at Two Cocks Brewery, Church Lane, Enborne RG20 0HB. The usual opening hours are Friday 4-6pm and Saturday 10-12 noon. Tel 01635 45731. www.twococksbrewery.com
also stocks pork pies and serves draught Meantime London Lager. Three changing casks of real ale are usually available with a discount for CAMRA members. See advertisement below.
NEWBURY’S FIRST MICRO PUB
Cow & Cask is available for private hire, and given enough notice we will try very hard to have “Your Favourite Micro Brewery Ale” on the stillage. Although we are a “Micro Pub” we can Squeeze, Jimmie, Squash or Shoehorn 20-25 persons in and make them comfortable. We can also provide a few seats!!!
1 Inches Yard Market Street Newbury RG14 5DP
Opening Hours Mon Closed Tue 5-9 Wed 12-2, 5-9 Thu 12-2, 5-9 Fri 12-2, 5-9 Sat All Day 12-9 Sun Closed Discount for CAMRA card holders
Tel: 07517 658071
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■ New events at the King Charles Tavern, Newbury, are crib night on Mondays and quiz night on Tuesdays (7pm). Eight ales are available with a discount for CAMRA members. kctavern.com ■ The INNformal brewery in the garden building at the Five Bells, Wickham is now producing beer for sale at the pub and at the John O' Gaunt Inn, Hungerford. A variety of beer styles have been INNtroduced: San FrINNcisco - West Coast IPA; Mild INN May - dark Mild; BelgINN Blonde Belgian pale ale; Hop INN Mad - unfined ultra-hopped pale ale and INN Deep Chocolate stout.
■ There is a new pub sign at the Bowler's Arms, Wash Common. In addition to Falkland Cricket Club matches at the adjacent ground, there are some county matches. Enjoy a real ale from the pub as you watch Berkshire MCCA Knock Out Cup quarter final (14 June), Berkshire v Shropshire (5-7 July) or Berkshire Academy v Bucks (29 July). www.thebowlersarms.co.uk ■ The Swan Inn, Inkpen was featured in the May edition of South East Farmer. During May, it was possible to combine Rebellion Mild with Butts Jester for a pint of 'Mild and Bitter' at the Swan. There are 40 competitors in the 19th annual 'Black Beret' competition. Quiz nights (from 4 June) and Darts nights (from 11 June) are on alternate Thursdays. Tel 01488 668326
follow footpaths to the Five Bells, Wickham and thence to the Tally Ho, Hungerford Newtown. Finishing in Hungerford around 18.00.
■ CAMRA member Chris Reynolds is also Membership Secretary of West Berks Ramblers and will be leading the following walks starting at 9.30am with lunch at the pub shown in brackets. Sun 28 June Child’s Court Farm, Ashampstead Common 10 miles (The Bull, Stanford Dingley). Thurs 23 July Recreation Ground, Frilsham 10.4 miles (White Hart, Hampstead Norreys). Thurs 6 Aug Fisherman’s Car Park, Hungerford Common 11.6 miles (Crown & Garter, Inkpen). Contact Chris, on 01635 226826 or 07979 804637, if you are interested in a trial walk.
■ New beers from Wild Weather Ales include Automatically Sunshine (4.1% ABV) an oatmeal pale ale hopped with Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin; Rip Tide (5% ABV) a Cascade packed single hop wheat IPA and Khareef (2.4% ABV) a session IPA.
