WhatPub Launched !
Press Release Issued: Monday 23rd September 2013
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today launched its first ever national online pub guide - WhatPub.com - dedicated to helping the public find the best pubs to suit their needs across Britain.
Following an extensive two year project by thousands of CAMRA volunteers, whatpub.com features 47,000 pubs, around 36,000 of which serve real ale - making the site the most definitive online guide to real ale in the UK.
Whatpub.com, which has been designed to optimise automatically for use on laptops, tablets and mobile devices, offers over thirty different search fields ranging from dog friendly pubs to those that offer newspapers or live music, making the results customizable to each person's individual preferences. Another key feature is that of the 35,800 real ale pubs featured, around 22,000 have details of the real ales being served - taking the guesswork out of a visit for real ale lovers.
Andy Shaw, CAMRA Director said "CAMRA has developed WhatPub to be the ultimate online pub guide for all pub-goers. It may even help encourage people who have stopped using pubs regularly, since WhatPub will help them find the ideal pub to suit their needs."
WhatPub entries are written by local CAMRA members and then approved by dedicated branch volunteers. A full entry offers a description and pictures of the pub, the address, opening hours, who owns it, lists the regular real ales they stock, states whether the pub offers Guest Beers, highlights the pubs main features e.g. availability of food, gives a map of where the pub can be located, sat nav reference, OS reference and highlights the local transport available
WhatPub also allows CAMRA members to score the quality of the real ales served in the pub which helps CAMRA select entries for a number of local and national publications.
Mr Shaw commented on the entries, "WhatPub differs from many other pub websites which are based on details provided by the person who owns the pub, who may be a little biased! I would like to thank the thousands of CAMRA volunteers for their time and effort in submitting these entries. It is this process that makes WhatPub totally independent."
Mr Shaw concluded, "WhatPub has plenty more future planned developments but we are very proud of the website launched today and CAMRA hopes everybody will enjoy using it."