The 44th annual GOOD BEER GUIDE was launched by the editor of the beer-drinkers’ and pub-users’ bible, Roger Protz, on THURSDAY the 15th September. Being a vegetarian he was pleased to be at the TWISTED BARREL ALE & TAPHOUSE, FarGo Village, COVENTRY who regularly produce seven different beers without isinglass that are suitable for vegans to drink.

The GOOD BEER GUIDE also includes a list of 12 new breweries in the West Midlands region that have opened in the past twelve months. These are in Herefordshire 2 new breweries; Shropshire 2 new breweries; Staffordshire 3 new breweries; West Midlands 2 new breweries; and Worcestershire 3 new breweries.

Of the 4,500 best pubs in the UK, in Bridgnorth we are fortunate to have 6, and on launch day David Jones, the Branch Pub Database Coordinator, made presentations to:

Black Boy – the 6th entry since 2006
Black Horse – a welcome re-entry following 4 consecutive years between 2007 and 2010
Kings Head – Chris Walsh pleased to be in for the 10th consecutive year
Old Castle – Bryn Masterman pleased to be in for the 6th consecutive year
Railwayman’s Arms – the most regular entry for as long as we can find in our records.
White Lion – Bob & Sam Hayes’s staff receive the 8th consecutive entry, as they were busy at the Hop & Stagger Brewery – showing three of their beers was more important than the Award.


As well as these in Bridgnorth Sub Branch Area there were 7 in the Market Drayton Sub Branch Area and 12 in the rest of the main Telford & East Shropshire Branch Area.

Telford & East Shropshire

Royal Oak – Ellerdine Heath
George & Dragon – Much Wenlock
New Inn – Newport
Three Horseshoes – Sambrook
Plough Inn – Shifnal
White Hart – Shifnal
Coalbrookdale Inn – Telford
All Nations – Telford
Crown Inn – Telford
Station Hotel – Telford
Cock Hotel – Telford
William Withering – Telford

Market Drayton

Fox & Hounds – Cheswardine
Red Lion – Cheswardine
Bear – Hodnet
Hippodrome – Market Drayton
Kings Arms – Market Drayton
Red Lion – Market Drayton
Sandbrook Vaults – Market Drayton