REAL ale champions have announced the best community pubs in Burton and South Derbyshire.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) revealed that the Black Horse, in Burton Road, Coton-in-the-Elms, and The Roebuck, in Station Street, Burton, were picked out as the best ‘locals’ following a fierce battle among watering holes in the area.
The pubs came out on top after coming out on top in a range of categories from decor to the quality of the real ale on offer.
Now, people are being urged to ‘head out to their local’ in a bid to boost the pub trade.
Colin Valentine, CAMRA chairman, said: “I would like to thank all of the volunteers that have judged pubs up and down the country.
“This can take a lot of dedication to find the best real ale pubs in the area.
“We like to announce the winners to highlight the best pubs Britain has to offer to help raise the profile of pub-going.
“There are literally thousands of wonderful pubs that need our support at this moment in time and I would urge everyone to visit their local pub in April and discuss with the licensee ways he or she could encourage you to visit more regularly and also get others to turn up in the future.”
The latest awards were announced to time in with April’s Community Pubs Month.
CAMRA’s branches, which consist of thousands of volunteers, judge all of the pubs in their area to find their branch’s local pub of the year.
Pubs are judged on their decor, value for money and customer service, their appeal to different demographics and the quality of their real ale.
The local branch winners then go forward to battle it out in the regional heats in their quest to become National Pub of the Year in early 2015.
The Mail previously reported how The Leopard, in Monk Street, Tutbury, was one of only a handful of pubs across the country being used by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as part of its latest campaign.
More information is available online at www.communitypubscampaign.org.uk/