There are a few surprises in the latest edition of the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide.
A big surprise is perhaps the dearth of pubs in Andover, with just one represented – the town’s one and only micropub, the Andover Tap.
Maybe the bigger surprise is the reduction in entries.
Previous entries have included the Town Mills, Redbridge, John Russell Fox and Angel. None have made the ‘cut’ for the 2022 edition which some call the ‘Beer Drinkers Bible’. It’s becoming a topic of conversation at the bar.
However, elsewhere around the area pubs selected include the Eagle Inn at Abbotts Ann, returning after being a surprise omission in 2021.
The Weyhill Fair, the George Inn at Vernham Dean and two pubs in Whitchurch are listed, the Kings Arms and the Prince Regent.
The Watership Down Inn also makes the pages, as does the Old House at Home in Overton while the area’s previous National Pub of the Year, the Wonston Arms is an entry that all beer drinkers must surely agree with.
New to the book is the Cricketers Inn at Longparish and further south the Abbots Mitre at Chilbolton is included while surprisingly Stockbridge has no listings at all. Further down the Test valley the Tally Ho at Broughton and the Old House at Home in Romsey are selections.
You will need to buy the book for the full descriptions.
Are there others that should have been included?
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CAMRA GOOD BEER GUIDE