April 11, 2014:
The Red Lion pub in Exbourne has beaten all comers to be voted Pub of the Year in North Devon. Here's a delighted Nick Hamlyn with the special banner that's just today gone up on the front of the pub. So what's the secret of your success Nick? Well, Nick told us, "it took us 5 years to reach this point. We've been in the Good Beer guide all that time and we've managed to build a reputation for quality and consistency. Any CAMRA members - we know the locals but anyone from elsewhere in the country can call in unannounced - can vote for us on the CAMRA web site. This year, that worked so well that we ended up shortlisted along with three other North Devon pubs, among them two previous winners! We were then scrutinised personally by CAMRA judges on all kinds of topics, including our beer of course, and bingo ... we were awarded the top slot." The Red Lion is holding a Beer Festival this weekend, with 10 beers on tap and events every evening from Thursday to Sunday. More details right for the interesting line-up. Nick's award will be presented tomorrow night. We recommend the Jail Ale BTW!