As some of my closer friends & colleagues will be aware, I love coming runner up. So you can imagine my disappointment (I joke, I'm literally over the moon about this!) when on Monday night I was informed by my local CAMRA branch that we'd actually gone and won the West Kent CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year competition!
What a result! From the start when Fuggles was merely an idea and not even called Fuggles on paper I always intended and wanted to deliver our beer (alongside everything else we do) in the best possible way. Well looked after, tasting on point and served properly. To win this award in particular is a real privilege - it's judged by a large group of people who basically drink and love beer. They spend their time and efforts campaigning for it, campaigning for pubs and the industry in general.
So, to win this award is recognition for the hard work and efforts the team put in every day - whether that's serving you guys or looking after the beer in the cellar, they're fab. Most of the day-to-day running of the pub is down to them and in particular, our cellar management is down to a small team who are doing a great job in a tight space.
Credit to the other pubs in our area, with a particular mention to Matt over at The Windmill in Weald who we've come runner up to the past 2 years - it's a fantastic pub and I've been quite happy just being in the running each year. I must also throw out credit in general to the pubs in our area, I think the beer scene, particularly in Tunbridge Wells is really quite something these days - we've a ridiculous range of beer & cider available in the town now in a variety of different styles of pubs, bars and shops.
If you're wondering who or what CAMRA are and what they do you can have a look through our local branches website - and if you're passionate about cask beer, cider and pubs in general, maybe you should consider signing yourself up? camrawestkent.org.uk
In the meantime, a final thank you to those who have supported us along the way, who voted for us and who drink in us! #fuglife