Sunday, 18 November 2018

Club wins ale award for seventh time

WARGRAVE and District Snooker Club has won an award for the seventh time in eight years.

WARGRAVE and District Snooker Club has won an award for the seventh time in eight years.

The private members’ club in Church Road won the Campaign for Real Ale’s regional club of the year for Reading and Mid-Berkshire.

It will now be in with a chance of taking the southern club of the year title, which it has done twice previously — in 2006 and 2009.

The club, which has more than 100 members, has thrived since being taken over by a committee of 10 members in 2001 following financial problems which almost led to its closure.

Bar manager Graham Alston said: “The club is run by committee members on a voluntary basis as we don’t make enough to hire a full-time barman. Our members today are a range of ages up to 80. They can request beers and there’s a comment book, so it’s all about what they want.

“We do all sorts of beers and clean the pipes after every barrel. This makes the beers all taste better and the members enjoy them more.”

Membership secretary John Scarrott said: “In the Fifties there was a working men’s club here with a snooker table but in its present guise the club has been up and running since the late Seventies.

“When the club was taken over by the committee we decided to promote good beer and the awards are on the back of that. We serve about 80 beers a year now.”

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