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CAMRA London pub guide launched

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted July 02, 2015
CAMRA London pub guide launched
Got it covered: New CAMRA guide covers 250 London pubs and bars. © CAMRA

CAMRA publishes latest 'London's Best Beer Pubs & Bars' guide.

The UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has today (2/7/15) published the latest edition of its London's Best Beer Pubs & Bars guide.

The news, a press release states, follows the "huge growth in the number of microbreweries and a renewed interest in real ale" in the Great Wen.

"From railway arches, to the back of pizza restaurants, it seems that London has got the craft beer bug and new breweries are springing up across the capital at an alarming rate – with the number of breweries increasing five-fold in the last four years," CAMRA says.

Authored by "renowned beer and travel writer" Des de Moor1, London's Best Beer Pubs & Bars "is a fully up-to-date reflection of the growth of London's beer scene, including traditional pubs, specialist beer bars, bottle shops and much more".

"I feel privileged to find myself a chronicler of the London beer scene at one of the most exciting times in its history," de Moor says.

"Brewery numbers have more than quintupled since the last edition was published and the variety and quality of beer in pubs, bars and shops is now overwhelming."

"And brewers are now accessible in ways they never were before: the Saturday taproom was almost unknown four years ago but it's now an institution."

"Overall, it's the best time ever to enjoy beer in one of the world's great cities [after Plymouth], and I'm delighted to be able to help people share in that."

Priced £10.99 ($17) on the CAMRA online shop, the guide, the press release reveals, features 250 venue listings that include "a variety of real ale pubs, specialist beer bars, brewery taprooms and other outlets".

Fully illustrated "with great colour photographs", each listing contains "detailed information on opening hours, local landmarks and public transport links to make planning any excursion quick and easy".

Additionally, the guide also includes a comprehensive listing of London's numerous breweries.

So, if you're headin' up Lunnun and you fancy a pint, this could well be the book for you.

Admittedly, we here at the Rake & Herald haven't actually read a copy as we've only just now received the press release.

However, if it's anywhere near as good as the other CAMRA books and guides we have read, it should be a corker.

Or as the press release states: "There really has never been a better time to be a beer drinker in the capital and London's Best Beer Pubs & Bars ensures readers have all the information possible to get the most out of a buzzing beer scene."

So there.

But, if like me, you don't live in the 10-Handed Pickpocket, fear not because as you've probably noticed the beer scene is positively blooming outside the Big Sprawler as well.

Indeed, CAMRA reports that across the country as a whole real ale is "outperforming the rest of the beer market", with "thirsty drinkers in the UK now buying 634m pints of cask ale every year2".


Don't mind if I do.

Pint of Big Job, please.

See also Save our small cider makers!, posted 10/12/15.

Sandi Toxic
was raised by wolves inside a disused clay pit near Lanjeth. You can befriend her on FaceBook here. She is still quite feral.


1) Des de Moor, CAMRA says, "is a well-known beer writer and long-standing Londoner". As well as contributing to 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, he also compiles the UK listings for the Pocket Beer Book. On top of this, he has been writing regular bottled beer reviews for CAMRA's BEER magazine since 2002; has judged beer "all over the world"; and is a regular contributor to Craft Beer Rising magazine and numerous other publications.

2) In terms of volume growth, cask ale is outperforming the on-trade beer market by 4.5%, according to the Cask Report 2014, which can be freely downloaded as a PDF here.

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