Northcote Hotel, Southsea

PRIVILEGED The Northcote Hotel's landlord Barry Kewell
PRIVILEGED The Northcote Hotel's landlord Barry Kewell
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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.

VETERAN landlord Barry Kewell adds a new milestone to his career as his pub takes pride of place in the guide.

Barry, 62, from Kingston Road, Buckland, prides himself on the quality beer he serves at the Northcote Hotel, in Francis Avenue, Southsea.

He believes his success is down to the loyal customers who drink it and stand by him.

Barry, who has been in charge of the pub for 21 years, said: ‘Being placed in the guide is great for business .I’ve been selling ales for a long time now so I feel the achievement is well deserved.

‘It’s a privilege and I hope it gets the pub’s name out there to more people.’

The CAMRA guide describes the Hotel as ‘a spacious public bar’ which has a lounge decorated with old cinema icons including Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers.

Barry recently added Invincible ale to his bar. It is produced by Irving and Co Brewing, based in Walton Road, Portsmouth.

He said: ‘It’s a dark tipple that has gone down a storm with the locals. We’ve got a good nucleus of ale drinkers here. People love the new beer and it’s not affected the trade of our other ones either.’