Studley pub is winner of regional CAMRA award

CHEERS: Dave and Toby Smith celebrate the Victoria Works' victory. Photo courtesy of Mike Ford

CHEERS: Dave and Toby Smith celebrate the Victoria Works' victory. Photo courtesy of Mike Ford

First published in Local

THE Victoria Works pub in Studley, which has been named the CAMRA Bromsgrove and Redditch Pub of the year 2014, has joined two other local pubs in being named among the best locals in Britain.

The Victoria Works unique has only been operating for just under two years and it is also the taphouse for the Weatheroak Brewery opposite.

The pub and brewery are run by father and son Dave and Toby Smith who are celebrating CAMRA’s Community Pubs Month in April and are hosting a St George's beer and cider festival with traditional ox and hog roast over the weekend of April 25-27.

Toby Smith said: “We would like to welcome all current and as many new customers as possible to join in the celebrations over the weekend. Come and  enjoy a real ale from our Weatheroak brewery as well as many other regional real ales and ciders."

To decide on the best local pubs in the UK, thousands of volunteers for CAMRA ( Campaign for Real Ale) undertook the thirsty work of finding Britain’s top local watering holes.

Each branch of CAMRA across the country picked the best boozer in its area - amounting to over 200 pubs in total, of which 30 are in the organisation’s West Midlands region. They include The Victoria Works, Redditch Road, Studley, The Holly Bush, Henley Street, Alcester and The Weighbridge, Alvechurch.

Thousands of CAMRA volunteers across the country judged their local pubs on decor, value for money, customer service, appeal to different demographics and the quality of real ale.

All branch winners will go forward to the regional heats in a bid to be named National Pub of the Year, which will be announced in early 2015.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA chairman, said: "I would like to thank all the volunteers who have judged pubs up and down the country.

"It can take a lot of dedication to find the best real ale pubs in the area.

"We like to announce the winners in Community Pubs Month to highlight the best pubs Britain has to offer to help raise the profile of pub-going.”

New research shows 28 pubs close every week across Britain and 38 per cent of British adults no longer visit pubs.

Community Pubs Month has been launched to help raise the profile of the British pub and pub-going.

Thousands of pubs across Britain will be participating in this campaign by organising events and trying new marketing initiatives to attract more trade during April.

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