Revealed: The Derby pubs that have made the Good Beer Guide for the first time

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A Derby pub where its customers are called “guests” will appear for the first time in the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide.

The Coronation, in Alvaston, impressed judges enough to be included in the 2018 "beer-drinkers' bible", which goes on sale this month.

The guide, which recognises the pubs that serve the best ale and food in fantastic atmospheres by friendly staff, is launched today.

The Coronation, in Baker Street, was closed down a couple of years ago before being revived by the Leicester-based pub and brewing chain Steamin’ Billy.

The Coronation, in Alvaston, which is appearing in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018 for the first time.

The Coronation, in Alvaston, which is appearing in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018 for the first time.

Chris Allingham, its 52-year-old landlord, said: “I found out that we had been included when someone from the Derby branch of Camra came into the pub to book a meeting for the launch of the guide.

“I said to him: ‘I gladly welcome you to hold the meeting here – and it would be nice if we were in the guide, too’. He gave me a knowing look as if to say: ‘Do you think we would be having the meeting here if you weren’t?’

“Then I got the official confirmation letter through from Camra and I’m absolutely delighted. We don’t have customers here – we call them guests because we try to treat them that way and, if you do, they come back.”

Chris said he has worked in the trade since 1977 because his parents used to have the Bentley Brook Inn at Fenny Bentley.

He has been the landlord of The Coronation for almost two years and says the pub’s success is down to “the hard work of my tremendous staff” – and by keeping and selling “great real ale” from local breweries and those further afield.

Across the East Midlands, the 2018 Good Beer Guide features 18 new breweries and 88 new pubs. Another Derby hostelry to appear for the first time is the Last Post micropub, in Uttoxeter Old Road, which is run by husband and wife Chris and Karen O’Brien.

The tiny pub, close to the junction with Ashbourne Road, is so named because it is housed in a converted post office.

The Last Post micro-pub is also in this year's CAMRA guide

The Last Post micro-pub is also in this year's CAMRA guide

Karen said: “We are extremely chuffed to be named in the 2018 guide and we were also a finalist for the Best Pub category for the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards – so it has been a pretty good year all round for us.

“I think our success has been down to doing what we do well. We have lovely customers and a great atmosphere here.”

Karen said that, as word of the pub’s success has gathered momentum, drinkers have travelled from not just Derby but further afield to sample what they have to offer. She said: “On Wednesday, we had a couple in from Kent who always come and see us when they come to Derby – and we are always grateful that they do.

“We also get regulars in from Burton, Matlock and all across the city as word spreads about what Chris and I are doing here. To get in the new guide is just fantastic.”

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New Derbyshire breweries included for the first time in the guide are Aurora Brewery, Bad Bunny Brewery, Chapel-en-le-Frith Craft Brewing, Grasshopper Brewery, Moody Fox Brewery and Urban Chicken Ale.

And other pubs to make their debuts include the Angels Micropub, in Belper, the White Hart, at nearby Bargate, the King William, in Milford and the Black Swan, in Crich.

The Little Chester Ale House, in Chester Green, returns after missing out last year, while the White Swan, Littleover and the Town Street Tap micropub, in Duffield, are also added.

Tommy Owen took over the Hawk & Buckle, in Etwall, two years ago as a freehold and his hostelry is another local making its debut in the 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide.

Tommy Owen of the Hawk and Buckle is appearing in the guide fore the first time

Tommy Owen of the Hawk and Buckle is appearing in the guide fore the first time

The 35-year-old said: “We found out at the weekend that we’d made the guide and we are absolutely thrilled.

“The pub has been refurbished at quite some costs and we have brought in real ales from local breweries such as Burton Bridge, Tollgate and Leatherbritches and the customers are loving it.

“We get people in from the village and we are now finding that customers are coming in from outside the area as well which we are delighted about.”

The 45th Good Beer Guide 2018 is on sale at all good bookshops from today.

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Its editor, the celebrated beer writer Roger Protz, said: “The first edition of the Good Beer Guide, published 45 years ago, was a call to arms for beer-lovers at a time when the brewing industry was in dire trouble and the market flooded with tasteless, fizzy beer.

“How the beer world has changed! Today, in spite of many closures, a growing number of pubs clamber to offer the best-possible range of real ales and we are still seeing remarkable growth in the brewing sector.

“The Good Beer Guide 2018 recommends the best pubs in Britain for real ale drinkers. The guide is compiled through independent judgement and recommendations.

“That means pubs are chosen on merit alone rather than being charged for an entry, as is the case with many other guides.

“If you have a passion for ale and want to know the best places to find it, then this book can be an invaluable resource for you.”