Updated: Saturday, 16th November 2019 @ 10:52pm

A round on the house! Traditional Rochdale boozer wins prestigious National Pub of the Year award

A round on the house! Traditional Rochdale boozer wins prestigious National Pub of the Year award

By Oliver Rhodes

A Rochdale pub is popping the champagne after being crowned the best in Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale.

The Baum, of Toad Lane, competed as one of 16 regional winners, before beating three other finalists to be crowned as CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year.

Running the traditional pub alongside owner and husband Simon, Heidi Crompton raised her metaphorical glass to the result and toasted the following support.

“We are absolutely ecstatic,” she said. “This is the highest accolade in the pub trade.

“We were awarded as the best Greater Manchester pub and now we have won the nationals.

“The support has been amazing. Everyone has come down to celebrate with us and been on the social networking websites to offer their congratulations.”

The pub opened in the early 1980s and aged like a fine wine to become one of Rochdale’s greatest watering holes.

Focus shifted to providing more ales, which paid dividends with CAMRA’s competition strongly assessing the quality of the beer.

CAMRA’s pubs director Julian Hough said: “I would like to congratulate Simon, Heidi and all of the staff at The Baum on winning CAMRA’s national award.

“It is great to see a pub that offers consumers a fantastic range of quality drinks and also supports local businesses crowned National Pub of the Year.

“I would urge all pub lovers to visit The Baum and experience what a brilliant pub it is.”

The other finalists in the competition were the Bridge End Inn in Ruabon, North Wales, Conqueror Alehouse in Ramsgate, Kent, and Tom Cobley Tavern in Spreyton, Devon.

Picture courtesy of mrrobertwade, with thanks.

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