The CAMRA National Pub of the Year for 2015 was announced on 25th February, it is the Sandford Park Alehouse in Cheltenham.
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The runners up were Drovers Rest, Carlisle, Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield, and the Yard of Ale micropub in Broadstairs.
KENT PUB of the YEAR 2015 and one of CAMRA's best four pubs in Britain
Together with the publication of the 2016 Good Beer Guide on 10th September 2015, it was announced that the 2015 Kent Pub of the year is the Yard of Ale, St Peters, Broadstairs.
On 23rd November, the Yard of Ale was named as one of CAMRA's best four pubs in Britain - read the press release
Kent pub named as one of Top 16 in UK
As well as listing new and existing breweries in the area, the UK’s top pubs are also listed in the 2016 Good Beer Guide, with the Yard of Ale in Broadstairs named as one of 16 finalists in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) National Pub of the Year competition. Described in the beer guide as “Housing a gem of a micropub. Decorated with old riding equipment, it retains much of the building’s unique character including the original flagstone floor.”
The pub was judged against numerous other local branch winners and was deemed to be the best in the region overall, with a perfect mix of the essential characteristics which make a great pub: Atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly - quality real ale.
The Yard of Ale will now go forward to the next round and be judged against the finalists in:-
- East Anglia - White Horse, Low Rd (B1119), Suffolk Coastal, Sweffling, IP17 2BB
- Greater London - One Inn the Wood, 209 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, Orpington, BR5 1LA
- Surrey & Sussex - Surrey Oaks, Parkgate Road, Parkgate, Newdigate, RH5 5DZ
The National Pub of the Year for 2015 will be announced in February 2016.
The Yard of Ale,
61 Church Street, St Peters, Broadstairs, CT10 2TU
For Immediate Release
Issue 23rd November
A Broadstairs micropub has been named one of the best four pubs in the country by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The Yard of Ale - one of a growing number of micropubs in the UK - has been named as one of CAMRA's Super Regional finalists and now stands a chance of being named the National Pub of the Year.
The pub was judged against 16 of the best pubs in the country, in the regional heats of CAMRA's National Pub of the Year competition, with four super regional finalists going through the last round of the competition.
It was described by judges as having the perfect mix of the essential characteristics which make a great pub: atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly –quality real ale.
Regional Director for CAMRA Kent, Kae Mendham said: "This Thanet based micropub is the best of the new style of pubs that is invading the United Kingdom. Local customers and tourists are able to choose from an ever changing list of very well kept beer and cider, in surroundings that are reminiscent of times gone by. All the CAMRA members in Kent are very proud that it has been judged good enough to be a finalist. Of course we are sure that it will win as it is truly the very best."
As well as becoming a super-regional winner, the micropub has also been awarded cider pub of the year by the local Thanet CAMRA branch. Being placed in the top four supreme pubs in the country 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."
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.
The micropub concept was born in Kent with the opening of the first - the Butcher's Arms in Herne Bay - around a decade ago. Since then around 100 micropubs have opened across the UK, all based on the idea of focussing on good beer and company, rather than music, fruit machines or complicated food.
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The Yard of Ale