The CAMRA Good Beer Guide celebrates Manchester in milestone 50th edition

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) saluted Manchester's pub scene on their 50th anniversary

This year’s edition of the guide features a whopping 36 entries from Greater Manchester.

The Guide, which surveys 4,500 of the best pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinker’s guide to the very best pints in the most picturesque and friendly pubs.

The 50th anniversary edition features a new cover design by Neil Gower, a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (22 August 2022) and an introduction to each region by Laura Hadland – award-winning author of 50 Years of CAMRA. 

It brings together pub and brewery information for the first time, making it easier than ever before to find your next local brew 

Here are the pubs in Greater Manchester who have been featured this year:

Half Way House, Ashton – Tapsters, Ashton – Bull’s Head, Astley – Hope & Anchor, Bolton – Millstone, Bolton – Traveller’s Call, Bredbury – Crown Inn, Chadderton – Wobbly Stamp, Cheadle – John Millington, Cheadle Hulme – Fell, Chorlton – Swan Inn, Dobcross – Griffin, Heaton Mersey – 3 Drinks Behind, Hyde – Thomas Burke, Leigh – Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme – Ram’s Head, Lowton – Traveller’s Rest, Lowton – The Abel Heywood, Manchester – Crown & Kettle, Manchester – Molly House, Manchester – Vocation & Co, Manchester – Bevi, Marple – Monton Tap, Monton – Commercial Hotel, Mossley – Gillery, Mossley – Posthouse, Orrell – Stanley Arms, Patricroft – Keg, Cask & Bottle, Prestwich – Ostrich, Prestwich – Royal Oak, Prestwich – New Inn, Radcliffe -D’Ale House, Rochdale – Hoot, Standish – Nursery, Stockport – Prairie Schooner Taphouse, Urmston – Doc’s Alehouse, Wigan

The Abel Heywood, Manchester

The first edition in 1974 was just 96 pages in length and listed around 1,500 pubs with a brewery section covering just 105 brewing companies.

Today, the Good Beer Guide features 1,864 breweries across the nation. 

AMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said: “It is a huge achievement that we’re able to celebrate 50 years of publishing the Good Beer Guide, and a real testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, who undertake the assessments. 

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent on merit – not on payment. 

“The last few years have been an incredibly difficult time for the industry, and we need more support than ever before to keep our nation’s pubs open and thriving. I’d encourage everyone to use this year’s Guide to visit the very best pubs across the UK and support them for generations to come.” 

If you would like to purchase a copy of the guide, please click here.

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