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Corriegarth Hotel in Inverness scoops top award for ale

By Gregor White

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The Corriegarth Hotel in Heathmount Rd, Inverness.
The Corriegarth Hotel in Heathmount Rd, Inverness.

Staff at an Inverness pub are celebrating after scooping a prestigious award for the quality of their beer.

John Mackay, who runs the Corriegarth Hotel in The Crown area of Inverness, has been awarded the Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask conditioned ale.

He said: “This award is a truly wonderful achievement for us and reflects the quality and consistency of the beer we serve our customers.

"We are a recognised outlet in Inverness for real ale, but this will help attract even more customers.

"We trade with many local breweries meaning we can offer a great range of beers every week.

"You can be sure of a cracking pint every time!"

Backed by 50 brewers and pub companies, Cask Marque accreditation is awarded to licensees whose ale passes a series of independent quality audits of beer and cellar standards.

Since its foundation in 1998, Cask Marque has inspected over 750,000 pints of beer and accredited over 10,000 of the country’s 40,000 pubs estimated to serve cask conditioned ales.

Cask Marque director Paul Nunny said: “John and his team should feel justifiably proud of this great achievement, which not only recognises the effort they put into serving the perfect pint but also acts as an independent guarantee of quality for customers.

“All too often, publicans don’t appreciate the care and attention cask beers require and then run the risk of losing custom by serving pints that are below par.”

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