Surrey Hants Borders

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


  • Villages in Loxley, Warwickshire due to buy their own pub Sunday 26 January 2020

    Last week BBC News reported that nearly 200 residents of Loxley have joined together to buy The Fox Inn - the village's only pub - amid fears it could be sold to developers and closed down. Like the White Lion in Aldershot pub was listed as an asset of community value (ACV) which gave the community the time to raise funds to place their own bid to buy the pub. Funds have been raised through the sale of community shares and a loan to make up the difference between the £250,000 raised and the agreed price.

    BBC News
    Fox at Loxley Action Group Facebook page
    The Fox page on the Loxley Village website

  • CAMRA encourages beer lovers to ‘tap into’ taprooms this Tryanuary Friday 17 January 2020

    The Campaign for Real Ale is encouraging beer lovers to ‘tap into’ brewery taprooms this Tryanuary with 14 recommendations from its members. Tryanuary is a nationwide campaign in which participants are encouraged to try new venues in order to help local businesses during what can be a challenging month for retailers. Taprooms can be a great place to sample the latest beers straight from the source, which is why CAMRA has put together a list of recommendations.

    The list is available on the CAMRA website:

    Details of two entries on the list that are close to the Surrey/Hants Borders area are reproduced below along with details of tap rooms that are in in the branch area.

    CAMRA National Director Ash Corbett-Collins said: “We’d like to encourage anyone who loves beer to support the industry this month. Tryanuary was launched in order to help offset what can be a difficult time for pubs and breweries, as people try to atone for overindulgence during the festive period.

    “January is a great time to sample new beers – particularly real ale – which is why we’ve put together this list of taprooms around the UK. Taprooms provide a unique experience, allowing you to try beers straight from the source, speak to brewers directly and find styles and flavours you love. We hope everyone can get involved.”

    The list forms part of the Love Pubs, Join CAMRA campaign which will see individual pub recommendations released each month to encourage more beer-drinkers and pub-goers to support the cause.

    Thames Side Brewery and Tap Room, Surrey – founded by CAMRA member Andy Hayward in 2015 in an old boatyard on the River Thames. The Taproom boasts a full view of the brewery in operation. Three core ales and a rotating real cider are on offer, with two additional ones when trade permits. The upstairs room and balcony overlook the river and historical Staines Bridge and are ideal for socials and meetings. A great addition to the local real ale scene, it is open Wednesday to Sunday.

    Redemption Tap Room, Greater London – opens on Saturdays when Tottenham Hotspur FC has a home game – 11th and 22nd in January 2020. It offers a good selection of keg and cask beers, including the award-winning Hopspur on cask and Solar on keg. Also, some of the best street food producers from across London are also on hand for a tasty pre-match meal!

    Ascot Brewing Company Tap Room - Tap Room for the Ascot Brewing Company. Opened in December 2019, with the brewery itself due to relocate to the site in March 2020. Opening hours are likely to vary until the tap is firmly established. A selection of beers in bottle and on draught from the core Ascot range, together with their Disruption is Brewing craft range are available. Also on sale are bottled beers from Belgium. No real ale yet. WhatPub entry

    Craft Brews @ Frensham Brewery - Frensham Brewery is open to the public 2 days a week. Beers can be purchased to take away or ordered by the pint to drink actually inside the brewery, as there is a full on licence. The aim is to always have 4 or 5 beers own beers on at any one time, there are also cider/perry in a box and other non-beer drinks. WhatPub entry

    Hogs Back Brewery Shop & Winter Bar - The Winter Bar opened in November 2019 following the successful Summer Bar in advance of a taproom in their new kiln next year, Ordering and beer collection takes place from a new counter in the shop. Drinkers sit on a selection of benches under a covered and heated canopy outside the brewery. Bottles purchased from the brewery shop can be sampled on site, with Hogs Back bottles attracting a premium to drink in. WhatPub entry.

    The Crown - Thurston’s brewery tap - A brewery tap in the traditional sense. The Crown is a welcoming two-bar community pub that happens to be the birthplace of Thurstons Brewery. Three beers from Thurstons and three other real ales are available at any one time. The Crown is CAMRA’s current Surrey Pub of the Year. WhatPub entry

  • Hogs Brewery Go TEA Total campaign Tuesday 31 December 2019

    Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham is running its 'Support Your Local, Go TEA Total' campaign during January. The campaign is designed to encourage more people to visit the pub for a sociable pint or two during the month, as a way of countering the January blues and supporting local pubs.

