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Cheltenham club vying for national CAMRA title

A Cheltenham venue has been named one of the best clubs in the UK by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Cheltenham Motor Club in Upper Park Street, just off London Road, was the South West regional winner in CAMRA's prestigious Club of the Year competition 2023.

The club is among 16 regional finalists that will now compete for the National Club of the Year title, one of the highest accolades afforded to the UK's clubs.

Cheltenham Motor Club is a three-times winner of CAMRA's National Club of the Year, as well as multiple other awards.

CAMRA noted that six regularly changing beers from across the country were served at the club, including a dark ale and a local ale.

There is also at least one keg beer, generally from Deya, and at least one real cider, plus a range of bottled Belgian beers.

An annual beer festival is also held, plus meet the brewer/takeover evenings.

The final four clubs will be announced in early October. The cream of the crop will then be invited to the Club Mirror Awards at the end of November, where one will be crowned national Club of the Year.

Once again, the Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine.

The aim of the competition is to seek out the best clubs, all showcasing their commitment to quality real ale, a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale, cider and perry served in great condition.

The overall winner will be announced early in 2024.

Phil Gregg, national co-ordinator for the Club of the Year competition, said: "I am delighted to be able to announce the top clubs in the UK. This competition aims to highlight the very best examples of what a social club can be.

"These amazing venues are a vital part of communities across the UK, promoting social well-being in their local areas and providing an important hub for local residents.

"All pubs and clubs have faced many challenges since the pandemic, with the cost-of-living crisis, soaring business rates and energy costs. These shining examples are a real testament to their determination, professionalism and support for their communities."

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