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Kent micropub named one of top four in the country

A Broadstairs micropub has been named one of the best four pubs in the country by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Yard of Ale which is one of a growing number of micropubs in the UK, has been named as one of CAMRA's Super Regional finalists and now stands a chance of being named the National Pub of the Year.

The pub was judged against 16 of the best pubs in the country, in the regional heats of CAMRA's National Pub of the Year competition.

The Yard of Ale has been named one of the best four pubs in the country Credit: CAMRA

"This Thanet based micropub is the best of the new style of pubs that is invading the United Kingdom. Local customers and tourists are able to choose from an ever changing list of very well kept beer and cider, in surroundings that are reminiscent of times gone by. All the CAMRA members in Kent are very proud that it has been judged good enough to be a finalist. Of course we are sure that it will win as it is truly the very best.”

– Regional Director for CAMRA Kent, Kae Mendham

The micropub concept was born in Kent with the opening of the first - the Butcher's Arms in Herne Bay around a decade ago.

Since then around 100 micropubs have opened across the UK, all based on the idea of focussing on good beer and company, rather than music, fruit machines or complicated food.