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The Bird in Hand pub in Austrey has just been named the Warwickshire Pub of the Year 2023 by Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) branch. The recognition comes after 14 years of hard work making sure the pub’s real ales and beers are always served perfectly by pub landlord Gareth Griffiths and his team.

Speaking about the award, Gareth said, “I’ve been at the pub for 14 years alongside my bar manager and chef and this is something we’ve been striving for. It’s made all our hard work worthwhile and we’re really proud of our achievement”.

The quintessential thatched English pub has recently been purchased by new owners Red Oak Taverns. Business development manager for the company, David Carvell said, “It’s great to be working with Gareth and his team and we’re pleased that his continuous commitment at the pub has resulted in this recognition”.

The pub always has six real ales on the bar including the pub’s very own ale “Down the Thatch”. Camra judges consider the award by looking at the quality of the real ale alongside knowledge of the beers, cleanliness and hygiene, pub environment and community focus involvement.