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Real ale pubs celebrate top awards from prestigious Good Beer Guide

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

  • The New Inn in Devon has been honoured by the Campaign for Real Ale as one of its Magnificent Seven after featuring in all 40 of its Good Beer Guides

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Three Westcountry pubs have earned their place among the nation's elite in the real ale drinkers' bible.

The New Inn in Devon has been honoured by the Campaign for Real Ale as one of its "Magnificent Seven" after featuring in all 40 volumes of its Good Beer Guides.

The popular pub at Kilmington, near Axminster, is the only Westcountry pub to earn the accolade.

Meanwhile, the Front, in Falmouth, has been named as runner-up to the prestigious CAMRA's Pub of the Year.

The pub at Custom House Quay narrowly lost out to The Bridge End Inn in Wales.

Elsewhere, Tom Cobley Tavern of Spreyton, near Okehampton was named the best pub in the South West.

New Inn landlord Brian Jenkins was delighted to reach this milestone.

"We're very chuffed about it," said Mr Jenkins, who has run the pub for 20 of the 40 years it has been featured in the guide.

"I didn't know about it before I got the pub but I'm more than happy to carry it on."

Despite his success, Mr Jenkins does not harbour desires to win the top spot.

"We just want to serve good food and good beer," added Mr Jenkins, who will travel to the Buckingham Arms in London today, another pub in the Magnificent Seven, to collect his award.

Meanwhile, Dominic Lilly of the Front said to be recognised as the national runner-up was "awesome". "We didn't set out to do it, we just concentrated on great beers," said Mr Lilly, who has worked at the pub for the past four years.

"We keep trying to do the best job we can, getting the quality perfect and having great, changing guest ales.

"It's not about the awards, it's about the journey."

Tom Cobley Tavern has been recognised with its third South West award, having previously won the same title in 2006 and 2008.

The award will be added to a catalogue of success for the tavern, which was National Pub of the Year in 2006 and runner-up in 2008, along with CAMRA Exeter and East Devon Pub of the Year an incredible six times.

Landlord Roger Cudlip was pleased with the news: "It gives you a boost and puts you on the map.

"People travel from all over to visit. I'm old fashioned, I like to keep it a proper pub. We do 14 ales and 20 ciders, that's a real ale festival every day of the week."

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  • Ant__  |  September 13 2012, 12:51PM

    So, with more micro-breweries in the country than ever before we can mark Beer as done. Time to get cider out of the clutches of the big brewers ! I am still mourning the loss of Churchwards cider in Paignton.

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