RambAle on Saturday 25 July. Meet at the Dundas Arms, Kintbury 12.30. After refreshment,
Monday 15 June is Beer Day Britain - the UK’s first national beer day - and your country needs your help and enthusiasm to demonstrate why Britain’s beer and pubs should be recognized as national treasures. June 15 is also the date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. This year there will be major national and international events to mark the 800th anniversary. The connection between Magna Carta and Beer Day Britain is that ale is mentioned in Article 35 of the great charter. ‘Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely ‘the London quarter’ Ale was so important in England in 1215 that it was included in one of the most significant legal documents in history. In 2015 beer is still vital not just to the British economy but to the social health of the nation. Beer Day Britain's aims include: • raising the profile of beer as Britain’s national drink. • creating pride in Britain's beer, pubs and brewing heritage. • #CheersBDB trending on Twitter. At 12.15pm on 15 June we want to see a nationwide communal ‘Cheers’ to beer, when everyone is encouraged to go to the pub to raise a pint of real ale. Here in West Berkshire we are going to meet at noon on the 15th at the King Charles Tavern, Cheap Street, Newbury, to fill our glasses ready for the big ‘Cheers’ at 12.15, so whether you’re a CAMRA member or not, come and join us!
■ The Bladebone Inn, Chapel Row, has closed. Enterprise Inns are looking for a new tenant to take over the pub. The Cock Inn, Shaw, Newbury has also closed until a new tenant can be found. ■ Andy Pinkard will lead a 9 mile Summer
Beer Day Britain
■ Construction of the new Marston's Two Watermills pub located on the approach road to Newbury College, off Monks Lane, is nearing completion.
Initiator and driving force behind Beer Day Britain is Jane Peyton, UK Beer Sommelier of the Year (2014), author, events organiser and evange-ale-ist. See www.beerdaybritain.co.uk Here’s to Beer Day Britain 2015! Richard Scullion Branch Chairman
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e membership unlocks CAMRA discounts at Two Cocks Brewery, CAMRA beer festivals, all Wetherspoon pubs and these local pubs: WLYOHSMWPU[
Hungerford: WLYWPU[ John O'Gaunt Inn Newbury: This pub offers CAMRA members a discount Catherine Wheel Cow & Cask micropub Diamond Tap Gun, Wash Common Hatchet Inn King Charles Tavern Terms and conditions
The Kennet Morris Men and West Berkshire CAMRA celebrate with licensees Glynis Snow and Chris Harman at the Six Bells, Beenham, W Berks CAMRA 2015 Pub of the Year. 6 May 2015
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Wickham: Five Bells
More Swift Halves ■ The monthly quiz at the Tally Ho, Hungerford Newtown, the 2014 Community Pub of the Year, is held on the first Tuesday of each month. www.thetallyhohungerford.co.uk There are 42 LocAle pubs in our branch serving beer from breweries within 25 miles. Returning to the full list, the Rising Sun, Stockcross, stocks three beers from West Berkshire Brewery with beers from other breweries expected soon. A new entry is the Hungerford Royal British Legion club with a changing selection of two real ales, almost always from a local brewery. LocAle Pubs - East of A34 The Bell Inn
The Castle Inn
The Catherine Wheel
The Coopers Arms
The Cow & Cask
The Cottage Inn
The Hatchet Inn
The King Charles Tavern
The Old Bell The Old Boot Inn
Wash Common Stanford Dingley
The Old Waggon & Horses The Plough
The Pot Kiln
The Red House
The Royal Oak
The Six Bells
The Three Horseshoes
George V playing field, Twyford RG10 9JA is on Saturday 13 June from 12 noon. www.twyfordbeerfest.co.uk
the White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall, takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. The winning team wins a bottle of wine and chooses the next month's special topic.
■ The traditional Chaddleworth summer fete on Saturday 20 June will include a beer and cider bar. Avoid driving by taking the Newbury & District Connect 107 bus service: Departs Newbury bus station 13.30. Returns from Chaddleworth 15.09 & 16.21. www.newburyanddistrict.co.uk
■ The Red Lion, Baydon, on the B4000, has new
■ The Royal British Legion, 20 Church Way,
opening hours. Closed on Mondays, it is open: Tue-Fri 12-2 & 4.30-11 (midnight on Fri); Sat 12-midnight & Sun 12-7pm (extended on quiz night - the first Sunday of each month). See advertisement below for contact details.
Hungerford RG17 0JU, is holding a beer festival on Friday 26 June (from 7pm with live music and BBQ) and on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 27 June (from 12 noon with presentation, games, live music and BBQ). There will be some cider and local real ales from Ramsbury, Two Cocks and West Berkshire breweries. The beer festival is open to everyone with no admission charge. Tel. 01488 683798.
