Every year we get complaints of two kinds about the Guide - "Why didn't you put pub X in?" and "What possessed you to put pub Y in?". Our current selection process was explained in ALE 322 and, as we said then, we don't claim it's perfect. Our main problem, as a Branch with few active members, is getting regularly round all 260 real ale pubs in our area. Many rural pubs in particular don't get checked out nearly often enough.

We've been looking at how we could improve selection and have agreed, for starters, to develop a "long list" of pubs where one or more of us has found very good ale. The idea is to keep this list of potential GBG entries open all year round so that members can visit as many candidates as possible.

This is where we need your help. At the end of the article is our first bash at a list. If you're reading this then the chances are that you're not averse to a drop of real ale and can no doubt spot a good pint when you sup one. So, if you know of pubs not on the list where the beer is consistently good, please let me know. Similarly, should you feel anything listed doesn't deserve its place, please tell me why not.

Paul Ainsworth
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The 'Long List'

Balsham
Black Bull
Bartlow
Three Hills
Barton
Hoops
Boxworth
Golden Ball
Burwell
Five Bells
Fox
Cambridge
Bath
Bun Shop
Burleigh Arms
Cambridge Blue
Carlton Arms
Carpenters Arms
Castle, Castle Street
Champion of the Thames
Clarendon Arms
Dobblers
Eagle
Elm Tree
Empress
Flying Pig
Fort St George
Free Press
Grapes
Green Dragon
Hopbine
Kingston Arms
Live & Let Live
Maypole
Mill
Mitre
Old Spring
Pickerel
Portland Arms
Radegund
Red Bull
Regal
Salisbury
Six Bells
Tram Depot
Wrestlers
Castle Camps
Cock
Comberton
Three Horseshoes
Conington
White Swan
Dullingham
Boot
Duxford
Plough
Elsworth
Poacher
Fen Ditton
Ancient Shepherds
Fowlmere
Chequers
Fulbourn
Bakers Arms
Six Bells
Girton
George
Grantchester
Blue Ball
Great Abington
Three Tuns
Harlton
Hare & Hounds
Harston
Queens Head
Hildersham
Pear Tree
Hinxton
Red Lion
Histon
Boot
King William IV
Red Lion
Horningsea
Plough & Fleece
Impington
Railway Vue
Linton
Crown
Dog & Duck
Longstowe
Red House
Melbourn
Black Horse
Star
Milton
Waggon & Horses
Newton
Queens Head
Reach
Dykes End
Sawston
Greyhound
Kings Head
Stapleford
Longbow
Stow-cum-Quy
White Swan
Swavesey
White Horse
Swaffham Bulbeck
Black Horse
Thriplow
Green Man
Whittlesford
Bees in the Wall
Red Lion
Willingham
Three Tuns