A PUB landlord is celebrating after his ales joined an exclusive club.
Steve Bamford, landlord at the White Horse pub and restaurant in Emley, was delighted when his hand-pulled ales achieved Cask Marque status.
The award is based on a series of tests by Cask Marque Trust experts during surprise visits to the pub.
The ales are rated on their clarity, taste, aroma and temperature.
Fewer than 20 pubs in the Huddersfield area have achieved the status and Steve has extra reason to be proud as he achieved top marks scoring 100% in all tests.
Steve, 46, said the Government wasn’t helping with all the doom and gloom in the pub trade but said his pub was bucking the trend and defying the ‘death of the local’.
He said: “We’re getting better every week, but we’re about serving quality. It’s down to having good products. People are getting into beers, it’s about different tastes and textures. It’s an art, it’s all coming back this sort of thing.”
“Beer is the new wine, magazines and guides are now recommending what beer goes with what food, whereas 20-years-ago it was wine.”
Trevor Fulcher, a spokesman for Cask Marque, congratulated Mr Bamford and said only 60% of pubs applying for the scheme passed.
He also said the White Horse was now in the top 10% of the 5,358 pubs in the UK following its 100% score.