Cheers! Lowestoft pub Stanford Arms named best in East Anglia by CAMRA..again!

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft. Owners David and Samantha Burd.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft. Owners David and Samantha Burd. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft pub can raise a glass in triumph after being named among the top of the hops in a national competition.

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

For the second year in a row, the Stanford Arms on Stanford Street has been named East Anglian Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale.

It comes after the pub narrowly missed out on CAMRA's National Pub of the Year, being named as one of the three runners up for 2016.

The pub's landlord is now hoping it will go one better this time around and bring home the national title as well.

David Burd, who has ran the pub for five years, said: 'We're absolutely delighted to have received this accolade, as there is some very stiff competition in the region.

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

'I think our consistency is something that really impressed CAMRA, we never rest on our laurels and are always looking for ways to improve and raise the game.'

The pub regularly keeps up to a dozen cask ales on the pumps, as well as keeping the fridges heavily stocked with craft beers in bottles and cans.

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They have also recently added two keg lines and have received high praise for themed food nights, which see homemade interpretations of dishes from around the world served.

Mr Burd, 53, added: 'The most important thing for us is that we are a pub that is heavily focussed on conversation. We don't have distractions like fruit machines and we recently took out the pool table.

'My motivation has always been to run a pub that I would want to drink in myself and I'm passionate about making sure we create a friendly, conversational environment where people can just chat to one another.

'We also do our best to make sure the pub is kept immaculately clean and encourage a positive atmosphere.'

The pub now faces a tense wait to discover whether they will once again be one of the national finalists, with CAMRA narrowing down its 16 regional winners to just four.

A presentation party will be held at the pub in September, where Mr Burd and wife Samantha will toast their latest triumph.

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