■ The Monthly Mindbender charity quiz night at
The Castle at Donnington
Beer Festivals ■ Twyford beer festival at a marquee on King
■ Ciderniks Kingston Black cider, from Kintbury, was awarded first place in the South of England Cider Competition held at Reading Beer & Cider Festival. www.ciderniks.com ■ New season Wyatt's Craft Cider Berkshire Gold, made in Bradfield with hand picked and pressed local apples, will be available in bottles from June. wyattscraftcider.co.uk ■ Tutts Clump Cider has been rebranded with some colourful labels and new ciders have been added to the range. Jazz (5.5% ABV) is a medium dry cider made exclusively from Kent grown Jazz apples. Blackberry (4% ABV) is a medium sweet cider infused with real blackberry juice. www.tuttsclumpcider.co.uk
■ On Saturday 4 July (3-9pm) meet the brewer and join the party at Wild Weather Brewery, Unit 19, Easter Park, Silchester RG7 2PQ with cask and keg beers at £3 pint, local bands and BBQ. ■ The Bunk Inn, Curridge, is holding a beer festival on 11/12 July with beers from Upham Brewery and guest ales. There is plenty of space for visitors in the back garden. www.thebunkinn.co.uk ■ Maidenhead CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival in a new venue, Desborough College, runs from 24-26 July. Check the website for volunteering opportunities www.maidenheadbeerfest.org.uk ■ See page 10 for details of the Great British Beer Festival at London Olympia (11-15 August). See page 1 for details of the Hungerford Club Beer Festival (28-31 August).
■ Make a note in your diary for the Newbury Real Ale Festival on Saturday 12 September, organised by Newbury & Thatcham Hockey Club.
The Red Lion Baydon
The Castle Inn · Cold Ash 䡲 West Berkshire CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2010 䡲 Good Beer Guilde 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 䡲 Cask Marque accredited since 2002
About us Since 2006 we’ve been lovingly crafting award-winning, bottle conditioned cider in West Berkshire. We make it the old fashioned way – by hand.
䡲 Five real ales including one from West Berkshire Brewery
That’s why we call it – ‘Proper Cider’
䡲 Open all day - every day Hot soup and a roll 2.30-5.30pm
Available in Waitrose
䡲 Family and dog friendly 䡲 Good value food 䡲 Quiz Mondays at 8.30pm Cold Ash Hill ·Cold Ash ·Thatcham ·Berkshire RG18 9PS Tel: 01635 863232 ·www.thecastleatcoldash.co.uk Follow us on Facebook
Get in touch Tel. 0118 974 4649 Tweet. @tuttsclumpcider facebook.com/tuttsclumpcider www.tuttsclumpcider.co.uk
Julie welcomes you to her friendly real ale pub, with home made food and live music. Cyclists, walkers and dogs all welcome! CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015
Ermin Street, Baydon, Wilts. SN8 2JP Tel. 01672 541224 www.redlionbaydon.weebly.com
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Flying the Flag with the BGC Rich Milligan, the indefatigable beer glass collector from Thatcham, has embarked on a third series of London trips. After ‘Feeling Fruity with the BGC’ (Churches featured in Oranges and Lemons) and ‘Playing Monopoly with the BGC’ (places mentioned on the Monopoly board) his latest excuse to meet up with friends and increase his Cask Marque credibility is ‘Flying the Flag with the BGC’ - finding High Commissions and the pubs in their vicinity.
Ace Space, St. Nicolas Road, Newbury - Unplugged (Open Mic) on first Friday of each month and monthly gigs. www.acespace.org.uk 19 June - Kelly Oliver, Delly Welly Boot Band 17 July - Newgrass Cutters
The other pubs visited around Crawford Place are the Victory, the Duke of York, the Windsor Castle, the Larrik, finishing in the Royal Oak, York Street, London W1.
