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Pubs toast Good Beer Guide inclusion
12:02pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
COLCHESTER pubs have raised a glass to this year’s Good Beer Guide.
The guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale, lists ten of the town’s pubs in its latest guide.
It is one more than Colchester and North East Essex Camra branch has had in recent years.
Alan Wareham, branch chairman, said: “It’s a big coup for pubs the town and every one of them should be really proud.
“The competition is fierce and it is very important to get into the guide.”
It is the first time the Ale House, in Butt Road, has been included in the guide. It has been open since November 2011.
Pauline Worsley, pub landlady, said: “We are over the moon about it and it really shows how good our customers are and I would like to thank them for their support and votes.”
Fred Veasey, who owns The Ale House and the Brick Layers, in Nayland Road, added: "For real ale drinkers, the Good Beer Guide is the Bible.
"It's important to be in there because people will take it with them when they visit different towns and they trust it."
The Victoria Inn, in North Station Road, has been included for the second year running while the Purple Dog, in Eld Lane, makes it debut in the prestigious list.
Sheena Valentine, who runs Camra Pub of the Year, the Victoria Inn, said: “It’s a definite help to be included.
“It really helps get the message out to Camra members that we’re here and if they are visiting and they like real ale, then they will think about coming here.
“For us, it is 100 per cent essential.”
The Colchester pubs included in the guide are:
• The Ale House
• Brick Layers
• British Grenadier
• Fat Cat
• Hole in the Wall
• Live and Let Live
• Odd One Out
• New Inn
• Purple Dog
• Victoria Inn
Nine Tendring pubs have been selected for the latest edition of the guide.
Clacton’s Old Lifeboat House, and the Moon and Starfish, both in Marine Parade East, were acclaimed for the quality of their real ale.
The Blacksmith’s Arms in Little Clacton was also selected, along with the White Hart in Weeley, the Railway Tavern in Brightlingsea, the Haywain in Little Bromley, the New Bell Inn and the Alma Inn in Harwich and the Victory and Walton.
Jeff Luesley, chairman of Tendring Camra, said: “As a branch we are allocated nine pubs for the guide.
“We select those from approximately 25 pubs.
“Every single one of our 500 members can vote for up to 12 pubs
“The landlord is the key to a good pub. Each of the pubs listed in Tendring have their own personality.
“A lot of people like the Railway Tavern in Brightlingsea. It is a real boozer, but there is a good atmosphere and energy.
“The Haywain on the other hand is a country pub that you would be happy to take your great aunt to.
“The thing that all these pubs have in common is that you are almost guaranteed a very good pint in a good condition.”
The guide takes account of drinkers’ ratings on customer service, decor and overall atmosphere but the final list is compiled by each individual Camra branch.
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