West Dorset CAMRA picks Three Elms Inn and Tom Browns for awards
WEST Dorset branch of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA - have named the Three Elms Inn at North Wootton and Tom Browns in Dorchester for Pub of the Year Awards.
The move follows last year's innovation of naming both a rural and a town pub for the Pub of the Year accolade.
Judges will choose one of the establishments to go through to the final of the Wessex CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year competition.
John and Sue Barker bought the Three Elms Inn in March 2011, and set up a village shop and Post Office in the pub two months later making it the first Post Office counter inside a pub in the UK.
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CAMRA spokesman Michel Hooper-Immins said: "This is a real community pub.
"In addition to real ale and good food, customers can buy a loaf of bread and buy a stamp on the premises from 11am to 11pm - it gives a whole new meaning to going out to post a letter!"
Judges were impressed byt the quality of the seven real ales being served at Tom Browns in High East Street, Dorchester.
Dorset Brewing Company, of Crossways, bought the pub and the rights to brew Goldfinch beers, which had for many years been created in Tom Browns' own brewhouse.
Certificates were presented to John and Sue Barker of the Three Elms and Jo-ann von Weichardt and Sophie Green of Tom Browns by Rich Gabe of West Dorset CAMRA at Dorchester Beer Festival, Beerex, in the county town's Corn Exchange.