Being so close to the Black Country accounts for the fact that so many of our pubs are tied to Banks’s and their Mild (Original), Bitter along with Marstons Pedigree dominate the area. Without doubt the most common cask beer you are going to find in this area is Banks’s Bitter.

Pub chains offer national beers such as Wells Bombardier, Greene King IPA, Abbot and Old Speckled Hen, Wadworth 6X, Fullers London Pride and Taylors Landlord as well as guest ales from their portfolios.

To the North West of the area the reputable Bathams Mild and Bitter can be found. Wye Valley beers from Herefordshire are quite popular especially Hereford Pale Ale and you’ll often see Pure UBU and Pure Gold from Purity Brewery just over the border in Warwickshire.

Of course you can’t really say you’ve visited the area without trying some ales from our branch breweries,  Birds, Cannon Royall and Weatheroak and Weatheroak Hill.

For full information, readers are of course directed to the latest issue of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide!

For details of our award winning pubs, please follow the link above to “Pub Awards”.

For a definitive list of local real ale outlets, please select the map below.


CAMRA National Beer Scoring Scheme

We select our pubs for the guide by using the CAMRA National Beer Scoring Scheme.

What is being recorded?

  • Surveyor & Membership No.

  • Date of survey

  • Pub

  • Location & GBG County/Area

  • Score out of 5

  • Beer name (optional)

What do the scores mean?

  1. Undrinkable. No cask ale available or so poor you have to take it back or can’t finish it.

  2. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.

  3. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn’t inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.

  4. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.

  5. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition.

  6. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

We welcome NBSS scoring cards from CAMRA members, please send them to CAMRA HQ or directly to us here. If you are a local CAMRA member, why not register for the members site?

Short Measure?

If you get a short measure in a pub, please ask for a top up.

For more information, contact Hereford & Worcester Trading Standards: 28-30 Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DS Tel: 01905 765373



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