Good Beer Guide 2013 success for Punch Taverns pubs

27/09/2012 07:09:35
Punch Taverns is celebrating a record number of pubs featuring in The UK’s best selling beer and pub guide - the Good Beer Guide 2013.

The Good Beer Guide features the best 4,500 real ale pubs from across the UK, with details of food, opening hours, beer gardens, accommodation, transport links, disabled access and family facilities.

The guide, which is updated by CAMRA’s 143,000 members, features 263 Punch pubs from across the UK, with 181 pubs making it into the guide for the second year or more.

Punch Buying Club director Andy Slee said he was delighted that so many Punch pubs had made it into the guide and were serving great beer in their community.

“It’s fantastic to see more and more Punch pubs featuring in the guide, especially as the pub numbers in our estate are decreasing,” he said.

“We share a common purpose with CAMRA as we are all committed to great cask ale being served in community pubs. We have worked very hard with our licensees to promote a wide range of high quality cask ales throughout the estate and this has been reflected in the great numbers in the Good Beer Guide.

“In the past 12 months we have seen even more pubs take advantage of our Finest Cask scheme – offering a massive range of beers on a regular rotation.

“Membership of our SIBA direct delivery scheme has continued to increase and more pubs than ever are taking advantage of the Punch funded Cask Marque accreditation as well as training on beer quality through our territory dispense managers. All of this is delivering real results for our pubs and their customers and I am delighted at the result.”

All of the pubs listed in the Guide will receive a point of sale kit and two free firkins of cask ale to promote their appearance in the guide and celebrate with customers.

One of the Punch Pubs listed in the guide is the Coach and Horses in Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, which has just undergone a significant investment.

Licensees Gill and Darren Harris said being featured in the Good Beer Guide was a real business driver for the pub.

“We are passionate about real ale with a regular rotation of four cask ales which we change regularly which really attracts a range of customers,” said Darren. “We have a loyalty card for all cask ale customers which is stamped every time they buy a pint of cask ale and I think having good quality cask ale really makes us stand out.

“It’s wonderful to have that quality acknowledged by being featured in the Good Beer Guide, particularly as the pubs are selected by CAMRA members.”

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