Brew pub toasts its own success

Celebrating their success at The Ship Inn are (clockwise from front left) Christine Forsyth, Brooke Schultz, Iain Venz, Robin Freer and Michael Hegarty.
Celebrating their success at The Ship Inn are (clockwise from front left) Christine Forsyth, Brooke Schultz, Iain Venz, Robin Freer and Michael Hegarty.

A SEASIDE pub which brews its own beers is raising a glass to success after being given a prestigious award for the first time.

The Ship Inn at Low Newton has been given the Campaign for Real Ale’s North Northumberland Pub of the Year title, jointly with The Barrels in Berwick.

About to brew its 300th batch of beer, The Ship has gone from strength to strength since its microbrewery opened in March 2008.

Owner Christine Forsyth said: “It is a good achievement and recognition of all our hard work and the people we have working at the pub.

“We’re really pleased with it. I think the main thing is that we feel we have been recognised for whar we do, we give excellent service, lovely food, good beer and it’s a nice place to come.”

With the 300th brew on its way the brewery has now made 30,000 gallons, or 240,000 pints of beer.

The Ship Inn will now go in to the regional round of the awards to be in with a chance of taking the Tyneside and Northumberland accolade.

The John Bull in Alnwick came in joint second with the Pilot in Berwick while The Olde Ship in Seahouses came in third.

The pub of the year gong is voted for by Camra members.