Campaign for Real Ale

Reading CAMRA slam Cask Marque report

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Reading and Mid-Berkshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have today commented on the report from Cask Marque which reports that Reading has the worst pint in Britain. Commenting, Quinten Taylor, Vice-Chair said:

"Our main bugbears are that the data in this report is not (and cannot) be accurate of the pub trade in Reading as a whole, as they (and unfortunately GetReading) report as the figures are based on pubs who are members of Cask Marque (which is a pay-to-join body, £170+vat) and that Vianet (Brulines - one of whose business interests is the sale to pubs of beer line minute equipment) have a product to sell. So the Nag's Head, Castle Tap, Alehouse, Fox & Hounds, Retreat, Fisherman's Cottage and Allied Arms beers are not included in these figures as they see no need to pay to join Cask Marque when they can look after their beer just fine. So as a % of gross total of ales sold in RG1 and RG4 that's quite a significant amount of unrecorded, excellent quality beer!

"However that's not to dismiss the wider context of the report - that line cleaning and cellar quality are of utmost importance to all pubs and that by getting that right, pubs will serve better quality ales, get more customers and make more profit. We wholeheartedly agree with this and want all ale dispensed in Reading to be of the highest quality. Sadly that's been lost in the attempt of drumming up press.

"Anyone who drank ale in Reading 10 years back will to a body say that things have improved enormously and that we more than compete with similar-sized towns in the UK when it comes to choice and quality.

"An example of this is the Ale Trail which is organised by Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA - our yearly showcase of the established, the new and the changers in the Reading ale scene, which shows that far from being some sort of wasteland of grotty beer, Reading has a really good set of pubs serving excellent quality ale."

Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA hope that all press outlets and their readers will join with us in celebrating the great pub and beer scene we have in Reading to promote and be proud of what we have.