PEOPLE in search of a good pint of real ale won’t be short of options in South Derbyshire after the district’s best pubs were recognised in the latest Good Beer Guide.
The 2014 edition of the Campaign for Real Ale’s guide judges pubs for the quality of ale on offer and provided more encouraging news for the area after naming Staffordshire as the cheapest place to get a pint of beer anywhere in the country.
A number of pubs from the district were included and for husband and wife Kevin and Tracey Richards, who run the Brickmakers Arms, in Burton Road, Newton Solney, the recognition marks just how far they have come in the two years since they took over.
The pair, who formerly ran the Devonshire Arms, in Station Street, Burton, said they were ‘overwhelmed’ when they heard the news.
Mrs Richards said: “We were over the moon when we got the letter. It’s the first time we’ve been in and it is recognition of how hard we’ve worked to get where we are.
“Initially trade wasn’t great, but we’ve worked hard to get the pub where it is today. It’s not easy for pubs these days, especially those that don’t do food, but I think people enjoy coming to a small cosy pub to drink some real ale.”
While the Brickmakers Arms was tasting success for the first time, Richard and Jayne Humble at the helm of The Admiral Rodney Inn, in Main Street, Hartshorne, have become more used to the recognition.
Mr Humble said: “This is the sixth time we’ve been in. The way I look at it, beer costs enough as it is so if people are spending their money they should have a decent pint of beer and that’s what we strive to achieve.”
Other pubs to taste success were the Black Horse, in Coton in the Elms, the Colville Arms in Lullington, the Blue Bell Inn, in Melbourne, the Swann Inn, in Milton, and the Green Man, in Willington.