Top judge arrives at Cheers Bar for GB Pub Awards

Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth with judge Alastair Gilmour.
Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth with judge Alastair Gilmour.

A renowned journalist in the licensed trade arrived at Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern recently to judge the establishment as part of a major industry awards scheme.

Alastair Gilmour, who is a journalist and writer on pubs and beer quality, visited Cheers recently to judge the venue in the ‘Best Spirits Pub’ category of the Great British Pub Awards.

Cheers won the ‘Best Smoking Facility’ award in the GB Pub Awards last year and was also final of the ‘Best Cellar’ category.

This year, as well as being judged in the spirits category, Cheers has already been inspected for the best cellar section.

During his visit, Alastair judged Cheers against a range of criteria to determine whether the Broch venue can make it to the final.

Alastair has been a judge for the International Master Bartenders Awards for the past seven years,which has seen him judge bartenders in New York, Prague and Berlin.

Based in the North-east of England, Alastair has worked as a journalist for a number of regional and national newspapers and published a number of books on the drinks industry and beers in particular. Coincidentally, he currently edits an award-winning pub and drinks publication called Cheers.

Commenting on the visit, Cheers owner Dennis Forsyth said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Alastair Gilmour, a renowned journalist and writer for the licensed trade, visiting Cheers.

“We’re very proud to have reached the judging stage of the best spirits pub category in the Great British Pub Awards, the biggest of its kind in the UK.

“It’s a double success for us as we were judged recently in the best cellar category as well which recognises excellent standards of cellar management and beer quality in Great Britain.

“We were fortunate to reach the final of this category last year and enjoyed a trip down to London which was a great experience.

“We were informed that we scored 10% more marks this year so hopefully we’ll make it to the final this year as well.”