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Gilís a real ale champion
Article date: 23 Dec 2013

J.J. Moon’s, in Ruislip Manor, has been voted ‘Pub of the Year 2013’ winner, for the Hillingdon area, by members of the West Middlesex CAMRA branch.

The pub beat some 80 real-ale pubs in the area, receiving a third of the votes cast, almost three times more than the runner-up pub.

Members are asked to vote on the welcome they receive, the mix of clientele, the ambiance and the value-for-money, as well as the beers’ quality. J.J. Moon’s came out a clear winner.

It was a double celebration for pub manager Gil Cooray, who was also presented with a ‘special award’. 

Members were asked to nominate the person who had done the most to promote real ale in the branch area.

The accolade was given ‘in recognition of your consistent promotion and championing of the cause of real ale and 23 years’ service as manager of J.J. Moon’s, Ruislip Manor’.

Gil (pictured left) said: “I haven’t seen a special award before, so I don’t think that there are many, and I am absolutely delighted to receive it.

“The presentation event was a marvellous evening, with the CAMRA members enjoying the beer festival ales on offer.”

Graham Harrison (right), West Middlesex CAMRA branch chairman, said: “Gil’s enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge on the whole brewing process make him a worthy winner.

“Creating the real-ale club, which helps him to decide which guest beers to stock, as well as arranging brewery visits, meet-the-brewer sessions, the ‘cellar dash’ and the recently introduced real-ale Wednesday price, have made J.J. Moon’s the must-visit pub in the area for real ale – and Gil has been at its heart since it opened 23 years ago.”

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