THE TEAM at an award-winning pub, restaurant and boutique hotel on the outskirts of Bridgwater is celebrating this month (June, 2016) after scooping a prestigious award for the quality of its beer.
The Bower Inn passed an independent inspection from the real ale auditors’ Cask Marque after being assessed by a qualified and senior brewer with experience working in the cask ale industry.
Co-owner, Peter Starling, who runs the Inn with his wife Candida Leaver, explained: “This award is a great endorsement for us. A lot of our customers visit the pub especially for the cask ale and it is really gratifying to know that we are getting the quality just right.”
Backed by 46 of the country’s leading brewers and pub companies, the Cask Marque accreditation is only awarded to licensees who can demonstrate they serve their ale to the highest standards.
The pub is now also part of the ‘World’s Biggest Ale Trail’, where users of the CaskFinder app visit Cask Marque accredited pubs to try the ale.
While there they are encouraged to scan the QR code on the pub’s certificate to confirm their visit and climb the Ale Trail leader board and receive prizes.
Currently the app, which is free to download from both iTunes and Google Play stores, is used more than 70,000 times per month to find Cask Marque accredited pubs.
Peter continued: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the Ale Trailers into the pub to scan their certificate and try our ale, as well as continuing to serve great pints to our existing customer base.”
Since its foundation in 1997, Cask Marque has inspected more than 600,000 pints of beer and accredited more than 9,700 of the country’s 60,000 pubs estimated to serve one or more cask conditioned ales.
Cask Marque Director, Paul Nunny, said: “The Bower Inn should feel justifiably proud of this excellent achievement, which not only recognises the effort its team puts into serving the perfect pint but also acts as an independent guarantee of quality for their customers.
“All too often publicans don’t appreciate the care and attention cask beers require and then run the risk of losing custom by serving pints that are below par.”
The Bower Inn is a popular country pub, restaurant and hotel, which is open throughout the week for lunches and dinners, serving quality seasonal food sourced from nearby. It is also a well-known function and wedding venue.
Bar Manager, Nick Kenyon at The Bower Inn, said: “We’ve recently started stocking some new craft ciders and beers to meet customer demand including Bad Apple Craft Cider, American pale ale Shed Head, which is brewed in Sweden and then imported to the UK, and Birra Poretti – an Italian Pilsner brewed in Varese since 1877.
“We also now stock a range of world craft beers in bottles to keep in touch with the ever expanding craft beer market. With five currently on offer including Anchor Steam Beer, a US imitation of a UK beer, Grimbergen Blonde, a Belgian golden beer, Brooklyn East IPA – American hops and British malt makes this a perfect balance of two cultures coming together. Great with seafood or a lump of English cheddar.
“We also have Sam Adams Boston Lager – a true American favourite. Samuel Adams has only been brewing for 32 years but is a household name across the US. This full bodied brew is robust and rich with character. Its deep golden colour and signature hoppy aroma, coupled with the flavour of malt and a delicate toffee sweetness, make this beer a great choice all year round.
“Last up is Anchor Porter, which is the epitome of a handcrafted dark beer. Great with some rich dark chocolate brownie, which we also have on the menu!”
Peter and Candida have spent the past six years refurbishing and revitalising the inn’s fortunes and have created a successful business. It now has 16 luxury hotel rooms complete with vintage furniture and fixtures and fittings and high-end contemporary en-suite bathrooms.
For further details about The Bower Inn, which is on Bower Lane on the outskirts of Bridgwater just off junction 23 of M5, or the competition, please call 01278 422926 or visit www.thebowerinn.co.uk.