Welcome to WhatPub! Pubs featured on this website have been independently added and updated by thousands of CAMRA volunteers and includes over 96% of Britain’s real ale pubs. Enjoy!
What’s whatpub.com all about?
For a number of years, people have been asking why CAMRA as the UK’s largest and most influential pub-going consumer organisation doesn’t have its own online pub guide. Well now it does. You can use whatpub.com to search for pubs across the UK and then look up opening times, descriptions, facilities and of course details of the real ale and cider on offer. Being an online guide means that extra functions such as additional text for descriptions, photos and live map data are also available.
Isn’t this just the Good Beer Guide online?
Lots of people have been asking this, but the answer is no, but does naturally complement the Guide.
When you search for pubs on whatpub.com you will not see just Good Beer Guide pubs, and there is no way of searching specifically for Good Beer Guide pubs – so you will still need the book or Mobile App (coming later) to find the very best real ale pubs.
How it all started…
CAMRA’s online pub guide is the result of an immense amount of work by volunteers and staff.
A decision was made at the start to acknowledge the local expertise of CAMRA members, which is why the pub details and descriptions that appear on whatpub.com come from CAMRA branches. 150,000 volunteers have an input into WhatPub and this is what makes CAMRA’s pub guide so different (and we would say better) from other online pub guides.
CAMRA volunteers are key in finding out all the important things we need to know about pubs, including opening hours, location and real ales served as well as other information that goes beyond what we use for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide such as photos.
But we’re not there yet…
Our aim is to get every pub in the UK listed on whatpub.com and all with complete and up to date information such as descriptions and photos.
To help us on our way, we would like to invite you to help us improve our site. You can do this in a number of ways from rating beer quality to carrying out a survey for your local CAMRA branch. Your first step is to become a CAMRA member.
Most of our pubs listed on our pub database have a WhatPub link where you can find out their full details of opening times, beers and other facilities.
Scoring Beers in Pubs using the National Beer Scoring System
Scoring beers is one of the ways CAMRA tracks quality and prices of Real Ale in pubs around the county. The scores are used to keep an eye on pubs that are doing well, average prices, and most importantly, for choosing which pubs to include in the Good Beer Guide.
While some members are trained tasters, this is rare, and most scores are entered by CAMRA members using nothing more than their own experience of drinking in pubs.
You do not need to be some kind of ‘Beer Expert’ to score your pint!
Please remember though, you are scoring how well the beer has been kept, not whether you like it!
Consideration should also be made for the end of a barrel. If you point out that the beer is cloudy, or tastes off, and the landlord apologises immediately and offers a different one, you should not mark them down.
The scoring scheme is pretty straightforward:
- No cask ale available.
- Vinegar, thick sludge — undrinkable!
- Beer that is barely drinkable. You’ll probably not bother.
- Drinkable with considerable resentment.
- 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.
- Slightly better than a 2, but nothing you’d come back for.
- Good beer in good form. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.
- A great pint, you may cancel plans to move to the next pub.
- Excellent beer in excellent condition. You’ll be in this pub for a while.
- Cancel the rest of the evening’s plans.
- Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely. Scoring a five would generally be a combination of a particularly great barrel that has been kept and served perfectly.
Entering a score
You do not need to score every pint you drink! Some people do, but it really is up to you. Don’t just score bad or perfect pints nor only your local though!
That said, every score is helpful, even if is the only scoring you do all year.
To enter a score, go to CAMRA’s national pub system, What Pub or click on our link at the bottom of our Home Page. You’ll need your membership number and password. If you have not logged in to a CAMRA website before, the password is your postcode in capital letters with any spaces removed.
Use the site’s search facilithttps://whatpub.com/beerscoring/loginy to find the pub you wish to enter a score for. The best search is
On the right hand side of the pub’s page is a box titled
Submit Beer Scores. Simply fill this in and click the
Submit Score button at the bottom. Use the link marked
Show Advanced Options to add a price and a comment to your score. We do take into account comments made!