Pub is spot-on for beer guide

Kelly Hall ftrom the Spotted Cow with a pint and her copy of the Good Beer Guide. Picture by FRANK REID

Kelly Hall ftrom the Spotted Cow with a pint and her copy of the Good Beer Guide. Picture by FRANK REID

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A PUB that dates back to the 18th Century has been named in the latest edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The Spotted Cow, in Elwick, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, has been serving up pints since 1780.

Now it will feature in the 39th edition of the pub guide by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) with other local drinking spots.

The Cleveland branch of CAMRA, which has 500 members, has picked 43 pubs in the region for inclusion in the 2012 edition of the guide, which lists more than 4,500 watering holes.

Alan Davies, Good Beer Guide co-ordinator, said: “All we are looking for is excellent beer, served in an excellent condition, all the time, every time.

“The pubs that have featured in the guide in previous years maintain these high standards and we are delighted to welcome the Spotted Cow to the 2012 edition of the Good Beer Guide”.

Kelly Hall has been running the Spotted Cow with husband Michael for two years.

She said: “We are really happy to be included.

“It was a bit unexpected as we were away on holiday and only found out when we got back last week. I’m very proud though and very proud of the staff.”

The Rat Race Ale House, on Hartlepool railway station, gained entry at the first attempt into the 2011 edition of the guide.

The tiny pub is recognised again in the latest edition after serving more than 360 different real ales since opening in November 2009.

The Globe, in Northgate, on the Headland, which was new to last year’s guide, is included again.

The Causeway, in Stranton, is still in the guide after featuring for years while slight boundary changes between branches within CAMRA has resulted in Cleveland branch including the Ship Inn, at High Hesleden.

Billingham Catholic Club is the only club in the guide.

Other Hartlepool pubs featured are Camerons Brewery Tap, in Stockton Street, and The Jackson’s Arms, in Tower Street.

Mr Davies said: “Choosing the best of the best is a pleasant task.

“All the pubs have gone through a rigorous assessment process conducted by members of CAMRA over the past 12 months.”