In response to the increasing popularity of real ale and locally-brewed beers in Newark, the area’s first ever Real Ale Guide has been published by Capital Media working with the Campaign for Real Ale.
The new guide – covering more than 80 local real ale pubs in Newark, Southwell and surrounding villages – went on sale the weekend of 25-27th May at Newark’s annual beer festival at Riverside Park,which attracted thousands of real ale lovers.
More than 2000 copies will be on sale in pubs, bookshops and online. It contains listings with pub information, opening times and the wide variety of real ales and ciders they offer to customers. It is the first local guide of its kind in the UK to be co-published by Capital Media along with the Campaign for Real Ale, the national organisation responsible for promoting real ale breweries and beers across the country.
Chairman of the Newark branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, Tom Carrington, said: “Real ale is increasing in popularity all the time and this new guide will give a much-needed boost to some excellent local pubs we have in the local area.”
Capital Media already produce several CAMRA magazines and festival programmes,including in Berkshire and the north of England.
Stuart Graham, Managing Director of Capital Media, said: “In the last few years, real ale has increased considerably in popularity in Newark and our aim is to try and build on that success and promote local pubs, which are undoubtedly some of the best in the
“Our aim is to put local pubs and breweries on the map nationally, and with the town hosting the first ever jointly published guide, many other branches in the UK will soon work with Capital Media to achieve the same outcome.”
The 80-page guide has also been backed by Newark publicans, hopeful it will get more people introduced to the huge variety of beers available in many pubs and bars – and provide a boost to the traditional local British pub.
Ms Hel Tensfeldt and Mr Wayne Carter, managers of The Castle pub on Castle Gate,Newark, welcomed the guide. Ms Tensfeldt said: “We’re so happy to see this guide published as it will undoubtedly raise the profile of real ale in general, and also hopefully boost tourism in Newark too.
“People often visit us because we’re in the national guide, so a local one like this featuring all the pubs is great news for the area as a whole. I would urge everyone to buy it. We’ll certainly be stocking it here.”
The guide will be available in many Newark pubs, some bookstores including Stray’s Books and WHSmith, and also online at www.pubsinnewark.com, priced at £4.