ASHBOURNE’S beer experts are putting their heads together this month to crown the town’s first ever Ashbourne Pub of the Year.
Members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Ashbourne sub-branch will be visiting six establishments put forward as finalists for the 2013 title and scoring them on criteria including the quality of beer, service and atmosphere.
The three town pubs that have been selected as nominees for this year’s town title are the Bowling Green Inn, North Avenue; The George and Dragon, Market Place and the Smith’s Tavern, St John Street.
Rural pubs lined up for a possible district title are the Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley; The Cock Inn, Clifton and the The Sycamore Inn, Parwich.
To attract scores from judges, the pubs will also have to demonstrate a community focus and sympathy towards CAMRA’s aims.
The overall winner will be announced at the branch’s next monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 29 at the Red Lion in Kniveton and winners and runners-up will receive an official CAMRA certificate.
The branch has also announced it plans to hold regular seasonal awards for its favourite pubs in the area.