On Monday 28th April a CAMRA meeting was arranged at the King Edward VII pub – better known as the “King Teddy” in Longlevens, Gloucester for the presentation of CAMRA in Gloucester’s Pub of the Season to the landlord, Aaron Abbott. We were reminded by a member present that this sub-branch had not made this award for over 10 years, more than a little remiss of us and a sobering thought!
Aaron was very pleased to receive the award from sub-branch chair Margaret Wilkins and spent some time talking with CAMRA members about his plans for the pub, owned by Ember Inns. He reported healthy sales of real ale, clearing between 6 and 9 barrels a week (Bath Gem being his best-seller currently), which allows him to offer such a wide selection. He stressed that if, as happens very occasionally, a beer is not popular he would rather remove it from sale to preserve the reputation of the pub – hear, hear to that! Of course CAMRA understand that pubs are a business and as such a decision of that type is not taken lightly.
Aaron operates a number of deals to benefit CAMRA members. All members receive a 20p per pint discount upon production of a current CAMRA membership card. Except on Monday evening’s, when all real ales are £2.49 to everyone. He has also introduced a “vote for the next beer to come on” scheme, where the pump-clips of all ales currently in the cellar are prominently displayed allowing ale-drinkers to influence what comes on next. A cracking scheme and mines a Wold Top Marmalade Porter BTW 🙂