Headland pub celebrates CAMRA beer guide success

Landlord of the Fishermans Arms Steve Bell
Landlord of the Fishermans Arms Steve Bell

A POPULAR pub has made it into a prestigious guide in recognition of the real ales on offer to punters.

Staff at the Fishermans Arms Pub, on the Headland, were delighted to discover the watering hole had been named as one of the 4,500 pubs in the 2013 Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide.

The pub, in Southgate, is one of 1,033 new entries’ into the 40th edition of the flagship publication which features the best real ale pubs from across the UK.

Landlord Steve Bell, 50, was aiming to make it into the guide so was delighted when he discovered the pub had been chosen to feature.

Steve, who runs the Fishermans Arms alongside his partner, Mandy Jackson, 49, who is the mum of Emily Whitehead, 13, said he has already seen an increase in customers since the names of the pub in the guide were released at the end of last week.

He said: “We have already noticed a slight increase in custom over the weekend with people coming in and trying our ales.

“Obviously we are absolutely delighted, it is something we have been aiming for so it was great to find out we were in the guide.”

The Fishermans Arms is one of 261 Punch pubs to be named in the guide.

The pub offers customers two house ales, Black Sheep and Cumberland, as well as a traditional cider and a guest ale at any one time.

“The Black Sheep is probably our most popular, but I guess it all depends on what our guest ale is,” said Steve.

Steve has organised a number of popular beer festivals at the pub, which he thinks has helped to propel the Fishermans Arms into the guide.

He is going to continue to organise the events and said he will work hard to ensure the pub maintains its high standards.

“We want to carry on as we are doing now,” he said.

“Everything is going well for us.”