DOZENS of pubs have been recognised on an ale lovers’ list of historic or traditional hostelries.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has released its latest guide to Real Heritage Pubs in the South East and there are 50 Sussex venues included.

Camra hopes the guide will boost interest in the pubs as they are set to reopen next weekend.

But it admits many will be under pressure and face uncertainty over safety and whether they can stay in business.

The Ladies Mile in Patcham, Brighton, was recognised as an inter-war pub with a Neo-Georgian style and Moderne interior.

Camra also recognised the King and Queen in Marlborough Place in the city centre, describing it as “a glorious, nostalgic celebration of Henry VIII and all that with masses of imposing woodwork”.

Editor and historic pubs expert Geoff Brandwood said: “As a period of great uncertainty for the nation’s pubs hopefully comes to a close, it’s a real delight to release the final instalment of the Real Heritage Pub guide series.

“This guide highlights the best-preserved pubs across the South East region, allowing you to experience pub history even if you’re unable to visit them in person right now.

“It also champions the need to celebrate, understand and protect the genuine pub heritage we have left and revenue raised from the title goes back into Camra campaigning.”

There were 16 pubs on the list from West Sussex, and 34 from East Sussex, which includes Brighton and Hove.

Other pubs in the guide include The Norfolk Arms in Steyning, the Lewes Arms in Lewes, and the General Havelock in Hastings.

Camra said listings range from unspoilt country delights and old coaching inns to cosy Victorian locals and little-known pubs from the inter and post-war periods.

The guide has high-quality photography throughout and allows readers to experience first-hand the pub history of the county while protecting a vital part of the region’s heritage. 

Pubs are arranged by county, with maps showing their location and there are features about pub and brewing history in the area.

Real Heritage Pubs of the South East is 136 pages and costs £7.99, or £5.99 for Camra members.

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