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Celebrating the launch of The Good Beer Guide 2024


To celebrate the publication of the 51st edition of The Good Beer Guide on 28 September 2023 many CAMRA branches are holding special events in pubs up and down the country.


If you are holding a special event you can enter it onto the CAMRA Events Page using the link below


With a mix of brewers, press, Iron Maiden fans and more, CAMRA celebrated the forthcoming release of The Good Beer Guide 2024 at Signature Brewery in Walthamstow. With Trooper on draught alongside some musically inspired beers, live music, a stand-up comedian and a beer writing expert Pete Brown, the event was a very positive one –  which could have been a little more popular if the heavens had not opened and drummed quite so loudly onto the tin roof!

Good beer Guide 1972

The Good Beer Guide 2024

The Good Beer Guide is the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide and it continues to represent the best of the best in the brewing and hospitality industry.

With 4500 pubs, bars, and clubs selected by unpaid volunteers up and down the country, this is the best guide for pubgoers interested in being served a good pint of real ale as well as those who wish to find a local near them that is welcoming and has many other benefits that may appeal.

Each entry contains a short description as well as details of regular beers that can be linked to the brewery section to discover local beers, as well as some treasured national favourites.

This guide is compiled by consumers for consumers and is the most independent and complete guide to find good beer.

Famous Five, Secret Seven, the gang is bigger than you think….

As well as the ‘Famous Five’ (Pubs who have been included in the Good Beer Guide since the first edition) there are a number of other pubs out there that are on a massive streak for inclusion in The Good Beer Guide.

The South Oxfordshire Branch of CAMRA is marking the publication of The Good Beer Guide 2024 with a special event and Award presentation to The Leathern Bottle pub in Lewknor, which has attained a remarkable 50 entries into the prestigious Good Beer Guide. This is no mean feat and has only been achieved by a handful of pubs across the country.

The Leathern Bottle is a Grade II-listed traditional country pub, spread over three rooms separated by a large open fireplace and the main bar area.  It has served consistently good cask ales from Brakspear over many years and also excellent home-cooked food, using locally sourced produce. The pub has been run by Les and Julie Gordon since 1998, with Julie’s father Mike, and Lesley, having previously run it since 1980. The pub has always offered a very warm welcome to all, whether locals or visitors from further afield, including walkers from the nearby Ridgeway.

Paul Dixon (Secretary South Oxon Branch), Julie and Les Gordon Licensees, The Leathern Bottle, Lewknor

Julie and Les Gordon with the previous licensees,
Mike (Julie’s father) and Lesley Fletcher.

We are excited to have an iconic cover design and a foreword by Bruce Dickinson.

© The Campaign for Real Ale – Bruce Dickinson at the Great British Beer Festival 2014

Bruce Dickinson

Lead singer - Iron Maiden

Paul Bruce Dickinson  is an English singer, songwriter, musician, airline pilot, entrepreneur, author, and broadcaster. He is best known for being the lead singer of Iron Maiden as well as being an avid drinker of real ale, so much so that his collaboration with Robinsons Brewery has produced one of the most iconic and well-known beers in the UK – Trooper.


Standard Edition

The Good Beer Guide 2024

RRP: £16.99

Member price £14.99

The standard edition of The Good Beer Guide 2024 will feature the iconic image of Eddie pulling a pint and the lettering from the world renowned band Iron Maiden.

‘Every beer has a story to tell, and every Pub ……well…if the walls could speak- what dramas have unfolded under the oak beamed roofs?

It is easy to forget that the roots of our Pub culture go back for centuries, and perhaps we have been guilty of taking them for granted.

This guide is a clarion call to get involved, to go local, to preserve humanity and courtesy in our Pubs, not have them turned into mere alcohol cash machines.’

Bruce Dickinson

Save £’s with the Privilege Club subscription

Subscribe to the Privilege Club and order the ‘Standard’ Edition or the ‘Alternative Edition’ for only £12 with free postage

As a Privilege Club subscriber, you also get delivery up to 2 weeks before release date!

As a Privilege Club member, you can also order multiple copies for friends and family.

Please note: The hardback edition is only available directly from the CAMRA shop for £25, and is not available as a Privilege club subscription –  this edition will be delivered on or around 28th September 2023.

***** – Cannot do without this book to find good pubs which serve the best beers. Updated annually. travelling? find the good pubs in the area. Hubby loves it and has had one annually . Tells you what the pubs serve and the style of the pub and facilities

Brigid – Amazon review


Arthur Chappell rated it

it was amazing

The beer drinker’s Bible, focused squarely on real ale establishments throughout Great Britain, town by town, county by county. This is a particularly important edition, 

Derbyshire Live

As I have no doubt said many times before, the Good Beer Guide is not perfect – no guide like it can be – and almost certainly there will be a pub or two within the pages of the new edition which will close before the book reaches its Christmas sales. But it remains the best of its type going and is genuinely independent. It also remains a beacon of some sort of normality.