Berkshire South-East

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


  • Mad Cow Issue 63 Now Available Online Saturday 1 May 2021

    Cover for Issue 63 of the Mad Cow branch magazine

    With limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not possible to distribute our Mad Cow magazine in printed form through pubs and clubs.

    The magazine has therefore gone online-only at present.

    Why not go ahead and view Issue 63 right now using the online reader? We hope that you enjoy it.

    In you are interested in the back catalogue for the Mad Cow then previous editions can also be viewed and read from the branch page.

  • Cask is BACK, so Back CASK Friday 9 April 2021

    Beer drinkers returning to pubs after the lockdown can finally get a taste of fresh cask beer after a long wait.

    With cask beer sales hit, a new campaign says...

    The campaign calls on beer drinkers to back British brewing and pubs, and opt for a pint of fresh cask beer from a local independent brewery when they return to their local pubs. #CaskIsBack

    Read more about the campaign on the Cask is BACK, so Back CASK page.

    Our Branch Chair Kevin Lenton paid the following tribute to how the trade had responded locally during the lockdown periods:

    "Now that some of the Lockdown restrictions have been lifted, the Branch would like to take the opportunity to thank breweries and pubs in our region that were Lockdown Heroes with imaginative approaches to trading in adversity. They delivered beer to our doorsteps free of charge and/or offered a collection service. Some provided food bags reaching out to vulnerable members of the community, others soup to key workers, both extending the community service that many pubs provide. "

  • Branch Recognises Long-Serving Publicans Monday 7 December 2020

    Branch Chairman Kevin Lenton presenting Anne and Nick from the Duke of Edinburgh, Woodside with a  Long Service award for 18 years service at the pub. 27/02/20
    In addition to our usual awards, this year the branch will be recognising those publicans with a long service of ten years or more. The first of these awards was presented to Anne & Nick who have been at the Duke of Edinburgh in Woodside for over 21 years.

    Certificates have also been presented to Graham & Dawn at the Rifle Volunteer, Emmbrook and to Phil and Jean at the White Hart, Winkfield for 18 and 17 years of service respectively.

    Further awards will be made to other long-serving publicans within the Berkshire South-East area once the shut-down for Covid-19 is over.

    Our list includes:

    If there are any publicans we're not aware of that have run a pub listed in our branch Pub Guide for 10 years or more, then please contact the Branch Webmaster.

    Being a publican can be a difficult way of life but these people have all passed the test of time and run enjoyable community locals.

    Branch Chairman Kevin Lenton presenting a Long Service award to Graham & Dawn at the Rifle Volunteer, Emmbrook for 18 years service at the pub. Anne and Nick from the Duke of Edinburgh, Woodside with their Long Service award for 18 years service at the pub. 27/02/20 Long Service Presentation to Phil and Jean at the White Hart, Winkfield for 17 years service 06/12/20

  • Introducing our Newest Committee Member - Mike Dixon, Social Media Officer Friday 11 September 2020

    In our recent AGM I was voted in as the Social Media Officer for the branch, so wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. For a number of years I have enjoyed trying different beers and attending various beer festivals, however it was 2 years ago after the Ascot beer festival I decided to join CAMRA. Since then I have had the chance to learn more about beer, appreciating different styles, as well as visiting various interesting pubs and breweries. I was also able to attend the Ascot beer festival again, this time as a volunteer (though unfortunately not this year), and of course got to meet lots of other members of the branch!

    As Social Media Officer / Champion I have now taken over running the branch Twitter and Facebook accounts. I'd like to thank Simon Grist and Andy Ross for running these so proficiently until now. My initial plan is to keep up a similar style and level of communication. This will include providing updates from the local branch and committee members, as well as information from CAMRA and selected posts from local pubs and breweries.

    Currently of course a number of posts are related to how we are all coping with the ever changing situation, including new rules, opening hours etc. Hopefully over time things will return to some more level of normality at which point I aim to start providing more varied information on our pubs and what they are doing, as well updates on our events and what we have coming up. I also will look at how we can coordinate the information across both platforms a bit more where appropriate.

    In the meantime if you have any updates, or see any relevant external posts that you think should be shared with the branch, then feel free to let me know by emailing the Branch Social Media Coordinator

  • Ascot Beer Festival 2020 Cancelled Monday 24 August 2020

    Ascot Beer Festival Logo 2019

    The CAMRA organising committee for the annual Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival have today issued the following statement regarding the 2020 running of the beer festival:

    "Sadly, as a result of the Government restrictions imposed following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the difficulties of maintaining a safe environment for our customers and volunteers we have taken the decision with the Racecourse to cancel the 2020 festival. We hope to be back in 2021."