‘We’re on the front cover’

The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted.''CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2012
The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted.''CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2012

A LANDLORD has told the Gazette he is delighted to see his canalside pub on the front cover of the CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2012.

It is the first time the Campaign for Real Ale has put a canalside pub on the front cover of the yearly guide.

But it is the second year in a row that The Rising Sun in Berkhamsted has been in it.

Landlord Mark Granger said: “Now we are not only in the guide, but we are on the front cover. It is a bit like hitting the jackpot.”

Mr Granger, who has been running the pub since December 2008, says it stocks five real ales and 15 real ciders.

He said: “I would not say the building has any particular architectural merit.

“It is just a pretty, Victorian canalside pub.”

It’s also one that could date back to 1830, he said, when it was used by tradesmen to rest their horses overnight on trips into London.

Mr Granger has known the pub was going to be on CAMRA’s front cover for about seven months, but says he was “delighted” to hen it finally came out in mid-September.

CAMRA chose the pub because of its scenic setting.

Mr Granger said said: “We are not even on a road. They say we are on George Street, but we’re not really. The pub is a hidden gem.

“We are in the countryside of Berkhamsted on a nature trail for bats, herons, kingfishers and other wildlife.”

He said people go out of their way to visit the bar, because of its charm.

He said: “We are quite bohemian and have an eclectic client base. Someone will always chat to you here. We are a very friendly pub - exactly as it should be.”

Other pubs featured in the guide include The Crown in Berkhamsted High Street, and The Kings Arms in King Street and The Robin Hood in Brook Street, both Tring. But no Hemel Hempstead pubs were good enough to get in.