Swansea CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019

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Swansea and Neath Port Talbot CAMRA members have named their pubs of the year for 2019 as the No Sign Bar, Swansea, and The Brit Pub at Cwmavon.

The Brit is the first pub from Port Talbot to win pub of the year, an encouraging sign that real ale appreciation is growing throughout the borough.

John Hopkins, chairman of the Neath Port Talbot CAMRA sub-branch, said: “After several months of surveying, which saw members visiting all the finalist pubs, they have now voted for their winners.

“In the pub of the year category, where pubs are primarily judged on the quality of real ales, the Brit Pub in Cwmavon was the convincing winner, whereas in the cider category, the Pontardawe Inn of Pontardawe, locally known as the Gwachel, came out on top.

“It’s fantastic news that a pub from the Port Talbot area scooped the award and it marks a milestone for the branch, as The Brit Pub is the first winner from this locality. The pub has been extensively renovated and Gemma, the publican, and her predecessor Phil, have done a remarkable job of introducing a range of real ales, often from local brewers, which has given a greater choice to discerning drinkers in the area.

“The pub’s annual real ale and cider festival also attracts ale aficionados from all over the area. It is encouraging that there are now several pubs in and around the town serving not only real ales but also some mouth-watering real ciders.”

Find out more by visiting the Swansea CAMRA website at https://swanseacamra.org.uk/2019/03/31/camra-members-name-their-2019-pub-of-the-year-winners/.

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