CAMRA announces the Supreme Regional Pub winnersaletalk
The top four best pubs in Britain as judged by the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, have been announced as they move closer to crowning the National Pub of the Year. The pubs are judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly – quality of beer.
The Supreme Regional Pubs are:
West Pennines: Drovers Rest Inn, Monkhill, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 6DB
Inside the pub is designed to make customers feel like they’re in three completely different rooms. There’s a games area at the back with a pool table, the bar area is cosy and welcoming with a roaring fire in winter and there is a separate dining area. The Drovers is very much a pub at the heart of its community and has a well-deserved reputation for excellent food and as an oasis for lots of different real ales.
Having been named the number one pub in the West Pennines region earlier this year, on making the top four, Sandy Williamson, Manager of the Drovers Rest said: “We are so stunned and proud of getting to the top 16 pubs in the country and now to the top 4, it’s almost unbelievable. We bought the Drover’s from a brewery two and a half years ago in a basically closed state. So to get to this point in such a short time means so much to us, our community and our local CAMRA branch. We’re just a small family run country pub who loves doing what we do. Thank you to everyone.”
Yorkshire: Kelham Island Tavern, 62 Russell Street, Kelham Island, Sheffield, S3 8RW
Having won the prestigious award in both 2008 and 2009, the Kelham Island Tavern is in with a chance of winning National Pub of the Year for a third time. Trevor Wraith, Manager at the Kelham Island Tavern said: “Following on from coverage that Sheffield has the best selection of real ales in the country and the recent announcement that we were judged as CAMRA’s ‘Yorkshire Pub of the year 2015’, it is an honour to have reached the supreme pubs part of the top 16 in the national part of the competition again. All we can do is carry on stocking a wide range and variety of well kept cask beers, in a clean, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and that seems to be the key“.
Kent: The Yard of Ale, 61 Church Street, St Peter’s, Broadstairs, CT10 2TU
The Yard of Ale is a micropub in a 19th century stable in the village of St Peter’s, that serves cask ales, real ciders and locally produced wines along with tea and coffee, handmade pork pies and Kent crisps and cheese. After being named as the best pub in Kent, the Yard of Ale has now made it into the top supreme pubs in the country which has left owner, Ian Nobel slightly speechless, “This is amazing. Shawn, myself and the Yard of Ale team would like to thank all our customers, also those from CAMRA who voted for us to get to this stage.”
South West: Sandford Park Ale House, 20 High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1DZ
Opened in April 2014, this is a smart new alehouse at the far eastern end of the High Street, backing on to Sandford Park. The main bar area wraps around a new timber staircase with bar billiards table at the far end and a large room facing beer garden. They have up to seven guest ales with a good selection of ciders and foreign beers as well as a good range of food.
Grant Cook, General Manager at the Sandford Park Ale House commented: “We were absolutely delighted to win the South West regional section of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year. We try to bring a fresh approach to the 21st Century pub and are greatly encouraged by the award. To now hear that we are in the final four is amazing news! It will give us a platform to put on new and interesting quality beer events and also keeps a healthy pressure on us to always live up to our standards of quality, service, atmosphere and value.”
The National Pub of the Year for 2015 (chosen from the above finalists) will be announced in February 2016.