The Firkin Ale House wins Local Pub of the Year
The Ashford, Folkestone and Romney Marsh Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is pleased to announce its annual award of the 2014 Pub of the Year to the Firkin Ale House of Cheriton Place, Folkestone. It won through from a shortlist of eight pubs with members of the branch visiting each and scoring them on six criteria:
- Quality of Real Ale and Real Cider/Perry
- Community focus
- Sympathy with CAMRA objectives
- And good value for money
Bob Martin, Branch Chairman, said "Though the Firkin Ale House, the first Micro Pub in the Branch's area, has only been open for less than 18 months, Neil King, the proprietor, has done an outstanding job serving quality Real Ales and Real Ciders mainly from Kentish breweries, in stylish premises with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere."
There is no lager served, or music played and the use of a mobile phone incurs a penalty of a minimum of £1.00 to the charity box. This has encouraged a mature and friendly clientele where conversation can take place and be heard!!
The award was formally presented at the Firkin Ale House on Monday, 7 April 2014 at 8pm.
What is CAMRA?
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.
CAMRA was formed in March 1971 by four men from the north-west who were disillusioned by the domination of the UK beer market by a handful of companies pushing products of low flavour and overall quality onto the consumer.
In the present day, CAMRA has over 160,000 members across the world, and has been described as the most successful consumer campaign in Europe.
CAMRA supports well-run pubs as the centres of community life – whether in rural or urban areas – and believe their continued existence play a critical social role in UK culture. CAMRA also supports the pub as the one place in which to consume real ale (also known as cask-conditioned beer, or cask ale) and to try one of over 5,500 different styles now produced across the UK. A full definition of real ale can be found at 'About Real Ale'.
CAMRA is governed by a National Executive - a board of directors - who are elected at AGM for a three-year term. At local level, CAMRA has over 200 branches across the UK, enabling members to campaign and socialise in their local area. CAMRA also has a professional staff of thirty people responsible for central campaigning, research, membership services, publishing, marketing, press and administration.
CAMRA is financed by membership subscriptions, sales of books and merchandise and proceeds from national and local beer festivals. CAMRA is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee.
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Ashford, Folkestone & Romney Marsh Branch of CAMRA has around 420 members and we normally hold meetings / socials every fortnight, these are always listed on the Diary Pages of this website and in What's Brewing, CAMRA's monthly national newspaper.
Our Branch covers the largest area in Kent, stretching from the Sussex border to the west, Charing in the north, Folkestone in the east and Dungeness at the southern point.
We currently know of around 170 outlets that sell Real Ale, so we are kept very busy, further details and a map showing all towns in our branch area with pubs are on our Pubs Database.
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