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  • Shrivenham Football Club Beer & Cider Festival - Beer & Cider List. Tuesday 27 February 2024

    Shrivenham Beer, Cider and Gin Festival

    Beer list for the festival:

  • Venue change for Branch Meeting Thursday 9 November 2023

    Please note next weeks branch meeting will be at the Kings Arms in Wantage as the The Crown in Marcham holds its quiz on Tuesdays.

    Branch Meeting - The Kings Arms, Wantage

  • Paul Hexter - 40 Years at the Royal Oak Wantage. Thursday 28 September 2023

    Dr Paul Hexter receiving his special award , for 40 Years at the Royal Oak . What an amazing achievement

    Note there were three special beers available.

    Broadtown as per pump clip.

    Butts Hexed Jester 3.5 abv & Andwell Springs 40 Yearz 4.0 abv

    Dr Paul Hexter receiving his special award , for 40 Years at the Royal Oak. Dr Hexters Elixir Ale Dr Paul Hexter receiving his special award , for 40 Years at the Royal Oak.

  • Champion Beer of Britain Thursday 21 September 2023

    Please find attached memo about Champion Beer of Britain 2025 Nominations.

    Champion Beer of Britain

  • Visit to Electric Bear Brewery - 23rd Sep 2023 Thursday 13 July 2023

    Visit to Electric Bear Brewery in September, click the link for full details:

    Visit to Electric Bear Brewery

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  • The Central Southern Regional Pub of the Year - Final Tuesday 20 June 2023

    The Central Southern Regional (CSR) Pub of the Year (PotY) 2023 area winners have been announced and arrangements for the final round have been finalised. We would like as many members as possible to get involved so that the results are as fair and representative as possible. It's also a great opportunity to visit three of the very best pubs in Central Southern Region. If you'd like to participate in the judging, you must visit all three pubs listed below. Please note that scores are on a range of 0-10 and not 0-5 as for normal beer scoring. Please enter your beer scores via WhatPub or the GBG App - otherwise they will not be seen by that branch.

    The pubs to be judged are as follows:

    Bell, Aldworth (Berkshire area)
    Bird in Hand, Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire area)
    Butchers Arms, Balscote (Oxfordshire area)

    The process and rules can be found in the attached document (CSR PotY 2023 Process Final), as is the judging form in both Excel and PDF formats.

    I prefer that you submit your scores using the attached spreadsheet, but if you don't have Excel or the ability to open Excel spreadsheets, you may print off the attached PDF version, complete that and return either a scanned copy or a photo of it, as long as it's legible.

    Completed forms should be returned to me at ku.gro.armac.noxos@sbup by 11:59pm on Monday 24th July 2023. I have extracted some basic information about the three pubs from WhatPub, e.g. address, telephone number, website, Facebook, Twitter, opening times, meal times (where applicable), transport, and map in the attached "Central Southern Region PotY 2023 Final pubs - details from WhatPub" document.

    Cheers Bob Smith Oxfordshire Area Co-ordinator for Central Southern Region PotY 2023 The attachments are:

    CSR PotY 2023 Process Final (DOCX)
    CSR PotY 2023 Process Final (PDF)
    Regional PotY Final - Judging Form 2023 Oxfordshire branches (XLSX)
    Regional PotY Final - Judging Form 2023 Oxfordshire branches (PDF)
    Central Southern Region PotY 2023 Final pubs - details from WhatPub (DOCX)

  • Vibish Brewing Taproom Tuesday 16 May 2023

    Vibish Brewing Taproom and bar will finally be opening its doors to the public.

    Fridays (14:00/22:30) and Saturdays (13:00/22:30) to start this Friday

    Unit 95 BasePoint Business park (behind Kidzabout / the old Renault building) Rivermead SN5 7EX

    We will be serving fresh craft beer on draft, as well as stocking the bar with our favourite wine (Red/White/Rose), Gin, Whisky, Cider and Soft Drinks.

