A Whitchurch pub has achieved a runner up place in the Campaign for Real Ale competition to find the best pub in north Hampshire. From over 250 eligible pubs, the White Hart Hotel was only narrowly beaten in the final judging which is open to nearly 600 local CAMRA pub users.

Members could vote online, by post or at meetings throughout the area. The Arkells owned pub, run by Andy and Julie Moss was highlighted for its involvement in local community activities as well as the standard of service, fine atmosphere and of course the quality of its real ales.
The overall winner was the Plough at Little London, a small village pub just north of Basingstoke, which will now go into the Wessex Regional round of the competition.

New beers in town…
For the those who enjoy a traditional pint, two new real ales have this week arrived in Whitchurch, both with a ‘services’ theme.

At the White Hart:
The White Hart has just taken delivery of a limited edition special ale, Royal Bassett, a very tasty brew created by Arkells in recognition of Wootton Bassett being accorded Royal status. This marks the town’s efforts in commemorating those who have lost their lives for the country.

Royal Bassett, a new special ale at the Hart, raising funds for soldiers

At the Bell:
Meanwhile round at the Bell, Itchen Valley brewery’s Hampshire Tigers has now replaced the much enjoyed Russian Winter Stout. The beer is named after the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires) known as The Tigers. This is a tasty and strong bitter, to be fully savoured.

Real Ale – Raising funds for charities…
Drinking real ale at these two pubs also raises funds for charities!
For every pint of the Royal Bassett sold at the White Hart, Arkells will be making a donation to the ABF, The Soldiers Charity, which supports serving and retired soldiers and their families.

Seafarers Ale raises funds for a sailors charity at the Bell Inn

At the Bell, as well as the Hampshire Tigers, a regular offering is Fullers Seafarers Ale for which the brewery makes a donation to Seafarers UK, the leading maritime charity which supports sailors and their dependants.

Both these pubs are in the present edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, assuring a top quality pint!
Enjoy the beers and help good causes too!