Branch News

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

  • The Swan, Clewer Village, Windsor Sunday 29 April 2018

    RBWM has granted the Swan - Asset of Community Value.

    However, Wellington are still trying to sell the Swan, Clewer (West Windsor).

    HTTPS://whatpub.com/pubs/SWM/246/swan-clewer-village. You need to unclick "only pubs that serve real ale" on the search page.

    A meeting was recently held at Windsor & Eton Brewery to see if there was any interest in saving the pub, last in this area. Three other local pubs have closed nearby. Two meetings had to be held due to the number of people who turned up. If you want to add your support please contact Will Calvert on ku.oc.werbew@trevlac.lliw, 07920 504704.

    Will Calvert would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in any way – but especially as a shareholder.

  • Ye Olde Red Lion Thursday 26 April 2018

    Ye Olde Red Lion has had a checkered history under Punch Taverns ownership from being a successful pub in the earlier 80's, before Punch owned it to becoming an Indian, Chinese and finally after nobody could make any money out it, back to being a pub under the stewardship of Marc Hunter, while Punch tried to sell it for property development.

    Under the stewardship of Marc Hunter the Red Lion has once again become the heart and centre of Oakley Green’s community life. In an attempt to protect their pub against redevelopment the residents got together and listed their local as an Asset of Community Value with the Borough Council in 2016. It was just after this that our CAMRA branch became aware of the campaign and joined forces to find a way forward.

    With the help of the RBWM Council, the Plunkett Foundation and CAMRA the residents decided that they wanted to form a co-operative or community interest group and initiate a share offer to buy the pub. On 2nd June 2016 Punch Taverns informed the Council that they intended entering into a ‘relevant disposal’ of the Red Lion. Because the pub was listed as an ACV the community group had 6 weeks to express an interest in buying the pub. During this six week period the property can not be sold except to a relevant community interest group. If the group does express an interest in this period a six month moratorium will come into effect.

    Before the six week period expired on 14th July the Residents Association notified the Council that they intended to initiate a Community Right to Bid (CRTB). With the full support of Andrew Green (Community Partnership Officer), Michael Beaven (Our Community Enterprise) and their teams the CRTB was accepted under the terms of the 2011 Localism Act. In an attempt to apply pressure Punch Taverns served an Eviction Notice on Marc saying that the pub had been sold. This however was later found to be false. An email from Punch stated:

    “Having rectified an error in internal communications, we can confirm that the Red Lion has not been sold and that the current publican will continue running the site for the foreseeable future.   We will be happy to talk to the local community when they are ready to begin discussions”.

    On ‘Ye Olde Red Lion Regulars’ Facebook group page the following response was posted:

    “We have the right to bid, we have the right to control our own community, the way we would like it to be and not delivered to us from on high. We thank Punch for their Volte-face and we thank all those countless people who have lent their support”.

    Although Punch can not sell the pub during the 6 month moratorium, to any one other than the community group, at the end of the 6 month period they can sell the asset to whoever they wish and at any price. Unfortunately the community's bid failed to secure the purchase of the pub, and the 6 month moratorium ended. Punch were free to try and sell it again and they tried, but due to the grade 2 listing and the positioning of the property on the site Punch could not find a developer who was going to pay their ridiculous sale price, £875k.

    Fast forward to today and Punch are getting desperate as the they only have until June 2018 to sell the Red Lion. After that date, if they want to sell, the ACV legislation kicks in again and the community can state it is interested in buying and the whole process kicks off again. Another 6 months of protection for the pub against Punch selling it.

    last Friday Punch gave Marc Hunter was given 10 days notice of closure.

    This is so sad for the pub and the community.

    They have now launched a Facebook Action Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1648368178544530/?fref=nf

  • New Pub for Windsor Tuesday 24 April 2018

    The Junction Basserie & Bar/Bar 51 in Peascod Street is under new management. The lease has been taken by the landlady of the Watermans Arms, Queen Victoria and Horse & Groom in Windsor and will open on the 3rd May with six hand pumps. It will be a Scottish themed Art Bar with a large range of Scottish and world whiskies and Scottish gins plus food.

  • Windsor & Eton Brewery granted Royal Warrant Tuesday 24 April 2018

    Windsor & Eton Brewery were granted a Royal Warrant as Brewer to Her Majesty the Queen. The award allows Windsor & Eton to display a designated Royal Coat of Arms on its products, stationery, premises and vehicles. To become a Royal Warrant Holder a business must have supplied goods or services to a Royal Household over a period of at least five year’s. Windsor & Eton Brewery, which celebrates its’ eighth birthday on St. George’s Day on 23rd April, brews beers using barley grown on the Windsor Farm and the spent grains are returned to the Farm to feed their cattle.