  • The Central Southern Regional Pub of the Year - Semi Final Wednesday 10 May 2023

    The Central Southern Regional Pub of the Year (PotY) winners for the four branches in Oxfordshire have been announced and arrangements for the Regional Semi-finals Round have been finalised. We would like as many members as possible to get involved so that the results are as fair and representative as possible. It's also a great opportunity to visit some of the very best pubs in Oxfordshire. If you'd like to participate in the judging, you must visit all four pubs listed below.

    The pubs to be judged are as follows:

    Butchers Arms, Balscote (North Oxfordshire)
    Broad Face, Abingdon (Oxford)
    George, Sutton Courtenay (South Oxfordshire)
    King's Arms, Wantage (White Horse)

    The process and rules can be found in the attached document as is the judging form in both Excel and PDF formats.

    It is preferred that you submit your scores using the attached spreadsheet, but if you don't have Excel, you may print off the attached PDF version, complete that and return either a scanned copy or a photo of it, as long as it's legible.

    Completed forms should be returned to me at ku.gro.armac.noxos@sbup by 11:59pm on Monday 5th June 2023. I have extracted some basic information about the four pubs from WhatPub, e.g. address, telephone number, website, opening times, meal times (where applicable), transport, and map in the attached "Oxfordshire PotY 2023 pubs - details from WhatPub" document.

    The semi-final rounds for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will be followed by the Central Southern Regional Round, where we'll be invited to judge the three finalists. Details will be announced as soon as the county results have been finalised. Cheers Bob Smith Area Co-ordinator for Oxfordshire PotY 2023

    Pub of the Year Process 2023
    Regional PotY Semi-finals - Oxfordshire Judging Form 2023

  • Faringdon Beer Festival - October 2023 Friday 17 March 2023

    After a 3 year break we’re back with the Bangers and Beer Festival on the 6th and 7th of October 2023 in the Corn Exchange Faringdon.

    The two-day event will feature local beers, complemented by local ciders from The Cotswold Cider Company and another opportunity to “Pimp Your Prosecco”.

    As well as the excellent drinks on offer, you will also be able to sample a range of locally produced sausages provided by highly acclaimed Pat Thomas Butchers based here in Faringdon. Veggie sausages will also be available.

    Throughout the festival, local bands will be performing and we are looking for local businesses to sponsor a barrel of beer.

    Entrance to the festival is free and there will also be an opportunity to purchase a Festival glass as a memento.

    All the proceeds will be used to support local activities to benefit the community, so please come along and enjoy the event.

    Our fb page is here https://www.facebook.com/FaringdonBeerSociety

    And website https://timcave.wixsite.com/bangersandbeer

    It's back after a 3 year break.
  • Planning application Blowing stone Friday 17 March 2023
  • Certificate Handover for The Bell Thursday 16 March 2023

    Regional Pub Of The Year 2022 certificate for the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence - Saturday 15th April.

    CAMRA - Regional Pub Of The Year 2022 certificate for the Bell

  • Old Town Beer & Cider Festival - May 2023 Tuesday 7 March 2023
  • Maidenhead Beer Festival - July 2023 Thursday 2 March 2023

    Full details here, July 7th and 8th 2023

    Maidenhead Beer Festival - July 2023

  • Shrivenham Beer Festival Saturday 25th Feb Thursday 9 February 2023

    Shrivenham Beer Festival Saturday 25th Feb - full details here

    Shrivenham Beer, Cider and Gin Festival

  • Wantage Beer and Cider Festival - not proceeding Wednesday 25 January 2023

    Following the second festival meeting, the committee regretfully have decided not to proceed with Wantage Beer and Cider festival .

    The main reasons for the cancellation is :-

    1. Loss of key active members since 2020 , three have passed away and several others have not renewed their membership . This has made it impossible to staff the festival.

