13:14 Tuesday 24 September 2013

Pubs given boost with national online guide

Written byHELEN KREFT

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PHOTOS and information on hundreds of pubs across Burton and South Derbyshire are now taking pride of place on a new national online guide thanks to local volunteers.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is now showing off the fruits of an extensive two-year project featuring 47,000 pubs – 36,000 of which serve real ale.

Members of the Burton and South Derbyshire branch have been heavily involved in the guide which offers more than 30 different search fields ranging from dog friendly pubs to those offering newspapers or live music, making the results customisable to each person’s individual preferences.

Nik Antona, CAMRA national director and Burton and South Derbyshire branch member, said all the information is written by Camra volunteers rather than those who own the pub.

He said: “We have the responsibility of getting pub information on the site. Each area is the responsibility of each branch.

“We are ensuring that everything in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire is included and kept up to date on the website. We have been very busy and very involved in that

“We have a real interest in making sure businesses survive so we feel we can work with them to get an online guide

“We asked ‘what do we want from pubs?’

“It is not a commercial operation, just a promotion of the great British pub. We have no financial interest in it.”

Mr Antona hopes the new guide will bring more tourists into the area to sample real ale in a pub preferable to them.

He said: “Hopefully if people are visiting Burton they will have real up to date information about all our pubs.

“There are different search options including which pubs welcome dogs and we have hundreds of members feeding back any changes and update our central coordinator.

“The beauty of this is not everyone has done something like this.”

He admits that the current guide is still only a starting point, with hopes to embark on a more ambitious project to include hotels and clubs on the site.

The guide can be seen by visiting www.whatpub.com

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