Campaign for Real Ale

Gala Awards Night 2019

Saturday 26 October 2019

The Reading & Mid Berkshire Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) celebrated the best of the region’s pubs, beers and volunteers at their annual Gala Awards evening on 18th September at the Castle Tap, Reading.

This year’s gala awards had the following themes:

  • National awards
  • Pub awards (Pub of the Year and other specific pub awards)
  • Celebrating a number of long-standing branch volunteers
  • Champion Beers of the Reading Beer Festival 2019

Among the highlights;

The Nags Head in Reading celebrated another Pub of the Year win (as well as making the last 16 nationally of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year’ competition)

Seona MacKenzie, licensee of the Clifton Arms in Caversham, received a special award for long service (35 years)

Bingham’s Brewery basked in the glory of winning Gold in the ‘Specialty Beer’ category at the Great British Beer Festival, for their Vanilla Stout

Over 150 years of collective volunteering for the Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA branch was honoured, with special awards presented to Laurence Hansford, Dave McKerchar and John Dearing

Reading CAMRA branch Chair, James Moore, said;

“The Gala Awards evening is a brilliant opportunity for the local pub, beer and cider community to get together and celebrate the work they do in an industry that entails long hours and hard work to bring the best experience to the people of Reading. Having both a local brewery and pub receiving national recognition this year is fantastic and a real testament to the range and quality of pubs and brews produced locally.”

“I’m also especially proud that this year we focused on our volunteers, with some outstanding individuals being recognized for their years of dedication.”