Updated and completely revised each year by CAMRA’s 120,000 members, the 888-page independent guide lists more than 4,500 pubs and includes details of beers, food, opening hours, transport links, disabled access and family facilities.
There are features on pubs, beers and brewing and a unique brewery section listing all British real-ale breweries and their regular beers.
The Good Beer Guide 2011 can be purchased locally by calling 01256 892650 or online through GOOD BEER GUIDE 2011
THE BELL INN
The family-run Bell is arguably the town’s most traditional pub. With two contrasting bars, a selection of real ales from three breweries and a clientele that can draw you into any conversation, this pub just oozes character.
Paul and Jan have been here over 20 years, serving their unique brand of superb unpretentious hospitality, and maintaining a pub that is the quintessential local’s local, favoured by those seeking out our true pub heritage. From the pool and darts in the public bar to the library in the lounge and the Sunday afternoon music sessions, the pub caters for all.
THE WHITE HART HOTEL
Whitchurch’s second entry is the White Hart Hotel, very different to the Bell; owned by traditional family brewers Arkells and managed by Andy and Julie. This comfortable 15th-century coaching inn has become a centre for community involvement, from family painting competitions to fancy dress discos.
The letting rooms are popular and attract both tourist and business visitors from afar while the food has a reputation of good value. The pub was also the first to sponsor a submission into the Whitchurch Arts project with its two painted bollards. Local artists work also adorns the walls, really putting the Art into the Hart.
Beers naturally come from Arkells and as well as the regular 3Bs, the range varies to include such tasty ales as Organic Bees, Moonlight, Summer Ale and at Christmas, Noel Ale.
Whitchurch and its surrounding area, have many other fine pubs which are also worthy of visiting.
For local town pubs see:
WHITCHURCH PUB GUIDE
Locally, North Hampshire CAMRA has just over 600 members and runs a number of festivals as well as other campaigning activities. Its members select 24 Good Beer Guide entries from an eligible 280 pubs in its area, using quality reports submitted by local people and visitors from afar.
In addition it awards an annual Pub and Club of the Year Award and runs a social events each month, ranging from pub tours to brewery visits.
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