A WIDE choice of quality ales has helped Maids Moreton’s Wheatsheaf pub win a coveted place in this year’s Good Beer Guide.
Published earlier this month by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the Good Beer Guide 2012 lists 4,500 pubs around the country serving the best real ale.
Of 257 pubs in the local CAMRA district, only 13 have made it into this year’s guide.
Landlord Gregor Stevenson, who runs The Wheatsheaf with his partner Sue Lockyer, said: “It’s judged on beer quality and variety, but the main criteria is quality.”
Mr Stevenson said he sources most of his ales from nearby breweries in Silverstone, Marsh Gibbon and Tring, with Tring Brewery’s Side Pocket for a Toad proving most popular with regulars at present.
He said simple steps such as keeping beer at the correct temperature and making sure it is used within the right timescale are the keys to success.
Mr Stevenson and his partner Sue Lockyer took over the pub last October, and liked it so much they bought the lease in May.
His former pub, the King’s Head in Fritwell, made it into the CAMRA guide for the last six years.