Goose named Camra’s Country Pub of the Year 2018!


The Goose & Cuckoo has been crowned Gwent CAMRA’s Country Pub of the Year 2018.

It is the third time the pub has won the category in the Campaign for Real Ale group’s Gwent Pubs of the Year awards, but the first time that the same pub has won the same award under different licensees.

The Goose was shortlisted for the award after receiving a high number of nominations from CAMRA members who had visited the pub.

A panel of four CAMRA judges then visited the pub incognito, sampling all the beers on offer between them. Criteria for judging included not only the quality of the beer, but also the role of the pub in its local community, its ambience and commitment to serving good quality real ales and cider.

Part of our ethos is promoting real ale and beer produced by small independent breweries. The pub’s next music and beer festival – Goose Stock 2018 on Sunday August 26th – not only features four live bands, a hog roast and barbecue, but at least six real ales brewed by such breweries.

“Rhiannon, Morgan and I, are passionate about supporting small independent breweries, so we are truly honoured to win this award,” said one of the pub’s two landladies – Susan Finch.

Sue, who took over the pub with her friend Rhiannon Chandler and Rhiannon’s son Morgan just over two years ago, says the popularity of real ale has helped the pub.

“There are some great beers and real ales out there and a real thirst for them,” she said.

“They always sell out fast and at last year’s Goose Stock, we had more than 600 people turn up and sold over 2,000 pints. I hope this year’s event is equally successful.”

The Goose & Cuckoo was the only pub in Llanover to survive the Temperance Movement purge of pubs in the area championed by Lady Llanover in the late 19th century, as it is located just outside her estate.

Outgoing Chair of Gwent CAMRA, Martyn Groucutt says the fact that the pub is thriving in equally challenging circumstances is a credit to the way it is run.

“There are now five breweries in Monmouthshire alone and the Goose does a great job at promoting these local beers and this accolade is well deserved,” he said.

“CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide once said of the Goose and Cuckoo: ‘If there are 100 pubs that people should visit before they die this should be one of them’. It is a remarkable place and at a time when country pubs are shutting in considerable numbers, this place has not only survived, but is going from strength to strength.

“Monmouthshire boasts some great country pubs, so it is no mean feat to win this award. The Goose is an extraordinary pub and is a supreme example of a remote country pub doing a great job. Long may it continue.”