Fancy a pint? Britain’s best watering holes are listed in the Good Beer Guide 2014.
The book, which went on sale yesterday (Thursday), is written by the Campaign for Real Ale, known as CAMRA.
Several Chronicle Country pubs are listed in the guide, which is now into its 41st edition.
First up is Vicars Inn in Arlesey, which “offers well kept and competitively priced ales” and has a “cosy front bar” full of “friendly conversation.”
In Biggleswade the Golden Pheasant, Stratton House Hotel and the Wheatsheaf are all included. In the Golden Pheasant “customers enjoy excellent ales and partake in friendly banter and popular pub games evenings” while in Stratton House “the front bar is popular with all ages and provides comfortable seating with tables for bar meals.”
Under the listing for the Wheatsheaf the guide states: “The licensees have run this back-street pub for a quarter of a century and have received many awards for good cellarmanship from Greene King.”
The Five Bells in Cople is “a 17th century building with colour-washed rough cast walls over a timber frame, listed for its special architectural and historic interest.”
The March Hare in Dunton is listed as “a local Pub of the Year 2013 which plays a key role in village life and will soon open a community shop.”
The Thornton Arms in Everton is “a friendly three room village pub located next to the Greensand Ridge walk.”
Also included is the Anchor Inn in Great Barford. It is a “busy local inn next to the church, overlooking the River Great Ouse” which is popular with river users in summer.
The Engineers Arms in Henlow is a “friendly and well regarded pub with an ever changing range of beer styles.”
The Rising Sun in Potton and the Sir William Peel in Sandy are “popular open plan pubs.” The Brewery Tap in Shefford is “primarily a drinkers’ pub.”
The guide describes the Crown and Cushion in Great Gransden as a “picture-postcard village pub with a thatched roof and oak beams” which has live music and Indonesian cuisine.
Of The Chequers in Little Gransden the guide says: “The unspoilt middle bar with its wooden bench seating and roaring fire is a favourite spot to catch up on the local gossip.”
The Good Beer Guide 2014 has a recommended retail price of £15.99.