Sunday, February 03, 2008

It's Official - We Serve the Best Beer!!

Those of you that drink your beer in Huddersfield shouldn't have to be told that you're supping the finest ale in the world in the best pubs in the galaxy! But just in case you are in need of a little assurance, then take a look at which town Cask Marque (the independent quality assessor of cask conditioned ale) has just handed it's award to for the best served beer in Britain. And to think I was convinced they never knew what they were doing!

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!

The Top 10

1 Huddersfield
2 Truro
3 Twickenham
4 Exeter
5 Northampton
6 Bristol
7 Lancaster
8 Plymouth
9 Southampton
10 Leicester

Interviews & stats courtesy of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner


Paul said...

I do doubt the Cask Marque process. I wonder how lcd the scheme is as I've often been underwhelmed by CM pubs.

a swift one... said...

Me too but as a town we've not had many glorious moments in the last eighty years so I'm prepared to overlook that on this occasion!

The Beer Nut said...

"Cask ale is unique to British pubs"

I wonder what makes him think that?

daveyravey said...

Actually, Cask Marque will not have gone to most of the big four as we have not joined their organisation. You must pay to be assessed. I am pretty sure none of the pubs mentioned are in Cask Marque. That says something!

What a town!


a swift one... said...

I would imagine they've been trotting out the same poorly researched comments to the press for years BN.
If the four pubs mentioned weren't assessed Dave then that poses some very interesting questions... or we need to refer back to Paul's comment above!

Martin said...

I can't believe I've only just discovered your blog (thanks to Tandelman). Good to see Huddersfield finally receiving the recognition it deserves.

Martin (

a swift one... said...

It is indeed Martin and with two or three new micros starting up in the town this year, 2008 should see us better off for decent ale than we've ever been.
Good luck with your brewing!