Monday 21 June 2010

Real Heritage Pubs of Wales Book

CAMRA celebrates Welsh pub heritage with new guide

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale,  has published a new book - the Real Heritage Pubs of Wales – Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest / Tafarnau Treftadaeth - Tafarnau o Ddiddordeb Hanesyddol Mewnol.

Real Heritage Pubs of Wales is CAMRA’s pioneering initiative to bring greater appreciation of the most valuable historic pub interiors in Wales for locals and tourists alike. The aim of the guide is to encourage appreciation of the rich variety of architecture that still exists in genuine Welsh pubs.

The guide will be officially launched at a press reception on Monday June 21st at the Old Arcade, Cardiff (CF10 1BG) from 1pm-2pm. Representatives of CAMRA including members of its Pub Heritage Group will be in attendance.

Real Heritage Pubs of Wales co-author, Michael Slaughter, said: “This guide is the culmination of over 10 years of surveying by CAMRA members to identify the last remaining pubs that are still much as they were before the mid 1960’s when a trend for pub refitting and opening out began.“

“It leads you to 100 pubs that retain their historic interiors with informative descriptions and over 200 photographs which aim to make clear the significance of each one.”

Using this guide you can:

-Discover where you can drink in a C13th crypt; the round tower of a town’s medieval walls; a C17th guildhall; and a coaching inn still with horses in its stables.

-Track down pubs used by Dylan Thomas, Max Boyce, and the 1953 Everest expedition.

-Discover which Welsh heritage pubs sell real ale, much of it locally produced, some brewed on the premises; also where you can still get served ‘beer from the jug’.

Public transport details, accommodation & food availability are given for each pub.

Real Heritage Pubs of Wales is available in all good bookshops, or direct from CAMRA, priced at £6.99 (excluding p&p).

Wales on Sunday cover the book here.

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