The Pheasant Inn in Wellington, home of Rowton Brewery, received the award for County Pub of The Year 2022 at the Telford & East Shropshire CAMRA AGM yesterday.
The pub is very much a family business. Father and son Jim and Peter Preston accepted the award which celebrates both the quality of cask ale served at the pub and its fantastic, welcoming atmosphere. Jim founded Rowton Brewery at the pub in 2008. The family has been running the pub for the last 6 years. They serve Rowton Brewery beers as well as superb cask ale from some of the best-loved breweries from around the country. The award is voted for by hundreds of local members of the Campaign for Real Ale. It was presented by outgoing Branch Chairman Adrian Zawierka.
A proud family business
“It’s one of the biggest accolades Rowton Brewery has had,” Jim said. His son Peter agrees. “This is very special,” he said. “The Pheasant Inn is a community pub and you can’t have a pub without people, so we’d like to thank everyone who has dropped in this year.”
Dozens of real ale enthusiasts turned out for the presentation and the campaign meeting which followed it. Telford & East Shropshire CAMRA’s patch covers a huge area. It includes Market Drayton in the north to Cleobury Mortimer in the south. They fight to secure the long-term future of real ale, real cider and real perry by increasing their quality, availability and popularity. The organisation of volunteers also promotes pubs and clubs as social centres and part of the UK’s cultural heritage.
The branch runs beer festivals for the general public and socials for its members. They also publish a newsletter and take part in local campaigns to support pubs and breweries. Volunteers log beer scores to help identify wonderful pubs serving well-kept ale that warrant inclusion in the Good Beer Guide, one of the most popular beer books in the UK. The latest Good Beer Guide will be published on 27th October 2022 and is a celebratory 50th edition.
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