    2. The venue has closed its on site café and would be unable to supply hot food and soft drinks and tea , coffee.

    Thank you for your support

    Best Regards

    Ian Winfield

    CAMRA White Horse Chair

  • Micropub/Brewery Tap Map Monday 23 January 2023

    Evening

    I am in the process of working on a Map of all Micropubs and Brewery Taps in the UK.

    Website Address is: https://micropubadventures.co.uk/micropub-map/

    Micropub/Brewery Tap Map .

    I was wondering if you would possibly be able to advertise it to your members, I have included details people can send in additions/changes. Hopefully manage to get the map fully up to date and keep it that way. Will be a great tool for people visiting them and planning trips.

    Thanks in Advance Scott Spencer/Micropub Adventures

  • Twyford Beer Festival 2023 Wednesday 9 November 2022

    Full details here

    Twyford Beer Festival 2023

  • Rare Beer Alert : Bathams Best Bitter on at The Greyhound - Letcombe Regis Wednesday 19 October 2022

    Just to let you know that the Bathams is on (at Greyhound Inn) and as you are aware it is very rare to see this beer outside the Black Country and I would appreciate if you could let anyone that’s interested in sampling this superb example of a typical Black Country Bitter it is a one-off!

    It has taken me a few years just get some as they only supply their pubs (12 including their brewery - The Vine called the Bull & Bladder) and is an 18g cask as they do not do 9g firkins! Connected this morning - had the first........!

    Thanks Jinks

  • White Horse Wanderer … new edition Wednesday 5 October 2022

    The latest edition of our newsletter White Horse Wanderer is available as a PDF file.

    The White Horse Wanderer - Autumn 2022 - Edition 2

  • Branch Meetings & Socials Friday 13 May 2022

    We have organised the following meetings for June, July and August. Why not join us and meet like minded beer enthusiasts for a pint and chat, the meetings are very social occasions. The meetings are being held at the following great real ale pubs in the branch area:

    14th June The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis 19.30 – This will be an opportunity to sample one of the last batches of Sheffield’s Kelham Island Brewery’s award winning Pale Rider as the brewery has now stopped brewing.

    12th July North Star, Steventon 19.30

    9th August The Plough, West Hanney 19.30

    We have also arranged the following socials:

    White Horse CAMRA Great British Beer Festival Social – 5th August. Meet at the Siren Craft Brew Bar at 2.00pm. CAMRA members get a reduced entrance fee of £18 but if we book tickets in groups of 5 this reduces to £16. Contact PR and Publicity Officer if you wish to join this offer.

    Swindon Old Town crawl – A Festival in a day! 17th September. Meet at the Drink Valley, Fleet Square, Swindon, SN1 1RQ at 12 mid-day for a tour of pubs and 2 brew pubs in the area lead by our branch Chair

  • Greyhound in Letcombe Regis is 2022 POTY Friday 25 March 2022

    We are delighted to announce that local branch members have voted the Greyhound in Letcombe Regis as the White Horse CAMRA 2022 pub of the year. This thriving village pub has an excellent reputation for the range and quality of its beers, as well as its food and accommodation. Congratulations to the Greyhound team.

    The King’s Arms in Wantage was runner up, the Royal Oak and Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage were the winner and runner up in the cider and perry category, while the King and Queen in Longot was our Country POTY.

  • Local publican wins CAMRA 50th Anniversary Golden Award Saturday 15 January 2022

    We are delighted to announce that Paul Hexter, landlord of the Royal Oak in Wantage, has been given a CAMRA 50th Anniversary Golden Award in recognition of his outstanding support and promotion of real ale and cider. As readers may recall, the Royal Oak has in the past been a recipient of the National CAMRA cider pub of the year, and a top four finalist in the National pub of the year competitions. The Oak is also regularly the White Horse Branch’s pub of the year. This is all down to Paul’s outstanding efforts to make the pub a place we all want to call our own. Well done Paul!

    Roy Bailey, cider producer and writer from our neighbouring West Berks branch, has also been given a Golden Award. Congratulations to Roy too.

