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

The George & Dragon in Hudswell  has been named one of the best pubs in the UK

The local brewing and pub scene in Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire there are 24 new breweries:

  1. Bone Machine Brewing Co Ltd, Hull
  2. Raven Hill Brewery, Kilham
  3. Vittles & Co Brewing, Hull
  4. Wooly Butt Brew Shed Ltd, Hull
  5. Cold Bath Brewery, Harrogate
  6. Hops & Dots Brewery Co Ltd, Middlesbrough
  7. LAMB (Littondale Ale, Mild & Bitter), Litton
  8. 1086 Brewery, Doncaster
  9. Korruptd Brewery, Penistone
  10. Outhouse Brewing Ltd, Barnsley
  11. The Brewery of St Mars of the Desert, Sheffield
  12. Triple Point Brewing Ltd, Sheffield
  13. Vadum Brewery, Wath-upon-Dearne
  14. Whitefaced Ltd, Penistone
  15. Bone Idle Brewing Co, Idle
  16. Chevin Brew Co Ltd, Otley
  17. Cooper Hill Brewery, Leeds
  18. Darkland, Halifax
  19. Henry Smith Brewery, Pontefract
  20. Lazy Turtle Brewing Co, Hepworth
  21. Luddite Brewery Co, Horbury Junction
  22. Malt Brewhouse, Leeds
  23. Salt Beer Factory, Shipley
  24. Shadow Brewing Ltd, Otley

In addition, the George & Dragon in Hudswell has once again 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.

At the heart of the village, The George & Dragon is a homely multi-roomed country inn and former CAMRA National Pub of the Year for 2016. A pleasant walk from Richmond (if you don’t mind the 300+ steps!) brings you to the pub’s large beer terrace with fantastic panoramic views over the Swale valley. Rescued by the community in 2010 and refurbished, it boasts its own library, shop, allotments and other community facilities as well as food and drink.

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.”

Keven Keaveney, Regional Director adds: “Yorkshire’s beer scene continues to go from strength to strength with talented young brewers and brewsters taking the industry forward. We are very thankful that Yorkshire was a hub for innovation back in the 80s and 90s, with so many brewers choosing to start-up microbreweries and setting a high standard for real ale quality. Today, customers care about the provenance of the products they buy, which is why we work hard as a campaigning organisation to ensure local brewers continue to have access to sell their local beers in local pubs.”

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
Yorkshire (East) 43 9 17 4
Yorkshire (North) 149 42 53 3
Yorkshire (South) 79 16 41 7
Yorkshire (West) 131 29 83 10
Total: 402 96 194 24


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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