It’s a day that beer fans have been waiting for – the release of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019.
The Good Beer Guide features the pubs across the UK which serve the best real ale.
It is compiled through independent judgement and recommendations, and every pub that appears has been visited regularly by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) members.
The 46th edition of the Good Beer Guide features 13 new breweries across the East Midlands region – including two in Leicestershire (Elmesthorpe Brewery Co and Mount Saint Bernard Abbey Brewery) and 97 new pub entries – 17 of which are in Leicestershire.
In total, Leicestershire has 65 pubs in the Guide, and 18 breweries.
Tom Stainer, chief communications officer at CAMRA says: “It’s fantastic to see the number of new pub entries in the Good Beer Guide 2019 and the continued growth in local brewing.
“We’ve seen such sweeping changes across the brewing and pub scene over the past year with brewing becoming more collaborative and socially-minded, and pubs continuing to diversify to cater for all tastes with the continued increase in micropubs, tap rooms and community-run pubs, each improving choice for drinkers.
“This is the 46th issue of the Guide – a book that has become an essential companion for those with a passion for real ale and discovering the best places to find it.”
Great pubs in Leicester
CAMRA is an independent organisation and all entries in the guide are free.
The Good Beer Guide 2019 is published today, September 13, and is available for £15.99 here.
Alternatively, discover all of the pubs listed, and more, with CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide app, available on both iOS and Android devices here.
County pubs that are in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for the first time
Tap at No.76, Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch
A Tollgate Brewery micropub, Tap at No.76 offers Tollgate Ashby Pale and six changing beers – a mixture of handpump and gravity dispensed.
The Birch Tree, Bardon Road, Bardon Hill
This Everards pub serves beers including Everards Tiger, Old Original, Morland Old Speckled Hen, and two changing beers, sourced locally.
Soar Bridge Inn, Bridge Street, Barrow upon Soar
The Soar Bridge Inn is an Everards pub, and serves Everards Tiger, Old Original and four changing beers – often Everards.
Dew Drop, Loughborough Road, Hathern
At this traditional pub, you can enjoy Greene King XX Mild, Abbot, and one changing beer.
Swan in the Rushes, The Rushes, Loughborough
This Castle Rock pub offers Castle Rock Sheriff’s Tipple, Harvest Pale, Elsie Mo, and six changing beers – often Castle Rock and Charnwood.
The Black Swan, Loughborough Road, Shepshed
At The Black Swan, you can enjoy Charnwood Vixen, Draught Bass, Greene King Abbot, and Timothy Taylor Landlord.
Three Crowns, Far Street, Wymeswold
The Three Crowns, the first pub from The Cat and Wickets Pub Company, serves Draught Bass, Sharp’s Doom Bar, and two changing beers – often Belvoir.
The Bell Inn, Main Street, Frisby on the Wreake
The Bell Inn offers Charnwood Vixen, Hancock’s HB, and one changing beer.
The Gas Tap, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray
Melton’s first micropub, The Gas Tap serves four changing beers, dispensed by gravity.
The Saddle, Main Street, Twyford
This community pub offers Grainstore Cooking, Greene King IPA, and two changing beers.
The Railway, Station Road, Countesthorpe
The Railway serves Draught Bass, Greene King Abbot, Marston’s Pedigree, and one changing beer.
The Pug and Greyhound, Great Glen
The Pug and Greyhound, a Pug Pubs venue, offers Sharp’s Doom Bar and three changing beers – including one from a local brewery.
Broood@VinQuatre, King Street, Leicester
Broood offers seven real ales and eight ciders, and runs quarterly beer festivals.
The Ale Stone, Aylestone Road, Leicester
Sister pub to the Blue Boar, the Ale Stone offers up to five real ales, plus four ciders and perries.
Syston District Social Club, High Street, Syston
The range of six beers here includes four regularly rotating guests, plus Bank’s Mild and Amber Ale. Beer festivals are held in February and June.
Real Ale Classroom, Station Road, Lutterworth
This micropub, established by two former teachers, offers a constantly changing line-up of ales, ciders and craft beers from renowned brewers.
The White Hart, Rugby Road, South Kilworth
The White Hart offers three changing beers, often from Langton Brewery.