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There are around 100 pubs in the SE Berkshire branch area. We alongside other CAMRA branches nationally keep records of these pubs, which can now be accessed through the WhatPub website:
Please advise us of any corrections needed to entries on WhatPub. We would also particularly like to know about changes of ownership, new landlords, new interesting beers in a pub, or where traditional ale is now on sale or has been taken out.
Anyone can provide such updates by using the “Update” facility on the relevant pub's WhatPub page or by advising the Branch Pub Database Co-ordinator, John Winkley .
We believe that an institution that has served this country so well for so long, and still gives so much pleasure to millions of people deserves more respect. If there is a threat of closure to a pub then our Branch Pub Protection Officer, Gareth Forster would like to hear about it.
Many things go into making a good pub but we believe the most important of all is for a pub to regularly serve traditional cask ales in top condition. Unlike other beers, real ale is a living, breathing, pure commodity with natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives. It needs to be stored and served in such a way so it is in prime condition when it reaches the glass. This is second nature to all good publicans.
In order to identify our best pubs (or at least, the ones who consistently serve the best beer) we run a monitoring system. The more people who take part the better.
All we ask is for YOUR view on the beer quality once you have visited a pub in our area.
|0.||No Real Ale||No cask-conditioned ale available.|
|1.||Poor||Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.|
|2.||Average||Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.|
|3.||Good||Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.|
|4.||Very Good||Excellent beer in excellent condition.|
|5.||Perfect||Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.|
Score the way the pub has looked after the beer not how well it has been brewed. A basic bitter could score ‘5’ and the reigning Champion Beer of Britain could score ‘1’ if the former was in tip-top condition and the latter had gone off.
Use the top score of 5 only if you have never had the beer in better condition.
Do not score if, when you return it, it is taken back with good grace and the pump-clip turned round or the beer taken off sale.
However, if you prefer you can submit the details to the Branch NBSS Co-ordinator, Lee Allsopp
For either method the following information is required:
About You:- Your Name, Your CAMRA Membership No. & Your Branch (if not Berks S-E)
About Your Pub Visit:- Date of Visit, Name of Pub & Town / Village
About the Beer:- Beer Name & Your Score (for each beer you had)
Thank you for your help.
The process is based upon the correlated results of the beer scores collected during the preceeding year. At a specially convened Branch Meeting, members review and discuss the 20 pubs with the highest average beer scores. There is then a secret ballot, with the pubs receiving the most votes going forward into the following year's Good Beer Guide.
Branch members then produce a write-up for each elected pub describing it and listing its particulars, which is ultimately published in the Good Beer Guide.
Pub of the Year(POTY). The process begins early in the year and all members are encouraged to make a nomination.
At a specially convened Branch Meeting, the merits of each are discussed and a vote taken to draw up a short list of about six pubs.
Members are invited to visit each of the short-listed pubs to record their views, based on pre-determined criteria. This can either be as part of a formal branch function or simply by individuals making a visit at a time of their choosing.
Obviously, the more members who give their verdicts, the better the competition.
The judging of short-listed pubs is based on the following criteria:
- Quality of Beer/Cider/Perry
- Style, Décor, Furnishings & Cleanliness
- Service, Welcome & Offering
- Community Focus & Atmosphere
- Alignment with CAMRA Principle
- Overall Impression
Simply request a form from Branch GBG Co-ordinator Terry Burrows once the shortlist has been determined and return the completed form to him by the specified deadline.
The branch POTY is announced by 30th April. It then goes forward into the Regional competition against the best pubs from the other branches in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and a part of Herts. Judges from each branch visit each of the Regional entries and the winner announced after 31st July.
Each regional winner goes forward into the national competition to find Britain’s Best Pub. The winner is announced during National Pubs Week in February.
The selection of the 2016 Branch Pub of the Year award goes to:
Queen's Head, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham, RG40 1BP.
In these circumstances, a quiet word with a local Trading Standards Officer may not go amiss.
- Bracknell Forest - 01344 352000
- Windsor & Maidenhead (covers Ascot area) - 01628 683800
- Wokingham - 0118 974 6000