On Tuesday 21 March, West Berkshire CAMRA Chair, Andy Pinkard, presented the West Berkshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023 certificate to Hugh Macaulay, landlord of the Bell, with the assurance that the pub had all the qualities needed to win through again.
Andy said ‘The Bell, under Hugh’s most excellent stewardship, represents the very essence of a traditional pub; welcoming, inclusive and sociable. It is an honour to present the award on behalf of CAMRA branch members.’
Hugh said ‘Thank you so much. Well done the Bell, yet again. I’m glad that everybody feels that we have a very welcoming and lovely pub here.’ This was met with applause and ‘Congratulations’ from those present.
A further photo was taken outside the pub with a mix of customers and CAMRA members also included.
Following this award, the pub goes through to the Berkshire round of the Central Southern region competition that includes Reading’s Ale House and Maidenhead’s A Hoppy Place.