'A Rural Lager Sojourn & more' - 2ND July
1.20pm - Bell, The Street, Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire, RG10 0JJ Closed 3pm then
4pm - Shurlock Inn, The Street, Shurlock Row, Berkshire, RG10 0PS
The Bell offered Œchsner Vier, a 4% ABV Pilsner, Rothaus Pils, a 5.1% Lager, Rothaus Hefeweizen, a Wheat Beer at 5.4%, and Rothaus Märzen (5.6%) amongst various real ales and ciders. It is both the Reading & mid-Berks CAMRA branch's Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year for 2020 (no awards having been made for 2021 - yet!).
The Shurlock Inn was formerly The White Hart prior to being rescued by a community buy-out. Now commercially-run, it had both a locale Rebellion (Marlow) beer for sale alongside an even-more-locale Stardust brewery (at White Waltham) beer on handpump plus a couple more changing ales. It also offered both the Stardust Saaz Pilsner (4.5%) and Windsor & Eton's Republika (4.8%).
Travel was aboard the 234 Thames Valley/Courteney bus from Frascati Way (Teapot Café), about ⅓ mile north of Maidenhead railway station for the 32-minute journey to Waltham St. Lawrence at 1245. To connect with this, the TfL train from London Paddington at 1143 (Ealing Broadway, 1151, Southall, 1157), arriving Maidenhead at 1224 was used by most. The return 234 bus departed from outside The Shurlock Inn at 1749 (The Bell at 1756) with the TfL London-bound train at 1835 used by the majority from Maidenhead.
Public Transport was required to the first and from the last venue with a walk (c. 1½ miles) between the two undertaken.
Proposed (short term):
'Specialist London Lager Microbreweries III' - July/August
Noon - Antwerp Arms, 168-70, Church Road, Tottenham, N17 8AS then
1.30pm - True Craft (ex-West Green Tavern), 68, West Green Road, South Tottenham, N15 5NR, then
3pm - Bohem Brewery Tap Room, Unit 5, Littleline House, 41-3, West Road, Northumberland Park, N17 0RE then
4.30pm - One Mile End Brewery Tap Room, Unit 2, Compass West Estate, 32, West Road, Northumberland Park, N17 0XL then
6pm - Redemption Brewery Tap Room, Unit 16, Compass West Estate, 32, West Road, Northumberland Park, N17 0XL Closes 7pm
(all taprooms are adjacent to each other, One Mile End moving into Redemption's premises when the latter relocated and Bohem moving nearby to create a venue adjacent to their resited brewery additional to that at Bowes Park.)
Proposed (medium term):
'Yet More SE London Micropubs' - August/September
Times may vary and venues (as well as date!) tbc but will probably include:
Proposed (long term):
'Pubs Reopening Social'
The Bolton (Pröflokaal Rembrandt Bar), 326, Earl's Court Road, Earl's Court, SW5 9QB - September/October
'CAMAL 35TH Anniversary Curry' & 'Annual General Meeting'
13TH November, 2021
1pm - The Regency Club, 19-21, Station Parade, Queensbury, Middlesex, HA8 5NR.
'Bill English Memorial Trip to Amsterdam & Antwerp (possibly including Ypres) - tba
Further details will be posted here shortly.
CAMAL badges should be worn by all participating members at every event.
^ Proof of CAMAL's mediæval origins!
You Have Not Missed (Cancelled):
Sunday, 22nd November
'Annual General Meeting'
1pm - The Bolton (Pröflokaal Rembrandt Bar), 326, Earl's Court Road, Earl's Court, SW5 9QB
Since London (and the rest of England) has again been placed under much more stringent conditions than were being imposed during early- or mid-November, this event has had to be cancelled on the date and at the time and venue given. It was to have been held in a responsible, socially-distanced, manner with the upstairs Rembrandt Sampling Room having been booked for our sole use that afternoon.
The landlord, Eric Bestebreur, had assured us that some interesting Dutch beers were to have been available.
As it does not currently appear possible to reschedule our AGM at the same - or any! - venue early this New Year, it can only be hoped that a resumption of other activities can be achieved after Easter 2021.
Card-carrying CAMAL members only please.