How to survey pubs and update WhatPub

Written by Sandie Taylor

WhatPub holds records of everything you might want to know about pubs in a specific area. This means it needs updating regularly with any changes. These changes might include change in tenancy, different regular beers or even risk of closure.

If you would like to update WhatPub with new information go to whatpub.com and log in as a member. You will need your membership number and password. Select the pub you want to update and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Fill in Feedback Form” to submit you updates. Fill in the form and click Send to CAMRA to submit your updates. Your updates will then be checked and uploaded onto the WhatPub website.

Pub surveys

South Herts branch aims to survey all the pubs in our area at least once every three years. Those that our members put forward for The Good Beer Guide or nominate for Pub of the Year are surveyed every year. Just after the branch AGM in January the committee and those who attend branch meetings are asked to volunteer to complete surveys. We all do what we can but the more help we can get from our members would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to complete a survey first go to the members area and sign in. You will need your CAMRA membership number and your password. Once logged in go to “Files” and then on Good Beer Guide & database/WhatPub survey form.

Save this form to your computer and print it off.

Some of the information on the form will not have changed for example the address and grid references. You can get this information from The WhatPub website. I find it’s useful to go to the pubs own website and make a note of their opening times, meal times etc. I use a pencil to fill in this part as not all pubs keep their websites up to date. You can also generally find out if the pub is tied, the name of the licensee and what regular beers they serve and if they have any changing beers.

Then the best bit, go to visit the pub. Check with the bar staff that the information you have already completed is still correct and see what beers they have on offer. Fill in as much of the form as you can. Once completed you can scan the form and send it to Barry James – barry@hertsale.org.uk.

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