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Village pub is dropped from Good Beer Guide for being 'too popular'

The Village pub was removed from the Good Beer Guide after reviewers flagged it for being too busy at the bar, allowing children in and serving food at lunch.

  • Holly Bush Inn in Makeney, Derbyshire has been left out of the real ale drinkers bible
  • It recently obtained a rating of ten out of ten from the prestigious European Bar Guide
  • Locals insist: ‘Nobody pays real attention to what some beer aficionados have to say’

A traditional village pub has been removed from the Good Beer Guide for being too popular.

Snooty critics rated the award-winning Holly Bush Inn, a quaint 17th-century watering hole, as finding it too busy, with children in the bar and serving food at lunchtime.

It means the pub in the village of Makeney near Belper, Derbyshire, will not be in the new edition of the royal ale drinkers’ bible for the first time in ten years, despite recently getting a ten de- ten of the prestigious European Bar Guide.

Snooty critics rated the award-winning Holly Bush Inn, a quaint 17th-century watering hole, as finding it too busy, with children in the bar and serving food at lunchtime.

It Means The Pub In The Village Of Makeney Near Belper, Derbyshire, Will Not Be In The New Edition Of The Royal Ale Drinkers' Bible For The First Time In Ten Years.

It means the pub in the village of Makeney near Belper, Derbyshire, will not be in the new edition of the royal ale drinkers’ bible for the first time in ten years.

The Pub, Which Has A Traditional Cozy Bar, Also Has Log Fires, And There Are No Tvs.

The pub, which has a traditional cozy bar, also has log fires, and there are no TVs.

Landlady Alex Wilbraham said: ‘The chairman told me we weren’t included because we were too busy and his CAMRA reps couldn’t be dealt with right away.

“Another reason was that we serve children, but there are only certain areas that children can enter. They also didn’t like the fact that we serve food, if only at lunch time.

“We have to do that because it’s a country pub and gone are the days when you could just rely on drinkers for income. We have to have something to attract the drinkers in the week.

‘It’s ridiculous that if you don’t have CAMRA members in your pub, you don’t get votes. I don’t think it’s a very fair system.

The pub, which has a traditional cozy bar, also has open fires and no televisions.

Alex added: “We’ve tried to keep it a drinking pub and when we first took it over, women and families weren’t particularly well catered for.” It used to be very male-oriented: after-work drinkers and people in certain industries, but now it’s for anyone.

There are many pubs out there and we may not be everyone’s favorite pub. But we are for a lot of people because it’s a special place and it’s sad that they don’t recognize it.’

One local said: ‘It’s a fantastic watering hole, CAMRA only represents a minority, nobody pays any real attention to what some beer aficionados have to say.’

Another said: ‘That’s silly, this is the perfect pub every town should have.’ Alex is a brilliant landlady and everyone is welcome.

The Holly Bush Inn Recently Earned A Rating Of Ten Out Of Ten From The Prestigious European Bar Guide

The Holly Bush Inn recently earned a rating of ten out of ten from the prestigious European Bar Guide

Camra Was Founded In 1971 And Publishes An Annual 'Guide To Good Beer', Which Lists 4,500 Of The Uk'S Best Pubs, Clubs And License-Free Establishments. This Year Is The 50Th Anniversary Edition.

CAMRA was founded in 1971 and publishes an annual ‘Guide to Good Beer’, which lists 4,500 of the UK’s best pubs, clubs and license-free establishments. This year is the 50th anniversary edition.

CAMRA Regional Director for the East Midlands, Robert Hamnett-Day, said: ‘The Good Beer Guide is based entirely on personal recommendations made by local CAMRA members, which are rigorously vetted by branches and publishers.

Recommendations consider the quality of the beer, as well as a pub’s history and architecture, and various aspects such as food, gardens, family and disabled facilities, and special events.

‘We realize that opting out of the guide can be frustrating. The fact of the matter is that there are only a limited number of listings available per region, and the competition in Derby was fierce. We wish the Holly Bush Inn the best of luck with future listing and will continue to support it as a branch in any way we can.”

CAMRA was founded in 1971 and publishes an annual ‘Guide to Good Beer’, listing 4,500 of the UK’s best pubs, clubs and license-free establishments; this year is the 50th anniversary edition.

Featured establishments are voted for by members of CAMRA’s regional chapters – there are hundreds across the country in sixteen regions.

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