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Dorset pubs praised by Campaign for Real Ale
REAL ale campaigners are celebrating after Dorset pubs were singled out for praise.
The Trooper Inn at Stourton Caundle near Sherborne won the Wessex Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub of the Year title. Only five miles to the west is the runner-up, the Three Elms Inn at North Wootton.
As well as this, the 2014 Good Beer Guide, which is published today includes 31 West Dorset pubs which were recommended and surveyed by local members of CAMRA.
West Dorset CAMRA spokesman Michel Hooper-Immins, pictured below, said: “The CAMRA regional Pub of the Year competition includes all the pubs in Hampshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, Channel Islands with parts of Surrey and Wiltshire.
“So it is a really remarkable achievement for the top two this year to be from North Dorset. It demonstrates the overall quality of our Dorset real ale houses and we congratulate both licensees.”
The Trooper Inn was nominated by the Heart of Wessex CAMRA branch and The Three Elms by the West Dorset branch.
With the publication of the 2014 Good Beer Guide, 31 West Dorset pubs are celebrating being listed in the prestigious UK-wide real ale handbook.
Recommended for the second year running is the thatched Royal Oak pub in Cerne Abbas, owned by Hall & Woodhouse.
Licensee Nicky Bligh has continued the good work of retired licensee Brendan Malone since taking over earlier in the year and is delighted the iconic pub, which dates back to 1540, has retained the prized listing.
Hall & Woodhouse Chairman Mark Woodhouse said: “Hall & Woodhouse public houses aim to serve perfect beer all of the time. I am delighted that Nicky Bligh at the Royal Oak has been recognised for doing so.”
Palmers’ thatched Bridport brewery provides six of the listed pubs, including the Royal Standard at Lyme Regis, the Ropemakers Arms at Bridport and the Thimble Inn at Piddlehinton.
Other recommendations include the Wellington Arms in Weymouth’s St Alban Street, the Royal Portland Arms in Fortuneswell, the Colliton Club in Dorchester, the Bottle Inn at Marshwood and the Digby Tap at Sherborne.
Mr Hooper-Immins added: “We congratulate all 31 pubs, which are chosen by local CAMRA members following a rigorous inspection procedure and recommended for the high standard of their real ales, including many from Dorset breweries.”
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