FOUR Andover pubs have been voted into the latest edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The guide, which is published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), was published last week has included four watering holes from the town centre.

The White Hart, the Angel Inn, Town Mills and the newly re-furbished Redbridge, all which serve a range of quality real ales, have made into the list following votes by local CAMRA members.

And the honour has also been put upon Penton Park Brewery which only began making beer in November last year.

Brenda Cross, chair of the North Hampshire branch, said: ”The new guide is pretty heavy compared with the first guide published in 1972, but it really does contain everything you need to plan any trips around England Wales and Scotland to ensure a good real ale and cider-drinking experience. It is very comprehensive, including breweries, many of which are now becoming tourist attractions in their own right.”

The Good Beer Guide, which surveys over 4,500 pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinker’s guide to the very best pints in the most picturesque, sometimes remote but friendly town and country pubs. It also helps identify significant trends and themes locally and nationally.

In the local area CAMRA branch of North Hampshire, covering Basingstoke, Andover and many outlying villages, there are over 250 pubs and clubs over a large area. The pubs and clubs that got in the Guide are in the top 10 per cent for excellence of beer quality.

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 nationally. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike some other guides, inclusion in this book is dependent on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has therefore always played an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry."