The Berkshire pubs named among the best in Good Beer Guide 2022

DOZENS of pubs across Berkshire have been named among the best in the country in an annual guide.

The Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) 2022 guide has been released and aims to encourage punters to support their local pubs and breweries following the coronavirus pandemic.

The guide, which surveys 4,500 pubs across the UK, is considered the definitive beer drinker’s guide to the very best pints in the most picturesque and friendly pubs.

Despite being hampered by lockdowns and restrictions in the early part of this year, thousands of independent volunteers have worked together to compile this year’s entries, helping to identify significant trends and themes locally and nationally.

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Their 49th guide has found the number of independent UK breweries has risen to 1,902 in 2021 from 1,816 in 2020 which is the highest number recorded in the guide since publication began in 1974.

CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said: “After the struggles of the past 18 months for the industry, it is great that the Good Beer Guide figures are showing the resilience of pubs and brewers in the face of strife – an increase in brewery numbers after they dipped last year for the first time, as well as more than 500 new pub entries.

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“This is great to see, especially coupled with the news from the Government’s latest Budget, including the announcement of a new, lower rate of duty for draught beer and cider.

“However, the industry is still vulnerable in the aftermath of Covid-19 lockdowns. Breweries still face issues around costs of goods, lack of business rate relief and silence from the government on Small Brewers’ Relief reform.

“We are calling on the government to make sur e the new draught duty rate applies to containers 20-litres and up so all our small and independent brewers can benefit.”

The pubs which feature on the list and where they are based in Berkshire include:

Bracknell Forest

Victoria Arms, Terrace Road North, Binfield, Bracknell RG42 5JA

Cannie Man, 2 Bywood, Bracknell RG12 7RF

Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell RG12 1BP

The White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield, Windsor SL4 4SE

Reading

Alehouse, 2 Broad St, Reading RG1 2BH

Allied Arms, 57 St Mary’s Butts, Reading RG1 2LG

The Butler, 85-91 Chatham St, Reading RG1 7DS

The Castle Tap, 120 Castle St, Reading RG1 7RJ

The Greyfriar, 53 Greyfriars Rd, Reading RG1 1PA

The Nag’s Head, 5 Russell St, Reading RG1 7XD

Park House (University of Reading), Whiteknights Campus, Reading RG6 6UA

The Retreat, 8 St John’s Street, Reading RG1 4EH

Three Guineas, 8 St John’s Street, Reading RG1 4EH

Weather Station, 19 Eldon Terrace, Reading RG1 4DX

The Fox and Hounds, 51 Gosbrook Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 8BN

The Griffin, 10 Church Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

West Berkshire

The Bell Inn, Bell Lane, Aldworth, Reading RG8 9SE

Hungerford Club, 3 The Croft, Hungerford RG17 0HY

John O’Gaunt, Bridge St, Hungerford RG17 0EG

The Catherine Wheel, Berkshire, 35 Cheap St, Newbury RG14 5DB

The Cow and Cask, 1 Inches Yard, Market St, Newbury RG14 5DP

The King Charles Tavern, 54 Cheap St, Newbury RG14 5BX

The Lion, 39 West St, Newbury RG14 1BD

The Lock, Stock and Barrel, 104 Northbrook St, Newbury RG14 1AA

The Great Shefford, Newbury Rd, Great Shefford, Hungerford RG17 7DS

The Wheatsheaf Inn, 15 Chapel St, Thatcham RG18 4JP

The Rowbarge, Station Rd, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5SH

Taproom and Kitchen at West Berkshire Brewery, The Old Dairy Frilsham Farm, Yattendon RG18 0XT

Wokingham

The Tally Ho, Fleet Hill, Eversley, Hook RG27 0RR

The Wheelwright’s Arms, Davis Way, Reading RG10 0TR

The Bull Inn, High Street, Sonning, Reading RG4 6UP

Wargrave and District Snooker Club, Woodclyffe Hostel, Church St, Wargrave, Reading RG10 8EP

The Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY

Oakingham Belle, Oak Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1LH

The Queen’s Head, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham RG40 1BP

The Ship Inn, 104 Peach St, Wokingham RG40 1XH

Windsor and Maidenhead

The Swan, 9 Mill Lane, Windsor SL4 5JG

George Inn, 77 High St, Eton, Windsor SL4 6AF

The Royal Oak, Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, Reading RG10 9YE

The Bear, 8-10 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1QJ

The Crauford Arms, 15 Gringer Hill, Maidenhead SL6 7LY

The Maiden’s Head, 34 High St, Maidenhead SL6 1QE

The Boundary Arms, 112 Pinkneys Rd, Maidenhead SL6 5DN

The Bell, The Street, Waltham St Lawrence, Reading RG10 0JJ

A Hoppy Place, 11 St. Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3BN

The Acre, Victoria St, Windsor SL4 1EN

The Carpenters Arms, 4 Market St, Windsor SL4 1PB

The Corner House, 22 Sheet St, Windsor SL4 1BG

Windsor and Eton Brewery Tap Room, 1-4 Vansittart Estate, Duke St, Windsor SL4 1SE

The Windsor Trooper, 97 St. Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3BZ

The Perserverance 2 High St, Wraysbury, Staines TW19 5DB

Slough

The Moon and the Spoon, 86-88 High Street, Slough SL1 1EL

The Barleycorn, 151 Lower Cippenham Lane, Slough SL1 5DS

The Good Beer Guide 2022 is now available from the CAMRA shop through this link and there is an updated app version available for download on both iOS and Android devices.

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