THE Grapevine in Ealing has been named by the best club in Britain by the Campaign For Real Ale.
The popular theatre bar in west London, staffed solely by volunteers, is found inside The Questors Theatre in Mattock Lane and was proclaimed National Club of the Year by a panel of CAMRA judges.
The pub was founded by in 1959 by members of the theatre to act as a social hub and also as a source of funds to support the theatre’s activities.
The Grapevine is also a previous winner of local CAMRA awards on numerous occasions, and finished as a National Finalist in the competition in 2006.
Jon Webster, chairman of The Questors Grapevine Club, said: “This award is a fantastic achievement. We are a small group of volunteers, most of whom have full time jobs, and we run the club in our spare time.
“We are dedicated to providing a good service and are particularly proud of our reputation for selling good quality, well-kept real ale.”
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award and are lucky to enjoy the support of our customers and our families, without whom this success would not have been possible.”
More than 200 venues submitted entries for this year’s contest.