MONMOUTH Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, has written to two Monmouthshire pubs to congratulate them on being named as local pubs of the year following votes from members of the Campaign for Real Ale.
CAMRA is running a Community Pubs Month throughout April in a bid to increase footfall at local pubs and help reward the hard work of our licensees.
The Star Inn, Llanfihangel Tor-y-Mynydd, Llansoy won the award for Gwent country pub of the year, which is an excellent achievement as the business has only relatively recently changed hands and has clearly worked hard to build up support of CAMRA members in a very short time.
The award for Gwent’s town pub of the year was once again scooped by the Coach and Horses, Chepstow.
Speaking after hearing of the awards Nick said: “CAMRA’s launch of Community Pubs Month is to be welcomed, and I would urge local communities to support our local pubs, especially during these difficult economic times.
“ As a member of the Assembly’s Cross Party Group on Beer and The Pub I am all too aware of the challenges facing out hardworking licensees. Pubs are so important in the life of Wales and if we don’t use them we will certainly lose them.
“ I congratulate The Star Inn, Llansoy and The Coach and Horses, Chepstow, and wish them all the best in the regional rounds of the competition.”