CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have launched a search for Britain’s best heritage clubs.
From backstreet working men’s clubs to plush Golf clubs, and everything in between, CAMRA want to identify clubs with historic interiors or those that were purpose-built and have remained largely unaltered.
Commenting on the initiative, John Holland, chair of CAMRA’s Clubs Committee, said, “There are some fantastic clubs all over the UK and we want to find the ones with the best preserved interiors, either those in buildings which are of historic interest or which have remained unaltered since their construction – even if that was as recently as 1971.”
CAMRA are known for their pub preservation initiatives and have campaigned for a number of years to preserve Britain’s historic pubs, with their book Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs being a consistent bestseller since publication last year. Whilst the organisation campaigns all over the country for high-quality real ales in clubs through the work of a dedicated Clubs Committee, they are keen to stress that this search is about the club’s heritage, not what beer is served.
Holland added, “We are always on the lookout for Clubs which serve excellent real ale, but this initiative is about more than beer, it is about discovering the hidden gems around the UK and helping preserve them for the future – regardless of what drinks they have behind the bar. It’s for this reason that we would encourage all clubs which think they are of historic interest to get in touch, no matter what beer you serve.”
CAMRA’s annually published Good Beer Guide features clubs that serve real ale from right across the UK, and is available to buy from CAMRA directly and in all good book shops.
For more information see: http://www.camra.org.uk/clubs If you think your local club is worth submitting then visit www.camra.org.uk/historic-clubs