Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead

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Branch News

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

  • moogBREW Closes for January Friday 10 January 2020

    If you had visited before Xmas, you would have seen the new improved bar set-up and the covered decking area. This month they have further work planned, to create a second covered decking area that will be mostly enclosed and eventually include a wood-burning stove for winter comfort.

    The taproom will reopen on Saturday 1st February 2020 and alternate weekends for the rest of the year! Do check the website (www.moogbrew.co.uk) or social media for times, which may vary. February date & times are:

    - Sat 1st Feb, 2-6pm & Sun 2nd Feb, 2-5pm

    - Sat 15th Feb, 2-6pm & Sun 16th Feb, 2-5pm

    - Sat 29th Feb, 2-6pm

    On the beer front, they now have six keg-lines, so you can always expect a selection of the core-range favourites, plus some seasonal specials and one-offs. Some of the new beers brewed in 2019 became firm favourites and are likely to return and who is to say there will not be more new creations along the way?

    Oh and bottles are back! Expect to see the fridge stocked with a selection of moogBrew in bottle for you to take away, plus specially selected guest beers too.

  • A Years Review of The Swan, Clewer Sunday 5 January 2020

    OUR REVIEW OF 2019 ….

    What a year it has been at The Swan! So much has happened in 2019 that we thought that it was only right that we take a look back at the incredible amount that we have achieved and amazing community that we have become.

    JANUARY and FEBRUARY

    The year started with the great news on 10th January that contracts had been exchanged for the purchase of the pub!

    On 29th January we finally got the keys and on 2nd February we held the Ceremony of the Keys to celebrate. It was cold and snowy, but over 200 people came along to raise a toast to The Swan – the first time that the public had been able to access the premises in nearly 3 years.

    A week later, we held our first volunteer weekend and over 60 people turned out to help clear the site. There were plenty of surprises along the way, as we discovered everything from high heels to a (very old) joint of ham, but by the end of day two, the place was barely recognisable, with the old bar completely removed.

    MARCH and APRIL

    March was a month of demolition & stripping and clearing & sanding – plaster, wall paper, wire and woodwork, as the building was allowed to breathe again and we began to understand what was going to be needed to bring it back to life.

    But it wasn’t all work, as the end of March saw us party with The Skangsters at The Old Court, in aid of our refurbishment fund and in April, we held the first of our Sneaky Beak Barbeques.

    The community enjoyed a pint and a burger, a tour of the building to see progress so far and music from Mark and Sheridan. It was great to see the community support for the project growing.

    MAY and JUNE

    In May, work carried on apace, but The Swan also became a film set for a few days as Alish Castillo used the upstairs bedrooms to shoot her first short film, The Widow. Although the story is set in early 1950s Ireland, the bedrooms at The Swan provided the perfect film location. The film has now completed post-production and Ailish is now entering it into a number of prestigious film competitions.

    June was another busy month, with three more volunteer days (yes more stripping!) and our second Sneaky Beak Barbeque. In the bar, the new steel supports and the start of the new floor went in, whilst plaster boarding started in the School House.

    At the same time, the Friends of The Swan were out and about at The Swan Lifeline and Rotary Summer Fayre raising funds and awareness of the project

    JULY and AUGUST

    It took more volunteering days, finishing the bar floor, a lot of plaster boarding and late nights, but on 20th July, we unveiled our new sign and opened for the first time! Our bar was temporary and all seating was outside, but this was a major milestone for us.

    The first pint was served to Rene Lowe as our oldest customer at 97 years young! We have been open almost every day since.

    In August, we took advantage of the summer evenings to host a series of barbeques and a Bank Holiday Brunch. As you can see, Ian and Tony took their cooking responsibilities very seriously and the courtyard was packed every Saturday. Huge thanks to all of our chefs, volunteers and musicians, who made these events such a success.

    Work still continued inside though, with more plastering, painting in the main bar and preparation of exposed brickwork…. It was all starting to come together nicely!

    SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER

    As the nights drew in, we retreated into the bar, as with a lovely new floor now uncovered and the main bar fitted, we held our first Quiz Night with Quizmaster, Steve Long. An amazing 120 people participated, with not a spare seat to be found in the bar, School House or courtyard.

