CAMRA announces pub of the yearaletalk
Former nightclub The Sandford Park Alehouse has been crowned the best pub in the country by The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)
Pub of the Year organiser Paul Ainsworth said:
“The Sandford Park impressed the judges on every level, but especially the quality and choice of its real ales, where the scores were among the highest ever recorded in the contest. Judges also appreciated the stylish modern decor, the knowledgeable, welcoming staff and the lively atmosphere. One judge commented, ‘I might consider moving to Cheltenham!’ Given the all-round excellence of the other three finalists, a win this year is a great achievement.”
Pub owner Grant Cook put in an offer on the Grade II listed building while on holiday in Thailand – a decision which has been rewarded by the Ale House being named the best pub in the country.
The Sandford Park Alehouse has ten real ale hand pumps and one dedicated to real cider, which means it is able to cater for a wide audience of real ale lovers. As well as an amazing real ale and food selection, the pub also holds an annual cheese and cider festival.
On winning one of CAMRA’s most prestigious titles, Grant said:
“At every stage of the competition, we’ve been delighted to get to the next round and, of course, we are thrilled to emerge from the last four on top. Winning the South West round seemed like the biggest achievement because there were so many pubs that we were up against.”