  • The Radnor Arms – unique heritage pub reopens with a new vision Sunday 30 June 2019

    The Radnor Arms in Coleshill has been reopened by Simon Maddison. Simon took on the lead role to restore The Radnor Arms after it closed its doors in January. His aim was to raise funds with a consortium of close friends and additional funds though local crowdfunding. ‘Communities need these important social 3rd spaces’ he remarked, along with the village church and shop, school etc it’s what binds a community’.

    Fortunately for Simon, fellow Director and head chef Jack Richardson lives in the village and his mother farms the organic walled garden on the Coleshill Estate. ‘It’s a no-brainer that we should source our produce locally and support other artisan producers, including our ales and cider’ remarked Jack. ‘We have Cotswold Cider from the Village and ales from Cricklade’s Hop Kettle brewery and Barbus Barbus from Butts Brewery. As a freehouse we’ll be able to experiment with our ale choices, but using local smaller breweries fits with our sustainable supply chain vision.

    The National Trust village Coleshill has an incredible history and is a stunning model Victorian farming village and The Radnor Arms sits perfectly in the middle. With its unique setting, country Inn ale house interior, log fires and fine local ales , it really does make The Radnor Arms a perfect country pub.

    The pub officially opened for drinks and food on June 20th.

  • The Extraordinary Hare reopens Friday 8 March 2019

    We are delighted to report that the Extraordinary Hare in West Hendred has reopened after a five-year absence. The pub has had an extensive refit both inside and out, and now boasts a very impressive hare-shaped pub sign as well as an attractive modern interior and patio. There are three beer engines on the bar, the intention being to serve a variety of SIBA beers. An extensive food menu will be unveiled on Monday.

    We wish the new tenants all the best, and congratulate the local village campaign for the happy outcome.

  • Faringdon Bangers and Beer Festival, 28-29th September Saturday 1 September 2018

    The 4th Faringdon Bangers and Beer festival will take place on Friday the 28th (6-111PM) and Saturday the 29th (2-11PM) of September in the Corn Exchange. There will be 14 beers from at least 10 breweries (all bar 1 will be local), plus 3 local ciders and sausages from a local butcher. Entry is free.

  • West Hendred Not Just A Beer Festival, September 7th-8th Tuesday 28 August 2018

    The annual West Hendred Not Just A Beer Festival will take place in the Village Hall, on Friday 7th September 6pm–11pm and Saturday 8th September 11am–11pm. There will be fourteen real ales on offer plus six ciders and perries. Hog Roast and vegetarian food is available on Saturday afternoon, there will be music from local musicians and in general it will be ‘Fun for all the Family’.

  • Friends of the Hatchet evening, September 7th Sunday 26 August 2018

    The Friends of the Hatchet will be running the next in its regular series of pop-up pub nights in Childrey Village Hall on Friday, September 7th from 6PM. Three cask ales will be available, as will handmade, wood-fired pizzas.

    The Friends are a local group whose aim is to ensure that the Hatchet in Childrey, now closed for over two years, reopens. The pub is currently being offered to let.

  • WH Branch Pubs and Club of the year, 2018 Tuesday 20 March 2018

    We are delighted to announce that The Royal Oak, Wantage (Royal Oak), is the White Horse CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2018. The award is the result of a ballot of Branch members. The Shoulder Of Mutton (Shoulder of Mutton) in Wantage is our runner up, The Greyhound (Greyhound Inn) in Letcombe Regis is our Country Pub of the Year, and the Stanford-In-The-Vale Social Club (Stanford Social Club) is our Club of the Year. All concerned received certificates at a ceremony at last-week’s Wantage Beer Festival. Many congratulations to all concerned.

    The Royal Oak will now go forward to the Oxfordshire CAMRA competition.

  • Royal Oak 25 celebration Friday 22 December 2017

    White Horse CAMRA members gathered in the Royal Oak, Wantage, on Friday 15th December to celebrate the twenty-fifth consecutive year that the pub has appeared in the Good Beer Guide. Regional Director Carl Griffin presented a commemorative certificate to landlord Paul Hexter. Paul was also presented with the 2017 Southern Region Pub of the Year Runner up certificate.