In his entertaining style, Rich writes up every trip as a post on a blog. The 'Flying the Flag with the BGC' blog posts can be found on runninguptheflagpole.blogspot.co.uk and these include plenty of photos. Rich introduces the blog post for Tour 1 – From Antigua & Barbuda to Tonga with ‘So here we go again on another ground breaking adventure and if you’re still with us after the previous two sojourns then I can only commend your stoicism and salute your dedication to this pointless cause.’ On this tour, Rich and his friends also find the flags of Belize and Rwanda. The rendezvous is the Lord Wargrave, near Edgware Road station where the beer of choice is Summer Meltdown from Dark Star brewery.
The Lion, Newbury - an eclectic mix of talented musicians on Saturday nights. Free admission. 13 June 20 June 27 June 11 July 1 Aug
Roland Chadwick Riff Raff Big Joe Bone Ash Mandrake Warren James
The Five Bells, Wickham - live jazz, blues or folk music every Sunday from 3pm. Free admission. 14 June - Ron Trueman-Border 21 June - Rev Ferriday 28 June - Emma Lawrence 19 July - Richard Cox-Smith 2 Aug - Steve Degutis 9 Aug - Seth Bye & Katie Griffin 16 Aug - Bob Bowles
Rich Milligan (right) with friends at the Lord Wargrave, Brendon Street, London W1
The White Hart, Thatcham - live music or entertainment on Saturday nights. Free admission. 13 June - Fubar 27 June - The Presidents 4 July - Rockface 11 July - Extra Covers 25 July - Uptown Traffic 1 Aug - Riff Raff 8 Aug - Driving Sideways The Canal Bar, behind the Old Waggon & Horses - live music every Friday night. Free admission. The Monument, Newbury - live music on most Friday and Saturday nights. Open Mic night with Oli Hill on Thursdays. Free admission.
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The Fox Inn, Hermitage - evening jam session on alternate Sundays from 7 June (4.30pm - 8.30pm) More pubs with live music: Baydon: Red Lion; Compton: Swan; Hungerford area: Railway Tavern, Tally Ho; Newbury: Catherine Wheel, Cross Keys, Dolphin, Newbury, Old Bell, Old London Apprentice, Royal British Legion Club; Thatcham: Kings Head, Plough, Taste of England; Woolhampton: Angel Inn
An exhibition of West Berkshire inns and pubs in photographs is on at the West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, until September. Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Admission is free.
An American Pale Ale (ABV 5.5%) has recently been added to the range of beers being produced by the Indigenous Brewery in Chaddleworth.
The Craven Arms, Enborne - photo supplied by West Berkshire Museum (ref 1988.10.25). Photographer Jim Irving. .c. 1960s.
The hoppy pale ale was inspired by the local RAF base at Welford and is a tribute to its significant presence in the community for many years. The veterans, most of them now living Stateside, were consulted on social media about a good name and suitable graphic for the labels and pump clips. Their wonderful enthusiasm and response led to the naming of the ale as AMMO Belle and the graphic was inspired by a sign residing in a private museum on the base. Showcased at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival, it is already a contender for the most popular Indigenous brew to date. Some of the bottled beers have been delivered to the Major at RAF Welford for approval. Bottles are available on site and at Saddleback Farm Shop, California Farm, Brightwalton as well as The Grumpy Goat, Harris Arcade, Reading. Guest ale distribution is also mentioned on Twitter (@indigenousbrew). Indigenous will be running a bar at Chaddleworth Fete on 20 June where you are welcome to come by and try this and some of their other ales. www.indigenousbrewery.co.uk
beer & pie house ͚/ƚ͛ƐĂůǁĂǇƐ ďĞĞƌŽ͛ĐůŽĐŬ at The Catherine tŚĞĞů͛ -
6 cask ales Usually at least 4 local ales 6 real ciders Monthly beer festivals Craft British & international keg beers Local bottled ciders 100 bottled craft and continental beers CAMRA discount available Over 14 pies on our pie menu Sharing platters and snack menu
35 Cheap Street, Newbury. RG14 5DB
