Campaign for Real Ale launches new book about historic pubs

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BEER campaigners have unveiled their latest edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs.

The book, released by the Campaign for Real Ale, explores more than 260 pubs throughout the UK which have real historic significance – some of them stretching back a century or more.

The book has already sold more than 600 copies at the recent Great British Beer Festival in London, and is predicted to sell out during upcoming book signings.

Author Geoff Brandwood said: ‘I’m delighted that the new edition of my book has already been doing so well.

‘The detail involved and the hard work by many people in putting it together is incredible. Camra books have produced a lovely-looking volume, which gives these wonderful pubs a platform to shine.’

The book and others in the series are the result of 25 years of research to discover pubs that are either unaltered in 70 years, or have features of national historic importance.

Comprehensively revised from the 2013 edition, it has updated information and more than 650 photographs.

It features award-winning pubs such as the Dun Cow in Sunderland and the Station Buffet in Bridlington, one of only three working licensed railway buffets on the English national rail network to have survived from before the Second World War.

Among the 260 pubs, there are country locals, ‘Victorian drinking palaces and mighty roadhouses’.

The book has features describing how the pub developed, what’s distinctive about them and how people a century ago could expect drinks to be served.