NO NIGHTMARES ON ELM STREET FOR CITY PUB
NINE South Wales pubs can raise a glass today after being named among the new entries in the latest edition of a top industry guide.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has published its annual Good Beer Guide featuring 324 Welsh pubs – 70 of which are new to the 2018 edition.
Now in its 45th year, the guide recommends UK pubs that serve the best real ale, as well as highlighting the best breweries.
Among the South Wales pubs making it into the guide for the first time is Cardiff’s Four Elms, on Elm Street, Roath.
Gareth Morgan, 37, who runs the pub for JW Bassett Bars and Pubs Ltd, said: “This is the first time we’ve got in.
“It’s completely out of the blue – we were recommended by Camra drinkers.
“It shows we’re doing the right thing – the customers are happy, which is the main priority.”
The popular pub is praised for its large beer garden, its three changing beers “with the accent on smaller brewers” and its “lively bar with a pool table... and a quieter lounge area”.
Other new entries include: Ieuan ap Iago, Aberdare; Rhoswenallt Inn, Aberdare; Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly Mountain; Wheatsheaf Hotel, Llantrisant; Red Cow, Pontsticill; King’s Head, Bridgend; Cross Keys Inn, Dinas Powys; and Prince of Wales, Kenfig.
Meanwhile, the 20 new breweries from Wales added to the guide include Bang-On Brewery in Bridgend, Lines Brew Co in Caerphilly, Rumney’s RT Ales, Well Drawn Brewing Co in Caerphilly, and Cardiff breweries Roath Brewery and Beardface and Bines.
Roger Protz, the guide’s editor, said: “It’s fantastic to see a continued growth in local brewing.
“The first edition of the Good Beer Guide published 45 years ago was a call to arms for beer lovers at a time when the brewing industry was in dire trouble and the market flooded with tasteless, fizzy beer. “How the beer world has changed. “Today, in spite of closures, a growing number of pubs clamber to offer the best-possible range of real ales and we are still seeing remarkable growth in the brewing sector.”
The guide is researched by unpaid and independent volunteers across the UK with every pub featured in the guidebook visited at least once for assessment.
For more information, or to buy the guide, visit www.camra.org.uk/ gbg
The Four Elms in Roath has been included in the Good Beer Guide for the first time
The Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly