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15th September 2014

Wallingford pub’s win is the ‘Cat’s Whiskers’


The Coachmakers Arms in Wallingford has won the top prize in the Best Kept Cellar competition organised by Henley pub operator and brewer Brakspear.

Licensees Tony & Tina Ginn win a unique prize for their pub – a ‘house beer’, which they have named ‘The Cat’s Whiskers’, after locals’ affectionate name for the pub of ‘The Cat’, an abbreviation of Coachmakers Arms Tavern.  The 3.8% ale has now gone on sale and is proving a popular brew.

All Brakspear’s 129 pubs were initially considered for the Best Kept Cellar competition. Four finalists were then judged by Roger Clayson of Cask Marque. On a thorough visit of each pub, Clayson checked cellar cleanliness, stock rotation, line cleaning and glass washing – all factors that have an impact on the quality of beer served across the bar. The Coachmakers Arms came top with an impressive score of 96%.

Tony Ginn said, “We’re delighted to win this award, and it’s great to have a beer that’s unique to our pub. I’ve always put in the time and effort in the cellar to maintain top quality ale, it’s important to offer customers a consistently good pint.”

Clayson added, “It was a pleasure to visit the Coachmakers, where the team are both knowledgeable and passionate about serving their beers in optimum condition. Tony & Tina thoroughly deserve this award.”

Caption to attached image (l-r): Tony & Tina Ginn of the Coachmakers Arms with Cask Marque’s Roger Clayson


Issued on behalf of:                Brakspear

Further information:                Ros Shiel/ / 07841 694137