Staff and regulars at a Chester tavern are celebrating after it won the much-coveted CAMRA Cheshire Pub of the Year title.
Licensees Trevor and Jean Summerhill have managed The Olde Cottage in Brook Street for over 15 years and are proud of the pub’s traditions.
The unspoilt street corner pub is one of the few traditional locals left in the area and has gained a reputation for the quality of its ales, featuring in the last four editions of CAMRA’S best selling Good Beer Guide.
The CAMRA awards not only recognise the quality of the beer served by the pub but also measures against a broader criteria including the pub’s ambiance, customer service and broader appeal.
The judges were particularly impressed with the quality of the service and the role the pub plays at the heart of the local community.
The Old Cottage hosts regular charity events including a weekly quiz on a Wednesday with the proceeds going to Dee Banks School, an all age school that caters for a wide range of special needs and learning difficulties.
The pub also offers various sporting events including darts, dominoes, pool and bagatelle teams all competing in local leagues.
Trevor Summerhill said: “The Old Cottage is a traditional pub committed to serving the local community and visitors to Chester, with a fantastic selection of drinks on offer and a great pub atmosphere. We are overjoyed and honoured to win this award.”
Sally Sheil, business development manager for the local area at Admiral Taverns, the UK’s leading community pub group, said: “I am delighted for Trevor and Jean. The work they do supporting the local community is invaluable and I am thrilled that this, as well as their great selection of ales and winning customer service has been recognised. This award is down to all their hard work and dedication.”