The Stanford Arms in Lowestoft has for the first time made it to the finalist round of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub of the Year awards, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.
Pubs are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, community focus and most importantly – quality of beer. The four finalists will now have a chance to win National Pub of the Year, which will be announced in February 2017.
The Stanford Arms in Lowestoft is in the running for the first time after new local ownership has seen significant improvements to the free house. It is an increasingly rare example of a back-street drinking pub, with a spacious open-plan bar and a large array of hand pumps serving mainly local beers. It boasts live music at the weekends, a courtyard garden, its own wood-fired pizza oven, and small aviary.
CAMRA will presenting the pub with its award on Saturday 10th December at 2:00 pm at an event open to the press.
CAMRA’s East Anglia Regional Director Andrea Briers said: “It’s good to see a back street town pub thriving and doing well, especially one which specialises in real ales and ciders. Well done to David and Samantha on their achievement.”
Landlords David and Samantha Burd said: “We are absolutely amazed and delighted to have reached the final four in the competition. It is a confirmation for us that our decision to go ‘cask only’ was the right one. We’ll celebrate with our 1000th guest ale on the presentation day!”