CAMRA volunteers from the 2014 Ascot Racecourse beer festival were invited on a coach trip to Downton brewery followed by lunch at the Kings Head, Redlynch and an afternoon to visit pubs in Salisbury. West Berkshire CAMRA members Tim Thomas and Andy Pinkard were outside Wokingham station for the 9am coach departure on Saturday 28 March. On arrival, wet weather resulted in everyone cramming into the small brewery premises on the Downton industrial estate. We each took a pint glass and could fill it from casks of New Forest Ale, Quadhop, Honey Blonde, Chimera IPA or Slovenian Dream. After welcoming us, Head brewer, Martin Strawbridge took small groups on tours around the 20 barrel brewery, occupying two levels of a standard unit. The larger Hop Back Brewery is located on the same estate. During a tour, on the upper level, Martin explained that, for the initial brewing stage, Downton use crushed malt. This is delivered into the mash tun via a vortex masher at the same time as the hot liquor (water) to give a nice porridge consistency. All the pale malt is obtained from Crisp Malting Group of Fakenham, Norfolk. Maize is also used in some of the beer recipes. Although it is unusual to find beers from Downton Brewery on sale in West Berkshire, they can sometimes be found at the Cow & Cask micropub in Newbury. Downton Brewery encourages the public to drop into the brewery between 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, to see the brewery in action and purchase draught or bottled ales to take away. Martin Strawbridge
www.downtonbrewery.com The Campaign for Real Ale West Berkshire
Pub Profile # 53
Plough on the Green Stroud Green, Newbury Sometimes, to find out information about a pub, you need to do a bit of detective work. This was the case with the Plough on the Green, where the assistance of Ken Gammon, the current landlord, was most helpful. Ken, an ex-Navy man, last based in Portsmouth, has been the manager of the Marston's pub for the last five years. He is assisted by his wife Debs and his brother Pete together with regular staff Becky, Kiera and Polly. Under Ken’s stewardship, the pub has become more popular and there are now six hand-pumps in use. There are usually five different real ales available from the Marston’s range which includes beers brewed at Ringwood and Wychwood breweries like Hobgoblin and Brakspear Bitter. During the beer festivals, held at the pub three or four times a year, Ken is allowed to order from Marston’s extended guest ale range. Currently, every Thursday, from 8pm, all cask ales are reduced to £2.20 a pint. It is thought that there has been a pub on the site since 1822. The story of the early life of the pub includes the land being leased between two gentlemen so that a pub could be built. In the early days of the pub's life, it may not have been recorded on Ordnance Survery maps as it did not have a license to sell alcohol on a Sunday.
These days, thankfully, the pub is open on Sundays. The recent history of the pub has seen it extended from a small single room pub to the current building which has been extended both forwards and sideways. It has also gained a car park and a large beer garden planted with shrubs and fruit trees. It is worth looking at the photos of the pub, found mainly on the walls of the original pub building, showing how it has changed since the 1960’s. Copies of the various original documents that can help chart the early life of the pub are also on display. From the historic photos, it can be seen that the pub has
been owned by Simonds, Courage and Eldridge Pope prior to Marston’s ownership. West Berkshire CAMRA held its 21st anniversary party at the Plough on the Green on 16 June 1995 when the licensees were Ray and Denise Burkett. With the proximity to Newbury Racecourse (it is only 10 minute walk away), the pub is popular with racegoers. There are also charity race nights within the pub together with other events. The money raised from these events normally goes to the Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres charity. Funds are also raised for other charities like Help for Heroes.
