The Newshouse, Castle Rock’s Canal Street pub, has been chosen by the Nottingham branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) as their pub of the year for 2009. After months of judging, tasting and deliberation, Carole and Bob Fairclough’s city centre hostelry came top in what the judges described as a very close contest.
At the presentation party, the judges, CAMRA members and guests honoured the staff and tenants for all they do to promote real ale and particularly mild. Spyke Golding, Nottingham CAMRA’s chair said, “This pub is one of a rare breed, a genuine local in a city centre. Where else can you play darts, dominoes, table skittles and bar billiards and drink quality real ales in pleasant surrounding with friendly people? Bob and Carole have done a fantastic job here and the regular customers have played an important part too in making this hostelry worthy of the pub of the year award.”
For Bob and Carole the result brought an interesting year to a delightful conclusion. “This award has come completely out of the blue,” says Bob. “And you can imagine it came as something of a shock to be told that we’d won. It’s a great compliment to Carole and me and a wonderful pat of the back to all our staff and customers who are really what make a good pub great.”
The Newshouse follows The Lincolnshire Poacher winner in 2007 and 2008 to make a trio of wins for Castle Rock pubs. Second this year was the Victoria Hotel, Beeston.