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.
CLEANLINESS, well-served ale and a good atmosphere is why regulars say the Fountain Inn deserves its place in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Pictures of the pub, in London Road, North End, adorn the walls, and traditional features show this isn’t an everyday chain pub.
Regular punter Roger Bryant, 68, said: ‘It’s a beautiful pub, just look at how clean it is. I’ve been coming here for 10 years and for even longer on and off and it’s a lovely pub.
‘They serve HSB Fuller’s ale here and it’s always served perfectly.’
Barmaid Karen Goodacre, 48, said she was proud of the pub’s inclusion in this year’s guide, adding: ‘We’re very pleased to be in the guide. We’re an old, local, traditional pub. We’ve got lots of regulars and I drink here myself. I don’t go anywhere else. CAMRA’s beer tasters were won over by the pub’s Frigate and HSB ales. The guide describes it as ‘a large Grade-two listed pub handy for North End shops. The present building dates from around 1898.’