The Guide, produced by the Campaign for Real Ale, is revised and updated each year and lists around 4,500 pubs (and some clubs) throughout the UK, providing details of details of food, opening hours, beer gardens, accommodation, transport links, pub history, disabled access and facilities for families.
There are also articles on pubs, beer and brewing, as well as beer festival listings from around the country.
The two selected for the latest edition are The White Hart Hotel and the Whitchurch Sports & Social Club.
Whitchurch pubs all serve good beer and many say ALL are worthy of listing (the author of this item thinks so anyway !!!).
The book’s entries are selected by members of the North Hampshire CAMRA group with an ongoing assessment system being used to help their decisions.
The White Hart Hotel provides beers from the Arkells’ brewery of Swindon and is managed by popular local couple Ian and Sharon. Three real ales are offered – 3Bs, Wiltshire Gold and a ‘seasonal’ or ‘special’. The latter is currently Moonlight, marking the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. They also serve two Arkell’s craft keg beers, the Mustang Black Keg Stout and the award winning Malthouse Craft Lager as well as several national brands.
The White Hart recently underwent a refurbishment and is well known for its Sunday Carveries, entertainment nights and community involvement.
The Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, although a members’ club, caters for and welcomes everyone. Real ales are very much selected through customer involvement with 2 to 3 always being on the bar. This week these were Red Cat Prowler, St Austell Proper Job, and Wadworth Horizon.
The Club, presently overseen by Paul Driver and a small committed team of helpers, is well known for a wide range of events from cabarets and concerts to parties and discos as well as being the home to the Bowls, Squash and Football Clubs. It also hosts the Longmeadow Café where hearty breakfasts are the order of the day.
Every pub in Whitchurch is a worthy entrant
With such good pubs in the town, Whitchurch has a good social culture. The excellent Prince Regent, Red House, Bell, Kings Arms, White Hart and Sports and Social Club are all essential parts of the town’s character and all the publicans who run them deserve much support.
The town website team raises a glass to them ALL.
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