Fylde coast pub enjoys seasonal cheer

CAMRA Branch Chairman Paul Smith (L) presenting the awards to the Old Town Hall's assistant manager Simon Billington (c) and his barman brother Adam (R).
CAMRA Branch Chairman Paul Smith (L) presenting the awards to the Old Town Hall's assistant manager Simon Billington (c) and his barman brother Adam (R).
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A Fylde coast pub is raising a glass to a proper pint after picking up an award for real ale.

There will be a spring in the step of the staff at the Old Town Hall in Poulton this week after winning the local CAMRA Pub of the Season Award.

And it was a double celebration at the Church Street pub as it was chosen, not only as the Spring season winner, but also as a runner-up for Pub of the Year, by members of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre CAMRA.

Presenting the award, CAMRA branch chairman Paul Smith said: “The Old Town Hall has provided a great service to the cause of Real Ale over the last few months.”

Handing over the Pub of the Year Silver award, he added “Being a runner-up in a branch with over 160 pubs is still a fantastic achievement.”

In the absence of long-serving landlord Des Smith, assistant manager Simon Billington accepted the awards.

Simon was delighted that The Old Town Hall has been recognised in this way.

He said: “Real ale is very important to this pub.

“We ensure that five real ales are available at all times, and we always look to provide a variety of styles - dark as well as light.

“Being a free house is a big help – we can obtain the beer we want from where we want.”

Paul Smith said the Old Town Hall has an ever-changing roster of five guest ales, all extremely well-kept.

The pub is listed in this year’s Good Beer Guide and in 2012 underwent a refurbishment but it retains its traditional pub atmosphere.