    We said a huge thank you to Alex Loveless who ran 50km of The Thames Path Challenge in aid of The Swan; held a clothes swap event and were a venue for the Windsor Fringe Arts Festival. The pub started to open in the day, the keg bridge went in and there was more painting, but most importantly, The Green Room Sixth Form students started lessons from the School House, achieving another of our major milestones.

    October started with us hosting an outside broadcast of The Phil Kennedy Show on Radio Berkshire, with Phil learning to pull his own pint! We had live music from Astronaught and ended the month with pumpkin carving and ghostly antics behind the bar on Halloween.

    There is no rest for the wicked though and work continued fitting the radiators, the dark green appeared on the walls and skirting and other finishing touches were added whilst progress was made on the office.

    NOVEMBER and DECEMBER

    In November, we held our first Macmillan Coffee morning and raised funds for Children in Need, as well as holding our first Bonfire Night with a barbeque, toffee apples, popcorn, sparklers and a roaring fire.

    November saw soffits and fascias fitted on the roof and a huge amount of rubble and debris cleared from the courtyard and stables.

    Crucially, our ‘last orders’ bell was fitted – many thanks to Colin (Jock) for the donation.

    December has been our busiest month to date, with Christmas Decoration making, Christmas Carols, Morris Dancing, a Christmas Quiz, Live music and the amazing Winter Fayre, organised by the Green Room students. Plus, the never to be forgotten staging of A Christmas Carol for the Windsor Living Advent Calendar!

    Work has still continued though, with vital repairs to the chimney stacks and stable roofs, plus preparation for the office and future major works in the kitchen. You may not always be able to see it, but there is always renovation work ongoing somewhere

    ROUNDUP

    2019 has been amazing, with equal amounts of hard work and fun. This is just a snapshot of everything that has happened at The Swan this year. You can see much more in the Renovation Diary and Events sections (past & future) of our website – you might even spot yourself in the photos.

    There is still a lot to do to continue the journey of our ugly duckling into The Swan we all know it can be, but we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our investors, supporters and customers. We hope to see you all later at The Swan to celebrate the New Year, but if not Will, Richard, The Bar Staff, The Friends of The Swan and The Green Room School wish everyone… A Happy New Year!

  • Windsor & Eton Brewery will open Second Pub. Tuesday 3 December 2019

    Windsor & Eton Brewery is set to open its second pub after securing a site in Surrey, The brewery, which was founded nine years ago, is understood to be reopening The Rose & Olive Branch in Virginia Water early next year after securing the site’s leasehold. The venture is set to have 40 covers inside and 60 more in its outside dining area and garden. It will be free of tie.

  • moogBREW reopens Monday 2 December 2019

    moogBREW a micro brewery, with a difference,

    The Taproom to re-open this weekend

    Great news! The taproom has been reconfigured and will be opening in December, as follows:

    - Sat 7th Dec - OPEN 2-6pm

    - Sun 8th Dec - OPEN 2-5pm

    - Sat 14th Dec - OPEN 2-6pm

    - Sun 15th Dec - CLOSED

    - Mon 16th to- Fri 20th - open by appointment for gift collections (see below)

    - Sat 21st Dec - OPEN 2-6pm

    - Sun 22nd Dec - OPEN 2-5pm

    The reconfigured taproom now features a 6-line tap wall, larger toilet & outdoor covered seating/standing area. The next phase of works in the New Year will create a second outdoor covered seating area. They look forward to seeing all of their guests again - they have missed you!

    TRANSPORT NEWS

    As residents of Dorney Reach will be all too aware, the Marsh Lane bridge over the M4 has been taken down, leaving Marsh Lane closed to the South of MoogBrew. The only route in by road currently is from the North (Bath Road). This will remain the case for 12 months! However, the Jubilee River car park on Marsh Lane has now reopened.

    There is more good news, from Sunday 15th December there will trains stopping at Taplow on Sundays from Reading or Paddington directions. Also, the cycle lane along the A4 is now open too, providing off road cycling from Maidenhead to Slough. We'd still recommend the Jubilee River path though, as it is so much more picturesque.

    The Address is: MoogBrew Meads End Ye Meads Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0DH http://www.moogbrew.co.uk/ or email ku.oc.werbgoom@ofni to join the mailing list.