Vil­lage pub serves a lovely pint

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

CHEERS! A vil­lage pub is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter pick­ing up a top beer award.

The Bell Inn at Ivy­church was pre­sented with the Ash­ford Folke­stone & Rom­ney Marsh CAMRA Pub of the Year 2010 award last Thurs­day by CAMRA branch chair­man Paul Mered­ith.

It’s a ma­jor achieve­ment for land­lords Mark and Vanda Rolfe as they only en­tered the trade three-and-a-half years ago and have watched their busi­ness grow be­yond ex­pec­ta­tion as a small vil­lage free­house in dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times.

Mrs Rolfe said: “It’s re­ally hard work at times but we do feel a sense of sat­is­fac­tion when we see happy cus­tomers.”

The evening was well at­tended by friends and cus­tomers all keen to toast to the cou­ple’s suc­cess.

Mr Mered­ith said: “The pub de­servedly takes the ti­tle for the con­sis­tent qual­ity of its real ales, with its three reg­u­lar beers and ever chang­ing two guest ales.

“Pubs were marked on at­mos­phere, ser­vice, sym­pa­thy with CAMRA aims, clien­tele mix and good value. The Bell shone in all ar­eas, of­fer­ing in­ex­pen­sive ales, good qual­ity and value food and an ex­cel­lent wel­come at all times.”

The Bell Inn is host­ing its first beer fes­ti­val over the week­end of July 3 and 4.

Ash­ford Folke­stone & Rom­ney Marsh CAMRA Pub of the Year 2010 win­ners Mark and Vanda Rolfe of the Bell Inn, Ivy­church

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