[quote=“BrewingRover”]It’s a little pricy, but CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide might worth buying
My advice is to only visit pubs that have real ale, as signified by the hand pumps. The most flavorful beers are served cask conditioned, IME. Ask the publican what beers are local, too. Greene King is everywhere, as they’re one of the bigger English breweries and pub owners. Look for pubs that say Free House for the widest selection. Many pubs are Tied Houses, meaning that they sell only beer from a certain brewery, with maybe one or two guest taps.
Jennings from Cumbria makes some nice stuff. Their Sneck Lifter is a beer I’ve tried to clone without success. It’s brown ale with all kinds of licorice and coffee notes going on. It may be in bottles at the Off-Licence.[/quote]
Being served from a hand pump doesn’t gaurentee it’s real ale.