The Grantham area is pleased to be able to offer a number of entries in the 2016 Good Beer Guide. These are listed below:
9 North Street
Local CAMRA Pub of the Year for the second year running, this is a vibrant sports-orientated hostelry, especially busy at the weekend when showing live sporting events. It also has its own successful football team. A superb example of a well-run, independent town pub, it sells a range of six beers featuring award-winning LocAles from Newby Wyke. Trying to find the toilets might be harder than you think, with the hidden door, and watch out for the spider!
65 Dudley Road
An original back-street community pub with a separate bar and lounge area, one of the few remaining in town, and well worth a visit. it was voted Grantham Journal Pub of the Year 2015 by readers. The landlord is a CAMRA member and a real ale enthusiast, hosting two beer festivals a year. As well as Oldershaw's Heavenly Blonde, there are four changing guest beers, one of which will not be found elsewhere locally.
17 St Peters Hill
This Wetherspoon pub was one of the first to be opened outside London. It occupies the old Co-op building and is a former CAMRA Pub of the Year. Ideally situated in the town centre and next to the museum and arts centre, it always has a large selection of national and guest ales. Especially noteworthy is that there is always one beer from each of Grantham's award-winning and renowned microbreweries - Brewster's, Newby Wyke, and Oldershaw.
Welcoming village local always worth visiting, close to the A1/A52. The cheerful landlord is an active CAMRA member and has been mine host for over 20 years. The pub boasts a comfortable lounge and a separate public bar where the friendly locals play darts or pool. There is a pleasant secluded garden area and a heated smoking shelter. As well as the regular beers, more than 100 different guests have been served over the past year.
Ancaster Social Club
This village club is home to numerous sporting teams and hosts local cup finals and events. Bombardier is supplemented by different guest ales. There is an airy conservatory and an outside seating area overlooking the sports field. This excellent club has been voted local CAMRA Club of the Year 2013-2015, Lincolnshire Clkub of the Year 2014 and a regional finalist in 2014.
15 Bulby Road
The Griffin is a recently refurbished 200-year-old stone built property with a bar area serving Oakham JHB and two changing and personally sourced microbrewery beers. Two separate dining rooms offer a wide selection of food from the traditional to the innovative. It was recently awarded 4 stars by Visit England. Spring/Summer vintage and classic car evenings start on the first Wednesday of the month, April to September.
Blue Cow Inn
The Blue Cow Inn is a traditional 13th century pub with a brewery. The beer is only available in the pub or at CAMRA beer festivals.
This pub has been voted Country Pub of the Year 2015 by the local CAMRA branch. One of the original public houses in an historic village, this 17th century gem has Star Brewery beers permanently on the bar along with regularly changing guest ales sourced both locally and nationally. A traditional cider is also on offer. An excellent menu of home-made food, cooked in a wood-fired stove in the bar is available every evening and Sunday lunchtime.