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7th February 2014

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(London UK) 05 February 2014, The Drinks Retailing Awards, awarded Real Ale Ltd ‘Independent beer retailer of the year’.  Awarded for its commitment to championing beer and making it the core element in the success of their business in the past year.

The awards are among the trade’s biggest highlights, bringing together the leading lights in retail and rewarding The Best in The Business. Not only is the judging process one of the most rigorous and thorough of all the industry awards, but it is unique in covering the entire breadth of the take-home market, striving to reflect excellence in as many areas of the trade as possible.
The awards were presented at a ceremony on the evening of February 4, 2014 at one of London’s most prestigious venues, The Dorchester Hotel.  There were 20 award categories in total with 60 finalists.

Real Ale’s Managing Director, Nick Dolan, said “We are really delighted to retain the ‘Independent Beer Retailer of the Year’ Award.  Being recognised by the industry for a second year in a row is a real achievement for everyone involved in Real Ale.  We have to thank all of our loyal customers who have constantly supported us, as well as all of the innovative craft breweries who we are proud to support and who are continuously making even better beer.  I am extremely proud of our dedicated team who constantly strive to develop our business, and who have continued to maintain excellence”

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Notes to editors: established in 2005, opening a shop in Twickenham, South West London.  With the aim of supporting British micro-breweries and to make the wide range of high quality, often unknown, real ales available to Twickenham and the surrounding area.

Real Ale now stocks over 300 different beers from around the world, as well as over 250 different wines, ciders and spirits; all of which are sourced from small producers.  Real Ale now runs monthly ‘Meet the Brewer’ and ‘Meet the Producer’ events that attract hundreds of people every year, reinforcing their philosophy of supporting small drinks producers and bringing their customers closer to them.

Established by Nick Dolan (Managing Director), his idea came from working on a barley farm in Norfolk, England.  Nick then helped set up a The Real Ale shop on the same farm and realised that a similar concept could be established in a more urban setting, in Twickenham.  Since then, Nick has gone on to be a recognised voice in the industry, judging at various beer competitions and sourcing and supplying a third of Marks and Spencer’s beer and cider range nationally.

Real Ale were awarded Drinks Retailing Awards ‘Independent Beer Retailer of the Year’ in 2013 and ‘Best Retail Business’ at the Richmond Business Awards in 2012 and 2013.  In February 2013 they were ranked 46th in The Times, ‘Top Food Websites’.  They are also listed in Time Out London ‘London’s Best Shops 2013’. is a great way to learn more about the interesting and unusual beers now available from the expanding beer market.  To find out more about what can offer, visit their website

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