It wasn’t just the range of real ales that secured The Ivy Wall’s listing in the Good Beer Guide.
One of the CAMRA testers said: “It is our belief that if a licensee serves an excellent pint of real ale then everything else in the pub, including customer service, quality of food and atmosphere, are likely to be of an equally high standard.”
Phil Britten, landlord of The Duke of York, which is being listed for the 20th year, agrees, saying it’s the tasty cooking served up by his partner Susan Goodenough that brings the punters in.
Phil, who believes drinking real ale himself gives him the edge when it comes to judging quality beer, says: “I am very pleased to be listed again. I have two regulars and a guest ale, but it’s a good food pub as well.”