Ale Amble from Newbury to Kintbury

On Saturday 27 July, Andy Pinkard led an Ale Amble stopping at 3 pubs en route.

Starting from the Hatchet Inn, Newbury at 11 am, Andy, Mike, Jayne, Sarah and Tony walked to the Craven Arms, Enborne, initially following the Kennet & Avon canal towpath.

Tim and Paul were waiting for their arrival. It was still damp weather so pints of Wadworth 6X, IPA or Swordfish were enjoyed inside.

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Tim, Sarah, Mike, Andy, Tony outside the Craven Arms (garden side). These five and Jayne coninued along the road in single file to the White Hart, Hamstead Marshall.

From the three Saviour beers available we all chose Saviour Gold. The weather was still damp so we stayed indoors.

Before leaving the White Hart, the group posed for a photo in front of the small building that houses the Saviour brewery.

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Andy led the group on a route along minor roads and footpaths to Irish Hill where there are fine views to the south. We rejoined the canal on the other side of the hill and followed the towpath to Kintbury, crossing the canal to reach the Dundas Arms.

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Here the group caught up with Richard who had arrived by train from Newbury and we sat outside at the front of the pub, by the canal.

Returning to Newbury by train, a few called in at the Cow & Cask for a final pint.

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Cheers to Beer!

A group of West Berkshire CAMRA members gathered at the Cow & Cask micropub in Newbury on Beer Day Britain (Saturday 15 June, 2019) to say Cheers to Beer!

There were a few latecomers so a further photo was taken a bit later

Thanks to Ian Batho for hosting our event. Thanks also to Caroline and Les of Two Cocks Brewery who provided a growler of 1643 Leveller for donations to the micropub’s chosen charity – Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

2019 Good Beer Guide Launch

 King Charles Tavern – Good Beer Guide 2019 launch

The opportunity to discuss beer and brewing with brewers or cider and perry making with cidermakers has benefited visitors to recent CAMRA events held in Newbury.

Local brewers Kevin Brady (Indigenous) and Richard Marshall (Hermitage) were at the King Charles Tavern for the launch of CAMRA’s 2019 Good Beer Guide (GBG) on 25 September.

Branch Chairman, Andy Pinkard, explained that West Berkshire has only 11 GBG entries despite a revival in the quality of our real ale pubs. Beer scores, recorded by CAMRA members, are a vital part of the GBG selection process. Andy said ‘Cask ale is a live product. You have to look after it. We’re here to celebrate those pubs that do the right stuff.’

In the main bar, applause greeted the publicans as Andy introduced them and presented their GBG documentation. Afterwards, Joshua Khan led a group to the smaller front bar to pose for a photo, holding the Guide.