There are special food offers on different days of the week: Monday - grill night; Wednesday - curry night; Friday - Fish & Chips; Sunday - roast lunch. There is also a meat raffle and quiz night on Sundays. Opening Hours: 12 - 11.30pm (Midnight Fri & Sat) Food: Mon-Fri: 12 - 3pm & 6 - 9pm Sat: 12 - 9pm Sun: 12 - 7pm The Folly, Stroud Green, Newbury, RG14 7HY Tel: 01635 45207 www.ploughonthegreenstroudgreen.co.uk Adrian Bean Photographs by David Hatfull of Diem Photography 07774161306 www.diemphoto.co.uk
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THE ROYAL OAK · YATTENDON
A beautiful, authentic country pub with rooms offering: Award winning real ales from West Berks brewery in the village Stunning, Michelin rated, home cooked food Delicious Sunday roasts Fixed price lunch menu Monday to Friday 10 luxurious guest bedrooms Glorious walled beer garden Al fresco dining under leafy vine terrace 3 roaring log fires 4 private dining rooms for up to 70 guests Boules piste
Bell Street Brewery
After refurbishment, the Bull on Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, a Brakspear pub, reopened on 29 March 2013 with a new four barrel brewery, visible through internal windows of the rear dining room.
On Thursday 26 March, Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope (Leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party for 15 years) visited Newbury to visit three pubs that were serving HowlinGale, a Co-ALE-ition Mild brewed by Wild Weather Ales. Accompanied by fellow OMRLP and CAMRA members Derrill Carr, Steve and Joy Lawson from Fleet, the first pub to be visited was the Cow & Cask where Alan met landlord Ian Batho and Iain Clarke from Wild Weather Ales as well as local CAMRA members.
Accreditations include: The Good Beer Guide 2015 Alistair Sawday’s Special Places To Stay 2015 The Michelin Guide 2015 The AA Good Pub Guide 2015 THE SQUARE, YATTENDON, BERKSHIRE RG18 0UG TELEPHONE: 01635 201 325 EMAIL: INFO@ROYALOAKYATTENDON.COM WWW.ROYALOAKYATTENDON.COM
The White Ha art Inn
Great eal Ales l ! Visit our website to see our great offers and events! Hamstead Marshall
01488 6577545 whiteehartiinnhamsteeadmarsshall.co.uk
The former Quality Manager at Wychwood Brewery, Malcolm Mayo, is the Head Brewer of Brakspear’s Bell Street Brewery. Brakspear Special (4.3% ABV) is the regular beer brewed at the Bell Street Brewery. It has been brewed by Brakspear for over 40 years and the original recipe is still followed. The Spring 2015 seasonal beer brewed at Bell Street Brewery was Honey Bee (4.4% ABV) a golden ale brewed with honey from beehives at Orwells, a Brakspear pub near Shiplake, renowned for its good food. The Bee Cause, organised by Friends of the Earth, received 20p from every pint sold. Tim Thomas attended the Honey Bee launch at the Bull on Bell Street on 31 March. Read his BeerEurope blog post beereurope.blogspot.co.uk for more photos and information.
L to R: Ian Batho, Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope & Iain Clarke at the Cow & Cask, Newbury
Later, the party moved on to the Hatchet Inn for the official launch of HowlinGale in a Wetherspoon pub with manager Paul Read and then to the Catherine Wheel where a Wild Weather Ales tap takeover had been organised by landlord Warwick Heskins.
Warwick Heskins at the Catherine Wheel
West Berkshire CAMRA member Jeff Evans is the beer writer behind the Inside Beer website. Updated daily, www.insidebeer.com includes The Beer Buzz (news), Events & Festival listings and exclusive features. There are archives for Pub / Beer of the Month, including those below. Mar: Kings Head, Bristol Het Anker - Gouden Carolus Classic Apr: Buckingham Arms, London SW1 Liefmans – Kriek Brut May: West Riding Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury Brooklyn – Brown Ale
HowlinGale suits the Wild Weather Ales practice of using weather based beer names but is also known in the Loony Party as Howling Ale after their esteemed leader Alan Hope. Winning Co-ALE-ition was the first beer in the series, brewed by Longdog brewery, to celebrate the party's 30th anniversary in 2013. Co-ALE-ition beers have also been brewed by Ascot Ales, Cheddar Ales, Langham, Milk Street, Mash and Hogs Back breweries. The full Co-ALE-ition story can be found on the party's website www.loonyparty.com Derrill Carr, OMRLP Spokesman, estimates that before the end of June 2015, the 100,000th pint of Co-ALE-ition ale will be sold after appearing in 1000 different pubs. With distribution in Wetherspoon pubs, HowlinGale will contribute about 50,000 pints to the total Co-ALE-ition sales. The Campaign for Real Ale West Berkshire
Wessex Downs hike & Newbury pubs text and photos by Alan Haselden Fierce morning showers on April’s second Saturday failed to deter my sister, her husband and my nephew from starting our 14-mile North Wessex Downs hike from Bedwyn to Kintbury. Fortunately those fleeting aquatic conditions faded to a dim memory leaving turbulent yet photogenic skies to hang over Bedwyn Brail and Wilton Down. Subsequently, glorious blue skies with only sparse white clouds took hold for the remainder of the day once we reached Botley Down and Rivar Down.
