Offering an impartial appraisal of Britain’s pubs, the Good Beer Guide 2022, includes four pubs in and around Helston and Porthleven.

The Good Beer Guide is the biggest book of pubs and breweries in Britain, with thousands of recommendations from CAMRA volunteers across the country.

The only directory created by members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, every pub or bar listed has been carefully selected by volunteers who have visited them and tasted the beers.

You’ll find more than 4,500 listings across the UK’s best pubs, bars and breweries, chosen by local CAMRA volunteers as having the best cask beers available – or you can check out the special brewery section to discover new breweries setting the scene alight with interesting, exciting new brews.

Pubs are rated on atmosphere, quality of beer and how well they cater for real ale drinkers.

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James Blunt throws support behind the Great British pub

Best-selling singer James Blunt has thrown his support behind the Great British pub and reflected on the industry’s struggles during the coronavirus pandemic, in his foreword for CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2022.

Following 18 months of struggles for the industry in the face of restrictions and lockdowns, Blunt, who owns the 17th-century Fox & Pheasant pub in Chelsea, remarks that as both a musician and a publican, he has “pretty much chosen the worst two jobs for a global pandemic”.

However, with his trademark optimism, he highlights the importance of pubs to communities and encourages Brits to get back to the pub to support their locals.

He said: “Whilst, in recent years, there might have been a trend for people to drink cheap supermarket beer at home, those people have been locked away for the best part of a year, and now those people want out.

“They can taste real beer from the tap, and food cooked by a pro, and they can meet legally and joyfully.”

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide App

Now fully updated with CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2022 punters can tap into Britain’s best pubs from their mobile phone.

Putting thousands of pubs, beers and breweries at your fingertips, the app uses information compiled, and continuously updated, by pub-goers all over the UK.

Letting you get social, the app allows you to follow, post and even score beers to influence the inclusion of pubs in the Good Beer Guide.

The Good Beer Guide app compiles data from more than 37,000 real ale licensed premises, over 13,000 beers and 2,000 breweries. The data is collected and maintained by CAMRA members and is powered by WhatPub, CAMRA’s online pub database.

:: The Good Beer Guide 2022 is available now through CAMRA’s website priced at £15.99

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The Helston and Porthleven pubs in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2022 

Falmouth Packet: The Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe. Picture: Google Street ViewThe Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe. Picture: Google Street View

Halzephron Inn
Gunwalloe, TR12 7QB
What the guide says: “This quiet, welcoming 500-year-old inn was once the haunt of smugglers.
“The two traditional bars remain – the lounge doubling as a restaurant with an adjacent snug. Another restaurant area is in an extension to the rear.
“Accommodation is in two en-suite rooms. The pub name derives from the old Cornish ‘als yffrin’ meaning ‘cliffs of hell’ – timbers from many nearby shipwrecks were incorporated into the building’s structure.

Falmouth Packet: Blue Anchor in Helston. Picture: TripadvisorBlue Anchor in Helston. Picture: Tripadvisor

Blue Anchor
50 Coinagehall Street, Helston, TR13 8EL
What the guide says: “A former monks’ rest, this 15th-century brewpub is one of the oldest in Britain, changing little over the years and retaining much of its original character.
“Two separate small bars are found to the right of the central passageway, one with an open fire, and two sitting rooms to the left, all with slate floors.
“To the rear are a skittle alley and partly covered garden area with its own bar and barbecue.
“An anchor is visible on the thatched roof.”

Falmouth Packet: Cadgwith Cove Inn, Cadgwith. Picture: Google Street ViewCadgwith Cove Inn, Cadgwith. Picture: Google Street View

Cadgwith Cove Inn
Cadgwith, TR12 7JX
What the guide says: “Three-roomed inn tucked away by the harbour and the South-West Coastal Path in a compact fishing village on the Lizard peninsula.
“Over 300 years old, the pub remains largely unspoilt since its smuggling days.
“Relics from the seafaring past and photos of shipwrecks and local scenes adorn the half-panelled walls, while the bar also sports rope handles hanging from the beams for when the pub lists!
“Expect some lively singing in the evenings, with itinerant musicians often performing.”

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Falmouth Packet: The Ship Inn, Porthleven. Picture: Google Street ViewThe Ship Inn, Porthleven. Picture: Google Street View

Ship Inn
Mount Pleasant Road, Porthleven, TR13 9JS
What the guide says: “Perched on the south-west corner of the harbour, this 17th-century fishermen’s inn is accessed up a steep flight of steps.
“It enjoys a commanding view over the harbour; here you can sit comfortably and watch the rough seas on stormy days.
“The rambling split-level interior has wooden and slated floors, beams decorated with an eclectic mix of coins, banknotes, beermats and brass artefacts, and sketches of local characters on the walls. A large log fire warms the pub in winter.”