THE Brewers Arms in Lewes has won the ultimate local accolade.
It has been voted Pub of the Year for 2012 by members of the Brighton and South Downs branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
It’s a step up for The Brewers – the pub came second in last year’s vote behind The Evening Star, Brighton.
Miles Jenner, Head Brewer at Harveys, presented Liam Griffin, Bar Manager of The Brewers, with the Anthony Jenner Trophy – much to the delight of the regulars and CAMRA members.
This is the first time that a Lewes pub has won the Pub of the Year award.
In addition, there was more good news for pubs in the Lewes district when the CAMRA branch voted The Horns Lodge, South Chailey, into second place and The Gardeners Arms, Lewes, joint third with The Evening Star, Brighton.
The Horns Lodge was also voted Country Pub of the Year.
The Gardeners Arms was also recently presented with an award by the branch for receiving top marks from members of the public on the Ale Trail for 2011. The Ale Trail, now in its 19th year, is run annually by the local CAMRA branch from June to September, giving the real ale and cider fans the opportunity to visit up to 40 different pubs to win T-shirts, sweatshirts and a commemorative glass.
The Brighton and South Downs CAMRA branch covers an area from Shoreham in the west, Uckfield to the east, Haywards Heath to the north and Seaford to the south.
The Pub of the Year is chosen using six criteria. Obviously the emphasis is on the quality of the real ale but also covers the atmosphere/style and decor of the pub; the service and welcome given; clientele mix; sympathy with CAMRA aims and good value.
The Brewers Arms will now go head-to-head with pubs chosen by the other four CAMRA branches in Sussex in a bid to represent the county in the National Pub of the Year award.
The branch believes that The Brewers, a family owned and run free house, thoroughly deserves this award for its constantly changing range and quality of real ales, its warm welcome and the vast array of characters frequenting the pub.