The Glengower Hotel in Aberystwyth has won the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) West Wales Pub of the Year 2016 award. Earlier this year, members of the local CAMRA branch selected the pub as the winner of the Bae Ceredigion CAMRA pub of the year 2016 competition. Then, during the summer, the Glengower was judged against the regional winners from Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire before being declared as the West Wales regional winner.
Tristan Robinson, Chairman of Bae Ceredigion CAMRA, said, “We gave our local pub of the year award to the Glengower Hotel for the first time this year and so it is a fantastic achievement for the pub to go on to win the West Wales competition too. This latest accolade recognises the effort and enthusiasm demonstrated by landlord Ian Richards and his team.” The quality of the real ale and real cider is the most important single factor in judging a pub for a CAMRA award. Judges noted that the Glengower always offers beers from Welsh breweries and that the separate cider bar serves a choice of five real ciders and perries. The range is extended during the real ale and cider festival held at the pub over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Other criteria in the Pub of the Year awards are value for money, atmosphere and décor, customer service and the role a pub plays in its local community.
This is the second year running that a Ceredigion pub has been selected as CAMRA West Wales pub of the year. The competition was won by Y Talbot in Tregaron in 2015. “Retaining the West Wales pub of the year award in Ceredigion
demonstrates how fortunate we are to have such great pubs in our area,” added Tristan.
The Glengower went forward for judging in the overall CAMRA Wales pub of the year competition against the regional winners from North Wales and South Wales. This award was won by the Arvon Ale House in Llandrindod Wells, beating the Albion Ale House in Conwy and the Glengower in a very close contest. Ian Richards, the Glengower’s general manager is over the moon: “We are all really chuffed to have received this award, we pride ourselves on our cask beers and ciders and have created quite a name for ourselves about town. If you’re a real ale drinker in Aber then you’re bound to be a Glen frequenter! We were gutted to miss out on ‘Wales Pub of the Year’ but to be within the 3 finalists was an honour none the less, you never know, there’s always next year!”.
Since the pub’s refurbishment back in January, the Glengower has gone from strength to strength, fast becoming a destination for dining within the town. With its wholesome homemade menu it really is pub grub at its best, not to mention the delicious roasts every Sunday. The warm and friendly atmosphere creates a relaxing place to visit with friends and family and being dog friendly makes it the perfect stop at the end of a walk. With its sunny front terrace in summer and roaring open fire in the winter it’s easy to lose an afternoon with a homemade pie, a pint and a stunning sea view.