South Wales Echo - - FRONT PAGE - JOSHUA KNAPMAN Re­porter joshua.knapman@waleson­

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 gbg

The Four Elms in Roath has been in­cluded in the Good Beer Guide for the first time

The Black Cock Inn, Caer­philly

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