The Old Ale House, in Truro, has been named pub of the year by the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA Kernow).

The pub, which acts as the tap for nearby Skinner’s Brewery, beat off competition from five other shortlisted pubs: the Star Inn, Crowlas; The ‘Front and Beerwolf, both in Falmouth; the Bell Inn, Launceston; and Red Lion, Newquay. The runner-up was The ‘Front.

CAMRA Kernow 40Meanwhile, cider pub of the year is Stable, at Fistral Newquay, with runners-up the Red Lion, Newquay, and Beerwolf, Falmouth.

Throughout the last year, the quality of more than 5,000 pints of beer and cider has been scored in Cornwall on the CAMRA application. Theses scores, along with visit reports, have been used to compile a list of 62 pubs that will make it into the yearly CAMRA Good Beer Guide to represent the pubs serving the best beer in Cornwall.

A selection of the very best pubs get nominated by CAMRA Kernow members to be considered as pub of the year or cider pub of the year.

The pub of the year presentation will take place on Saturday, May 20, in the Old Ale House, with a social meeting from 12.30pm, and the actual presentation at 2pm.

The ‘Front’s runner-up presentation will be on Sunday, April 23, with a social at 2pm and the presentation at 2.30pm.

The cider pub of the year presentation, at Stable, Fistral, will be on Saturday, May 13, with a social from 12.30pm and the presentation at 2pm.

CAMRA Kernow press officer, Sonia Bunce, said: “Please do come and share in the pubs’ success with us. We would love to see you at these presentations or at any of the festivals or events that we host throughout the year as we actively try to protect and promote pubs and promote real ale, cider and perry.”