Competition for entry into the best-selling guidebook, the Good Beer Guide, has been fierce with more pubs selling excellent traditional beers. The 45th edition which includes the best pubs in the UK as well as a comprehensive brewery section was published last week.
With limited space in the publication, only 9 pubs in the Whitchurch/Andover/Stockbridge area make the cut, and two of those are in Whitchurch, a town known for its good pubs and beers.
This year the selection went to The Prince Regent, a fine community pub on the edge of town, well known for good conversation and a traditional atmosphere.
Vicky Nicholls is the very friendly landlady, serving two well-kept cask beers, the award-winning Hop Back Summer Lightning, along with Young’s London Gold.
At the other end of town, Whitchurch Sports and Social Club gained a spot, usually with two or three real ales on the bar. St Austell Proper Job is a favourite along with changing brews from local brewery Red Cat, based in Winchester as well as other brewers recently including Bath Ales, Dartmoor and Goddards. Paul Driver who oversees the Club orders beers often selected by the customers – who have very discerning palates!
Selection is independent
Entry is gained solely by selection by members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Pubs are visited many times over the year before they reach the short list, with over 2000 beer quality recordings being made in the North Hampshire area alone over the last 12 months.
All Whitchurch pubs are all high quality
Whitchurch is renowned for its range excellent pubs which are all known for their fine ales and warm hospitality. The Guide can only list so many due to space limitations but all the town’s pubs can be seen on CAMRA’s dedicated webpages – WhatPub – a site also maintained by local volunteers.
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