Pub wins real ale award
PUBLISHED: 10:49 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010
FOR eight long years the last remaining pub in Elmdon stood derelict, but last week in completed a remarkable comeback by winning a top award. Just two years after reopening, The Elmdon Dial Pub and Restaurant has won the Campaign for Real Ale s (CAMRA s)
FOR eight long years the last remaining pub in Elmdon stood derelict, but last week in completed a remarkable comeback by winning a top award.
Just two years after reopening, The Elmdon Dial Pub and Restaurant has won the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA's) North West Essex pub of the year accolade.
Landlord Chris Crane said he was "thrilled to bits" to win the award, especially after all the hard work he has put into the business.
Originally called The King's Head, the pub closed in 1998 and remained empty, leaving the village without a pub, until Mr Crane bought the building in 2005 and reopened it as the Elmdon Dial.
The first-time landlord and former Royal Air Force officer, Mr Crane, said: "I chose a new name because I wanted it to have stronger links with the community. The dial refers to the stain glass sundial that is on display at Elmdon's St Nicholas Church, which dates back to 1644.
"It is thanks to the people in the village, who campaigned to stop the pub being turned into a house, that it was still here for me to buy."
Mr Crane, 50, who has long-standing links with the area and went to school in nearby Duxford, spent nine months renovating the building. The major work included building the restaurant, modernising the kitchen and adding new toilets.
But what seemed to impress the judges most was the quality of the ale. "Of course the standard of beer is very important," said Mr Crane. "It is a myth that English ale should be warm and mild. A good pint should be cool, have a thick head and be completely clear."
At the Elmdon Dial four cask ales are kept on tap including a guest ale and a more unusual cask mild.
Chairman of CAMRA North West Essex, Tom Bogie, said: "It was appropriate and heartening for the Elmdon Dial to win this award as local residents and CAMRA had campaigned to save the pub after it had been closed for eight years and at a time when many pubs were struggling to survive it was vital to highlight and celebrate the importance of the pub to the local community."
For more details about the pub visit www.theelmdondial.co.uk or call them on 01763 837386.