Kettering pub named best in the county

A KETTERING pub has been championed for the quality of its real ale.

The Alexandra Arms, in Victoria Street, Kettering, was voted pub of the year by the Northamptonshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

It is the third time the pub has scooped the prestigious award, and it was announced as the winner last week.

Ivan Thornley, manager at The Alexandra Arms, said: ““We’re over the moon.

“Serving an excellent pint of cask ale is really important to us.

“We’ve made it our priority to make sure we offer a great selection on the bar and get the quality right every time.”

The pub stood out from other pubs in the region because judges were impressed by their welcome and friendly customer service.

It has a real range of 14 real ales from around the country and a top selection of Marston’s brews.

Leon Rodgers, business development manager at Marston’s said: “There aren’t that many pubs around that serve between 12 and 14 hand pulls on the bar at any one time.

“Knowing how to serve ale is a real skill, serving that many in such fantastic condition day after day is nothing short of a miracle.

“They richly deserve this title.”