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Ashbourne's 2018 pub of the year is the Smith's Tavern on St Johns Street, according to the town's beer lovers.

The annual search for the area's best boozer is carried out by the Ashbourne & District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, and members awarded the gong to the Smith's Tavern.
Last year's Pub of the Year, Artisan, also on St Johns Street, came in a close second with the Okeover Arms taking third place.

Members drew up a sort list of their favourite pubs and visited each one, individually and in groups, and scored each pub on the quality of the beer, its welcome, its atmosphere and other factors.

Also on the shortlist was the Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton, the Shoulder of Mutton at Osmaston and the Sycamore at Parwich. 

Manager Mark Grist said: "On behalf of the licensee, David Leigh, and all the staff at Smith's Tavern, I am thrilled for us to have been selected as the Pub of the Year. We work extremely hard to maintain the highest level of real ale quality as well as the warm and efficient welcome and are very happy that drinkers locally and further afield enjoy our beers to such an extent".
"There are many excellent pubs in the branch area, all worthy of recognition, and to be picked out for this award is a privilege"

The Ashbourne branch of CAMRA, which also organises the town's annual beer festival, meets once a month to discuss the local pubs  and the beers they serve. 

Words: Gareth Butterfield / Ashbourne News Telegraph. Photo: Dave Etheridge

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