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Another excellent guide from CAMRA,
This review is from: Good Beer Guide 2012 (Paperback)CAMRA have excelled themselves again this year with their newest guide. Much like it's previous editions, this is great for those who find themselves in a new place and want to find out the gems - no matter what the location. Not only does this guide show the best city haunts, but highlights those beautiful thatched affairs in the countryside.
I can;t rave enough about the symbol usage. I know quickly which pubs are the cream f the crop if they have a cup symbol (meaning it's a CAMRA award winning (and therefore one of the best ale pubs in the country) pub), but also lets me know if the pub has a real fire or serves food. The descriptions are great as well - I've found many an excellent pub where I wouldn't have thought to look before based on the tempting promise of a riverside pub garden.
I'm big on local produce and the Good Beer Guide helps me to find pubs that are stocking local beer (funnily enough they have a symbol for that as well!)
As I've said many a time before, the Good Pub Guide is okay, but this is better. This guide focuses on great beer before it considers the pubs - something important to me. Not to mention the fact that each pub has been reviewed by a load of CAMRA volunteers. The GPG doesn't have the same depth of surveying! No where near!
Is it just me or despite the book having more pages, it's managed to be thinner this year?!! Magic paper perhaps!
This will continue to be my companion on those city breaks, country cycling day out and National Trust adventures - a pint is usually required after such a busy day!