Cheers to that! Upminster micropub makes it into the Good Beer Guide

14:35 22 September 2016

Bob Knowles and Caroline Sheldon (central) raise a glass to the news that the Upminster TapRoom is to be included in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2017.

Bob Knowles and Caroline Sheldon (central) raise a glass to the news that the Upminster TapRoom is to be included in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2017.


The owners of the borough’s first micropub will be raising a glass after finding out their beloved drinking den has earned a prestigious accolade in its very first year.

The Upminster TapRoom, in Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster, was delighted to learn that it will be featured in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide 2017.

Caroline Sheldon, who runs the TapRoom alongside Bob Knowles, was thrilled with the news.

She said: “I think only 10 per cent of pubs in Britain get a mention, so it’s fantastic news for us to be in it. We’re absolutely delighted.”

In November, the TapRoom will mark its first birthday with a special celebration event, but Caroline is keeping tight-lipped on exactly what lies in store for the micropub’s regulars.

“We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves, that’s all I’ll say for now,” she revealed.

The upcoming anniversary, and the recognition from CAMRA have been the icing on the cake for the micropub, which faced an eight-month planning and licensing battle with Havering Council before finally opening full-time in January.

She said: “Considering the battle we had to set this place up, it feels like we’ve been entirely vindicated.

“We couldn’t have done it without the incredible support we’ve had from the people of Upminster, and from the Recorder.”

To make its way into the Good Beer Guide, a pub needs to be nominated by a member of its local CAMRA group. Its application is then assessed by a nationwide panel who decide whether it makes the cut.

“All that matters is whether the beer is good,” said a member of the south west Essex branch, who lives in Horchurch. “And if any of the members have ever had a bad beer in there it probably won’t make it in.

“The reason people like this place is that there’s nothing else quite like it in the local area. Round here a lot of the pubs are aimed at slightly younger people and they won’t have as many independent breweries so you don’t get as many quality beers.”


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