Size doesn’ t mat­ter!

MI­CRO PUB IS CITY’S PUB OF THE YEAR

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - by Brad Barnes [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk @PTbrad­barnes

The best things come in small pack­ages it would seem, at least when it comes to pick­ing up the Peter­bor­ough branch of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award.

The 2019 re­cip­i­ent, de­cided in a vote counted on New Year’s Eve, is The Froth­blow­ers, a mi­cropub in Stor­ring­ton Way, Wer­ring­ton.

And it took over the man­tle from Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre mi­cropub The Bum­ble Inn in West­gate.

The ac­co­lade caps a me­te­oric rise for the venue which was opened a lit­tle un­der two years ago by John Lawrence and Steve Wil­liams. It has al­ready com­peted on a na­tional level for the Cider Pub of the Year award and was last year’s CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year in the city.

One of a hand­ful of pubs awarded a Gold Award in the last 12 months, The Froth­blow­ers pipped The Yard of Ale in Wood­ston, Draper’s Arms in the city cen­tre and last year’s win­ner The Bum­ble Inn to lift the ti­tle in a vote cast by the CAMRA branch mem­bers.

John, also land­lord of the nearby Blue Bell in Wer­ring­ton Green, said: “It is al­ways nice to get awards and to be recog­nised like this by CAMRA mem­bers, but the best thing is that our cus­tomers keep vot­ing with their feet and busi­ness keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. There is al­ways a full house on Fri­day nights and Sun­day af­ter­noons.”

And the rea­son for the pop­u­lar­ity? “We keep things sim­ple,” said John. It is not about size, it is all about qual­ity.

“We don’t try to be all things to all peo­ple - there is no mu­sic, no bright lights, no fruit ma­chines or tele­vi­sions show­ing sport. But we make sure we have things go­ing on that get peo­ple talk­ing.

“We also feel that we haven’t taken busi­ness away from other pubs - we have at­tracted peo­ple that had given up go­ing to pubs, that have started com­ing out again.

“We al­ways have five real ale hand pulls on, and five wait­ing, so po­ten­tially that is 10 ales avail­able.

“We started out with six real ciders, but the suc­cess we have had, has meant we get con­tacted by all kinds of weird and won­der­ful brew­ers and never have less than 20 ciders on.”

The team: Louise Lawrence, John Lawrence, Deb­bie Wil­liams and Steve Wil­liams with the CAMRA Pub of the Year award at Froth­blow­ers, Wer­ring­ton.

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