Guide’s report puts pubs on cloud nine

DRINKERS can rest assured pubs in our area are serving up some of the best real ale this country has to offer.

Nine pubs from Market Rasen and surrounding villages have made it into the 2012 Good Beer Guide.

The guide, published by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), includes Market Rasen’s Aston Arms, North Kelsey’s Butchers Arms, Keelby’s Nag’s Head, Swinhope’s Click ‘em Inn, Snitterby’s Royal Oak, Willingham by Stow’s Half Moon, Willoughton’s Stirrup Inn, Ludford’s White Hart Inn and Brigg’s Black Bull.

All pubs featured in the Good Beer Guide have been reviewed by CAMRA members.

Aston Arms landlord John Bradley was thrilled to be featured in guide the for the third year.

His pub was praised for being a popular pub having ‘a commanding position on the market square’.

Mr Bradley said: “We’ve been in the guide for three-years and we’re just pleased we’re recognised by members of CAMRA.

“We’ve continued to provide good quality real ale and have regular guest ales that customers keep coming back to try.

“Getting into the guide is something we always aim for.”

The Butchers Arms on Moat Lane in North Kelsey was commended for its rustic style and rotating guest beer.

Keelby’s Nag’s Head on Manor Street was described as a “two-roomed village pub where everyone is made welcome”.

The guide says it is one of the last few regional pubs with a regular mild.

Click ‘Em Inn near Binbrook, winner of CAMRA Country Pub of the Year in 2010, was recognised for its picturesque setting and changing range of guest beers alongside the house beer.

The Royal Oak, High Street, Snitterby was applauded by CAMRA reviewers for having up to eight real ales at any one time and serving guest ales from award winning breweries.

Since 1971 CAMRA has campaigned for real ale, pubs and drinkers’ rights. CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz said: “The choice and diversity of beer in Britain is literally staggering, and in reality, if one hardy soul was to attempt the challenge of sampling every beer produced in Britain, including seasonal offerings, you’re going to be looking at an estimated 25-year stretch.

“Such a range is exactly what discerning beer drinkers expect in the current climate, and in spite of economic difficulties and pub closures, Britain’s pioneering brewers are rising to the challenge.”