THIS YEAR’S 1,032-page Good Beer Guide (also available via an app) lists entries for more than 4,500 of the UK’s best real ale pubs across the country as well as the breweries that produce cask-conditioned beer.

The real ale revolution is “roaring on”, with a further 200 new breweries having opened in the UK since the last guide was published, swelling the total figure to 1,540.

The role of the traditional pub is changing and real ale is at the heart of the change.

Despite an overall decline in the beer market, real ale’s share is growing – now at 55 per cent and forecast to reach 70 per cent by 2020.

Roger Protz, the guide’s editor, said: “It’s tragic that pubs that have been the heart of their communities for decades and even centuries continue to close – though the closure rate is declining to around 21 a week.

“But they are being replaced by new pubs, often in the most unlikely places.”

In the Keighley and Craven area, new-style drinking establishments have opened in venues such as ex- betting shops and fitness centres.

CAMRA volunteers are wholly responsible for creating the entries in the Good Beer Guide – pubs are surveyed throughout the year for their beer quality and then voted upon for inclusion.

There are a limited number of entries allocated to each branch, and in the Keighley locality nine pubs out of over 70 outlets selling cask-conditioned beer made it into the 2017 guide.

Each year the competition for inclusion in the guide starts anew and it is keenly contested; some are longstanding entries and some are new. Pubs in Goose Eye, Keighley, Sandbeds, Silsden and Stanbury are currently listed.

To find out which pubs keep the best pint, buy the Good Beer Guide at book shops or online at or the app at

By buying a CAMRA guide you help 180,000 consumer advocates to carry on campaigning for local pubs and breweries. So support CAMRA’s aims and get out there and explore what makes the ales in these pubs a cut above the rest!

Keighley and Craven CAMRA website:

CAMRA's Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated each year and features pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale.

Now in its 44th edition, this pub guide is completely independent, with listings based entirely on nomination and evaluation by CAMRA members, people who know a thing or two about good beer.

The editor, Roger Protz is a campaigner, broadcaster and the author of over 25 books about beer and brewing, including CAMRA at 40.

He appears regularly on radio and TV and contributes to the Guardian and the Publican's Morning Advertiser. In 2015, Roger gained a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Independent Brewers.