Dursley pub The Old Spot Inn best in South West and in running for CAMRA's National Pub of the Year
THE OLD Spot Inn has beaten off competition from every other pub in the South West to be crowned regional champion for its fine food, good beer and welcoming staff.
The popular Dursley pub now has a chance to regain its title as National Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale group (CAMRA).
The Old Spot on Hill Road is one of 16 finalists from across the country that have been chosen to go to the next stage of the competition, which it won in 2007.
Landlord Steve Herbert has been running the pub with his wife Belinda for 12 years and they have won numerous awards in their time but he admits the competition is tougher than ever.
"A lot of pubs are understanding the importance of real ales now. You can’t get them at supermarkets and it is a real talking point for customers," he said.
"It’s an incredible achievement for the pub. We’re absolutely chuffed with it."
Mr Herbert said that the judges had told them it had been very close between the Old Spot and The Star in Cornwall – but that his staff’s ability to suggest the right ales for customers pipped them to the post.
"I am really proud of my staff, they have been phenomenal. They are the most important part," he said.
"It has come at a good time for Dursley with all this talk about it maybe being in that Crap Towns book. I am very proud of Dursley."
A special ceremony will be held at the Old Spot Inn when CAMRA representatives will give the pub its award on Sunday, October 13 and everyone is welcome to attend.
The National Pub of the Year for 2013 will be announced in February 2014.
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