Two borough establishments have been recognised for their quality pints in a new guide aimed at highlighting the nation’s best pubs.

Casked on Prince Street in Ramsbottom and Greenmount Cricket Club on Brandlesholme Road have been included in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide 2024.

The two pubs are among 36 new entries from across Greater Manchester to be included in the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide for the first time.

The 51st edition of the guide, which surveys 4,500 of the best pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinker’s guide for those seeking the best pints in the nation’s pubs.

The new edition includes a foreword by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, which shines a spotlight on the cultural tradition of pubs within the United Kingdom, the importance of protecting the heritage, charm and welcoming nature of pubs and clubs, and not taking them for granted.

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Mike Jones, who co-owns Casked Ramsbottom with his wife Amanda, says he is “really proud” to have been included in the guide ahead of its second birthday.

He said: “We’re delighted that they’ve found us worthy (to be included in the Good Beer Guide 2024).

“We’re well known local but because Rossendale and Ramsbottom are on the East Lancs Railway we do get regular customers along the heritage railway over the years and some of them are typical cask and craft beer drinkers who may not know we exists so if they’ve got the good beer guide as their bible that should drive them to our doors when they get to Ramsbottom, which is wonderful.”

Mike and Amanda also own a branch of Casked in Rossendale which opened in 2017 and is also included in the guide in Lancashire.

They aim to support the local community through their business.

Mike added: “We employ at out two sites over 20 people, all local and as far as we possibly can buy the majority of our products from the local distillers, brewers, companies snack manufacturers and so on.

“We take pride in being that company, a local based one that has the ethos that you look after your own town, and every town does the same and the whole country gets better.”

Casked sells more than 20 different beers and ciders, the majority of which are sourced from within 25 miles of Ramsbottom.

Speaking at the launch of The Good Beer Guide 2024 at Signature Brewery, Blackhorse Road, CAMRA national executive Ben Wilkinson said: “The recent, disgraceful events surrounding the Crooked House pub in the West Midlands captured the nation’s attention, but while that particular scandal made the national news, so many similar cases fly under the radar.

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“CAMRA is responding on two fronts. Our Pub Heritage group is leading the way in safeguarding historic pubs, and fighting for them to be given the protection they deserve as part of our cultural heritage.

"But elsewhere, we’re working to expose the weaknesses in the planning system that affect all pubs.

"We want to see councils in England get the enforcement powers they need to tackle any illegal conversions or demolitions of pubs – including the power to order them to be rebuilt brick by brick if necessary.”

CAMRA chairman Nik Antona said: “We’re honoured to have Bruce Dickinson pen the foreword for The Good Beer Guide 2024.

"As we enter our second half century of producing the Guide, there is no one better to introduce this year’s edition, and highlight what makes these institutions so worth visiting.

“The last few years have been an incredibly difficult time for the industry, and we need more support than ever before to keep our nation’s pubs and breweries open and thriving. I’d encourage everyone to use this year’s Guide to visit the very best pubs and breweries across the UK and support them for generations to come.”

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