Shrewsbury pub voted best by real ale lovers

A pub in Shrewsbury has been named the best in the area by real ale lovers in a fiercely contested competition. The Prince of Wales in Bynner St, Belle Vue, has won the pub of the year award from Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA.

Members of CAMRA monitor the beer quality of pubs throughout the year and select nine out of the branch area’s 280 real ale pubs to be finalists in the pub of the year competition. Judges look for the quality of beer served, welcome and service, atmosphere, community spirit and support for real ale and cider.

Licensees Vicki Price and Ian Payne received the award at the start of their three-day spring and summer beer festival, which ran over the bank holiday weekend. Vicki said: “I’m so thrilled to have won this – we love our pub and our regulars and it’s fantastic to know others think we’re giving them a good community pub.” Ian said: “We love our real ales and have continually expanded our range. It’s great to have our commitment recognised”.

Norrie Porter, chairman of Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA said: “The Prince of Wales is a real community pub. "There is a real sense of community.”

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