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11th August 2017

Meet the author of CAMRA’s latest title, released at the Great British Beer Festival

CAMRA will be releasing its latest title, Real Heritage Pubs of the North West with an author signing at 4pm today at the Great British Beer Festival, taking place at Olympia London.

This title is the definitive new listing of pubs that have truly historic surviving interiors from the Cheshire plain to the Lake District. Among the 150 pubs listed include unspoilt country locals, Victorian drinking palaces and mighty roadhouses.

The book describes how the pub developed, what’s distinctive about pubs in the North West, how people a century ago could expect to be served drinks at their table, and how they used the pub for take-out sales in the pre-supermarket era.

This book and its regional companions in the heritage series are the result of 25 years of research by CAMRA to discover pubs that are either unaltered in 70 years or have features of truly national historic importance.

Architectural historian and author Geoff Brandwood, who has also authored Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs (2013), London Heritage Pubs (2008) and Licensed to Sell (2011) will be launching the book at the Festival and available for book signings on the Membership stand at 4pm.

Geoff Brandwood says: “I’ve been really impressed by the rich choice of heritage pubs in the North West. Having a drink in many of these is a great historic experience to be savoured and remembered. What’s more, there are various features special to pubs in the region which I have tried to bring out in the guide – distinctive layouts, interesting room names, and – a blast from the past – the survival of Victorian-style waiter service in a handful of Merseyside watering holes.”


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CAMRA’s press office – 02075986522/

About the Great British Beer Festival

A paradise for beer lovers, CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival is an event not to be missed with beers to suit all tastes and preferences. Make sure to work up a thirst before you arrive – this year the festival will be expanding its drinks offering of over 900 real ales and other craft beer, ciders and international beers to include for the first time fine English wine from some of the best wine producers in the country. Upon arrival you will have the chance to sample some fantastic London street food and listen to live bands in between the guzzling. If you are looking for some light entertainment, tutored beer tasting will allow you to not only sample a selection of beers but also learn how to best taste, appreciate and rate beers.

Beer lovers no longer need to wait 12 months for their next great beer festival – CAMRA will be introducing the Great British Beer Festival Winter shortly!



CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 188,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.