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Guild Member Profile


Simon Jenkins

Freelance writer
  • Full member
  • author
  • beer-writer
  • editor
  • event-spking
  • journalist
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • camra
  • national-union-of-journalists
  • beer
  • beer-travel
  • historical
  • travel-tourism

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For almost 30 years, Simon wrote the weekly Taverner beer and pub column for the Yorkshire Evening Post – and has written for numerous other publications including CAMRA’s Beer Magazine, the OnTrade Preview, the Oxford Mail and the New Statesman.

His first book, the Great Leeds Pub Crawl, is a guide to the best pubs of my home city, and was published in 2012, with an updated edition four years later. His second, the Yorkshire Beer Bible, chronicles the county’s vast array of breweries, and was published in 2017 with a second edition two years later. The first post-pandemic edition is due to be published in August 2023.

He now hosts beer and heritage walking tours of Leeds, and organises tasting events focussed on Yorkshire beers.

Simon is the proud winner of several guild awards over many years, including its highest accolade, Beer Writer of The Year, in 2011. “I suspect it may have been an administrative error,” he says.