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Reading Ale Trail 2024 Launches Saturday

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CAMRA’s ever-popular Reading and Mid Berkshire ale trail for 2024 will be launched at 12.30pm on Saturday 2 March at the Castle Tap, 120 Castle Street, Reading.

There are 23 pubs on the trail, in a mix of town centre, suburban and more rural locations.  The way it works is that people can pick up a booklet (from the Nags Head, Russell St, the Alehouse in Broad Street or the Fox & Hounds, Caversham) and then collect stickers as they visit each pub.

With a full set of 23 stickers, the booklet can be sent in to receive an exclusive T shirt. All completed entries are also automatically entered for a free draw where the prizes are boxes of beer and cider donated by local brewers and cider makers. Entry to the free draw is also available for completing 16 pubs. There are just over two months to enjoy the trail, and entries must be received by Sunday 12 May.

David Lawton, the Chair of the Reading and Mid Berkshire branch of CAMRA, said:

“The Ale Trail is always popular and it’s a brilliant way to encourage people to get out and about and visit the fantastic array of local pubs in and around Reading. This year’s Ale Trail is particularly special, as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the formation of the local CAMRA branch, so we are really celebrating!

There are 14 new pubs on the Trail this year with a couple of brand new entries in the Spread Eagle and the Narrowboat. We also welcome back pubs we have not seen in a long while such as the Castle in Hurst, Elephant in Pangbourne and Greyhound in Tidmarsh. This year’s guest pub from outside our branch is the Rifle Volunteer in Emmbrook We are sure all will be making a positive impression.

The pubs on the trail have been chosen because they sell good quality real ale and some also stock real cider, so it should be great fun visiting them all and choosing your favourite.”

The Trail will be officially launched by local CAMRA members at the Castle Tap. All are welcome to attend to meet the organisers, pick up their booklet and collect their first sticker of the trail!

Reading Ale Trail 2024 Participating Pubs

1)      Greyfriar (Reading)

2)      Alehouse (Reading)

3)      Allied Arms (Reading)

4)      Hop Leaf (Reading)

5)      Nags Head (Reading)

6)      Castle Tap (Reading)

7)      Forester’s Arms (Reading)

8)      Spread Eagle (Reading)

9)      Griffin (Caversham)

10)   Black Horse (Emmer Green)

11)   Fox and Hounds (Caversham)

12)   Bell (Waltham St Lawrence)

13)   Narrowboat (Reading)

14)   Retreat (Reading)

15)   Park House (Reading)

16)   Seven Red Roses (Lower Earley)

17)   Good Companions (Woodley)

18)   Castle (Hurst)

19)   Green Man (Hurst)

20)   Rifle Volunteer (Emmbrook)

21)   Fox and Hounds (Tilehurst)

22)   Elephant (Pangbourne)

23)   Greyhound (Tidmarsh)