We all think our local is the best, but those up in Tamworth have more claim on that honour than most. The Tamworth Tap has won CAMRA’s prestigious National Pub of the Year award. A brewpub located in a 16th-century shop, it has gone from strength to strength since opening five years ago.
The Tamworth Tap sits in an old Tudor building with cosy interiors and a courtyard beer terrace. A great place to sit down with a pint of real ale and soak in the stunning views of Tamworth’s historic Norman castle behind. The pub also hosts regular themed events, such as beer tastings and paint-and-sip sessions. The self-published Tap Times keeps locals up-to-date with upcoming events. This might be anything from live local music to screenings of cult films.
Since taking over the empty premises, The Tamworth Tap now boasts eight hand-pulls. This always includes at least one ale brewed on site – from experimental brews to pale hoppy ales. While the pub was noted by judges for having “knowledgeable staff, a friendly atmosphere, attractive decor, and great selection of cask ales and real ciders on offer.”
“We can’t express how much this accolade means to us. CAMRA values have been at the core of everything we have done since we opened our doors, so we’re absolutely thrilled to have won this year’s competition,” said The Tap’s owners George and Louise Greenaway.
“Pubs are its people, and we are surrounded by the best. We’d like to give a special mention to our amazing customers, affectionately known as Tappers and to the truly terrific Team Tap which makes it all possible.”
CAMRA volunteers select all pubs in the competition, which they judge on atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, community focus and quality of beer. Runners-up include the Station House in Durham, the Horse & Jockey in Stapleford and the King’s Head in Norwich. To learn more about The Tamworth Tap head here.