Listening to the radio earlier I heard disappointing news that pubs continue to close, that’s sad as, particularly in rural communities, the pub is the heartbeat of the village.
However, we are blessed. Even with closures, you are never that far from a great pub serving thirst-quenching ales, providing you have The Good Beer Guide to hand.
If you’ve never come across the publication, and you like a pint, get your hands on a copy. The guide is now in its 44th edition and recommends pubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland plus off-shore islands which sell real ale.
The new edition – perhaps a good Christmas present – has more than 4,500 listings with full details about beer, food, pub gardens, accommodation, family facilities, disabled access, opening hours and transport links. What more do you want?
All pubs are tested and there are features on beer, pubs, brewing ( beer appreciation, beer styles, an explanation of how beer is brewed and a listing of CAMRA beer festivals). Consumer issues are covered in this guide which is independent and there is a unique breweries section listing all UK real-ale brewers including micro ones.
It retails at £15.99 and published by CAMRA books. Cheers.