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From cosy country pubs to high street boozers -The 13 finest real ale pubs in east Norfolk according to CAMRA

PUBLISHED: 13:04 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:38 18 September 2018

The Tombstone in Great Yarmouth appears in the the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 Picture: Mark Beare

The Tombstone in Great Yarmouth appears in the the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 Picture: Mark Beare

Mark Beare

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide is out and some 13 pubs in east Norfolk - more than ever before - are featured.

The Lichfield Arms in Southtownis is named in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019The Lichfield Arms in Southtownis is named in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019

Now in its 46th edition the book recommends 4,500 of the UK’s best real ale pubs.

Mark Beare, east Norfolk CAMRA pubs campaigns officer, said it was the area’s biggest entry, up from an allocation of 11 last year, and from five in 2016.

He said the independent listing was based on nominations, surveys and inspections by CAMRA members who scored according to a range of criteria spanning the beers themselves to the atmosphere and attitude to CAMRA.

He said: “During this process there was a backdrop of falling sales of lagers and pubs closing.

The Kings Arms in Martham appears in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide Picture 2019The Kings Arms in Martham appears in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide Picture 2019

“In spite of this there was a significant increase in sales of real ale in east Norfolk.

“This is shown by the number of pubs being awarded a place in the CAMRA National Good Beer Guide which is up from five in 2016 to 13 in 2019, that’s a 260pc increase.

“The message is clear that well-kept and interesting real ale is a way of attracting customers to pubs.”

A total of 25 pubs were surveyed to make sure they met the rigorous guidelines set out by CAMRA to then go forward to the scoring process.

The New Entertainer in Gorleston is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 Picture: Mark BeareThe New Entertainer in Gorleston is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 Picture: Mark Beare

Every east Norfolk CAMRA member was invited to go online and score the pubs via our East Norfolk CAMRA website. Once the pubs scores were checked and correlated 13 entries forward to the Good Beer Guide editors.

The east Norfolk Good Beer Guide 2019 Pubs are:

The Locks Inn, Locks Lane, Geldeston

The Decoy Tavern, Beccles Road, Fritton

The Lion at Thurne appears in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2019 Picture: Mark BeareThe Lion at Thurne appears in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2019 Picture: Mark Beare

The New Entertainer, Back Pier Plain. Gorleston

The Oddfellows Arms, Cliff Hill, Gorleston

The Dock Tavern, Dock Tavern Lane, Gorleston

The Lichfield Arms, Lichfield Road, Southtown

The Red Herring, Havelock Road, Great Yarmouth

The Mariners Tavern, Howard Street South, Great Yarmouth

The Tombstone Saloon Bar, George Street, Great Yarmouth

The Kings Arms, Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth

The Kings Arms, The Green, Martham

The Lion Inn, The Street, Thurne

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