NINE Isle of Wight pubs have been added to this year's Good Beer Guide.

Published annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the beer-lovers bible is aimed at discerning drinkers who appreciate a good pint in a proper pub.

The nine pubs added to the 2019 handbook are the Cowes Ale House, the Portland Inn, Gurnard, the Man in the Moon, Newport, Joe's Bar, Niton, the Railway, Ryde, the Highdown Inn and the Waterfront, Totland, and the Spyglass Inn and and the Volunteer, Ventnor.

The guide praises the views at the Waterfront, the character at the Spyglass and the old school atmosphere at the Volly, described as: "No chips, no children, no fruit machines — just a pure adult drinking house and one of the few places you can still play rings."

In total, 22 Isle of Wight pubs and three breweries — Goddards, Island Ales and Yates' — have made the grade.

They join 227 pubs and 70 breweries nationwide hailed by CAMRA members as the top spots for real ale aficionados.

CAMRA's chief communications officer Tom Stainer said: "It’s fantastic to see the number of new pub entries in the Good Beer Guide 2019 and the continued growth in local brewing.

"We’ve seen such sweeping changes across the brewing and pub scene over the past year with brewing becoming more collaborative and socially-minded, and pubs continuing to diversify to cater for all tastes with the continued increase in micropubs, tap rooms and community-run pubs, each improving choice for drinkers.

"This is the 46th issue of the guide – a book that has become an essential companion for those with a passion for real ale and discovering the best places to find it."