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The Red House near Bury St Edmunds named West Suffolk CAMRA’s ‘Pub of the Month’

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The landlady of a pub, hailed as a 'hub of the community', received a surprise award during the launch of an ale to promote a beer festival.

The Red House, in Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds, last Wednesday debuted the West Suffolk & Borders branch of the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) specially commissioned preview ale ‘Festivale’.

Brewed in anticipation of the East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival, which runs from June 14 to 19 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, ‘Festivale’ is being sold in outlets across West Suffolk.

The Red House in Stanningfield is West Suffolk CAMRA’s ‘Pub of the Month’. Picture: CAMRA
The Red House in Stanningfield is West Suffolk CAMRA’s ‘Pub of the Month’. Picture: CAMRA

William Dunn, brewery manager at Mauldons which produced the commemorative beer, said: "I hope that it fuels anticipation for the event and offers an early taste to whet the appetite of festival goers."

During the launch event Chris Bailey, CAMRA branch chairman, also made a surprise presentation to Pauline Gray, landlady of The Red House.

She received West Suffolk CAMRA’s ‘Pub of the Month’ certificate for May/June in recognition of the pub's enduring support.

Mr Bailey said: “When there’s a meeting of minds between a local publican and the community everyone in the vicinity benefits.

"This is a fine example of how a village pub can become the hub of the community.

"It’s helps breathe life into a village and brings a vibrancy which is unfortunately missing today in many rural communities.

"CAMRA isn’t just about real ale and cider. It also about supporting pubs and clubs to ensure they are recognised and continue to be sustainable community assets.

"The Red House ticks all our boxes and is therefore a worthy recipient of this award."

Pauline added: “This is such a nice surprise. I just thought the CAMRA guys were here to launch their beer.

"This award is special because it isn’t all about me or the pub; it’s about my regular customers, who are also the lifeblood of the unique community we have here in Stanningfield."