Berwick micropub wins beer accolade

The Curfew micropub in Berwick has been named Northumberland Pub of the Year, despite having been open less than two years.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 18 February, 2016, 18:00
Gemma and David Cook. The Curfew, Bridges Street.

The Bridge Street premises won the accolade from the Tyneside and Northumberland branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Judges said it was a tremendous achievement by owners Gemma and David Cook, considering they only opened in summer 2014.

Gemma said: “We’re delighted with the awards. When we first heard, we thought we’d just won the North Northumberland Award, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover The Curfew is also the overall Northumberland Pub of the Year 2015 winner.

“We’ve only been going since June 2014, but we’ve worked hard to create the kind of pub where people can rely on a consistently good pint. People like the ambience, where they can talk to each other without being drowned out by music or TV sport all the time, and obviously the beer garden is a big advantage too. It’s a real sun trap in the summer and customers like to enjoy a good pint in the sun.

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“We’re lucky that we’ve got a good staff team too, who know their beer, and having Bear Claw brewer Rikki Graham on board means we can have quality local ale on tap on a regular basis.”

David added: “CAMRA told us that we won because our beer was consistently well-kept, and that our beer selection was adventurous. I like to get beer from around the UK rather than just focus on a particular region, and the fact that there are now so many good microbreweries around really helps.

“We also have good suppliers in Germany and Belgium which means we can stock top quality bottled beer. With money being tight for a lot of people we make sure that our prices our keen too, which has helped us build up a good base of regulars.

“We’d like to thank all our customers for their support. It’s been hard work, but recognition like the CAMRA award being able to source good beer makes it worthwhile.”