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Pub receives 'Good Beer' honour

Fisherman's Tavern
The Fisherman's Tavern has been running since 1827

A Dundee pub has become the only one in Scotland to be named in the Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra) Good Beer Guide for 35 years running.

Camra said the Fisherman's Tavern in Broughty Ferry had been "a byword for quality and choice since 1827".

The group praised the use of traditional hand pumps, which are unusual in Scotland.

Only nine other pubs in the UK have featured in the guide for the same length of time as the Fisherman's.

A plaque to recognise their success has been presented to staff.

Lindsay Grant, Camra Scotland and Northern Ireland Director, said: "The Fisherman's Tavern has battled through a lot of adversity over the years, but is still standing as one of Scotland's great pub landmarks.

"Its illustrious stint in the Good Beer Guide can only be attributed to the continued quality of the cask-conditioned ale sold over the years, despite several changes of ownership, and its pioneering role as a real ale outlet in an area where it is not commonly served."

We just rotate them, clean them well, make sure that they're kept in the correct condition and well maintained
Holly Sinclair

Rhys Martinson, manager of the Fisherman's Tavern, said: "The pub has such a fond place in real ale drinkers' hearts.

"Older drinkers will remember the legendary former owners such as Dick Brodie and John Stewart, for others the pub is regarded as the primary location for real ale in the Dundee area.

"We are simply over the moon to have featured in the Good Beer Guide 35 years on the trot, and hope this success will continue for generations to come."

Assistant manager, Holly Sinclair, admitted it was hard work keeping the quality up.

"By no means should anybody think it's ever simple," she said.

"The casked ales are completely different from draught lager, they have to be looked after really well.

"We just rotate them, clean them well, make sure that they're kept in the correct condition and well-maintained."




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