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Article date: 08 Oct 2013

Wetherspoon has achieved a record number of listings in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide 2014.

A total of 283 Wetherspoon pubs features in the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide.

It is the highest number of any pub company in the UK.

The figure compares with 256 Wetherspoon pubs in the 2013 guide.

Wetherspoon pubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are featured.

Local CAMRA branch members chose the pubs for inclusion in the guide following regular visits to check on the quality of the real ales on offer.

They also took into account customer service, décor and overall atmosphere.

In several towns, the only pub listed in the guide was a Wetherspoon outlet.

A CAMRA spokesman said: “All of the pubs deserve their place in Good Beer Guide 2014.

“It is our belief that, if a licensee serves an excellent pint of real ale, everything else in the pub, including customer service, quality of food and atmosphere, is likely to be of an equally high standard.”

Wetherspoon’s real-ale champion, Gary Holmes, said: “It is fantastic that a record number of our pubs has been recognised, by CAMRA members, for the quality of their real ales.

“Our pubs offer customers an excellent range of real ales at all times, including those from regional brewers and microbrewers.

“Each Wetherspoon pub also hosts two major festivals each year, as well as smaller, individual festivals, with the emphasis on promoting UK and overseas beers, as well as local beers.

“Staff at the pubs work hard to ensure that the real ales on offer are kept in first-class condition at all times – and our pubs’ inclusion in the guide highlights this.”

Pub manager Wayne Davis, at The William Jameson, Sunderland with Sunderland and South Tyneside CAMRA chairman Michael Wynne.

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2014, edited by Roger Protz, is available from bookshops priced £15.99 and also from CAMRA: 01727 867201

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