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Four pubs battle it out for CAMRA's National Pub of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has shortlisted four pubs who will battle it out to be named its National Pub of the Year.

The four finalists have been whittled down from all the entries and include pubs from Merseyside, Kent, Greater Manchester and Gloucestershire.

They are: The Freshfield in Formby (Merseyside), The Harewood Arms in Broadbottom (Greater Manchester) The Salutation Inn in Ham (Gloucestershire) and The Windmill in Sevenoaks Weald (Kent).

Each pub has won their individual local and regional competitions and were selected from a list of 16 regional winners.

"Each of these four fantastic pubs are already winners in their own right and really are well worth a visit from any ale-lovers who find themselves in the area. They will now go forward to fight it out for the overall National Pub of the Year, which will be announced in February next year," said event CAMRA's event organiser, Gary Chester.

Matthew Rudd, landlord of the shortlisted Windmill pub said: "The main focus of our business is great quality cask beer, focusing on locally produced ales but also offering guest beers too. We think it's important to offer a true range, with dark beers such as porters and stouts, tawny beers such as best bitters, as well pale ales, IPAs and Golden Ales. The staff are really proud of the cask beer we serve."