Eldon Arms, Southsea

GOOD JOB Landlord and landlady of the Eldon Arms Andy Smart and Nicola Day with her daughter Izzie Mills, centre
GOOD JOB Landlord and landlady of the Eldon Arms Andy Smart and Nicola Day with her daughter Izzie Mills, centre

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THIS year marks the 39th edition of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide, which is released today.

The independent guide features the best 4,500 real ale pubs and breweries across the country, according to CAMRA’s 130,000 national members.

Over the past 12 months beer tasters have visited pubs in the region to see if their beers are worthy of them being placed in the guide. Here five local pubs talk of their delight at being chosen.

NICOLA Day and Andy Smart say all their hard work has paid off after their pub was named in the Good Beer Guide.

The couple run the Eldon Arms, in Eldon Street, Southsea.

Nicola, 51, who took over the pub two years ago, said: ‘It’s a very nice mark of standard that shows we are doing our job properly.

‘It’s just about looking after the ale properly, and it’s a statement to people in the city that we keep our beer at the best possible standard.

‘You can’t have a decent pub if you don’t have the perfect pint ready for your customers.’

Nicola said the industry secret was to be aware that when barrels of cask ales arrive at the door, the brewing process isn’t complete.

She said: ‘You need to roll the barrel, get it on a stand and tap it to allow air in.

‘Then after 24 hours, the process of conditioning your ale is complete.’

The pub boasts a huge selection of ales.

They include London Pride, Doom Bar and a porter from Hampshire micro-brewery Bowman Ales.

Andy, 43, from Waterlooville, said: ‘We try to make our bar feel like a living room.

‘We want to treat people like they are guests in our own home.’