‘Front pub in Falmouth retains Camra Kernow Pub of the Year title

The ‘Front, in Falmouth, has been voted pub of the year for the second year in a row by members of CAMRA Kernow, the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

It’s yet another success for the small but perfectly formed pub that last year made it to the final shortlist of four for the national pub of the year title.

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The pub focuses on selling mostly Cornish real ales, with breweries such as Coastal, Tintagel, Rebel and Chough featuring regularly on a varied beer menu.

Most of the beers are dispensed on gravity from barrels on a stillage that was erected for a beer festival a few years back and subsequently was never taken down.

Manager Matt Reay leads a knowledgeable and friendly team who dispense not only great real ales but also a range of bottled and foreign beers plus half a dozen or so draught ciders.
He said he owed a lot of success to the staff who created a great atmosphere drinkers love.

“Nice people attract nice people,” he said, enjoying a celebratory pint in the pub’s outside area which looks over Custom House Quay to the harbour.

“And the range and quality of the breweries and the beers is great.”

The lease of the pub is owned by Sean McGee, who purchased it when he was running the Grapes pub in Falmouth, where he employed Matt.

When asked if would consider setting up another pub on the same lines as the ‘Front, he shook his head and pointed to Matt. “I’d need another one of him,” he said.

A menu of 11 beers was put before the large crowd who attended the presentation ceremony, with a large contingent of CAMRA Kernow members.

The presentation was made by branch chairman, Norman Garlick, who praised Matt’s incredible achievement over the past two years.

“Matt and his team have done exceptionally well in that not only did they win last year’s pub of the year but they’ve done it this year too. Not only that but they made it into the last four of the national pub of the year contest.”

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