Two pubs are toasting being honoured for their outstanding service

Published: 9 Dec 2013 14:300 comments

LANDORDS of two pubs are celebrating after they were honoured for their service.

CAMRA chairman David Richards, landlords Neil and Amanda Maxwell, CAMRA member Jenny Barber

The Cannie Man, in Hanworth, was named the Most Improved Pub of the Year by the Berkshire South East branch of CAMRA - the campaign for real ale.

Manager Neil Maxwell said: “We’re very pleased and it’s nice to get some recognition. The pub didn’t sell real ale for 10 years but we’ve built it up.

“It’s a labour of love and we’re right in the centre of the community. We’re always looking for new ideas and we’ve always got different music on from Friday to Sunday.

“We’ve got darts and pool teams and it’s about keeping things going.

“I want to thank our customers who are supporting us and coming in droves.”

Mr Maxwell took over the pub with his wife Amanda in February 2010, and the couple began their Real Ale sales with the introduction of London Pride and a second rotating guest beer.

The highly pub was awarded Cask Marque status almost straight away with full marks in July 2010.

This subsequently lead to CAMRA accrediting the pub with ‘LocAle’ status.

In the past twelve months the number of hand pumps has increased to four, to allow two local Ales to be added to the selection.

CAMRA Representative Jeremy Barber presented the award on Thursday and said: “The Cannie Man has not only improved over the last twelve months, but has been consistently improving for the last three years.

“At a time when pubs are struggling and unable to manage on wet sales alone, this is a testament to the dedication of Amanda, Neil and their extended family for running such a successful and continually improving venue.”

CAMRA also awarded a special award for 15 years service to Kevin Morley and Helen Beighton, who run the Wheelwright’s Arms in Hurst.

Pubs officer Graham Holt presented the award and said: “In the years before Kevin and Helen took on the pub in 1998, it had for been closed more often than open and looked to be a lost cause.

“However, by virtue of their hard work and dedication the Wheelwright’s Arms has been transformed into the vibrant pub we know today. It gives us great pleasure to be able to celebrate their time at the pub, their dedication to real ales and their support of the local community.”

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