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  • Adkin Brewery given Special Award Wednesday 19 July 2017

    On Saturday 15th July, Adkin Brewery of Wantage was presented a CAMRA Special Award by the White Horse Branch. The award is both to celebrate ten years of brewing in Wantage and to respect the brewery’s unfortunate recent decision to cease commercial brewing; new tax requirements have made it unviable for such a small enterprise. Adkin are, thankfully, still able to provide both cask and bottled beer for home consumption. See their web site for details.

  • Royal Oak is Oxfordshire CAMRA Pub Of The Year Tuesday 16 May 2017

    We are delighted to announce that the Royal Oak, Wantage, is the 2017 Oxfordshire CAMRA Pub Of The Year. The Royal Oak, a multi-time winner of the award, fought off tough competition from champion pubs from the other Oxfordshire branch regions, and now faces the Nag’s Head in Reading, and the Valliant Trooper in Aldbury for the Southern Region crown. Many congratulations to Paul Hexter and his team.

  • Wantage Beer Festival Helpers’ Trip Tuesday 16 May 2017

    This year’s festival helpers outing will take place on Saturday 9th September going to the very popular Vibrant Forest brewery near Lymington and followed by a crawl around the small town. For non workers at the Festival a fee of £10 will be accepted if any spare seats are available. Please contact us to check for availability of a seat.

    The schedule is: depart Shrivenham 09.30 . Faringdon 09.45, Wantage, the Beacon Centre 10.10, Steventon Village Hall 10.30, arrive Vibrant Forest, 12.15, depart for Lymington, 14:30, depart Lymington 16.30 and return home with a stop or two.

  • White Horse CAMRA pubs/club of the year Monday 27 March 2017

    We are delighted to announce that members of the White Horse branch have voted the Royal Oak, Wantage as both its pub of the year and its cider and perry pub of the year. As always, this was a fiercely-fought contest; the [[id=179496]], Wantage, was the runner up, and the Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis, was the deserved country pub of the year. For the first time, this year we also ran a club of the year contest, and the Stanford Social Club emerged victorious.

    Congratulations to all. Trophies and commemorative plaques were presented at the recent Wantage Beer Festival.

  • Another Vale pub bites the dust ? Monday 27 February 2017

    We are very sorry to report that the Hind's Head in Kingston Bagpuize has been sold to a national supermarket chain to be developed as convenience store. Planning application is currently being considered by White Horse District Council. CAMRA is opposed to the sale of any viable village local, and had made representations to the local parish council to list the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). Unfortunately inaction by the parish council seems likely to have deprived the village of yet another pub; the Lamb & Flag in nearby Longworth was closed and slated for redevelopment as a house at the end of last year.

  • CAMRA discount at the Eagle at Watchfield Wednesday 2 November 2016

    We are pleased to announce that The Eagle at Watchfield is now offering a 40 pence discount per pint of cask ale for all card-carrying CAMRA members.

  • Wantage Beer Festival 2017 Sunday 25 September 2016

    We are delighted to announce that the 7th Wantage Beer Festival will take place from 11AM until 11PM on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of March 2017 at the Beacon. As always we intend to provide 28 cask ales representing the best of those produced both locally and from afar, including a number of Festival Specials. In addition, we will offer four or so local ciders and perrys. We will update the festival page with more details as we get closer to the event.

