CAMRA releases Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs book

By | September 2, 2014

Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs Front Cover

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has launched the new edition of its guide to pubs with real historic significance in Yorkshire and Humber.

Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs was revealed to the world at the 300-year-old Whitelocks pub in Leeds at the end of August.

The book is a stunning full-colour guide to the pubs which still have interiors or internal features of historical significance.

This fully updated and re-launched revised edition builds on the success of the sell-out first edition (published in 2011) and is the only publication of its kind to cover the Yorkshire region.

Not only does the new guide aim to celebrate the heritage pubs that are open and trading but it also highlights the sad reality of how few are left and the threats they face.

The guide highlights a disastrous planning ‘loophole’ that allows many pubs to be turned into supermarkets or converted for other retail or office use without the need of planning permission. In telling the story of important pubs we have recently lost, Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs reflects on other major failings in our planning and heritage protection systems.

Editor Dave Gamston said: “We believe it will have wide appeal as an enjoyable and informative guidebook for locals and visitors to Yorkshire. At the same time we hope it will provide a serious working reference – and wake up call! – for the people and official bodies who control the destinies of Yorkshire’s pubs”

The new guide will be officially launched by Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West (and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group).

Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs features 119 pubs and provides informative text to highlight their significance, with full colour photographs in many cases.

Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs is available at Amazon priced £4.99.

The InnSpectre reviews…

The Ship and Shovell has an area called The Snug which consists of a table and two chairs at the top of a small staircase. It provides the ideal place for two lovers to gaze into each others’ eyes and have a blazing row in private – a point well worth remembering the next time you and the missus have one of those make-or-break chats.

The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge is surrounded by the beauty, peace and tranquility of the North Yorkshire Moors and this is what lures me back time after time. It’s where I come to escape the rat race and the wretched rodents who compete in it.

A young barman at the King’s Head in Deal came right over to me and played the spoons to an impressive standard before wowing his audience by drinking beer from his shoe. Once the applause died down the lad jumped on a table where he danced with a blonde female colleague.

The barman at the Windsor Castle in Clapham could barely take his eyes off television coverage of the horse racing and pulled my pint with about as much vim and vigour as a donkey being led to the glue factory.