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

The Bridge Inn in Peebles has been named one of the best pubs in the UK

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The brewing and pub scene across Scotland 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.

It reports that across Scotland and Northern Ireland 18 new breweries have opened:

  1. Beer Story Brewing Co, Insch
  2. Big Fish Brewing Co, Stonehaven
  3. Bodachra Brewing Co, Potterton
  4. Reids Gold Brewery, Stonehaven
  5. StoatCraft Revolutionary Beers, Aberdeen
  6. Lowland Brewery, Lockerbie
  7. Mote & Bailey Brewery, Annan
  8. Faking Bad Brewery, Prestonpans
  9. Overtone Brewing Co, Glasgow
  10. Ride Brewing Co, Glasgow
  11. Glen Spean Brewing Co, Spean Bridge
  12. Knoydart Brewery Ltd, Knoydart
  13. Loomshed Brewery, Tarbert
  14. Coul Brewing Co, Glenrothes
  15. Ovenstone 109 Brewery, Ovenstone
  16. Seven Kings Brewery, Dunfermline
  17. Blunt Chisel Brewery, Blairadam
  18. Bun Dubh Brewery, Sandaig

In addition, the Bridge Inn in Peebles has been named one of the best pubs in the UK, making its way to the next stage of the competition in the nationwide search for CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

The Bridge Inn is a cheerful, welcoming, town-centre local which is also known as ‘the Trust’. The mosaic entrance floor shows it was once the Tweedside Inn. It has a bright, comfortable bar which is decorated with jugs, bottles, pictures of old Peebles and displays relating to outdoor pursuits. There is a cosy corner with a log burner and a small room to the rear. The sun trap patio overlooks the river and hills beyond.

It 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

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide is the original independent guide to good beer and good pubs. Now in its 47th edition, the fully revised and updated Guide recommends pubs in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and offshore islands that serve the best real ale. From country inns through micropubs and taprooms – if you love pubs, don’t leave home without the Good Beer Guide.

The Guide is researched by independent volunteers across the UK with every pub featured visited at least once for assessment. It is the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide, based on combined trade and direct sales.

The Good Beer Guide 2020 is published on Thursday, 12 September 2019 and is available to order at

Alternatively, discover all of the pubs listed, and more, with CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide app, available on both iOS and Android devices at

2020 Pubs New Pub Entries 2020 Breweries New Breweries
Aberdeen & Grampian 39 8 18 5
Argyll & The Isles 14 2 6 1
Ayrshire & Arran 21 5 2 0
Borders 18 7 7 0
Dumfries & Galloway 20 4 6 2
Edinburgh & The Lothians 45 13 21 1
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley 46 10 13 2
Highlands & The Western Isles 35 9 19 3
Kingdom of Fife 21 2 8 3
Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs 22 8 11 0
Northern Isles 8 1 3 0
Tayside 30 8 13 1
Total: 319 77 127 18



CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 191,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community

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