Trebles all-round as the Claret is named pub of the year

The Claret on Lower Addiscombe Road has been named as Croydon’s Pub of the Year by the local branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

Terry Hewitt, the CAMRA branch chairman (left) presents a certificate for the Croydon Pub of the Year to the Claret's manager, Don Burton

Terry Hewitt, the CAMRA branch chairman (left) presents a certificate for the Croydon Pub of the Year to the Claret’s manager, Don Burton

The presentation was made last night by branch chairman Terry Hewitt to Claret’s manager Don Burton.

The small high street bar is a family-owned business which is totally free of tie. The Claret serves a wide selection of guest ales, many from smaller breweries, together with their regular offering, Palmers IPA Best Bitter, of which they have sold more than 1 million pints during the past 18 years, as a framed certificate from the brewers testifies. The Claret is the only outlet in London that continuously stocks the west country ale.

And now the Claret has yet another certificate to go proudly on the wall alongside the brewers’.

The Claret has been featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for 25 consecutive years and has won our Croydon Pub of the Year award several times before.

CAMRA said, “In judging the pubs shortlisted for the award, our overwhelming criteria is the quality of the real ale served, but our judges also take into account other factors, such as style and décor, community values, service, cleanliness, value for money and sympathy with CAMRA’s aims. More than 20 of our members completed the judging of the three
pubs in each borough that were shortlisted.”

CAMRA has more than 160,000 members nationally, of whom approximately 1,400 live in the boroughs of Croydon and Sutton.

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