Not much for the non-pub tourists in these Berkshire pub posts, but plenty for the traditionalist to enjoy.
My last Berkshire tick, so a chance for you to admire my neat pink highlighting. I hope you noted how BRAPA forgot to thank his specialist green marker manufacturer yesterday.
Binfield is worryingly close to Maidenhead, but the locals can’t run across the M4 so you’re probably safe. Don’t stray too close to Tickleback Row though.
The Binfield Club is a 3rd recent Guide entry for a village of 7,000. Nearby Amen Corner, famous for Tiger’s 3rd shot to the 10th in the ’99 Open, is visible from the pool room. Except when it’s dark, as it was when I visited.
This Amen Corner should NOT be confused with the ’60s band, who wrote “(if Paradise is) Half as Nice” about Barry Island, not Bracknell.
Us pub tickers have mixed feelings about Clubs in the Beer Guide. Architecturally predictable, always a frisson of excitement about getting allowed in or not (no-one asked for a CAMRA card here), and often seemingly in the Guide to reward the Bar Steward’s efforts to put on guest beers that no-one drinks.
No guest beer madness here.
Doom Bar, Courage, Wadworth 6X (in spotless branded glass) and an Adnams seasonal, a BBB heaven for you. Lovely staff too, noticeably not taking the mick out of me for being unable to tell the difference between the Orange and Red packets of Piper’s marvellous crisps.
I took the foaming pint for a tour of the club, a light and open place with cosy corners and dedicated games rooms. You’ve seen it a thousand times.
It was packed, full of village life including plenty of children and lots of laughter. It’s a pub, that’s what pubs are about.
I found a table with a Fosters beer mat, felt suddenly elated to hear “Norwegian Wood” on the Simon Mayo Show, and sniffed the 6X. You could smell the amber nectar; this was a marvellous pint of Waddies, easily NBSS 4.
The pint and Pipers cost £3.75. In Berkshire.
This is why South East Berks CAMRA deserve plaudits. Few other branches would pick a club for the Guide, particularly one with beers that folk have heard of. As always, quality first is the only way to go with GBG selection.
Bye bye till September, Berkshire.