Pub runner-up in awards to boost real ale

The Oxford Times: Locals at the launch of The Killingworth Castle last year Locals at the launch of The Killingworth Castle last year

A PUB in Wootton-by-Woodstock has been recognised in an awards ceremony.

The Killingworth Castle finished runner-up in the North Oxon Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub of the Year awards.

It is run by Claire and Jim Alexander, who took over the pub in December 2012 after it had been closed for a year.

The couple also received a runners-up award in the North Cotswolds section for The Ebrington Arms, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. They have previously won the award three times and have been in the top three for the past seven years.

Mrs Alexander said: “We’re really proud of the CAMRA awards because they show consistency in what we do.

“To be able to do it at our second pub so soon is overwhelming, but not without a lot of hard work in turning it around.”

Her husband added: “It’s an honour to be appreciated by the real ale community in Oxfordshire so quickly and great we can put the learnings from our first pub into another lovely community that have been really supportive.”

The Killingworth Castle won our sister paper The Oxford Times’ Restaurant of the Year last December and has also won the Michelin Bib Gourmand.

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12:33pm Wed 30 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Does real ale really need a boost? If you walk from St Aldate's to St Giles in a roundabout fashion you will come across a dozen pubs with a wide range of hand-pulled ales from local and national breweries. IT's far more available than it was twenty years ago.

Try finding properly served continental-brewed lager however and you will be disappointed. The odd place might have Leffe in bottles and that's about it. Can we have a Campaign for Real Lager?
Does real ale really need a boost? If you walk from St Aldate's to St Giles in a roundabout fashion you will come across a dozen pubs with a wide range of hand-pulled ales from local and national breweries. IT's far more available than it was twenty years ago. Try finding properly served continental-brewed lager however and you will be disappointed. The odd place might have Leffe in bottles and that's about it. Can we have a Campaign for Real Lager? King Joke
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