    The campaign also includes a competition to find the TEA Drinkers Pub of the Year and a 'TEA Total Thursdays' offering drinkers a round of beers and a brewery tour.

  • Branch Pub of the Year and Club of the Year Presentations 2019 Tuesday 21 May 2019

    Surrey Hants Borders Branch of CAMRA is delighted to announce the winners of our Pub, Cider Pub and Club of the Year competition.

    Branch Pub of the Year – Crown Horsell

    For the first time in a number of years Surrey Hants Borders Branch has a new Branch Pub of the Year.

    The top pub in 2019 is a first time winner of the award, the Crown, Horsell, serving up an excellent range of real ales including a good selection from Thurston's Brewery located just two doors down the High Street. The pub has been a long time supporter of quality real ales, having been a constant feature in CAMRAs Good Beer Guide since 2012. Three hand pumps are reserved for Thurstons, whilst the other three serve beers from other local breweries and a few from further afield.

    With over 200 pubs to choose from, it wasn't an easy task to pick a winner, but the Crown is a worthy winner. The award isn’t just about the excellent range of beers Antoinette and John sell, but also about their high quality as well as the warm and friendly atmosphere at the pub. At a time when some pubs are struggling to survive it's great to see a pub doing so well by concentrating on simple things such as great beer.

    The Branch will be presenting a certificate to mark the success on Thursday 27>th June at 8pm so why not come along and sample beers at the best pub in Surrey Hants Borders.

    Branch Club of the Year – Railway and Athletic Club, Woking

    Unlike the Crown, the Branch Club of the Year is no stranger to the top place as 2019 is the 5th successive year the club has won the award. This friendly and lively social club is tucked away near Victoria Arch, serving an ever-changing selection of ales, often from local breweries, normally three at a time. One side of the bar is sports orientated, with darts, (free to play) pool and Sky Sports, while the other side is quieter. CAMRA members are welcome at all times, simply show a CAMRA membership card or copy of the current Good Beer Guide, in which the Club is an entry. Alternatively come to our presentation evening at the Club which is taking place on Tuesday 25th June.

    Highly Commended Club – Guildford Hospitals' Social Club

    Whilst the Railway & Athletic Club may have won the Branch Club of the Year Award for a number of years, it was far from a foregone conclusion. In recognition of this we are also awarding to Highly Commended Certificates in recognition of other local clubs that are great supporters of real ale. The first of these is the Guildford Hospitals' Social Club which is the social club at the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford. The club is only available to the 900 staff and members of the Hospital Trust and not patients, although CAMRA members are welcome to visit for a drink. Our presentation of their certificate will be taking place at the CAMRA Branch Meeting being held at the Club on Wednesday 3rd July and again everyone is welcome

    Highly Commended Club – Elstead Royal British Legion Club

    Our second highly commended award has gone to the Elstead Royal British Legion Club.

    This club is housed in a wonderful timber-framed Grade II listed 16th century former farmhouse, in the village of Elstead. The club has a strong pubby feel and CAMRA Members are welcome to visit for a drink, where Sharps Doom Bar is supplemented by a couple of guest beers. We're aiming to presented the club with their certificate at our Branch Meeting Wednesday 4th September at 8pm

    Branch Cider & Perry Pub of the Year – Star Inn, Godalming.

    For the 7th time in succession the presentation to the Branch Cider Pub of the Year takes place on Tuesday 28th May at 8pm.  The Star, Godalming that shines as a beacon supporting real cider, when few other pubs in the area do, whilst still selling an excellent range of real ales too.

    However the Star is especially renowned for its selection of ciders and perries, with around six from an ever changing range, sourced by landlord, Andy Mounsey, directly from the National Cider Farm in Sussex. The Star usually stocks a draft mead and there is also a separate Stable Cider Bar in the garden which serves a different range of ciders together with a single real ale. This bar is open Thursday to Sunday.

    Branch PotY, CotY, CPotY winners for 2019, and details of forthcoming presentations.