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The West Pennines beer scene booming, according to the Good Beer Guide

The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire has been named one of the best pubs in the UK

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The local brewing and pub scene across the West Pennines 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 West Pennines there are 11 new breweries:

  1. Langdale Brewing Co Ltd, Docker
  2. Logan Beck Brewing, Duddon Bridge
  3. Old Friends Brewery, Ulverston
  4. Old Vicarage Brewery, Walton
  5. Roa Island Brewing Co, Roa Island
  6. 4 Mice Brewery Ltd, Bolton-by-Bowland
  7. Accidental Brewery, Lancaster
  8. Clay Brew, Skelmersdale
  9. Horner Bros Brewery, Lancaster
  10. Q Brew Brewing Co, Carnforth
  11. Strata Brewing Co, Whitworth

In addition, the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire 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.

A former CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2014 and a recipient of many other local and national awards, this is an outstanding and recently renovated traditional pub set in a pretty Pendleside village that is deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike. Five constantly changing ales and one real cider are served and discounts are available for CAMRA members. Delicious home-cooked food is also served with many high quality specialised local dishes. There’s plenty of outdoor seating so you can watch the world go by in summer plus lovely open fires when the weather grows colder. The pub has a large car park and dogs on leads are welcome in the beer garden.

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 real ale 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

West Pennines 2020 Pubs New Pub Entries 2020 Breweries New Breweries
Cumbria 88 24 42 5
Lancashire 121 35 51 6
Isle of Man 28 7 4 0
Total: 237 66 97 11


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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