Cheers! Drinkers praise a quality Wizard pint of ale

Electrical Wizard shift manager Dan Howie and bar associate Shannon Hutchings celebrate the news from CAMRA. Picture by Jane Coltman
Electrical Wizard shift manager Dan Howie and bar associate Shannon Hutchings celebrate the news from CAMRA. Picture by Jane Coltman

Two Morpeth pubs have been acclaimed by members of the town’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch.

The Electrical Wizard in New Market is among the hundreds of establishments across the UK listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2016.

Local branch members chose the Wetherspoon pub following regular visits to check on the quality of the real ales on offer.

They also took into account customer service, décor and overall atmosphere.

The pub’s manager, Siobhan Hodge, said: “I am delighted that The Electrical Wizard has been recognised for the quality of its real ales by CAMRA members.

“We offer our customers an excellent range of real ales at all times, including those from regional brewers and microbrewers, as well as hosting our own beer festivals.

“Staff at the pub work hard to ensure that the real ales on offer are kept in first-class condition at all times.”

The Black Bull is the other Morpeth pub in the guide. The Wear Inns’ establishment in Bridge Street re-opened in February 2014, following a £100,000 refurbishment, with a change of emphasis.

It provides good pub food from local suppliers and a selection of high quality beers, including cask ales.

Jon Raw, manager of The Black Bull, said: “We’re over the moon to be included in the guide.

“It’s a well-known book, so it’s good for Morpeth that two pubs from the town are in it, and as far as our pub is concerned, this recognition shows that the work we’ve done is being noticed.”

The Blackbird in Ponteland, which goes back over 500 years, is also in the guide. Two local beers are always available as well as two nationally-sourced guest ales.

A CAMRA spokesman said: “It is our belief that if a licensee serves an excellent pint of real ale, then everything else in the pub, including customer service, quality of food and atmosphere, are likely to be of an equally high standard.”