Liverpool pub The Roscoe Head is one of only five watering holes to feature in every edition of the nation’s Good Beer Guide.
The Roscoe Street establishment, which has been run by members of the same family for more than 30 years, has been given another nod by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) as it unveils its 45th edition of the guide.
Dubbed the ‘famous five’, the list of long-running favourite pubs also includes London’s Star Tavern and Buckingham Arms, the Square & Compass in Dorset and the Queen’s Head in Cambridge.
Each of the pubs will receive an award from the Good Beer Guide’s editor Roger Protz and their local nominating CAMRA branch, with The Roscoe Head being presented its accolade on 19 September.
The independent and unbiased Good Beer Guide is based entirely on recommendations by local CAMRA members, which are then rigorously reviewed by branches and editors.
Recommendations take into account beer quality, the pub’s history and architecture and other aspects such as food, gardens, family and disabled facilities and special events.
The Roscoe Head, which was sold on 2015 prompting concerns for its future and an active ‘Save The Roscoe Head’ campaign, serves home-cooked food at lunchtimes during the week and operates six handpumps featuring national and local beers. Its name commemorates William Roscoe, a leading campaigner against the slave trade.
Roger Protz says: “Congratulations to the famous five, who will go down in history for being hallmarks of the Good Beer Guide. It is a great honour to be listed in the Guide even just once – never mind 45 times.
“I look forward to visiting each of the pubs to offer my personal congratulations in the coming days and weeks.”