The West Arms in Llanarmon DC, North East Wales, has been featured in CAMRA’s prestigious Good Beer Guide 2022, considered the definitive beer drinker’s guide to the very best pubs in the country.
The 4,500 pubs listed in the Guide are independently selected by CAMRA volunteers around the country based on the quality of brews sold at the bar – inclusion can never be bought or sold. It has been used for many years to identify significant trends and themes in the beer world both locally and nationally.
CAMRA have published the 49th edition of the best-selling The Good Beer Guide, with contributors encouraging readers to support their local pubs and breweries in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite being hampered by a national lockdown and local restrictions; The West Arms continues to serve the local community. The West Arms prides itself on offering an authentic, all round, Welsh drinking & dining experience with unrivalled views of the Berwyn Mountains as a back drop.
From its delicious Sunday Roasts, daily menus and cooked breakfasts (all created with locally sourced produce) to working with Welsh distilleries and breweries – the focus is always on a ‘local’.
The drinks menu offers a selection of locally brewed cask ales (Big Hand), Penderyn whiskies, Pollination and Hibernation gins from a local distillery in Machynlleth, not forgetting an excellent wine list.
As well as offering guests a new look beer garden with covered seating, heating pods and poser tables, West Arms is a traditional 16th Country Inn with plenty of nooks and crannies enabling people to socially distance without actually realising it.
Mark Williamson, owner of The West Arms, says: “It’s an honour to be included in this year’s Good Beer Guide, which identifies only the very best pubs serving real ale across the country. Despite an incredibly challenging year, we’re delighted to still be serving the community and look forward to welcoming locals and visitors through our door.”
The foreword for this year’s edition of The Good Beer Guide was written by best-selling singer and owner of the Fox & Pheasant pub in Chelsea James Blunt, who has thrown his support behind the Great British pub and reflected on the industry’s struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.
He highlights the importance of pubs to communities and encourages Brits to get back to the pub to support their locals, writing: “Whilst, in recent years, there might have been a trend for people to drink cheap supermarket beer at home, those people have been locked away for the best part of a year, and now those people want out. They can taste real beer from the tap, and food cooked by a pro, and they can meet legally and joyfully.”
CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: “After the struggles of the past 18 months for the industry, it is great that The Good Beer Guide figures are showing the resilience of pubs and brewers in the face of strife – an increase in brewery numbers after they dipped last year for the first time, as well as over 500 new pub entries. This is great to see, especially coupled with the news from the Government’s latest Budget, including the announcement of a new, lower rate of duty for draught beer and cider.
The Good Beer Guide 2022 is now available from the CAMRA shop at https://shop1.camra.org.uk/product/the-good-beer-guide-2022
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