  • The Jolly Woodman Reopens Wednesday 18 April 2018

    The Jolly Woodman, Littleworth Common is now open after a full refurbishment, although the outside is still work in progress. The 6 HP’s have Rebellion IPA as a regular with 5 changing beers from local and regional micro-breweries. The new landlord also runs the Bootlegger, High Wycombe & The Whip Inn, Lacey Green, both in the GBG 2018.

    https://whatpub.com/pubs/SWM/139/jolly-woodman-littleworth-common

  • Harry & Megan Wedding Beer Tuesday 17 April 2018

    Windsor & Eton Brewery have brewed a completely new beer to celebrate the Royal Wedding. It should be in every J D Wetherspoons for the wedding!

  • Rebellion Celebrates 25 years Thursday 12 April 2018

    In 2018 Rebellion Brewery is celebrating its 25-year anniversary of brewing in Marlow.

    We brewed our first beer in April 1993 and what better way to celebrate than to brew a special beer. We love brewing special beers, they give us chance to experiment with new styles, ingredients and flavours and give our customers something new to taste; 25 is certainly a step away from our norm. "25" / Belgian Style Pale Ale / 4.5%

    Available: Week commencing 16th April for a week or so...

    25 is an extra pale ale brewed with Sterling hops, citrus peel and Belgian ale yeast. Sterling hops, not only have an entirely appropriate name for silver anniversary beer but also have a beautiful lemon and spicy character which work in harmony with the other elements of the ale. The inclusion of lemon and orange peel adds a subtle citrus aroma and the Belgian ale yeast contributes a spicy note and gives this beer a real Belgian ale character.

  • Windsor & Eton Brewery launches BOSTIN MILD Wednesday 11 April 2018

    Once again Windsor & Eton Brewery are brewing their Midlands style mild.

  • SIBA AWARDS for WIndsor & Eton Brewery Tuesday 27 March 2018

    Windsor & Eton Brewery have done very well at the SIBA National Beer awards picking up national Golds for Treason (Bottle conditioned beers) and White Riot (Keg). At Regional level Republika also picked up a bronze. No other brewery in England won multiple golds with 2 different beers.

    Paddy Johnson said "We’re getting the consistency reputation of the very top breweries which is what we’ve always sought so we’re very pleased with ourselves"

    Paddy Johnson Windsor and Eton Brewery www.webrew.co.uk

  • NEW BrewDog Bar in Reading Thursday 22 March 2018

    We have a new BrewDog Bar in Reading which has just opened.

    BrewDog Reading.

  • North Star for sale Wednesday 21 March 2018

    It is sad news news that The North Star, is up for sale by Enterprise Inns. One of the last pubs in West Maidenhead. HTTPS://whatpub.com/pubs/SWM/165/north-star-maidenhead

    The guys who are trying to save the pub have set up a website. If you feel strongly about this please contact Save The Star via their website.

    HTTPS://savethestar.co.uk

  • Sale of the Swan, Clewer Village. Wednesday 21 March 2018

    Wellington have put the Swan, Clewer (West Windsor) up for sale after trying to find tenants for over a year. I wonder why!

    HTTPS://whatpub.com/pubs/SWM/246/swan-clewer-village. You need to unclick "only pubs that serve real ale" on the search page.

    A meeting was recently held at Windsor & Eton Brewery to see if there was any interest in saving the pub, last in this area. Three other local pubs have closed nearby. Two meetings had to be held due to the number of people who turned up. If you want to add your support please contact Will Calvert on ku.oc.werbew@trevlac.lliw, 07920 504704.

    Following on from this a group of locals are seeking funding urgently to make a bid to buy the pub from Wellington Pubco. by 4th April deadline. Asset of Community Value nomination has been submitted but is likely to be contested by Wellington Pub Company so won’t be in place by the deadline.

    Will Calvert (07920 504704) would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in any way – but especially as a shareholder.

  • Craufurd Arms - Further News Tuesday 20 March 2018

    On Tuesday 10th March, The Craufurd Arms held it's first AGM as a community pub. It has been a fantastic year with the pub being more successful than the management team had ever hoped for. This has allowed for repairs to the fabric of the building, inc. new toilets for ladies and gents and redecorating of the inside and outside of the pub. Come along and see for yourselves how a pub should run.

  • Old Court Bar, Windsor Thursday 15 March 2018

    Good News. The Old Court Bar, St. Leonard's Rd. has reopened after requiring a rewire. The Arts Centre is now under new management and the bar is being run by Windsor & Eton Brewery. Check out their range of craft keg beers and a a cask ale, Windsor Knot when I visited.

  • Farmers Boy, Maidenhead Friday 2 March 2018

    The Farmers Boy, Harrow Road, Furze Platt has a board outside saying "Acquired", so things don't look good! This Geene King pub has been closed for nearly a year.