A number of pubs in LBO land have made it into CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2014.
Here are the watering holes and what the judges had to say about them.
Golden Bell – With its frontage dating from the 18th century and Grade II-listing, this lively and welcoming community local has a single bar with low-beamed ceilings and sofas at one end.”
Red Lion – An old-fashioned pub with old- fashioned values, the manager of 20 years offers a warm welcome. The main bar resembles a living room with comfy chairs, a large fish tank, TV and the pub’s dogs wandering around.
Swan Hotel –Originally a coaching inn dating from the 17th century, the building was tastefully renovated by Wetherspoon in 2011. With good-value food and 39 guest rooms, the Swan is busy and bustling for much of the week.
Heath & Reach:
Axe & Compass – Run by a resourceful new landlord since 2011, this village community pub is now flourishing. The real ale loyalty card is popular with regulars.
The public bar with its low-boarded ceiling is where you will find good conversation/traditional pub games.
Royal Oak Inn – A Grade II-listed, sixteenth-century half-thatched village inn with a lovely timbered interior.
Unicorn – Village free house in a quiet location, recently restored to provide first-class facilities in a 16th-century building.
A 16th-century village-centre free house with a comfortable public bar and restaurant.