  • White Horse Branch visit to Adkin Brewery Wednesday 22 June 2016

    White Horse Branch members recently enjoyed a splendid Saturday afternoon belated-Queen's-90th-birthday bash courtesy of the good citizens of Adkin Way in Wantage, and its most famous son, Shaun Cunningham, owner of Adkin Brewery. Shaun has been running a half-gallon nano brewery from a building close to his house for the past ten years. The current plant was installed in 2013, and with careful planning, Shaun can manage two brews a day. His beers are often to be found at local festivals, occasionally at pubs in the Vale, and by order---in both cask and bottled form---from the brewery. Shaun gave us an entertaining tour around the brewery. We all fitted in ... just; as the photograph illustrates, brewery space is tight, but perfectly manageable. For our visit, Shaun provided a lovely four-percent pale ale, Alfred's Citra, comprising malt from Warminster and flavoured with citra hops. We were all encouraged to "pour our own" from one of Shaun's beer engines, and with practice---and yes we did---we soon became experts. Shaun also opened a few bottles of his far-from-standard four-percent stout, a weaker cousin of his award-winning 5% JP Stout, for lovers of the dark stuff. Delicious food was kindly provided by the local community, and we were made to feel most welcome.

    Pictured here (left to right) are Nick Lowton, Nick Gould, Janine Lowton, Shaun Cunningham, Ian Winfield and Alan Durrance. .

    The Branch would like to thank Shaun very much for his invitation, his informative tour, and, last but not least, for his wonderful beer. Many thanks to Nick Lowton for the photographs.

  • Bellinger's Brewery online CAMRA discount Tuesday 7 June 2016

    We are please to announce that Bellinger's Brewery in Grove are now offering CAMRA members a 10% discount for online orders. See Bellinger's products page, and use the code "camra" on checkout.

  • CAMRA discount at the Volunteer in Grove Wednesday 18 May 2016

    The newly-reopened Volunteer in Grove is offering all card-carrying CAMRA members a very generous 10% discount on cask ales and 20% on food. Please present a current membership card when ordering.

  • Branch Trip to Stroud Brewery and beyond Thursday 14 April 2016

    Saturday 9th April 2016 saw a group from White Horse Branch head for Stroud, to visit Stroud Brewery and a few local pubs. On arrival at the brewery, only 1 min late on the itinerary, we were greeted by Greg Pilley, the owner and one of the brewers.

    Stroud Brewery

    Greg set the brewery up in May 2006 with a 5-barrel plant. The first brew was called Budding, named after Ernest Beard Budding who in 1830 produced the world’s first lawn mower on the site where Stroud brewery stands today. Due to the demand and the need to improve his own work-life balance, Greg took on his first member of staff in 2008, an Aussie with experience from Scottish and Newcastle. Also in 2008 the first bottle beers were released. By 2009, the 5-barrel plant was at capacity and Greg needed to upsize. Fortunately, larger premises next door to the existing brewery were available and with some support from the EU by way of a grant and help from friends, in 2011 the new 20-barrel brewery was ready to start production. Today Greg has 7 staff in his team who are brewing 3 times a week. An on-site bar is also open at weekends.

    Organic standards apply throughout the brewery, including locally-sourced malt and hops and as this year sees the 10th anniversary, new products are planned, including an unfiltered elderflower flavoured beer at 4.9% ABV, which will be the first to be sold in cans.

    Beers on the bar on the day were Budding Pale Ale 4.5% ABV, Redcoat Red Rye IPA 5.4% ABV, Big Cat Stout 4.5%, O.P.A. (Organic Pale Ale) 4.0% ABV and Tom Long Amber Bitter 3.8% ABV, all of which were greatly enjoyed by the Branch. As if things couldn’t get any better, Greg treated us to samples of bottled Gegarang Village Sumatran Coffee Ale 6.9% ABV, matured in oak whisky casks, which all agreed was sublime.

    In 2006 when Greg set up Stroud brewery, Gloucestershire had 12 breweries, today it has 36 and counting.

    A great day was had and we recommend a visit to the bar where 10% of the beer produced is sold . Live music is also on most weekends, check on the website: http://www.stroudbrewery.co.uk/

    Also worth a mention are the pubs we visited. The Crown & Sceptre, situated at 98, Horns Road, Stroud GL5 1EG. It is a gem, with local support and superb real ales. The Ale House, 9 John Street GL5 2HA, is a vast, modern revision of an old building with almost too comfortable arm chairs. A couple of miles out of town took us to The Woolpack in Slad, GL6 7QA, renowned for its views, its Uley and Stroud ales and its famous former regular, Laurie Lee. Finally, we came home via an old favourite, the Red Lion in Cricklade, home of Hop Kettle brewery. And so to bed.

