A CHEADLE pub has been awarded the Staffordshire Moorlands Pub Of The Year at the recent 33rd annual Potteries Beer Festival.
The accolade was awarded to The Huntsman of The Green, Brookhouses, Cheadle. This is the first distinction of its kind being presented to a Staffordshire Moorlands public house following the recent formation of the Staffordshire Moorlands Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) sub-branch.
The award was given following a poll taken from members across North Staffordshire whereby The Huntsman gained the top position, followed by the Wilkes Head in Leek and in third place the Black Lion of Consall Forge.
Lev Wood a representative of the Staffordshire Moorlands sub-branch said: "The Huntsman has achieved a growing and worthy reputation for serving consistent top quality beer in a warm, welcoming traditional atmosphere.
"The pub has a clear community focus that attracts the discerning beer drinker and families looking for a simple evening out together Fortunately the Moorlands has many fine pubs, particularly the area around Cheadle becoming a magnet for anyone seeking out unusual and different ales.
"You can always find at The Huntsman at least six beers on tap at any time, three of which are constantly changing, so you never quite know what to expect and what will be available the next time you call in.
"With over twenty five pubs closing weekly across the country it is gratifying to hear a success story that keeps 'a local' like this on the doorstep.
"It is my personal opinion that one of the reasons why so many pubs are struggling at this time is because tenant Landlords dare not or cannot offer something different to the customer.
"Consequently the often seen 'commercial' brews found in many pubs are sadly unexciting beers and because there is limited choice for the customer they actually contribute to falling sales.
"Thus the spiral of decline sets in and the outcome becomes self fulfilling.
"In Staffordshire we have several good local microbreweries such as Audley Townhouse, Peakstones of Alton, Titanic of Burslem and many more which produce a range of beers that excite whatever the palate.
"Real Ale is a fascinating world to discover with an infinite number of combinations to explore and one of the best places to start the journey is at The Huntsman."
The owners of the Huntsman, Connor and Kieran Devine, moved to the pub four-and-a-half years ago and have worked hard to turn the business around which so many thought was finished.
With over 20 years experience in the trade and after owning previous pubs in Longton, Stoke and Birmingham the brothers decided to take up the challenge in Cheadle.
Connor Devine said: "We are delighted to have been given this prestigious award as it means a great deal to be recognised for what we do.
"Offering different real ales has become something of a passion and an important part of our business.
"Recommendations for new beers are key and we know that if we want to repeat this again next year we shall have to maintain our high standards and consider what more we can do."
The Staffordshire Moorlands subbranch of the Potteries CAMRA is actively looking for additional members and welcome enquiries through contact via the membership secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org