Dozens of pubs across Berkshire have been named among the country’s best in an annual guidebook.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) 2022 guide has been published and aims to encourage punters to support their local pubs and breweries in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The guide, which lists 4,500 pubs across the UK, is considered the definitive beer drinker’s guide to the best pints in the most picturesque and friendly pubs.
Despite being hampered by lockdowns and restrictions earlier this year, thousands of independent volunteers have worked together to compile this year’s entries, helping to identify important trends and themes at the local and national levels.
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Their 49th guide revealed that the number of independent UK breweries rose to 1,902 in 2021 from 1,816 in 2020, the highest number recorded in the guide since publication began in 1974.
CAMRA National President Nik Antona said: âAfter the struggles of the last 18 months for the industry, it is great that the numbers from the Good Beer Guide show the resilience of pubs and brewers in the face of conflict – an increase in the number of breweries after their first plunged last year, as well as over 500 new pub entries.
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âIt’s great to see, especially with the news of the government’s latest budget, including the announcement of a new lower duty rate for draft beer and cider.
âHowever, the industry is still vulnerable in the aftermath of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Breweries still face issues related to the cost of goods, lack of trade tariff relief and government silence on reform of the industry. relief for small brewers.
“We call on the government to ensure that the new provisional duty rate applies to containers of 20 liters and above so that all of our small independent brewers can benefit from it.”
The pubs that are listed and where they are based in Berkshire include:
Victoria Arms, Terrace Road North, Binfield, Bracknell RG42 5JA
Cannie Man, 2 Bywood, Bracknell RG12 7RF
Vieux Manoir, Place Grenville, Bracknell RG12 1BP
The White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield, Windsor SL4 4SE
Alehouse, 2 Broad St, Reading RG1 2BH
Allied Arms, 57 St Mary’s Butts, Reading RG1 2LG
The Butler, 85-91 Chatham St, Reading RG1 7DS
The Castle Tap, 120 Castle St, Reading RG1 7RJ
Le Greyfriar, 53 Greyfriars Rd, Reading RG1 1PA
The Nag’s Head, 5 Russell St, Reading RG1 7XD
Park House (University of Reading), Whiteknights Campus, Reading RG6 6UA
The Retreat, 8 St John’s Street, Reading RG1 4EH
Three Guineas, 8 St John’s Street, Reading RG1 4EH
Weather station, 19 Eldon Terrace, Reading RG1 4DX
The Fox and the Dogs, 51 Gosbrook Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 8BN
The Griffin, 10 Church Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD
The Bell Inn, Bell Lane, Aldworth, Reading RG8 9SE
Hungerford Club, 3 Le Croft, Hungerford RG17 0HY
John O’Gaunt, Bridge Street, Hungerford RG17 0EG
The Catherine Wheel, Berkshire, 35 Cheap Street, Newbury RG14 5DB
The Cow and Cask, 1 inch Yard, Market St, Newbury RG14 5DP
King Charles Tavern, 54 Cheap Street, Newbury RG14 5BX
The Lion, 39 West St, Newbury RG14 1BD
The Lock, Stock and Barrel, 104 Northbrook St, Newbury RG14 1AA
The Grand Shefford, Newbury Road, Grand Shefford, Hungerford RG17 7DS
The Wheatsheaf Inn, 15 Chapel Street, Thatcham RG18 4JP
The Rowbarge, Station Rd, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5SH
Taproom and kitchen at West Berkshire Brewery, The Old Dairy Frilsham Farm, Yattendon RG18 0XT
The Tally Ho, Fleet Hill, Eversley, Hook RG27 0RR
The Wheelwright’s Arms, Davis Way, Reading RG10 0TR
The Bull Inn, High Street, Sonning, Reading RG4 6UP
Wargrave and District Snooker Club, Woodclyffe Hostel, Church St, Wargrave, Reading RG10 8EP
The Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY
Oakingham Belle, Oak Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1LH
The Queen’s Head, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham RG40 1BP
The Ship Inn, 104 Peach Street, Wokingham RG40 1XH
Windsor and Maidenhead
The Swan, 9 Mill Lane, Windsor SL4 5JG
George Inn, 77 High St, Eton, Windsor SL4 6AF
The Royal Oak, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Reading RG10 9YE
The Bear, 8-10 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1QJ
Crauford Arms, 15 Gringer Hill, Maidenhead SL6 7LY
The Maiden’s Head, 34 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1QE
The Boundaries Arms, 112 Pinkneys Rd, Maidenhead SL6 5DN
The Bell, The Street, Waltham St Lawrence, Reading RG10 0JJ
At Hoppy Place, 11 St. Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BN
The Acre, Victoria Street, Windsor SL4 1EN
The Carpenters Arms, 4 Market Street, Windsor SL4 1PB
The Corner House, 22 Sheet St, Windsor SL4 1BG
Windsor and Eton Brewery Tap Room, 1-4 Vansittart Estate, Duke St, Windsor SL4 1SE
The Windsor Trooper, 97 St. Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BZ
The Perserverance 2 High St, Wraysbury, Staines TW19 5DB
The Moon and the Spoon, 86-88 High Street, Slough SL1 1EL
Barley Corn, 151 Lower Cippenham Lane, Slough SL1 5DS
The Good Beer Guide 2022 is now available in the CAMRA store via this link and an updated version of the app is available for download on iOS and Android devices.