Joy for McOrville

Clare Riddle serves Chris Linton with a pint in the bar of the McCorville
Clare Riddle serves Chris Linton with a pint in the bar of the McCorville
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LANDLORDS are celebrating after making it into a good pub guide for real ale - including a new venue joining the elite.

The McOrville pub, in Elwick Village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, has gained entry to the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) 2014 edition of the Good Beer Guide.

Seven other pubs and clubs in Hartlepool and the surrounding area have also retained their places in the guide.

The McOrville dates from the 16th century but CAMRA officials say there is nothing ancient about the beer, the food and the service.

Alan Davies, Good Beer Guide co-ordinator, said: “All we are looking for is excellent beer, served in an excellent condition, all the time, every time.

“The pubs that have featured in this, the 41st edition of the guide, maintain these high standards and we are delighted to welcome the McOrville.”

Claire Riddle has been the licensee at the pub in Elwick village for the past 18-months and she is delighted to have been included.

Claire said: “I am delighted that we have been included.

“I’d like to thank all our real ale drinkers for their support. This is great news.”

The Rat Race Ale House, CAMRA’s current Cider Pub of the Year, at Hartlepool Railway Station first gained entry at the first attempt into the 2011 edition of the Good Beer Guide, and officials say it deserves its continued recognition.

Others to make the guide include the Globe, in Northgate, The Fishermans Arms, in Southgate, the Causeway, in Vicarage Gardens, and CAMRA’s current North East Pub of the Year, the Ship Inn at High Hesleden.

Meanwhile, Camerons’ Brewery Tap, in Stockton Street, is also included while just one club from this area makes it into the guide, the Billingham Catholic Club.

All of the pubs have gone through a rigorous assessment process conducted by members of CAMRA over the last 12 months.

CAMRA’s Cleveland Branch has an allocation of 43 pubs for inclusion into the 2014 edition of the guide which lists more than 4,500 of the best pubs in the UK and which is now in its 41st edition.

The Cleveland Branch of CAMRA, which was established in the 1960s, has more than 500 members.