Sep 17 2013 by Andrew Brown, Formby Times
A FORMBY pub is toasting success after being hailed as one of Britain’s best.
The Freshfield has made the top 16 in the Pub of the Year competition run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The ‘Freshy’ was named regional finalist for Merseyside and Cheshire and will now vie for the national title, with the winner in February.
CAMRA praised “enligh- tened licensees” Simon Cox and Steve Gregory for beer quality and community focus.
The managers, both in their 30s, have run the pub, on behalf of brewer and retailer Greene King, for 18 months.
Steve, from Wallasey, said: “It was our dream pub because of our passion for real ale.
“We’re amazingly proud. To get the awards and feedback we’re getting is really satisfying.”
He said a recent refit had allowed the pub to widen its clientele base without losing any of its trademark character.
He said: “What Greene King have done is a really sympathetic refurbish- ment, with an amazing dining room and menu.
“The food has taken off and complemented the bar and the beers fantas- tically.”
The Freshfield has already scooped the 2013 Pub of Year Award from CAMRA’s Southport and West Lancs division.
Branch contact Mike Perkins was full of praise for Mr Gregory and Mr Cox.
He said: “They run it very well. It’s been modernised but in a great, tasteful way. It’s well worth a visit, although, you’ll probably stay too long and drink too much beer!”
Mike said the 14 hand- pump beers on offer at The Freshfield was the highest in the region and insisted that quality matches quantity.
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year for 2013 will be announced in February next year.