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Backstreet WC1 pub gets first listing in CAMRA’s 50th Good Beer Guide

Monday 14 November 2022

A welcoming backstreet pub has made it into CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for the very first time. McGlynn’s, an early 19th century pub in Whildbourne Street, WC1, Which is Grade II listed, has finally made it into the Guide after many years of selling cask beer.

Colin Coyne, Chair of North London CAMRA, said “This a traditional, friendly corner pub of the type London has been losing over recent years. What’s more, it is an independent pub i.e. not owned by a brewery or pub chain and we don’t have many of those in London! It’s a great pleasure that we are celebrating the pub’s entry into this year’s Guide, particularly as it’s the 50th edition of the UK’s best selling beer and pub guide”.

Colin added, “The pubs in our area are monitored by our volunteers throughout the year. We can only put 37 pubs from our Branch area into the Guide, so it’s a great achievement by McGlynn’s.”

Peter Jackson of Southwark Brewery to the left and manager Liam Birney to the right celebrate with Branch Chairman Colin Coyne on the pub's inclusion in CAMRA's 50th Good Beer Guide..

In total, the Good Beer Guide 2023 details 292 pubs in London chosen for their excellent real ale by independent CAMRA members. This is more than double the 115 pubs that appeared in the 1974 edition. There has also been a big improvement in the number of breweries. . Although London lost eleven in the last year, there were five new breweries opening, bringing the total to 127. A huge change from the eight breweries listed in 1974, demonstrating the burgeoning beer scene in London.

For further details contact: Colin Coyne (CAMRA) 07973 831082, ku.gro.armac.nodnolhtron@namriahc. McGlynn’s:  020 7916 9816 moc.esuoheerfsnnylgcm@tcatnoc

1. The North London branch of CAMRA covers most of the North London postcodes plus WC1 and parts of WC2, and has almost 700 pubs in it.

2. The first edition of the Guide featured eight breweries; most were household names such as Charrington, Courage, Trumans, Watneys, Whitbread and Young and, of course, Guinness, who had a huge site in Park Royal. All these breweries have all disappeared, with Guinness the only one to still have their own breweries.

3. The full address of McGlynn’s is 1-5 Whidbourne St, London WC1H

4. Opening hours are Noon-11pm Monday- Saturday; Noon -5pm Sunday

5. For more details on the pub, visit: