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Strood micropub 10:50 From Victoria Station named CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year runner up

The owners of a micropub say they "aren't going to change a thing" after being crowned runners up in Kent Pub of the Year 2019.

10:50 From Victoria Station in Strood came second to The Admiral's Arm, in Trafalgar Square, Queensborough, in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) awards.

The two establishments went head to head with each other after competing in heats.

10.50 From Victoria micropub owners Werner Neumann, Gary O'Hara, Bob Jackson
10.50 From Victoria micropub owners Werner Neumann, Gary O'Hara, Bob Jackson

CAMRA sent representatives from around the county to the pubs to judge various categories from quality of beer, welcome, atmosphere, cleanliness, service and overall impression.

10:50 From Victoria has become a top destination for ale aficionados since friends Bob Jackson, Gary O’Hara and Werner Neumann opened the doors four years ago.

Bob Jackson said: "We're happy for the winners because we do really like that pub.

"Second place is a bit of a shame but I think we're doing alright.

"There isn't much in Queensborough where they are, or in Strood for that matter.

The trio celebrate being named Medway's best pub and also taking top spot for west Kent in June
The trio celebrate being named Medway's best pub and also taking top spot for west Kent in June

"All the pubs have been closing but micropubs have given us a new lease of life.

"We're all retired now, we should be at home in our arm chairs knitting.

"We aren't going to change a thing, we won't be doing any food, gins or music.

"We like the original concept and we're going to stick to it."

Despite not making the CAMRA Pub of the Year finals, 10:50 From Victoria Station holds top spot in west Kent and was named Medway's best pub earlier this year.

The micropub opens a beer garden during the summer months and is blessed by all day sunshine, Mr Jackson assures.

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