Welcome to West Berks CAMRA

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is an organisation dedicated to fighting for the preservation of traditional British beer and traditional British pubs.

Once described as ‘the most successful consumer pressure group in Western Europe’, the Campaign was formed by 4 journalists in 1971 who were horrified at the declining quality of British beer.

The total membership of CAMRA has topped 188,000 members. These members are located throughout the United Kingdom organised into more than 180 branches similar to West Berkshire CAMRA.

Click on the links to learn about our branch and its area, about the people who run it, about our meetings and events, and about the best pubs for real ale in West Berkshire. You will also be able to see an online version of our Branch Magazine, learn the latest news, nominate a pub for the Good Beer Guide, and join CAMRA.

2019 West Berkshire CAMRA Outstanding Community Pub

In 2018, the Cottage Inn, Cow & Cask and Old London Apprentice shared the Outstanding Community Pub award. For 2019, the branch is looking for a new pub to gain this award and receive valuable publicity.

Any previously unrecognised town or country pub in our area can be nominated. Factors influencing the award include charity support, team games, noticeboards, group meetings and activities like beer festivals, quizzes, trips, live music and performances.

Anyone, including the publican, can nominate one or more pubs. Please send details, by 30 June, to Mike Avery, Branch Secretary, whose contact details are on the back page or by using the online form.