Pubs need more support than ever before.

That was the message from CAMRA as it launched the 45th edition of its Good Beer Guide this week.

Since it was first launched in the 1970s the UK has lost around 25,000 pubs.

According to CAMRA one of the most pressing concerns for the trade is the huge hike in business rates – which it describes as a "ticking time" bomb for the sector.

As a result, CAMRA is calling for an annual £5,000 reduction in business rates for pubs across the country. For more information visit

Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz, who is stepping down after editing the Guide for 24 years, said: "The British pub is unique - it is rooted in our island's history, dating from Roman and Saxon times.



"There is no better place for people to meet, enjoy a beer, strike up a conversation, make new friends and put the world to rights. Above all, the British pub, both ancient and modern, has character and an atmosphere that could never be replaced."

With so many pubs closing it is even more impressive that five pubs have been in every single edition. Each one is to receive a special presentation from Roger and their nominating CAMRA branch.

Marta King, manager at one of the five – The Star Tavern in Belgravia, London, said: "It is amazing to be in there. When I first came here my manager told me that we had been in it for 35 years back then, so I knew we had to get it right."



The famous five are:

The Buckingham Arms, Westminster London
The Roscoe Head, Liverpool
The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
The Queen's Head, Newton, Cambridge
The Star Tavern, Belgravia, London