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The other ales on offer at the Dundas were the flagship ales from West Berkshire, Upham and Ringwood breweries. From Kintbury, we boarded a train to Newbury to meet Ullage editor Tim at the town’s micropub, the Cow and Cask. It was great to meet and chat with Tim whilst enjoying a pint of Ramsbury’s 4.7% ‘25 Silver Pigs’ stout, which is a dry roasted ale with traces of chocolate and saltiness in the after taste.
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From the Downs’ highest point at Combe Gibbet, we descended the steep chalk hill and made it to our first fuel stop at noon - Inkpen village’s bakery, adjacent to the Crown and Garter ‘LocAle’ pub. Here, the Cornish pasties, made with quality meat and richly buttered pastry, the home-baked brownies and the pots of tea hit the spot for us as we anticipated the final push of our hike through Inkpen Common to Kintbury.
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Tim and my brother-in-law each expressed satisfaction with their Loose Cannon’s 3.5% ‘Gunners Gold’ and Downton’s 4.5% ‘Slovenian Dream’. Ales at the Cow and Cask are served by gravity and landlord Ian explained that the casks’ temperatures are carefully regulated by way of the specially-designed jackets. We met Tim’s wife Meg at the next pub stop in Newbury, the Catherine Wheel, where we stayed for proper ‘Pieminister’ pie and mash, a round of ales and a game of bar skittles.
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Our first pub stop, arriving just before 3pm, was the Dundas Arms opposite Kintbury station. A hotel and food-led pub, it maintains a few locally-brewed cask ales in good form. We enjoyed a round of the smooth, summery 4.5% Ramsbury’s ‘Gold’ while seated on the bench beside the sparkling, sun-drenched Kennet and Avon canal.
Dundas Arms, Kintbury Ullage June - August 2015
The Jack Daniels barrel aged version of Wild Weather’s 5.5% ‘Mudslinger Chocolate Milk Stout’, brewed just within Berkshire’s border, near Silchester, was an astonishing revelation to me: it was so rich, complex and full-flavoured that I have awarded it the top score of ‘5’ on CAMRA’s National Beer Scoring System. Meanwhile, the others enjoyed Purity’s 4.5% ‘Pure Ubu’ and, from Wiltshire, Plain Ale’s 5.2% ruby porter ‘Inndulgence’. The Catherine Wheel marked the end of a long, rewarding day for our family team.
