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Local Pub’s Award Win Is The ‘Cat’s Whiskers’

'Cat's-Whiskers'The Coachmakers Arms in Wallingford has won the top prize in the Best Kept Cellar competition organised by Henley pub operator and brewer Brakspear.

Licensees Tony & Tina Ginn win a unique prize for their pub on St Mary’s Street – a ‘house beer’, which they have named ‘The Cat’s Whiskers’, after locals’ affectionate name for the pub of ‘The Cat’,  an abbreviation of Coachmakers Arms Tavern.  The 3.8% ale has now gone on sale and is proving a popular brew.

All Brakspear’s 129 pubs were initially considered for the Best Kept Cellar competition. Four finalists were then judged by Henley resident Roger Clayson, who works for Cask Marque, the national organisation that assesses pubs for their beer and cellar quality.

On a thorough visit of each pub, Clayson checked cellar cleanliness, stock rotation, line cleaning and glass washing – all factors that have an impact on the quality of beer served across the bar. The Coachmakers Arms came top with a very impressive score of 96%.

Tony Ginn said, “We’re delighted to win this award, and it’s great to have a beer that’s unique to our pub. I’ve always put in the time and effort in the cellar to maintain top quality ale, it’s important to offer customers a consistently good pint.”

Roger Clayson added, “It was a pleasure to visit the Coachmakers, where the team are both knowledgeable and passionate about serving their beers in optimum condition. Tony & Tina thoroughly deserve this award.”

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