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Cheers as two top locals nominated for Camra awards.

Byline: Robert Sutcliffe News Reporter

PUBS are the future for local communities, claims a campaign group.

And the Campaign for Real Ale highlighted a Huddersfield pub among its great inns. Huddersfield's award-winning pub, The Grove, at Springwood. has been honoured by Camra.

The real ale promotion group has included it in its list of over 200 Local Pubs of the Year to help launch April's Community Pubs Month.

Also included in the Kirklees area is The Flowerpot at Mirfield, which has received rave reviews since a costly refurbishment two years ago.

Camra volunteers across the UK judge the pubs in their area to find their branch's Pub of the Year - looking at decor, value for money, customer service, and most importantly, the quality of their ale.

The local branch winners then go forward to battle it out in the regional heats in their quest to become National Pub of the Year, the result of which will be announced in early 2016.

Tim Page, Camra chief executive said: "Pubs are unique in their ability to bring together all sides of a community in one single welcoming environment.

"A well-run pub which engages with its surrounding community - whether that is via charity events, family fun days, live music or quizzes - will not only help to remain popular and profitable, it will also be viewed as something of real value to locals".

Tom Stainer, Camra spokesman, said: "Community Pubs Month is about highlighting the important role pubs play in community life and no pubs are better examples of fantastic locals than these 200 Camra branch winners.

"Each one of them has been judged the best in their respective area and are well worth seeking out for any would-be ale lovers."

Camra research showed 75% of pub-goers believe a well run community pub is as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre.

However, it is proving to be a losing battle with 29 pubs closing in the UK every week.

Mr Stainer added: "Pubs play an essential role in our communities and are clearly very highly valued.

"But despite this pubs are still being lost at an alarming rate across the UK.

"The best way people can protect their local's future is by getting down there and supporting it, which is why throughout April Camra will be calling on people to visit their local pub and support an important British industry."

Grove assistant manager Jason Booth said: "For the past nine years our beer selection has grown greatly and we always strive to bring our customers some of the best beer from the UK and around the world.

"Of course, appreciation for simply doing what we love is a great feeling and we will continue to do it for many years to come."

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Assistant manager Jason Booth celebrates The Grove's inclusion in Camra's attempt to find |the UK's best community pub

The Flowerpot in Mirfield, also left, has |had rave reviews since its refurbishment

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 10, 2015
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