The Dove is a real ale award winner

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A PUB that goes to great lengths to ensure a quality tipple is toasting its success after being given a prestigious award.

The Dove, in Bury St Edmunds, has been given the title of Regional Pub of the Year for East Anglia by real ale campaigners Camra.

Landlord Roger Waters was delighted with the award after just a short time at the Hospital Road pub.

He said: “We are so pleased that after just one year at The Dove that we are awarded the Camra Pub of the Year for East Anglia.”

According to Roger, the pub prides itself on holding traditional values – and the beer always comes first.

Roger said: “We like to think of it as a village pub in a town – there’s no music or games machines and people just come in to taste the beer and enjoy the atmosphere.

“In the last year, we’ve had over 300 differing ales, mostly from East Anglia and will continue to have real cask ale from many of the smaller local brewers.

“It’s like we have got a beer festival every day.”

The award – judged on customer service, decor, clientele mix, value for money, atmosphere and the quality of beer and cider – means that The Dove will now go forward for the National Pub of the Year 2010 award.