Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pub wins prize for cellar

A PUB in Caversham has won this year?s best kept cellar competition, organised by Henley pub company Brakspear.

A PUB in Caversham has won this year?s best kept cellar competition, organised by Henley pub company Brakspear.

The Clifton Arms in Gosbrook Road saw off competition from finalists chosen from the company?s 145 pubs.

Licensee Seona MacKenzie wins a prize of a ?house beer?. The beer, called Clifton Pride, was named by Mrs MacKenzie, who also helped to design the pump clip, and will be on sale at the pub from next month.

The judge was Roger Clayson, who works for Cask Marque, the organisation that assesses pubs for their beer and cellar quality.

He checked cellars for cleanliness, stock rotation, line cleaning and glass- washing, all of which impact on the quality of beer served across the bar. The Clifton Arms came top with a score of 79 per cent.

Mr Clayson said Mrs McKenzie and her team at the Clifton Arms clearly devoted care and time to the key areas, adding: ?I?m sure that she and the other excellent finalists are reaping the rewards in terms of beer quality and sales.?

The other finalists included Stephen Clay and Monika Anna Urbaniak, who run the John Barleycorn in Manor Road, Goring.

All will have their Cask Marque fees paid by Brakspear for the year.

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