Berkshire South-East

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


  • Mad Cow Magazine Goes Online During Pandemic Friday 1 May 2020

    Issue 59 of the Mad Cow magazine

    With all pubs and clubs being shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not possible to distribute issue 59 of our Mad Cow magazine in printed form through these venues.

    Issue 59 has therefore gone online-only.

    Why not go ahead and view Issue 59 right now using the online reader? We hope that you enjoy it.

    A strong theme in this edition is CAMRA's #PullingTogether campaign, encouraging us all to support our local pubs, clubs and breweries as they innovate to trade in different ways during this difficult time.

    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.

  • Pulling Together to Support Local Pubs and Breweries Friday 17 April 2020

    Pulling Together campaign logo

    The unprecedented restrictions introduced by the Government as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak have had a significant effect on all our lives, as well as on the business operations of pubs and breweries, with their very survival threatened.

    Pubs and breweries across the UK have risen to the challenge in the face of unprecedented levels of uncertainty while we all fight the spread of Covid-19.

    Pubs have been ordered to close, except for the provision of off-sales and deliveries.

    A number of pubs have chosen to adapt their businesses during this time to offer takeaway beer, cider and food. In fact, the Government has temporarily relaxed planning rules to enable pubs which wouldn’t ordinarily be permitted to serve takeaway food to do so.

    CAMRA is working to highlight how people can continue to support pubs and clubs and has teamed up with the Society of Independent Brewers to launch its #PullingTogether campaign. This brings together national information on which pubs and breweries are offering services to the public during the close-down.

    As part of that campaign, here in Berkshire South-East branch we have produced information on how to find LOCAL PUBS & BREWERIES OFFERING TAKE-AWAY OR DELIVERY SERVICES.

    Furthermore, CAMRA have launched the Brew2You app to provide a platform for online ordering of takeaway/delivery beer and cider during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Ship Inn wins 2020 Branch Pub of the Year Tuesday 17 March 2020

    Pub of the Year 2020 presentation to Ship Inn, Wokingham

    Congratulations to Dave Jennings and the team at the Ship Inn, Wokingham. They have been voted as CAMRA Berkshire South-East's branch Pub of the Year for 2020.

    This win comes hard on the heals of the pub also walking off with our 2019 Community Pub of the Year award. Although there is an overlap in some of the selction criteria, to win this overall award depends heavily upon beer quality and the cellarmanship at the Ship has been exemplary. Some well chosen guest ales from outside the Fullers stable have also contributed.

    Tony Springall, branch Publicity Officer said “It is very pleasing to report that Dave Jennings and his team at The Ship came out a well deserved top beating previous winners of the award, both of whom are fantastic pubs in their own right.

    Kevin Lenton, branch Chairman added “The landlord Dave’s enthusiastic response to be being told is a reflection of how he and his staff welcome customers. Our Branch has made he and his staff very happy!

    A presestations to the Ship will be arranged once the Covid-19 lock-down is over.

    The Ship Inn will now go forward to the County round of judging against the winners from the other 3 Berkshire branches.

    A big thankyou to all that voted and to Terry Burrows for organising the competition.

    The branch Club of the Year award for 2020 goes once again to the Binfield Club, a proper community club with well kept real ales. This award was presented prior to our meeting at the club on 5th March.

    The branch Cider Pub of the Year award will be judged later in the year to be better aligned with the cider drinking season.

  • Branch Recognises Long-Serving Publicans Thursday 12 March 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.

    A certificate has also been presented to Graham & Dawn at the Rifle Volunteer, Emmbrook in recognition of their 18 years of service.

    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