Redgrave Starwing Brewery pub picks up prestigious award
A prestigious annual award has been bestowed upon a popular pub.
Starwing Brewery’s Tap Room in Redgrave,Suffolk, has been named as pub of the year for 2020 by the Mid Anglia Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), which strives to promote real ale and pubs.
An award ceremony took place in the pub, with David Williamson, chairman for Mid Anglia Camra, presenting an award, certificate and coveted banner, before praising not only the quality of beers on offer, but the “amazing progress” that Starwing has made in the five years since it opened.
David Upton, general manager and part owner of Starwing, said: “The thing that really sets us apart is the combination and quality of our offering.
“We started as a brewery, with a focus on traditional British styles and cask ale, and since have opened the tap room.
“We brew nine beers on site, all different strengths and styles,” added the 26-year-old.
Mid Anglia Camra covers dozens of drinking establishments, from Long Stratton down to Debenham, and from Hopton in the west across to Harleston in the east.
Voting for the award involves scoring pubs in several categories, including the range and quality of real ales, the style and design of the surroundings, cleanliness and hygiene, and the welcome given by bar staff.
Product ranges are key, with the brewery’s variety of draught and bottled beers helping to win over voters, but the more subjective category of atmosphere and ambience were also an integral part of the tally of votes.
The final count was completed shortly before lockdown, and it was a close race, with the Tap Room, situated next door to Starwing Brewery, edging out the competition.
Starwing has sought to ensure safe drinking ever since lockdown began, installing a marquee in an adjacent field to aid with distanced drinking and service.
It has also hosted numerous socially distanced, safe events, such as live music, food sampling, family days and hop-picking in the nearby fields.
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