Launch of the Good Beer Guide 2018

Friday 15 September

12 Noon until 7pm 

No 1 Harbourside

Bristol, BS1 5UH

CAMRA will be launching the latest (and 45th) edition of its ever-popular Good Beer Guide (the only properly and independently researched guide to the best pubs for real ale and cider in the UK) in September. A huge amount of legwork and dedication is put in by unpaid volunteers across the country in making sure that the best ale pubs make it into this prestigious guide. 

The book aims to identify the best 4,500 pubs in Britain, including 63 chosen by our local Bristol & District branch (covering Bristol and parts of South Gloucestershire and North Somerset). Those 63 were the subject of many visits and much debate amongst local members over the last 12 months, and many more pubs were nominated than we have space for. Bristol in particular has seen a large increase in the number of quality beer outlets in recent years which means that some very good ones unfortunately had to be left out again. A place in the guide is much sought after by all licensees who are serious about keeping real ale, so commiserations to those pubs that are not included. It doesnít mean that you donít sell good quality beer, itís just that we are very restricted on the numbers of pubs that can be included.

Nobody who enjoys a quality pint of ale should be without this book Ė especially if you plan to travel around the UK on business or leisure. The guide will steer you towards the pubs with the best quality beer in that area, and you could always try other pubs nearby as well. The guide also makes an ideal Christmas or birthday present for anyone who enjoys a pint. Even if you bought the guide last year, the ever-changing pub industry means that a significant amount of it will now be out of date. In our own area around 25% of the pubs featured this year will be different from last year, and a similar story is likely to be true in most other areas too.

In addition the Good Beer Guide aims to list all known real ale breweries and their regular beers (many thousands). The majority of these will also have tasting notes supplied to steer you towards your style of beer Ė it can be bewildering to see a large bank of handpumps and have no idea which one is for you. This list also comes in handy at beer festivals or when buying beers in an off license or supermarket. There are also always numerous interesting beer-related articles to read.

The Good Beer Guide 2018 will be launched locally on Friday 15th September at the No. 1 Harbourside in central Bristol (BS1 5UH). The event will run from noon until 7pm and copies of the guide will be on hand to purchase. Last year we sold more than 80 copies on the day. No.1 Harbourside is a popular modern bar situated right on the waterfront on the covered walkway by Cascade Steps on the Centre. It is close to many bus stops and is also right next to a ferry stop, so you could catch a ferry to the pub from Temple Meads station! There are usually five cask ales available, usually from local breweries such as Arbor and Bristol Beer Factory, together with at least one traditional cider. Good quality food is also served until 3pm and again from 5pm, and there is outside seating at the front of the pub where you can sit and watch the boats whilst drinking your beer.

You can buy a copy of the Good Beer Guide from us at the launch, at a branch meeting or you can order one over the Internet from CAMRA by clicking HERE 


If you would like to assist us in our never ending quest to find the best real ale pubs, please come along to a branch meeting (see the Diary page for details). 


If you have any feedback about existing or potential Good Beer Guide pubs in our branch area you can email Martin Gray:


The selection process used by the branch to arrive at our Good Beer Guide entries is documented HERE