Some analysis of Good Beer Guide pubs in London reached me a while ago and I think it worthy of sharing and comment.
The last three guides have the following numbers of Youngs pubs :
2007 = 53 pubs
2008 = 44 pubs
2009 = 35 pubs
The following is the same total for Fullers pubs :
2006 = 40
2007 = 38
2008 = 36
2009 = 36
The total number of Fullers pubs in the last four years has remained relatively stable, but there are very few that have been in for all of the four years, with most only being in one or two of those years. There is a lot more change as to which pub is in which year.
And finally Wetherspoons :
2006 = 26
2007 = 30
2008 = 24
2009 = 34
Wetherspoons has increased in number steadily over the years apart from a glitch in 2008 which relates to the end of the poor eras around 2006 & 2007 when real ale was less of a priority before its current policy and much improved availability and quality. I believe that Wetherspoons managers are on a bonus scheme that includes extra benefit if the pub makes it into the Guide.
Nothing really significant to add. I don't suppose Youngs will be too bothered by this statistic as it could be argued that this shows that their pubs are moving away from being beer led to a more mixed offering - a deliberate movement for them that has had significant investment since the brewery sale.
Although Fuller has the current largest number, I believe there is the potential to do much better. It is clear that they have many pubs on the fringe of the guide. Some more deliberate focus could improve their number.
Wetherspoons are improving (No sh*t Sherlock). Their excellent beer festivals and deliberate focus on CAMRA campaigning has done much to ingratiate them with CAMRA branches around the country. Reports are often mixed but the figures cannot lie.