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6th February 2013

The Drinks Retailing Awards, awarded Real Ale Ltd ‘Independent beer retailer of the year’ copy)Today 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 5, 2013 at one of London’s most prestigious venues, The Dorchester Hotel.  There were 20 award categories in total with 61 finalists.

Real Ale’s Managing Director, Nick Dolan, said “We are delighted to win this award, and to be recognised by the industry.  All of our dedicated team have worked hard this year to develop and expand our store, and this award is a fantastic reflection and achievement of this.   As an Independent it also really helps to boost our profile both locally and nationally, and gives our local customers an independent shop on their high street that they can be proud of.”

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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 250 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.

In December 2012 Real Ale were awarded ‘Best Retail Business’ at the Richmond Business Awards, and 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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