Local Licencees Scoop Top Award for Cask Ale Quality

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The licensee of a popular East Dean pub is celebrating this week after scooping a prestigious award for the quality of their beer.

The Star & Garter is a gorgeous country pub, which nestles in the South Downs National Park at the heart of the Goodwood Estate.

Nestled in the charming Downland village of East Dean, the 18th century, flint and brick, country pub is a place to relax and enjoy fabulous food and wine.

Giles Babb, who only took the pub over on the 1st of March and his team, have been awarded the Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask conditioned ale. Quite an achievement from a standing start the pub had been closed for 6 months previously “We have totally refitted the cellar with new equipment, and the beer is now poured from hand pumps at the bar.”

The People of East Dean were over the moon when the pub reopened its doors and it has once again become the hub of the local community, and a popular spot for walkers and cyclists.

Giles enthused: “This award is a great endorsement for us.  A lot of our customers visit the pub especially for the cask ale and it is really gratifying to know that we are getting the formula just right.” 

The independent assessor commented on the interesting range of beers, something that Giles who also owns ever popular Blue Bell Inn Emsworth, prides the pubs on “We like using local suppliers where every possible, which is no different with our beer selection. Our two guest ales rotate with some fantastic local brewers in our area”

“Winchesters Red Cat Brewery, Arundel Brewery, The greyhound brewery and a little more further afield Burning Skies regularly frequent the pumps along side the every popular Sharp’s Doombar”

Backed by 50 of the country’s leading brewers and pub companies, Cask Marque accreditation is only awarded to licensees whose ale passes a series of rigorous independent quality audits of both the beer and the cellar standards.

Since its foundation in 1998, Cask Marque has inspected over 750,000 pints of beer and accredited over 10,000 of the country’s 40,000 pubs estimated to serve cask conditioned ales.

Cask Marque director, Paul Nunny, said: “Giles and his team should feel justifiably proud of this great achievement, which not only recognises the effort they put into serving the perfect pint but also acts as an independent guarantee of quality for customers.

“All too often, publicans don’t appreciate the care and attention cask beers require and then run the risk of losing custom by serving pints that are below par.” For further information about the Cask Marque scheme, please visit the website at www.cask-marque.co.uk or telephone 01206 752212.