Local members of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) with personal experience of pubs in South Wiltshire have chosen 15 pubs in Salisbury and South Wiltshire for the latest edition of the Good Beer tomorrow, September 12. They include Deacons in Fisherton Street Salisbury – the first time for five years that it has been voted into the Good Beer Guide.

Landlord Dave Hancock was presented with his Good Beer Guide certificate by Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA.

“Our number one ambition was to get Deacons back into the Good Beer Guide after an absence of some years,” said Salisbury-born Dave, who took over the pub two years ago with his wife Aimee. “We are absolutely elated and I am pleased for the staff, the regulars and all the locals because without them we could not have achieved this.”

Deacons had been closed for six months when the Hancocks took it over. “We spent two months renovating it but we wanted to keep all its old character because it is one of the few genuine freehouses left in Salisbury,” said Dave. They introduced a good range of real ales to help bring back customers.

Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA, 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. Deacons is an excellent example of a really cracking good local.”

Altogether 130 pubs in the area covered by the Salisbury & South Wilts Branch of CAMRA were eligible for inclusion in Britain’s premier guide to real ale but CAMRA members chose only the top 15. The full list can be found in the 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide, on sale from September 12 at £15.99 plus postage and packing from CAMRA: www.camra.org.uk/gbg

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