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Two pubs lap-up entries in guide

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 27, 2013

Alan Ward fromThe Cock Inn, and Nick Bradstreet from The Roebuck, standing between their two pubs in Derby Street, Leek.

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TWO pubs which face each other in the same street have both got into a national good beer guide.

The Roebuck, in Derby Street, Leek has made it in to The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide 2014 for the first year.

And The Cock Inn, which is situated across the road from The Roebuck, has got in the same publication for a second year running.

The Roebuck, which opened its doors as a Titanic pub in November 2011, offers a wide range of real ales along with rotating guest beers.

Landlord Nick Bradstreet said: “We are ecstatic that The Roebuck has been included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide in recognition for our cask ale.

“All of the Titanic pubs are now in the guide except for the brewery’s newest pub in Stafford, which only opened recently.

“I think it is great that we now have two pubs in our town centre which are across from each other in the guide.

“We have always complimented each other and we have recently hosted a joint event together and hope to do more of the same in the near future.

“We will just now work harder to hopefully become a niche area for real ale drinkers.” A £100,000 investment by Titanic Brewery in the Grade IIlisted Roebuck building, which dates back to the 17th century restored the pub to its former position as a popular pub at the heart of the town centre.

The Roebuck also scooped the Special Award for a British Heritage Pub at the 2012 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards.

Across the road The Cock Inn, which also dates back hundreds of years, was re-opened by Joules Brewery in 2009 after a £150,000 refurbishment.

Lynne and AlanWard, who have both been in the pub trade for many years, have run the pub for four years.

Lynne said: “We are very happy that we have continued the consistency of being in the good beer guide.” Alan added: “We are not surprised that The Roebuck has joined us in the guide.

“It is a free flow of trade between our pubs which compliment each other.

“I also think that as a Staffordshire Moorlands branch of CAMRA has recently been started up, it shows that there is a lot more interest in real ale in our area.” The Wilkes Head in St Edward Street, and Den Engel in Stanley Street, both in Leek, are also, once again, listed in the latest CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2014 describes The Roebuck as: “Splendid 17th-century black and white building formerly a coaching inn, well refurbished two years ago by Titanic Brewery.

“There are a lounge, two snugs and a bar area with a striking quarter-circle bar, sporting 10 hand pumps.

“A stylish back-plate houses the cider taps (Weston Old Rosie plus one other) and lagers (a more adventurous selection than usual, including Freedom Organic).

“Nine Gale's English country wines are also on offer.

“Fresh, locally produced, traditional English food is served.” The same beer guide describes The Cock Inn as: “Tastefully refurbished town-centre, splitlevel pub, with a lower bar area plus a raised area that is mainly reserved for diners.

“The neat garden at the rear leads to a car park and Leek Market.

“There are extensive lunch and evening foodmenus.

“Owned by Joules of Market Drayton, its beer range is enhanced by a stronger seasonal beer selected by the knowledgeable licensee, plus a Westons cider which will be either Old Rosie or Traditional.

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