Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch News

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

  • Tryanuary Launches Saturday 2 January 2021

    Tryanuary encourages consumers to continue supporting small, independent beer businesses during January, a notoriously difficult trading month in a normal year, let alone when pubs and clubs are closed under another lockdown.

    CAMRA has supported Tryanuary since it started and has sponsored the campaign since 2020.

    This year, because all parts of the UK are now in lockdown, the Tryanuary team have made some changes to the campaign:

    • Tryanuary will be extended beyond January, until the end of the current lockdown.

    • Addition of #TryanuaryAtHome on social media.

    • The campaign will also encourage consumers to engage with the Tryanuary online community to help their mental health and wellbeing.

    • The Tryanuary website will feature an online directory for beer businesses to promote their products to consumers, and feature listings for virtual events that any groups, pubs or brewers might be holding.

    The Tryanuary website is here: https://www.tryanuary.com/

    The Tryanuary Twitter account is https://twitter.com/Tryanuary, the Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/tryanuary, and Instagram account is https://www.instagram.com/tryanuary/.

  • Cancellation of CAMRA AGM 2021 Monday 21 December 2020

    Following the news from our planned venue in Sheffield that it will not be available in April, due to COVID restrictions, it is with sadness that we have to confirm the cancellation of a physical Members’ Weekend, AGM and Conference in 2021.

    However, we are working towards ensuring that virtual events go ahead on the same dates (16-18 April 2021), with additional Conference online discussion and voting to allow CAMRA members to have a say in the policy and direction of the Campaign.

    Remote voting for AGM resolutions and the election of members to the National Executive has been possible for several years, and this process will continue in 2021 with a deemed AGM being planned. In addition to this, we hope to stage an interactive Conference, along with additional opportunities to vote on Conference motions.

    Make sure that you have registered your interest for the virtual event on our website, so that we can keep you updated with more details. Also, keep an eye on our communication channels, including What’s Brewing, for news about motions and National Executive voting.

    REGISTER HERE

    Wishing you a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

    Nik Antona - CAMRA National Chairman

  • A Quote from the head of Peach Inns Friday 18 December 2020

    A brilliant quote in the FT from the head of Peach Inns:

    “Much worse is the torture of being forced to dismantle, inch by inch, everything that makes us hospitable. Every late-announced, badly communicated, ill-considered restriction is another sword-cut to hospitality’s body, until we are left like Monty Python’s Black Knight, limbless and impotent, roaring that we can still fight on, even when it’s so hopeless it’s funny."

    Hopefully lobbying from the Campaign for Pubs, CAMRA, BBPA, Hospitality UK, BII and other hospitality groups will continue to bring the plight of wet-led pubs like ours to the fore and the trading restrictions are lifted sooner rather than later.

  • ABOUT PUBS MATTER. Wednesday 16 December 2020

    Across the UK, pubs, taprooms, social clubs and hospitality venues are at the centre of their communities. Looking after their regulars, providing services to their communities, raising money for charity and tackling loneliness and social isolation.

    From 13-16 December, we want to flood social media and MPs’ inboxes with messages about why Pubs Matter, as we head into a festive season that is very different to normal.

    WHY THIS MATTERS.

    There has never been a more important time to send a clear message to politicians and the media that Pubs Matter.

    Pubs need fair treatment and better financial support from the government to get them through the festive period, which would usually be the busiest time of year. During the Coronavirus pandemic, pubs have faced more restrictions than other businesses. This has reduced trade, left many at risk of closure, and means that people can’t benefit from the social and wellbeing benefits of going to the pub this Christmas. Publicans have spent thousands making their pubs COVID-secure, improving ventilation, and helping with Test and Trace. But in most parts of the UK people can’t meet in pubs, regardless of what pubs have done to help people socialise safely in small groups.

    Visit the website and get involved - https://whypubsmatter.org.uk/

  • Government to Review Evidence?? Monday 30 November 2020

    Hospitality transmission ‘evidence’ is evidence that pubs are being unfairly targeted.

    Responding to the Government’s evidence of transmission risk in the hospitality sector published today by the Cabinet Office, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said:

    “Considering these restrictions put hundreds of thousands of jobs as well as the very future viability of our pubs at risk, the evidence appears extremely weak.

    “Whilst we agree that measures must be taken to curb the spread of the virus, the evidence provided today appears to be based on studies from the start of the COVID outbreak looking at different countries and their bar cultures, which are vastly different to life here in the UK. The research doesn’t consider the mitigating measures that have been introduced by pubs in the last few months such as improving ventilation and social distancing.

    “Furthermore, the Government has yet to provide evidence that the requirement to serve a ‘substantial meal’ will reduce transmission or any concrete evidence that the responsible consumption of alcohol increases risk.

    “The evidence clearly states that risk comes from a wide range of factors which apply equally to other sectors such as gyms, nightclubs, churches and business meetings. Coupled with the fact the R–rate has increased in some areas where hospitality has been restricted, it is hard not to conclude that pubs are being unfairly singled out for extra restrictions compared to other businesses.

    “We are now urging the Government to review the restrictions across tiers to allow wet-led pubs to re-open in Tier 2 and ensure that all affected pubs are provided with a substantial financial support package to get through the crisis.”

    The Cabinet Office’s publication of transmission risk in the hospitality sector can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transmission-risk-in-the-hospitality-sector/transmission-risk-in-the-hospitality-sector

  • Tier announcement underlines the importance of financial support for pubs and brewers. Thursday 26 November 2020

    Commenting on the announcement that almost all of England will be placed into Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said:

    “After an agonising wait, licensees across the country have had their worst fears confirmed – in all but three council areas in the country, pubs will either be closed or only able to open if they are serving substantial meals.

    “This is especially devastating in the run up the Christmas, where people in Tier 3 areas won’t be able to go to the pub at all, and those in Tier 2 areas won’t be able to visit to socialise safely with those outside of their household – which will increase feelings of loneliness and social isolation after a year that has been tough for many.

    “CAMRA has been clear – we do not think that evidence has been produced to justify extra restrictions on hospitality, and particularly wet-led pubs, but if the Government wants to proceed, they must announce more financial help.

    “It is really very simple – hospitality businesses have been singled out for extra restrictions, so they must be given dedicated support.

    “This needs to take the form of increased grant funding to cover rent and costs, and include an extension to the business rates holiday, and an extension of the VAT cut to alcoholic drinks.

    “This is vital to ensure that communities will have locals to return to in 2021 and can once again reap the social and wellbeing benefits of pub–going.”

  • No evidence and no financial support for “unfair” restrictions on pubs. Tuesday 24 November 2020

    Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament confirming stricter restrictions for pubs in Tiers 2 and 3 when the national lockdown in England ends, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said:

    “These unfair extra restrictions on pubs will be devastating for businesses, jobs and the future of community pubs across England. To add insult to injury, the Prime Minister hasn’t given any evidence about why these restrictions are necessary and didn’t announce any extra financial support to give the beer and pubs sector a fighting chance of surviving the next few weeks and months.

    “Pubs – particularly those which don’t serve food – are being offered up as a sacrificial lamb without any evidence or explanation as to why they are being treated more harshly than the likes of shops and gyms.

    “CAMRA is calling on the Government to introduce a decent, dedicated financial support package, and to think again on these restrictions which will force many pubs and the breweries that serve them to close their doors for good and never re-open.”