Whitchurch has featured strongly in the latest edition of the prestigious Good Beer Guide, as befits a town that has so many good community pubs.

In the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide, an unprecedented four Whitchurch venues have reached the hallowed pages.
With the launch of the 2013 book, the White Hart and the Bell Inn, which were in last year’s edition, have been joined by the Prince Regent and the Whitchurch Sports and Social Club.

40th edition – independent
This issue is special too, as it is the 40th Anniversary edition produced by the Campaign for Real Ale. Each year it is fully revised and updated by local volunteer members, is completely independent and unlike many other guides there are no charges for entry.
North Hampshire CAMRA’s 600 members submit the entries in this area, choosing the best 24 from over 250 eligible pubs they cover, a task that requires several visits by different members to ensure high quality.
The 944 page book is available to purchase in bookshops and ONLINE and a mobile version is also published.

The Whitchurch Good Beer Guide entries: Click on pictures below to enlarge.

Paul McGarvey, Bell Inn

Emma Loving & Craig Roberts, White Hart

Victoria Jelley, Prince Regent

Roy Preston, Sports & Social Club

Supporting pubs and customers
As well as publishing the Good Beer Guide CAMRA is also campaigning to remove the Tax Escalator which has caused a 40% increase in beer prices since 2008. In the same time 4,500 pubs have closed and Whitchurch has seen some of these losses.

CAMRA’s e-petition reached over 100,000 signatures last week to become only the 12th out of over 16,000 petitions to have reached this landmark figure. This will hopefully now lead to a debate in Parliament and local members will be travelling to Westminster in December to lobby their MPs in a national effort to support the pub industry, which should also help all Whitchurch publicans.

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