Whitchurch has a very strong public house culture and it is not surprising that local pubs feature in the prestigious Good Beer Guide.
Today sees the publication of the 41st edition of the guidebook produced by the Campaign for Real Ale and three of the town’s pubs have been selected for inclusion.
The Whitchurch entries
The White Hart Hotel, the Bell Inn and the Prince Regent have all reached the book’s pages, all selected for the consistent quality of their real ales.
Entries to the guide are selected after visits and tastings by volunteer CAMRA members who cover the north Hampshire area, and with limited space only the very best make the final cut. There are many other excellent pubs that could also be included if page numbers permitted.
The best selling guide is wholly independent. Roger Protz, editor of the guide explains:
“The Good Beer Guide 2014 is the most up to date guide to the best real ale pubs in the UK and is compiled solely through recommendations and independent judgement.
Unlike other guides which charge pubs to feature, the Good Beer Guide lists pubs on their merit alone and doesn’t charge any pub or brewery for entry in the guide. If you’re a lover of real ale and want to know where the best places in the UK to drink are, then the Good Beer Guide is an invaluable resource.”
Local members are presently looking to possibly create a new area based on the Test Valley area, including Whitchurch, to assist with the selection of entries, help choose a pub of the year for the area and to support local campaigning in keeping pubs open – and to enjoy some ales of course in good social company.
Wessex volunteer Regional Director for CAMRA, John Buckley who lives in Whitchurch, is concerned at the numbers of pubs struggling and closing due to pressures on hard-working licensees. He says:
“the Good Beer Guide is one very positive way CAMRA supports pubs, but lobbying for changes in planning laws, and listing pubs as Assets of Community Value are just as important, and of course the social side of enjoying a good pint of real ale from a local brewery is part of our country’s heritage”.
If anyone would like to be involved, or would like to know how they can help select entries for the next edition please email: CAMRA
To obtain the guide…
Copies of the book can be purchased from good bookshops or online: HERE