West Berkshire Branch of CAMRA


The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is an organisation dedicated to fighting for the preservation of traditional British beer and traditional British pubs. Once described as 'the most successful consumer pressure group in Western Europe', the Campaign was formed by 4 journalists in 1971 who were horrified at the declining quality of British beer.

By the end of summer 2014, the total membership of CAMRA topped 164,000 members. These members are located throughout the United Kingdom organised into more than 180 branches similar to West Berkshire CAMRA.

Click on the links to learn about our branch and its area, about the people who run it, about our meetings and events, and about the best pubs for real ale in West Berkshire. You will also be able to see an online version of our Branch Magazine, learn the latest news, nominate a pub for the Good Beer Guide, and join CAMRA.


Latest News

  • The Rising Sun, Stockcross, reopens.

    Dave and Chrissie running it as a freehouse. Until the end of May it is drinks only and then Chrissie plans to offer simple pub food like a Ploughman's Lunch. Dogs on leads are welcome. Please mention that you heard about the pub reopening via CAMRA when you visit.

  • Bladebone Inn, Chapel Row closes.

    On Sunday night [3 May 2015], Kiren from the Bladebone Inn, Chapel Row, tweeted: 'Thank you to every one who has supported us for the last 3.5 years. The bell is about to ring for the final time in 30 mins. Goodbye.x'

    No further information about the reason for Kiren leaving the Enterprise Inns pub has yet been made available.

  • Check out how to score your beer by mobile.
CAMRA Manifesto Support

With voters heading to the polls on 7th May, now is the perfect time to ensure pubs and real ale are priorities for the next Government. CAMRA has now launched its General Election campaign and has produced a Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale.

So far more than 570 candidates have pledged to:

  • Support well-run community pubs
  • Promote Britain's 1,300 breweries
  • Represent pub-goers and beer drinkers

CAMRA's goal is to improve on the 670 candidates who supported us before the 2010 General Election.

CAMRA's Head of Communications Tom Stainer said: "CAMRA now has around 170,000 members, more than many of the main political parties, so it's important politicians listen to and reflect the views of our members when it comes to real ale, real cider and perry and pubs. "Supporting pubs as vital community assets as well as ensuring Britain's brewing industry gets the support it deserves should be high on any prospective candidates list of priorities."

Please help support this campaign by:

  • Urging your Parliamentary Candidates to sign our pledges
  • Ask your Candidate to support CAMRA's Manifesto via our General Election website
  • Organise a meeting with your local candidates to discuss how they can support CAMRA's key campaigns
  • Attend Hustings events in your local area and ask questions about beer and pubs (for question suggestions contact campaigns@camra.org.uk)
  • Use social media to promote the campaign by tweeting @CAMRA_Official or using #ge2015
  • Share this campaign: Tell your friends and family all about how they can also get involved.
CAMRA Manifesto

Regional CAMRA Vacancies

  • Regional Secretary
  • Regional Cider Co-ordinator
  • Regional Public Transport Co-ordinator
  • Berkshire Area Organiser
  • Oxfordshire Area Organiser

If you are interested in these posts, please contact Nick Boley, Central Southern Regional Director, for further details:

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