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Two Ilkley pubs feature in CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2023

The Flying Duck (pictured with Gerard and Shep) and Bar T'at are included in the 2023 CAMRA Good Beer Guide

Bar T’at and The Flying Duck have been included in the 50th edition of CAMRA’s (Campaign For Real Ale) Good Beer Guide.

The Guide, which surveys 4,500 of the best pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinker’s guide to the very best pints in the most picturesque and friendly pubs. Compiled by thousands of independent volunteers, it helps identify significant trends and themes across the pub sector.

The 2023 edition brings together pub and brewery information for the first time, so there are mentions for Bini Brew Co, Ilkley and Wharfedale Breweries all based in the town.

To be listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide is a fantastic achievement for a pub. The Guide is based entirely on personal recommendations made by local CAMRA members, which are rigorously reviewed by branches and editors.

Recommendations consider beer quality as well as the history and architecture of a pub and various aspects such as food, gardens, family and disabled facilities and special events. CAMRA does not take any fees for listings to ensure the guide remains independent and unbiased.

Gerard Simpson from The Flying Duck said: “All of us would like to thank every single one of you for your after work drinks, swift ones, session ones, or whatever occasion you come in to have a beer for. We just wouldn’t have done it without you all!”

CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said: “It is a huge achievement that we’re able to celebrate 50 years of publishing the Good Beer Guide, and a real testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, who undertake the assessments.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent on merit – not on payment.

“The last few years have been an incredibly difficult time for the industry, and we need more support than ever before to keep our nation’s pubs open and thriving. I’d encourage everyone to use this year’s Guide to visit the very best pubs across the UK and support them for generations to come.”


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