THE Good Beer Guide – the drinkers’ bible when it comes to pubs – features 20 in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire area.
Pubs were selected for the 2024 edition by local CAMRA members with personal experience of the venues.
They include The Bridge Inn in Upper Woodford, where landlady Lorna Janse van Vuuren was presented with the Good Beer Guide certificate by Chris White, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA.
“We are delighted to be voted into the Good Beer Guide for the first time since we took the pub over,” said Lorna.
“We work hard at keeping our beers well and people come in here and say that they can really taste the difference.”
Lorna and her husband, Tom, came to the Woodford Valley for a New Year’s Eve party in 1992.
They made friends there and continued to return from South Africa for holidays until they eventually made the decision to make the valley their permanent home.
Their daughter Emma was instrumental in the decision to take on The Bridge Inn in November 2019, as she had worked there in her gap year.
Chris White, chair 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 high praise for the very best of them.
“The Bridge Inn is a wonderful local with well-kept real ales and excellent food.”
The full list of South Wiltshire pubs which have been included can be found in the 2024 edition of the Good Beer Guide.
The cover design of this year’s guide features Eddie, the mascot of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, pulling a pint.
Eddie features because lead singer Bruce Dickinson, a real ale connoisseur, has written the foreword.
An alternative is available, with both costing £16.99 (£14.99 for CAMRA members) and can be ordered online at https://camra.org.uk/the-good-beer-guide-2024.