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The South West’s beer scene is booming, according to the Good Beer Guide

The Tom Cobley in Spreyton, Devon has been named one of the best pubs in the UK

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The local brewing and pub scene in the South West 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 the South West there are 12 new breweries:

  1. Many Hands Brew Co, Dunkeswell
  2. Taw Valley Brewery PLC, North Tawton
  3. Topsham Brewery Ltd, Exeter
  4. Utopian Brewing, Bow
  5. Whyte Bar Brewing Co, Exeter
  6. Artisan Ales, Minchinhampton
  7. Big River Brew Co, Cirencester
  8. Fishponds Brewery, Bristol
  9. Inferno Brewery Ltd, Tewkesbury
  10. Masquerade Brewing Co, Bristol
  11. Bason Bridge Brewing, Bason Bridge
  12. Yonder Brewing & Blending, Binegar

In addition, the Tom Cobley in Spreyton, Devon 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 pub has won a multitude of CAMRA awards from local level right up to national Pub of the Year in 2006. They have a range of up to 10 West Country ales, some straight from the cask, plus about 12 real ciders and perries are on offer in this traditional 16th-century village pub. A wide range of bar snacks and an extensive menu is available lunchtimes and evenings. Darts, quizzes and social events are promoted and there are five ensuite guest rooms.

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


South West        
South West 2020 Pubs New Pub Entries 2020 Breweries New Breweries
Cornwall 62 13 30 0
Devon 125 31 57 5
Gloucestershire & Bristol 103 21 55 5
Somerset 102 26 26 2
Total: 392 91 168 12


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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