Ian Packham, vice-chairman of South Devon CAMRA presented the certificates to Rachel and Marc on Tuesday 25th April. The Tally Ho has been open as South Devon’s first community owned pub for just over three years. To have achieved recognition at this level again (we did it in 2015 too) is extraordinary and a great credit to all involved – particularly managers Rachel and Marc, all the other staff, the committee behind them, and the Tally Ho’s owners (over 180 of them to date).
Ian Packham explained that pubs are judged not only on the quality of the beer, but also on things like atmosphere, the welcome given, quality of the food, the cross section of clientele and value for money, plus the contribution to the local community. The Tally closely missed out on winning, as voting was close. Ian said “Your pub has done a cracking job considering it’s only been open 3 years and has already won twice. Congratulations to all involved. This is a ringing endorsement from CAMRA members for both the quality of the beer and overall quality.”
Only pubs that are included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide are eligible for the Pub of the Year competition, so this award also confirms that the Tally Ho will be included in the next edition of the Good Beer Guide.