Cumbria Real Ale Guide (CRAG)

The latest Cumbria Real Ale Guide was officially launched on Monday 18th February 2008 by Ian Stephens, Chief Executive, Cumbria Tourism, at the award-winning Pheasant Inn at Bassenthwaite Lake.

The Guide, appropriately known to those involved in its production as ‘CRAG’, is the result of visits and surveys by Cumbrian members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.  The launch event was attended by Editor Jim Chapple and a number of the contributors, as well as licensees and brewers from at least 15 of Cumbria’s breweries.  The full colour 200 page pocket-sized Guide lists all premises in Cumbria which serve real ale to the public, and will contain 581 pub entries. 

The last edition of CRAG, published in 2005, was highly commended by CAMRA.  The new Guide will be the most comprehensive listing of real ale pubs and bars covering the whole of Cumbria; it will be indispensable to visitors to the Lake District but also ideal for Cumbrian residents seeking out that hidden gem of a pub.

Now that the guide is some five years old although much of it is still a very good guide to the many pubs who continue to serve real ale  there has naturally been significant changes over these past years. Of particular interest is the Breweries section, which gives detailed information on each of the 23 breweries now operating in Cumbria, including beer listings and tasting notes.  Cumbria now has more breweries per head of population than any other county in Britain, and the current number has rocketed up to some.  Here in the old Westmorland county area we have gone from 4 breweries as indicae4d in the guide to seven, all serving fine ales and there are  more in the pipeline!

 Because the guide is beginning to age we have now reduced the price from £4.50 to just £2. 

As we do not have facilities at present for email cash transactions, if you wish to order a copy please send a cheque or postal order payable to CAMRA Westmorland Branch for £3 (£2 plus £1 to cover post & packaging) to:

Westmorland Branch of CAMRA
c/o Tony Jackson
26 Ghyll Close
LA23 2LN


Please ensure you include the following details with your payment: Name and Address for Delivery and a contact Telephone Number.


Ivor Chittenden

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