PUBS across Andover and the surrounding area are raising a glass to being included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) releases a yearly guide for the best places to drink and eat in the country.

Two town centre pubs were among those selected out of 90 local competitors that made it into this year’s drinking bible.

The watering holes getting the nod in Andover were The Angel Inn and Town Mills with the Weyhill Fair, Weyhill, The Clatford Arms, in Goodworth Clatford, and The Eagle, in Abbotts Ann, also included.

The Red Lion in Overton, as well as The Prince Regent and the Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, both in Whitchurch, also made the cut.

CAMRA North Hampshire pubs and clubs officer John Buckley said: “Andover has some very good pubs in the area and the two town pubs keep the quality of cask ale to the fore.

“Entries are selected in a rigorous year-long selection by CAMRA members with over 2,000 beer quality assessments made in this area over the last year.

“Only the very best make it into the best-seller.”

This is the second year Town Mills has made it into the guide.

Town Mills landlord Pete Richards said: “I’m an ale fan myself and it is CAMRA who have done a wonderful job to raise the profile of ale. It is a great guide and it was a team effort that got us there.

“A particular mention to Ian Bennie who oversees everything to do with our real ales, he’s been here about three years and you can see the fruits of his labour.

“Real ale and craft beer is growing for us while others are dropping. Being in the good beer guide shows we do have a large selection of ales now.”

For The Angel Inn however, this is its debut appearance.

Pub manager Chris Sheals said: “I would like to thank CAMRA for using our pub and putting us forward for recommendation first and foremost.

“I’m glad we came into the top selection and we hopefully will continue to serve great beer and ale.”