Pub proud of CAMRA accolade

Alastair Brown at The Eagle and Child.
Alastair Brown at The Eagle and Child.

A pub renowned for its tasty range of real ales has been announced as CAMRA’s pub of the season for spring.

Staff at the Eagle and Child Inn, Main Street in Auckley, said they were “over the moon” at winning such a highly thought of Campaign For Real Ale honour.

Pub manager Alastair Brown, 24, who has only been in charge of the pub for three months, said it was testament to the management team of the past two-and-a-half years and the popular hostelry team that the pub had been recognised in this way.

He added: “It is fantastic to win this. Everyone here is so proud. I have been here for the past seven-and-a-half years, prior to this as assistant manager, and it is great that we have been honoured.”

He further added: “The last time we won a CAMRA award was in 2007, but over the past few years we have been steadily improving and it’s brilliant that we have won again.

“We always have five real ales on tap including our regular ones which are Black Sheep, John Smith’s Cask and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. We also have two guest ales, which currently are Blue Bee Nectar and Ossett Brewery’s Big Red. They are always popular, but just recently the real ales have been flying out of the barrels.”

He said CAMRA had given the award not only for the real ales it serves but also for its food and overall ambience.

“We are a pub first and foremost but we also sell traditional pub grub which is also very popular,” said Alastair.

“Our highly trained chefs, Anita Elliot and Alison Howe, keep the customers coming back time and again. I know the owner of the pub, Jason Fletcher, who is a local man, is very proud of achieving this accolade.

“But we won’t be resting and aim to continue giving the best.” A presentation recognising the Town Spring Pub of the Season will be made at the Eagle and Child Inn tomorrow, between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.