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London’s beer scene booming, according to the Good Beer Guide

The Hope in Carshalton, South London has been named one of the best pubs in the UK  

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The local brewing and pub scene in Greater London is booming, according to the Good Beer Guide 2020, CAMRA’s premier publication featuring the very best pubs to find a great pint in the UK.

There are 23 new breweries across London:

  1. Anomaly, Old Malden
  2. Battersea, SW11: Nine Elms
  3. Belrose, NW3: Belsize Park
  4. Br3wery, Clock House
  5. Brewhouse & Kitchen, E2: Hoxton
  6. Brithop, Belvedere
  7. Broken Drum, Upper Belvedere
  8. Dragonfly, W3: Acton
  9. Eel Pie, Twickenham
  10. German Kraft, SE1: Borough
  11. Goose Island, E1: Shoreditch
  12. Gravity Well, E10: Leyton
  13. Greenwich, SE10: Greenwich
  14. Hiver, SE1: Bermondsey
  15. Kentish Town, NW5: Kentish Town
  16. Little Creatures, N1: King’s Cross
  17. Mad Yank, Northwood Hills
  18. Mechanic, E1: Bethnal Green
  19. Mutineers, Bromley
  20. Ora, N17: Tottenham
  21. Perivale, Perivale
  22. Pinnora, Pinner
  23. Short Stack, E8: Hackney

The Hope in Carshalton, South London has been named one of the best pubs in the UK. Having won this year’s Greater London Pub of the Year award, it now makes its way to the next stage of the competition in the nationwide search for CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

The Hope is a real community pub run ‘by beer enthusiasts, for beer enthusiasts’, owned by a group of 46 of its customers. There are no fruit machines, TV or ‘muzak’, but there are five regularly changing guest beers supplemented by three regular cask ales. The pub also has Pubcat, in whose honour its Twitter feed is named – a stray that was adopted some years ago and is a well-known face in the pub.

The Hope will now compete in the next round of the competition, hoping to be named one of four finalists – and stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner, to be revealed in February 2020.

The Good Beer Guide, which reviews over 4,500 pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinkers’ guide to the very best pints in a variety of styles of pubs to suit individual tastes. Compiled by thousands of independent volunteers, it helps identify significant trends and themes locally and nationally.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s Chief Executive said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”


Discover all of the pubs listed, and more, with CAMRA’s new Good Beer Guide app, available on both iOS and Android device or visit the CAMRA shop for your copy: 

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About the Good Beer Guide


Greater London has 293 pub entries, a maximum quota that has not changed since 2004.  Of those this year, 61 did not feature in the previous edition and some of these appear in the Guide for the very first time.  Many more than 293 pubs will have been shortlisted and surveyed by volunteers from CAMRA’s 13 London branches before the final selection was made in February or March this year. It is salutary to find so many pubs competing for such recognition primarily for the quality of the beers they serve.

Greater London now also has 133 brewery entries in the Guide, which catalogues all known UK breweries at the June cut-off date for printing.  Some of the newly listed breweries are very small and most do not (yet) supply many pubs. Look out for their beers at local CAMRA festivals.

Greater London 2020 Pubs New Pub Entries 2020 Breweries New Breweries
293 61 133 23


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