CAMRA award for revamped Hope & Anchor
March 26, 2012
A three hundred-year-old former coaching inn that was spruced up for the 21st century by new managers has been praised by real ale drinkers.
The Hope & Anchor in Wokingham has been named runner-up by the Berkshire South East branch of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) in its Pub of the Year award.
Hattie and Reid Gutzman took over the Brakspear pub in Station Road two-and-a-half years ago.
Landlady Mrs Gutzman said: “I would say we have changed our clientele and we have put in the real ales and we are really pushing that.”
Simon Grist, CAMRA branch webmaster, described the Hope & Anchor as a ‘wonderful turn-around story’.
He said: “In less than three years Hattie and Reid Gutzman have built the pub into a thriving community local.
“Many people visit simply for the well-kept beers and friendly welcome, but there is plenty more besides – from bar billiards to salsa classes, from quiz nights to live bands.
“It’s good to see the hard work paying off.”
The branch voted The Old Manor in Bracknell its Pub of the Year for its support of microbreweries from Berkshire.