Huddersfield scored a near perfect 19.5 out of a possible 20 in Cask Marque's scoring table just pipping Truro, Twickenham and Exeter for the top spot. The town has also been voted the most sort after place to live in the UK recently not to mention a poll of residents last year that found them to be the most content people in the north of England - and now we know why!
One pub with special reason to raise a glass is the legendary Ossett Brewery owned Rat and Ratchet (above) at Chapel Hill, Mild Pub of the Year 2007 and current holder of the local CAMRA Pub of the Year award.
Manager Sam Birkhead, 24, took over from the previous landlord three months ago and is pleased that the area has been recognised for its pint-pulling prowess.
He said: “There are a number of great pubs in and around Huddersfield and it is no great surprise that the town has been recognised with this award.
“I suppose as the town’s Pub of the Year we are leading the way, but as the cliché goes, you are only as good as your last pint.
“The Rat and Ratchet has a long history of good cask beer, and we want to continue that tradition.”
Nationally Cask Marque assessed a total of 9,403 pubs and rated about 28,000 pints (now there's a good job to have!) during its research throughout 2007.
Its inspectors say the perfect pint must be served between 11 and 13ºC in a spotlessly clean glass.
"The beer should have good clarity, a fresh aroma and a refreshing aftertaste. Cask Marque director Paul Nunny said: “For pub goers to really enjoy and appreciate their ale it has to be served just right. We were extremely impressed by the consistent quality of pints being pulled in Huddersfield and offer our congratulations to local publicans, many of whom have already gained Cask Marque accreditation.
“Cask ale is unique to British pubs and when it is well kept and well presented there is nothing else quite so refreshing and flavoursome.
Get it wrong, however, and you run the risk of putting the consumer off for life!”
...or at least until the next pub! I can only surmise that their 'tour' of the town included the Big Four (Rat, Star, Grove & Station) and largely ignored the rest - but who's complaining!
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Interviews & stats courtesy of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner