Twelve Thanet venues have made it into The Good Beer Guide 2022.
CAMRA Campaign for Real Ale) has published its 49th edition of the best-selling guide with contributors encouraging readers to support their local pubs and breweries in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some 159 pub listings have been recorded across the Kent area this year, with 18 newly listed in the Guide’s 2022 edition. There has also been a net increase in the numbers of breweries across the area (based on data collected up to the end of September 2021) while one brewery has closed, three new breweries are included.
For Thanet there is a good showing of a dozen pubs, both traditional and micro:
Old Bay Alehouse 137 Minnis Road, Birchington
White Swan, 17 Reading Street, Broadstairs
Banks Ale & Wine House, 244 Northdown Road, Cliftonville
Laughing Barrel, 35A Summerfield Road, Palm Bay
Fez, 40 High Street, Margate
Two Halves, 2 Marine Drive, Margate
Hair of the Dog, 73 High Street, Minster
Artillery Arms, 36 Westcliff Road, Ramsgate
Montefiore Arms, 1 Trinity Place, Ramsgate
Royal Victoria Pavilion, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate
Four Candles, 1 Sowell Street, St Peters
Bake & Alehouse, 21 St Mildred’s Road, Westgate
Nationally, the 2022 Guide has found the total number of independent UK breweries has risen to 1,902 in 2021 from 1,816 in 2020 – showing the highest number of breweries recorded in the Guide since publication began in 1974, and a national increase after recording the first decline in brewery numbers since 2008 in the previous edition.
However, while 138 breweries have opened this year and are newly listed in the Guide, 75 have closed, with other regions reporting higher or equal numbers of closures compared to new breweries.
CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: “After the struggles of the past 18 months for the industry, it is great that The Good Beer Guide figures are showing the resilience of pubs and brewers in the face of strife – a national increase in brewery numbers after they dipped last year for the first time, as well as over 500 new pub entries. This is great to see, especially coupled with the news from the Government’s latest Budget, including the announcement of a new, lower rate of duty for draught beer and cider.
“However, the industry is still vulnerable in the aftermath of COVID-19 lockdowns. Breweries still face issues around costs of goods, lack of business rate relief and silence from the Government on Small Brewers’ Relief reform. We are calling on the Government to make sure the new draught duty rate applies to containers 20L and up so that all our small and independent brewers can benefit.”
The foreword for this year’s edition of The Good Beer Guide was written by best-selling singer and owner of the Fox & Pheasant pub in Chelsea James Blunt, who has thrown his support behind the Great British pub and reflected on the industry’s struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Good Beer Guide 2022 is now available from the CAMRA shop at https://shop1.camra.org.uk/product/the-good-beer-guide-2022 and there is an updated app version available for download on both iOS and Android device. CAMRA members can order the guide at a reduced rate of £12 + p&p. You can become a member and help save pubs for just £28.50 a year by visiting https://join.camra.org.uk/