Sussex pub named region's best

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A traditional family-run Inn has been named the region’s top pub.

The Wilkes Head, named after 18th century radical John Wilkes, has won the CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year 2012 accolade.

The pub, situated just off the A29 at Eastergate and five miles east of Chichester, will now be entered for the national finals in February where the 16 regional winners will compete to be crowned National Pub of the Year.

CAMRA decided on the winners by judging on all the criteria that makes a “great” pub, including the decor, atmosphere, customer service, value money, clientele mix, and the quality of real ale and cider.

Sonia Scott, director of the pub, who works alongside her husband Trevor Brown and daughter Nina Scott in running the premises, has spoken of her joy at their pub receiving the award.

She said: “We are extremely honoured to receive the accolade. We feel we have provided the best service we possibly can.

“The food and drink we supply are both to a very high standard, the premises have improved a lot and the business is very well run.”

The family’s fourth anniversary at the pub was on September 3. CAMRA describes it as a “small Grade II-listed red-brick pub” dating from 1803, offering four guest beers and an October beer festival.

The October festival is the second of the year. The pub successfully staged a festival during the Jubilee celebrations.

This year 51 new pub entries from Surrey and Sussex have made it into CAMRA’s 40th anniversary edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The region also now has 40 breweries, including eight newly opened in the last year. A total of 1,009 breweries are now in operation across the country, more than twice as many as a decade ago.

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3:23pm Mon 17 Sep 12

rolivan says...

Can non CAMRA members win, if not the Headline needs changing.
Can non CAMRA members win, if not the Headline needs changing. rolivan
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3:31pm Mon 17 Sep 12

censored says...

Yes, CAMRA choose their best pub regardless of any association with them. Any pub could win.

Though, of course, any pub serving well-kept real ale is already likely to have some sort of contact with CAMRA or it's members in the area.
Yes, CAMRA choose their best pub regardless of any association with them. Any pub could win. Though, of course, any pub serving well-kept real ale is already likely to have some sort of contact with CAMRA or it's members in the area. censored
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4:09pm Mon 17 Sep 12

kkj says...

rolivan wrote:
Can non CAMRA members win, if not the Headline needs changing.
Why would the headline need changing regardless of any affiliation with CAMRA or any other organisation?
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Can non CAMRA members win, if not the Headline needs changing.[/p][/quote]Why would the headline need changing regardless of any affiliation with CAMRA or any other organisation? kkj
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4:56pm Mon 17 Sep 12

rolivan says...

OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.
OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed. rolivan
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5:04pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

rolivan wrote:
OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.
No need to get 'bitter' about it.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.[/p][/quote]No need to get 'bitter' about it. Telscombe Cliffy
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5:14pm Mon 17 Sep 12

kkj says...

rolivan wrote:
OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.
Why should the headline be changed? The pub *has* been named the region's best, so the headline is 100% accurate.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.[/p][/quote]Why should the headline be changed? The pub *has* been named the region's best, so the headline is 100% accurate. kkj
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7:05pm Mon 17 Sep 12

censored says...

rolivan wrote:
OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.
No, because if it doesn't sell decent beer it's not a good pub.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.[/p][/quote]No, because if it doesn't sell decent beer it's not a good pub. censored
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8:09pm Mon 17 Sep 12

rolivan says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
rolivan wrote:
OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.
No need to get 'bitter' about it.
It's ok I am feeling a bit "Browned off I don't like this "Mild " weather.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.[/p][/quote]No need to get 'bitter' about it.[/p][/quote]It's ok I am feeling a bit "Browned off I don't like this "Mild " weather. rolivan
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3:55pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Flippin Burghers says...

rolivan wrote:
Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
rolivan wrote:
OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.
No need to get 'bitter' about it.
It's ok I am feeling a bit "Browned off I don't like this "Mild " weather.
Stout defence.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: OK I will be a little more direct could a Pub that doesn't sell Real Ale win it? If not the Headline should be changed.[/p][/quote]No need to get 'bitter' about it.[/p][/quote]It's ok I am feeling a bit "Browned off I don't like this "Mild " weather.[/p][/quote]Stout defence. Flippin Burghers
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