Wetherspoon continues to gain independent recognition for the quality of real ale served in its pubs and has, during the last 12 months, attained its highest-ever level of accreditation.
During that time, an amazing 400 Wetherspoon pubs achieved a perfect 100-per-cent score from an unannounced visit from a Cask Marque real-ale assessor.
A total of 125 pubs went even further, scoring 100 per cent on consecutive visits.
Under the Cask Marque scheme, pubs are visited by an assessor, unannounced, on two occasions.
The assessor, who is also a brewer, checks up to six cask ales at the bar, judging them on temperature, appearance, aroma and taste. Each of the elements assessed is marked out of five. To achieve a 100-per-cent rating, the pub’s ales need to score five out of five – in all four categories.
Cask Marque conducted a total of 1,632 assessments at Wetherspoon pubs, with the average score awarded being 94%. This score is above the Cask Marque average, when excluding Wetherspoon pubs.