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The Cricketers in Dorking has been one of the best places for real ale for ten years and now has an award to prove it; The pub has been included in Camra's Good Beer Guide for the tenth consecutive year.

Byline: Deborah Morris

Real ale drinkers inDorkingwill already know what a great pub The Cricketers is for satisfying their thirst year in, year out.

And now there is proof it pulls a good pint as it has earned a Consistency of Excellence award for featuring in the Good Beer Guide for ten years in a row.

The Cricketers, in South Street, became the only pub in the county to have made the milestone when it was listed in the 2018 Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) bible

It has also earned the Cask Marque for great quality cask ale every year ever since the present owners took over in 2008.

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And its brewery, Fullers, have awarded the pub a Master Cellarman award for brilliant beer keeping each year ever since it could first qualify in 2009.

Real ale pubs listed in Camra's Good Beer Guide are selected democratically by Camra's members, who make recommendations to their local Camra branch.

Each pub is monitored regularly and the quality of beer in each pub is checked using a national beer scoring system.

At special annual branch meetings, shortlists are presented and members vote on the final selection for the guide.

The Cricketers is run by landlords Gurdeep Manku and Rosie Adams together with Rosie's father Paul Adams and silent partner Martin Coe.

The pub's ten year consecutive run began with the 2009 publication although it has been in the Good Beer Guide on previous occasions, starting with 1984, Gurdeep believes.

In recognition of their ten consecutive appearances, the team were presented with a plaque by the chairman of the East & Mid Surrey branch of Camra, Rob Wells, which takes pride of place behind the bar.

Gurdeep said: "It is quite a special accolade. We didn't realise it existed as such. We were very keen just to be recognised as having quality beer.

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"It's a privilege to have been recognised for the hard work we have put in to the pub and looking after the place and good recognition for what we do."

The Cricketers serves five real ales on pump and a range of bottle and keg craft beers.

It's a traditional wet-led boozer, explained Gurdeep, so although it serves lunch it isn't a restaurant pub.

It is known for its two-tier garden, which you access from upstairs, and makes you feel like you are sitting in a country pub.

Gurdeep also runs pop-up bars at community events in the area.

The Cricketers hosts its own beer festivals and also has a huge Scalextric racing car tack set up for Father's Day weekend each year.

Gurdeep says there is move away from the old-fashioned perception of real ale and that even more women are taking to it.

"I think there is still a perception [of real ale], that is shrinking, that there's a bit of an old fuddy-duddy feel but that has changed with the craft beers and modern breweries taking a modern marketing and branding approach to real ale.

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"Rather than being apart from the craft beer movement the real ale movement and craft beer movement are coming together. That has been recognised with Camra moving from just being about real ale to being about good beer."

Gurdeep added: "We always like to try and find breweries and new beers, new drinks that will bring in new people."

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Landlords Gurdeep Manku and Rosie Adams with the plaque for Consistency of Excellence from the Camra Good Beer Guide

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