Branch News

Here is the latest news about pubs & breweries in the branch area.

  • North Star, Maidenhead. Wednesday 16 January 2019

    The reduced price of OIRO £310,000 is the first figure officially mentioned, although we were led to believe that they expected to receive a minimum of £350k. Having not managed to dispose of the pub they seem to be getting desperate but I cannot see a small developer taking a chance following the earlier publicity regarding the Council resisting changes of use. Also the recent refusal of planning permission for the Crooked Billet site, just down the road, can only help.

  • Great News the Swan in Clewer is Saved Friday 23 November 2018

    Great News!

    We’ve got some great news at last – that the bid to buy the freehold of the Swan in Clewer has been accepted by Wellington Pub Company. It wouldn’t have been possible to do this without all of you who have become involved in our mission – by contributing funding and by helping in so many ways since our first public meeting back in early March. It also wouldn’t be possible without the mortgage offer from our supportive bank. If all goes well, they plan to complete the purchase in time to be able to start work on site from early in the New Year with a view to opening the door about 3 months later. As you know their funding extends just to doing sufficient restoration to be able to open at that point, followed by at least 5 years of hard work to renovate the site at the rate that they can afford it, until we’ve regenerated the Swan as a pub and much broader hub that the community feels proud of. We make this point because the building is now so dilapidated after 3 years dereliction, that we need to manage expectations of what it will be like in the early days.

  • Dates for MBCF 2019 Thursday 15 November 2018

    We can confirm that the 2019 Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival will be at Desborough College on the 25th to 27th July. Put the date in your diaries. Bookmark our festival website for further info, nearer the date.

  • Swan, Clewer Update Thursday 15 November 2018

    The fundraising for The Swan carries on at pace & there are 2 'Hot Off The Press' points.

    Firstly, The Swan website has been updated in order to :-

    • enable more user-friendly viewing on mobile phones & tablets - via the introduction of a drop-down menu & larger type.

    • now include an invite to join The Swan mailing list & hence to keep up-to- date with what is going on with Saving Our Swan.

    Secondly, The Swan PR & Fundraising Committee will be at the Knight Club at The Windsor & Eton Brewery next week on Tuesday November 20th & Wednesday November 21st between the hours of 7pm & 9pm .

    We are aware that a number of SWM Camra members are also members of the Knight Club & that they may welcome the opportunity to discuss the initiative to Save the Swan with members of the committee over a pint of WEBrew !

    As we know you are aware , there has been excellent support from the community to date , raising over £142,000 - but there is still the need to secure the balance of the £200,000 investment identified to support the first phase of the renovations & refurbishment and make the re-opening of The Swan a reality .

  • More Fantastic News for the Swan Saturday 3 November 2018

    Fantastic news: we’ve past the half waypoint! In the last couple of days we have crashed through the £100,000 mark! This is a major milestone for us and shows the commitment of the community to Saving Our Swan. At the time of writing, we actually have £120,000 in the bank. And we are continuing to receive new investments every day.

    To all those that have invested so far, a huge thanks from Willie Calvert, Richard Allen and the team. Your contribution to making this dream come true is really appreciated. The story doesn’t end there though.

    Pledgers - any lingering doubts? We are really close to reaching our next milestone - the Spring pledge total of £140k. Some of our Spring pledgers have yet to invest. We fully understand that time has moved on and circumstances change. However, we do hope that you will still be able to invest in the coming weeks. Details are below and on the website. Are there other ways I can help? Your help would really be appreciated. There are three ways you can do this: • Firstly, and right now, we would ask if could evangelise our story about The Swan and what we are striving to achieve. Tell friends! Tell colleagues! Tell neighbours! Tell your relatives! • Persuade your local shop or business to take some leaflets for their employees and customers. We can arrange to get some leaflets to you. • Lastly (for now!), have a wee think about volunteering in the future. What skills or time can you bring to help with the renovations? Who do you know who could help?

    The next meeting is already planned – Tuesday 6th November at 7pm The main investors – Willie Calvert and Richard Allen – will be at The Green Room School (SL4 5BU) discussing their vision of The Swan as a local pub and a community hub. They will also be taking questions from the floor. The Windsor & Eton Express has run a quick update on our activities to Save Our Swan. They are great supporters of our cause and eager to keep the community updated. You can pick it up at local shops and newsagents. See pages 10 and 13 this week.

    Where to find updates Website:; Facebook: The Swan – Clewer Village; Twitter: @SaveSwan.

    Any doubts, questions, requests for information, etc. should be emailed to ku.oc.rosdniwnawseht@ofni