A KNOWLE pub is toasting success for the very first time after winning the Campaign For Real Ale’s (CAMRA) prestigious Pub of the Year 2018 award (Solihull) – 12 months after it opened.
The Ale Rooms on High Street was voted number one pub by members of CAMRA’s Solihull and district branch.
Since opening in December 2016, the Ale Rooms has served up a range of traditional hand pulled ales with a strong focus on showcasing local brewers such as Silhill Brewery and Backyard Brewery.
With four ale pumps, Ale Rooms’ customers can savour Goat’s Milk, which was voted by CAMRA as Britain’s Champion Beer of the Year, Golden Glow, KSA, Pure Star and Backyard Blonde.
Mark Caldicott, who owns the venue along with his wife Amanda said: “I’m extremely proud and humble to receive this fantastic award.
“I’d like to thank the staff who all work very hard and are always going above and beyond to make The Ale Rooms the best it can be.”
CAMRA is an independent, voluntary organisation which campaigns for real ale and cider, as well as protecting and promoting community pubs and clubs.
Carl Wright, CAMRA’s Solihull branch chairman said: “The standard of the competition this year has been fantastic. The judges were impressed with the quality of all the venues that made it to the final, but the Ale Rooms was the clear winner.
“Congratulations to Mark and everyone at the Ale Rooms – a well-deserved award and a great effort to win in its first year of opening.”