Salisbury and South Wiltshire has 15 pubs in latest edition of the Good Beer Guide published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Votes were cast by Local CAMRA members with personal experience of pubs in the South Wiltshire area. Included is the Radnor Arms, Nunton, three miles south of Salisbury, for the first time.
Landlady Louise Penny was presented with her Good Beer Guide certificate by Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA, and Andrew Hesketh, branch secretary.
“I think it is very exciting and a great achievement,” said Louise. “It is hard work looking after these lovely ales; it takes a lot of time and effort.”
Louise took over the pub a year ago on behalf of licensee Jason Schinkel, who also has the Bat & Ball in Breamore, near Fordingbridge. Louise was already familiar with the Nunton pub as her father Richard was landlord from 1983 to 1999, so she had lived there as a child.
Another first-time entry is the New Inn, a traditional pub in New Street in the centre of Salisbury. Ian Turner said: “We are lucky to have so many good pubs in this area and inclusion in the Good Beer Guide is a tremendous accolade for the very best of them.”
Of the 130 pubs in the area covered by the local Branch of CAMRA branch eligible for inclusion in Britain’s premier guide to real ale, CAMRA members chose the top 15.
The full list is in the 2019 edition of the Good Beer Guide, on sale now. Cost is £11 to CAMRA members or £13 to non-members, plus postage and packing, from CAMRA at www.camra.org.uk/gbg
As well as 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in Great Britain, it includes a comprehensive breweries section.