Three cheers for pubs in Good Beer Guide

TWO popular pubs are raising a pint to celebrate after being named in CAMRA’s prestigious Good Beer Guide 2019.

The Puckersley Inn, on Narrowgate Brow straddling the Crompton and Royton border, is listed for a second year running in the 46th edition of the guide.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019

It is joined by The Waggon Inn, at Milnrow, and they are the only two from the area among 159 pubs listed as the best in Greater Manchester.

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide is the original independent guide to good beer and good pubs across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and offshore islands.

It is researched by independent volunteers and every pub, country inn, micropub or tap room featured is visited at least once for assessment.

This year’s edition includes 4,500 of the best real ale pubs, with 36 new pub entries and five new breweries across the Greater Manchester region.

The citation for The Puckersley Inn reads: “This welcoming JW Lees local is a detached, stone-fronted pub situated on the edge of the green belt, with panoramic views.

“The building has a traditional vault, a comfortable lounge and a dining extension where children are welcome. An excellent range of well-prepared meals is served lunchtimes and evenings.

“Cosy corners provide plenty of space to chat and chill out over a pint or two. A garden area is available for warmer weather.”

The citation for The Waggon Inn says: “Built in 1782, this place, locally known as the Back Waggon, still retains many original features including mullioned windows.

“An excellent food menu features daily specials, tapas and a Sunday roast, complemented by three beers from Marston’s, two of which change on a monthly basis.

“Awarded Marston’s National Pub of the Year in 2017, a warm welcome is always assured.”

CAMRA is a not-for-profit consumer group that has been operating since 1971, and their vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

Tom Stainer, Chief Communications Officer at CAMRA, 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.

“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.”

The Good Beer Guide 2019 is available to order in print for £15.99 at https://gbgshop.camra.org.uk or as a phone app: https://gbgapp.camra.org.uk

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