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'Front does the double as the Pub of the Year

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 31, 2012

Cornwall Camra chairman Norman Garlick, left, presents 'Front manager Matt Reay with the Pub of the Year certificate, watched by other members of the pub team behind the bar. Picture: Seve Barber, Cornwall Camra

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THE 'FRONT in Falmouth has been voted Pub of the Year for the second year in a row by members of the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

It's yet another success for the small but perfectly formed pub, which last year made it to the final shortlist of four for the national Pub of the Year title.

It focuses on selling mostly Cornish real ales, regularly featuring breweries such as Coastal, Tintagel, Rebel and Chough.

Most of the beers are dispensed on gravity from barrels on a stillage that was erected for a beer festival a few years back and never taken down.

Manager Matt Reay's team dispenses real ales, bottled and foreign beers and about half a dozen draught ciders.

He said he owed a lot of his success to the staff, who created a great atmosphere drinkers loved. "Nice people attract nice people," said Mr Reay, enjoying a celebratory pint in the pub's outside area overlooking Custom House Quay and the harbour, "and the range and quality of the breweries and the beers is great."

Sean McGee bought the lease when he was running the Grapes in Falmouth, where he employed Mr Reay.

When asked if he would consider setting up another pub on the same lines as the 'Front, he shook his head and pointed to his manager, saying: "I'd need another one of him."

Eleven beers were put before the large crowd assembled at the presentation ceremony, including many Camra Kernow members.

Branch chairman Norman Garlick praised Mr Reay's achievement. "Matt and his team have done exceptionally well in that they not only won last year's Pub of the Year but they've done it this year too," he said. "Not only that, but they made it into the last four of the national Pub of the Year contest." He urged non-Camra members to join him in a toast.

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