GORING Social Club has been named the best in the region by the Campaign for Real Ale for the second time in three years.
The High Street club beat more than 100 others in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to the club of the year title that it last won in 2011.
The award is given to the club which serves the best real ale consistently as well as for its welcome and overall atmosphere.
Club spokesman Emrhys Barrell said: “Finding out that we’d won was great news.
It’s particularly pleasing because of our size. We’re only a modest village club but everyone here works very hard and a lot of members really know their beer.
“Our steward Dave Dean, his wife Jane and the rest of the bar team are very careful to make sure the quality stays high.” The club only serves three ales at any time. Old Father Thames and Butcombe Bitter are permanently on tap alongside a guest beer.
Mr Barrell said: “Some clubs have lots of beers on display so they’re hanging around for longer but keeping to three means we rarely have a barrel on for more than three days. In the summer, when it’s really hot, we’ll even take a barrel off if it isn’t being drunk fast enough.”
The club was founded in 1888 and is one of the oldest buildings in the village centre. It was originally called Goring Working Men’s Club but changed its name in the Sixties to reflect its changing membership.
It has more than 550 members who pay an annual subscription of up to £20.
The bar is open every evening during the week and all day at weekends.