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Gallaghers Pub & Barbers retains CAMRA award

12th April 2013

Categories: News

From Wirral Globe

Gallaghers Pub & Barbers

A Wirral pub that specialises in combining supping with shaving has maintained its title as the peninsula's top venue for a tipple by real ale champions CAMRA.

Frank and Sue Gallagher took the expertise they gained from running barber shops in the North End of Birkenhead into their new venture when they took over the derelict former Cains Dispensary and Hamlet pub on Chester Street.

Their reckoning was that by offering a snip and shave service at the pub they would still have a business and somewhere to live even if bar takings failed.

But both sides of the business proved to be sure-fire successes.

And Frank and Sue demonstrated their dedication to real ale by dealing with two of Wirral’s finest microbreweries, Brimstage and Birkenhead-based Peerless, as well as beers from Liverpool Organic and Stockport’s Phoenix brewery.

Campaign for Real Ale Researchers acknowledged the pub's value by judging it to be one of the top eight across Merseyside and Cheshire.

Sue Gallagher said: "This is the third time we have won the Wirral award and we have twice been regional winners.

"It means that CAMRA have faith in us and it means that our beer is spot-on and staying that way.

"Everything is exceeding expectations; at the end of the month we are launching a live music show in an upstairs room."

The venture is very much a family affair with the work spread between Frank and Sue, son Michael, 22, daughters Samantha, 29, and Isobel, 18 and Frank’s sister Susan Hughes.

CAMRA members cast their votes based on customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and quality of beer.

Other regional winners are The Prospect Inn, Halton; Freshfield Hotel, Formby; The Wharf, Macclesfield; Helter Skelter, Frodsham; The Borough Arms, Crewe; Hope Vine, Burscough and The Clock Face, Prescot.

CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said: "These winning pubs have been voted the best in their local areas by local CAMRA members and are examples of the kind of well run and value community pubs we hope to see more of throughout the UK."

Winning pubs will move forward to CAMRA’s Regional Pub of the Year competition with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year accolade.

Community Pubs Month – a national campaign- encourages public houses to try different marketing ideas to stimulate community interest.

Around 6,000 pubs across the UK have registered to participate in the venture and have been sent promotional packs.

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