    Crown and Sceptre

  • The Hatchet, Childrey Wednesday 13 April 2016

    We are sad to confirm that a former White Horse CAMRA pub of the year, the Hatchet in Childrey, has closed.

  • Latest pub news - Volunteer, Grove, & Hare, West Hendred Monday 4 April 2016

    The Volunteer at Grove is to re-open within the next couple of weeks. Although there will be an emphasis on food - a full time chef has been employed - cask beer will be sourced from Dayla, and dispensed via four beer engines; the initial offerings will include Adnams Broadside, Roosters Buckeye and Youngs Bitter, and local ale is certainly a possibility.

    Apart from a la carte meals, bar snacks will be available, including pies, fish and chips, sandwiches and baguettes at lunchtime. Meals will be served till around 9.30pm on weekdays and 10pm at weekends. We wish the new owner, Debbie Cox, all the best, and look forward to visiting soon.

    The Hare at West Hendred, also long closed, is being advertised as a going concern - http://www.starpubs.co.uk/pubs/hare-west-hendred Good news all round.

  • Barn Owl Brewery Wednesday 30 March 2016

    A new brewery, Barn Owl, has opened in our region. Barn Owl is located at Buildings Farm, Gozzards Ford and is owned by brewer Jerry Maclow. The brewery currently offers three beers, Gozzards Guzzler (4.4%), Golden Gozzard (4%) and Black Piet (5.2%), and these have been seen locally at both the Black Horse at Gozzards Ford and the Shoulder of Mutton in Wantage. We wish the new brewery every success.

  • Greyhound - Letcombe Regis Wednesday 25 November 2015

    The Greyhound in Letcombe Regis will be re-opening this Friday, 27th November, at 6PM after a lengthy closure. The pub is apparently tied to Marston's for one of its beers, but there are a further three pumps available.

  • Branch Meeting 17/11/2015 Wednesday 11 November 2015

    There will be a Branch Meeting at 7:45PM on Tuesday 17th November at the Blue Boar in Longworth. All most welcome.

  • Save the Hare in West Hendred Wednesday 3 September 2014

    The Hare, the only pub in the village of West Hendred, has closed and been put on the market by it’s owners, Greene King.

    A spokesman for the brewery stated the sale was part of the firm’s “strategy to reduce the size of its tenanted and leased estate”. Now a campaign has been mounted by the villagers to save the 200 year old pub and they are trying to raise the £425,000 needed to buy it.

    A community-run Free House in West Hendred

    They admit this will be a tough task but the village is determined to keep the pub and prevent change of use and possible development of the site. Their plan is to turn it into a community-run Free House by selling shares to raise the capital.

    If you would like to know more and are interested in helping to save The Hare, then please follow this link: http://www.savethehare.co.uk/

  • Oktoberfest in Wantage Monday 14 July 2014

    The Civic Hall, now The Beacon, will be holding their own Oktoberfest during the weekend of the 4th-5th October. Live music and ales will be on scale. Loose Cannon likely to be approached by the organisers to supply some of the beers. Too late to oppose this year but the Town and District councils are aware of the situation and there may be change of hire conditions allowing us to use the venue in 2015.

    To be continued.

  • The Horse and Jockey in Stanford in the Vale is Reopening Friday 14 March 2014

    Sadly on Saturday 6th July 2013 The Horse and jockey was hit by a terrible fire. The pub has been rebuilt and renovated over the past 9 months and can now announce that they will open their doors from 12pm on Monday 24th March. They will be serving food from Tuesday 25th March and are also having an opening party on Saturday 29th March. Why not pop in and sample one of their real ales.