Guide picks its favourite pubs

By Ross Findon

Sunday, October 7, 2012


PUBS across the Isle of Wight have been recognised in the latest CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

The 2013 guide, released earlier this month, has listed 22 Island pubs, but the selection process was not easy, according to the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA.

Brian Jacobs said: "Every pub in the guide has been individually surveyed by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers who turn out, often on cold winter evenings, to survey pubs, unpaid and unthanked.

"And don’t forget that for every pub in the guide there are another two that didn’t make it in to print, but still had to be surveyed.

"Every CAMRA branch has a limit on the number of entries for their area, the Isle of Wight for example can only nominate 22 pubs out of the 170 or so in the area.

"Because there are so many good pubs around it can be a very hard task to decide which go into the guide and which don’t.

"Often the winners are just a hair’s breadth ahead of the losers.

"It can be very uncomfortable to explain to a disappointed tenant or manager just why their pub didn’t make it in, because a guide entry is a coveted accolade.

"It is not just a pat on the back, it translates to hard cash over the bar."

Among those to feature in the guide this year was the Newport Ale House.

Landlady Debbie Ridett said: "It’s great. Now we’ve got to try to win pub of the year."

Wetherspoon’s Ryde pub S. Fowler and Co was also listed and manager Sharon Longley said: "Staff at the pub work hard to ensure all the real ales on offer are kept in first class condition at all times and the pub’s inclusion in the guide highlights this."


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