The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has just released the much-anticipated new edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs.
This book explores more than 260 pubs throughout the UK which have interiors of real historic significance – some of them stretching back a century or more.
The book has already sold more than 600 copies at the recent Great British Beer Festival (9-13 August 2016), and is predicted to sell out during the upcoming book signings in Birmingham and Sunderland – with more dates to be added to the book tour.
Author Geoff Brandwood said: “I’m delighted that the new edition of my book has already been doing so well. The detail involved and the hard work by many people in putting it together is incredible. CAMRA Books have produced a lovely looking volume which gives these wonderful pubs a platform to shine.”
This book and its regional companions in the heritage series are the result of 25 years of research by CAMRA to discover pubs that are either unaltered in 70 years or have features of truly national historic importance. Comprehensively revised from the 2013 edition, the book boasts updated information and more than 650 top-quality new photographs.
The book features award-winning pubs such as the Dun Cow in Sunderland (recipient of two CAMRA Pub Design awards in 2016), and the Station Buffet in Bridlington, one of only three working licensed railway buffets on the English national rail network to have survived largely intact from before the Second World War.
Among the 260 pubs, there are unspoilt country locals, Victorian drinking palaces and mighty roadhouses. The book has features describing how the pub developed, what’s distinctive about pubs in different parts of the country, how people a century ago could expect drinks to be served at their table, and how they used the pub for take-out sales in the pre-supermarket era.