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The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) 2015, organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), will run from 11-15 August at Olympia, London. The festival offers you the chance to discover your perfect pint, as you explore over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers. The UK’s biggest beer festival will feature over 350 British breweries across 27 different bars as well as fantastic entertainment, food and traditional pub games all under one roof in the heart of London. The festival will be spread across five public sessions plus a Tuesday afternoon trade session that will feature the announcement of the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain Award, all of which will be available at the festival. The festival is made possible thanks to the contributions of over 1,000 volunteer staff, all members of CAMRA. Unpaid volunteers work as bar staff, stewards, public relations officers, front of house staff, volunteer coordinators and as members of the festival’s organising team. A new and improved Souvenir Festival Guide will also be making its debut at GBBF, produced in the style of CAMRA’s award-winning BEER magazine the guide will include the full festival beer list with tasting notes, special features on beer and brewing plus some attendee only vouchers. The guides will be available to CAMRA members’ to purchase on the door and throughout the venue for £1 (non-member price £2). An expanded range of tickets for the festival is now on sale. A VIP ticket bundle (£20, members £17) includes single day entry to the festival, a copy of the souvenir guide with complete beer list, a commemorative glass and £5 worth of beer tokens for use in the festival. A season ticket (£26, members £22) lets you enter the festival at any time over the five days it is open, including access to the trade session on Tuesday afternoon. This means if you want as much time as possible to find the half, pint or third that you are looking for, you can explore again and again. A single day ticket (£10, £8 in advance) for entry to any public session. Meet up with West Berkshire CAMRA members just outside the CAMRA bookstall (within the festival) at at 1pm on Thursday 13 August 'Hat Day'.
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Bring Back Plates! Go in any pub or restaurant nowadays that has the slightest aspiration to be fashionable, and the odds are that you will have your meal served, not on a plate, but on a roofing slate, a chopping board, a baking tray or even just a plank of wood. Your chips may be stacked on their end in a mug, salad under an upturned wine glass and vegetables in a flowerpot. Some of the worst examples highlighted on the Twitter account @WeWantPlates include bread in slippers, chips in a miniature shopping trolley, steak on a meat cleaver and mushy peas in a latté glass. Not too long ago, people were complaining about square plates replacing round ones, but this is taking things to a whole new level. There are obvious practical objections, in that an entirely flat surface does nothing to stop food sliding or dripping off the edge, and you have to wonder how thoroughly chunks of wood are washed, especially those with cracks in them. Some types of containers may make it physically difficult to actually eat the food from them. But ultimately this is just a rather pathetic attempt to come across as funky, artisanal and cutting-edge. Anything, no matter how absurd, is better than a boring old round plate. We all know that very often the food’s just popped out of a microwave and they’re not actually slaughtering pigs round the back. However, Wetherspoons are bucking the trend – not so long ago they replaced plain square plates with very retro-looking round ones with blue and white patterns. It might be a good idea for more pubs to follow suit and stop opening themselves up to ridicule. The Curmudgeon column appears monthly in Opening Times, the CAMRA magazine published by Stockport & South Manchester branch. His other articles can be read at curmudgeoncolumns.blogspot.com
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Beer Festival Diary CAMRA run or supported beer festivals provide excellent opportunities for sampling a wide range of real ales, from all over the UK and overseas. Here are some of the major and most accessible festivals for West Berkshire drinkers. 4-6 June Southampton Beer Festival Southampton O2 Guildhall SO14 7LP www.southamptonbeerfestival.org.uk
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11-12 July Woodcote Festival of Ale Woodcote Rally 8 miles NW of Reading on A4074 www.woodcoterally.org.uk
The following is a list of all forthcoming meetings of the West Berkshire branch of CAMRA. Some are ‘social’ meetings, lively and friendly occasions where we enjoy a few beers; others are ‘branch’ meetings, which are slightly more formal and where we discuss beer and pubs issues. Unless stated, our meetings are open to all-comers – and new members are particularly welcome!
24-26 July Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival Desborough College SL6 2DB www.maidenheadbeerfest.org.uk
Monday 15 June ‘Beer Day Britain’ King Charles Tavern, Newbury 12 noon for 12.15
Saturday 25 July Summer Ale RambAle 12.30 See page 3 for details
Saturday 29 August Beer Festival & BBQ Social Hungerford Club, The Croft from 3pm
Tuesday 16 June Branch Meeting Plough, Eastbury
Thursday 13 August ‘Hat Day’ Social Great British Beer Festival Meet CAMRA bookstall 1pm
Wednesday 9 September Branch Meeting (TBC) Hinds Head, Aldermaston
Wednesday 1 July Branch AGM Cow & Cask, 1 Inches Yard Newbury
Tuesday 4 August Branch Meeting Plough on the Green, Stroud Green, Newbury
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