The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has named four pubs as its finalists for its National Pub of the Year 2012 competition.
The pubs are: Bridge End Inn, Ruabon (5 Bridge Street, Wrexham, LL14 6DA); Conqueror Alehouse, Ramsgate (4C Grange Road, Kent, CT11 9LR); Baum, Rochdale (33-37 Toad Lane, Greater Manchester, OL12 0NU); Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton (Devon, EX17 5AL)
Peter McGivern, Bridge End Inn licensee, said: “We are extremely pleased to see how a year after our success as the overall winner in the competition, we are judged to be keeping up our high standards. It’s a great credit to the staff and everyone involved in the pub that things are going well, we aren’t being complacent, and we are working to a high level all the time.”
Colin Aris, Conqueror Alehouse licensee, said: “We are obviously absolutely thrilled and proud to be the first micro pub and pub from Ramsgate to have ever got this far in this national competition. This success is vindication of the micro pub model, and shows such pubs have a valid place in today’s industry.”
Heidi Crompton, Baum co-owner, said: “We are ecstatic to hear this news of our success. We are one of the only traditional family pubs in our area, and are all about getting involved in the community. We ensure all our staff are well-trained and part of a big family here, and our emphasis is on buying and supporting local, independent producers – from our food to our beer.”
Roger Cudlip, Tom Cobley Tavern licensee, said: “It’s a bit of a shock to us, but fantastic news for us being a small pub in the middle of the countryside. This success is a big boost to all the staff, it puts us on the map and really brings in an awful lot of trade. It’s great to get a bit of good news, we’re chuffed to bits.”
The overall winner of Camra’s National Pub of the Year competition to be announced in February 2013.
By Neil Gerrard
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