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Pub wins best title again

Bedford pub The Cricketers Arms has been crowned Pub of the Year for the second time.

The pub, in Goldington Road, has been named the 2012 CAMRA north Bedfordshire Branch Pub of the Year. It also won the title in 2007.

Paul Davies, who runs the pub with partner Stephanie Law, said: “One thing we have been told is that CAMRA were impressed at the standard of the beers.

“As a fan of the brown stuff myself, I know how important that is in a pub. And if there’s something that I wouldn’t want to drink I’m not going to expect anyone else to.

“We have two permanent ales, in Adnams Bitter and Brains Bitter. Then we have three more, which vary virtually every week.

Paul, who is a former pupil of Bedford Modern School, said: “We run this pub as if it was our local, it’s the pub we would want to live next door to.

“Our attitude is that we want the sort of place we’d want to go to, then other people will want to as well.”

Paul and Stephanie have been running the pub for nine years. They decided to get into the business after being disappointed that they did not have a local pub they liked in the village of Flitwick, where they lived at the time.

The branch of CAMRA awarded the Most Improved Pub award to the Devonshire Arms, in Dudley Street.

Both pubs were given framed certificates to display.

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