called for the introduction of a preferential rate of duty for beer sold in pubs and on-trade outlets, greater support for publicans tied to large pub-owning companies and a significant reduction in the business rates paid by pubs.
The Clachan Inn, St John's Town of Dalry, has been named overall winner of the CAMRA
2019 Pub of the Year for the Dumfries and Stewartry region and individual winner for the Stewartry area; Cavens Arms, Dumfries, won the Pub of the Year for Dumfries Town area; and now the Farmers Inn, Clarencefield for the Dumfriesshire area.
"It was awarded following a thorough judging process which began with nominations being made by Camra
Pubs Minister Jake Berry, who is backing the Camra
campaign, said: "The local is where people enjoy a pint, relax and spend time with one another, whether it is watching their team win, sampling their favourite drink or hosting a charity fundraiser.
said rates were particularly hitting pub tenants "tied" to a particular brewery company as they could not make cost savings elsewhere.
, one of the biggest consumer groups in Europe, has championed real ales and ciders for almost 50 years.
boss Jackie Parker said: "A lower beer duty rate for pubs could be an absolute gamechanger in keeping our pubs open as well as encouraging responsible drinking in a social setting." The latest regional breakdown of pub closures shows 63 vanished in the South East, 59 in the North West, 53 in Yorkshire and the Humber, 43 in the South West and 25 in the West Midlands.
Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine, with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale, those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great conditions.
spokesperson said:"It is our belief that if a licensee serves an excellent pint of real ale, then everything else in the pub, including customer service, quality of food and atmosphere, are likely to be of an equally high standard."
Mansfield and Ashfield Camra
: Dandy Cock, Kirkby-in-Ashfield This micro pub offers up to four real ales and up to six real ciders.
boss Colin Valentine said: "Pubs are now facing a crippling tax burden, exacerbated by the perfect storm of the last business rates revaluation and a high level of beer duty.
The Baum in Rochdale, Camra
's national Pub of the Year in 2012, will see its rateable value increased by 377%.