The team at The John Masefield is celebrating its first Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) award.
The pub in New Ferry, Merseyside, has been named, by members of the Wirral CAMRA branch, as ‘pub of the season’ for autumn 2012.
Shift manager Karla Cross is pictured with CAMRA branch chairman Dave Goodwin (left) and treasurer Alan Machan, receiving the winner's certificate, at a special presentation event at the pub.
The pub serves five real ales at all times, including three ever-changing guest ales.
The guest ale selection showcases beers from local producers in particular, including those from George Wright Brewing Company, The Coach House Brewing Company, Liverpool One Brewery, Titanic Brewery, Phoenix Brewery and Ossett Brewery.
Karla said: “The pub has been included in the Good Beer Guide for the last three years in succession – and to win this award from Wirral CAMRA just tops it off. We are all absolutely thrilled.
“We have a very good relationship with the Wirral CAMRA members and an enthusiastic real-ale following at the pub.
“We have a suggestion book for customers to request different ales and we try to meet those requests, wherever possible. A couple of regulars are fans of dark ales and are always particularly pleased when we serve Northern Brewing’s Deep Dark Secret.
“We also run a bus tour at the end of every Wetherspoon beer festival. The twice-yearly event, in a vintage bus belonging to a regular at the pub, takes 40 staff and customers on a tour of local pubs, beginning and ending at The John Masefield.”
John Milward, from CAMRA Wirral, said: “The John Masefield was chosen for this well-earned award because of its dedication to serving good-quality, consistently well-kept real ale."