Ilkeston pub is one of best for real ale

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An Ilkeston pub is among the 150 best boozers for real ale in the country, according to a list released this week.

The popular Dewdrop Inn was nominated by the Erewash branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) to earn its place as one of only three Derbyshire pubs on the list compiled by the national organisation.

The Station Street pub was picked for its winning customer service, value for money, decor, atmosphere and of course the quality and range of its beer.

A former regular at the pub Phil Paxton took over the reigns two years ago with wife Julia and brother Jack.

“It’s an honour, really –it reflects the hard work we have put in over the last two years,” said Phil, who has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer throughout that time.

“All the customers have rallied round – and of course Julia and Jack have been marvellous,” he explained.

Already an established real ale pub, The family team have increased the number of ales on at any one time to eight.

They regularly travel up and down the country seeking out new beers as well as keeping local breweries, like Giltbrook-based Blue Monkey, permanently on tap.

The pub will now be entered into CAMRA’s Regional Pub of the Year competition, announced in September, with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year in February next year.

Other Derbyshire pubs in the top 150 include the Black Bull’s Head in Belper and the Old Poet’s Corner in Ashover.