Pubs across Dorset have been recognised for their quality pints in the latest Good Beer Guide.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has just released its 51st edition of The Good Beer Guide, with 66 pubs from across Dorset making the cut.

Of the 66 pubs, 20 are new entries, and a total of 27 breweries are also featured in this year’s edition.

Compiled by thousands of independent volunteers, the guide reviews more than 4,500 pubs across the UK, and is considered the definitive beer drinkers’ guide to the very best pints across the country.

This year’s edition also features Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson in the foreword, where the famed rock star shines a spotlight on the cultural tradition of pubs within the UK, the importance of protecting their heritage, charm and welcoming nature, and not taking them for granted.  

Pubs from Sherborne to Weymouth and everywhere in between are featured in this year’s guide, so here is a little taste of some of the pubs you can go to for a good pint.

Lugger Inn – Chickerell

Dorset Echo: The Lugger Inn, in Chickerell

A popular village pub that is over 200 years old which often serves Exmoor, Piddle or St Austell.

Tom Browns – Dorchester

Dorset Echo: Tom Browns Dorchester

The guide says this pub has a lively Saturday night scene and is great for a stroll along the river Frome - ‘well worth a visit’.

Blue Raddle- Dorchester

Dorset Echo: The Blue Raddle in Dorchester

Very much considered a ‘locals’ pub that serves locally sourced food with quirky photos and paraphernalia dotted throughout.

Cove House Inn – Portland

Dorset Echo: The Cove House Inn in Portland

This beautiful 18th century pub sits right on Portland’s Chesil Beach with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.

Digby Tap – Sherborne

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Located close to Sherborne’s famous Abbey, this pub serves food at ‘extremely reasonable prices’ and its owners of 20 years have kept the character of the 16th century free house.

Globe Inn – Weymouth

Dorset Echo:

A friendly and welcoming pub tucked away just 30 yards from the harbourside, it offers a separate games room with a pool table and darts board.

Dolphin Hotel – Weymouth

Dorset Echo:

This Hop Back Brewery pub regularly serves Summer Lighting and Crop Circle and likes to play music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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