CAMRA announces 50th Anniversary pubs

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced its 5oth Anniversary Pub Awards.

The organisation was formed in 1971 when four enthusiasts who were opposed to the growing trend of mass production of beer met in a bar in Dunquin, Kerry, Ireland. The next year an AGM was held with interest growing rapidly and membership soon reaching 5,000 with marches, demonstrations and petitions being a major part of active campaigning.

It continued to grow as it campaigned to prevent brewery takeovers and to reduce the stranglehold big brewers had on the pub trade. At national level it became more active at government level and fought for fairer taxation, reduced duty and better conditions for breweries and publicans.
Local groups formed across the country and arranged beer festivals, published guides, ran ale trails and selected entries for its Good Beer Guide. At one point it exceeded 190,000 members, although that has begun to fall in recent times.

The 50th Anniversary Pub Awards are a part of recognising its long history.

Few will deny that the local public house is one of the country’s most important assets providing a social and economic benefit to local communities.
Two Hampshire pubs received awards – the Prince of Wales in Farnborough, and the Hole in the Wall in Portsmouth. Congratulations to them.

Regrettably there are none in our part of Hampshire.
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Full list of Pub Award winners (Hampshire recipients in bold)

✨Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire
✨Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk
✨Queen’s Head, Newton, Cambridgeshire
✨Red Lion, Preston, Hertfordshire
✨Royal Oak, Ockbrook, Derbyshire
✨Buckingham Arms, Westminster, London
✨Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Leyton, London
✨Star Tavern, Belgravia, London
✨The Crown, Horwich, Greater Manchester
✨The Berry, Walmer, Kent
✨Appleton Thorn Village Hall, Appleton Thorn, Cheshire
✨Borough Arms, Crewe, Cheshire
✨Roscoe Head, Liverpool, Merseyside
✨Steamboat, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
✨Weavers, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
✨British Lion, Devizes, Wiltshire
✨New Inn, Kilmington, Devon
✨Ye Olde Cider Bar, Newton Abbot, Devon
✨Barley Mow, Shepperton, Middlesex
✨Prince of Wales, Farnborough, Hampshire
✨Penrhyn Arms, Penrhynside, Conwy, Wales
✨Hole in the Wall, Portsmouth, Hampshire
✨Lamplighter, St Helier, Jersey
✨Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
✨All Nations, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire
✨Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire
✨Griffin Inn, Shustoke, Warwickshire
✨Sir Robert Peel, Tamworth, Staffordshire
✨Squirrel Inn, Rugby, Warwickshire
✨Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton, Lancashire
✨Corn Dolly, Bradford, West Yorkshire
✨Fighting Cock, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Happy Pint has asked the nearest CAMRA group (Basingstoke) if any local pubs were nominated and awaits a reply.

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