Regional Success for Colliton Club!

Dorchester club picks up Wessex award for 2nd Year in a row. The Colliton Club in Dorchester has won this award for the second year in a row. The award will be present ed to the club Steward, Neil Gatehouse on Wednesday as part of the local CAMRA Branch AGM.


The Colliton Club, opposite County Hall in Dorchester, has won the Wessex regional Club of the Year competition run by the Campaign for Real Ale [CAMRA] for the second year running. They are the first Dorset club to win the Wessex regional competition.

With 15 other clubs from other regions of the UK, the Colliton Club now goes forward to CAMRA’s national Club of the Year competition. Being voted the West Dorset Club of the Year by members of the CAMRA West Dorset branch earlier in the year, gave automatic nomination to the Wessex regional award. The Wessex region comprises Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and part of Wiltshire & Surrey.

The regional judges praised very highly the superb range of six real ales served at the Colliton Club. One judge commented on “an excellent club, good varied clientele, exciting and dynamic atmosphere with excellent bar selection and beer quality. I tried half of every beer, all in super condition.” Another says: “the customer areas are tasteful, roomy and well decorated, fitted and furnished for comfort rather than ostentation. This is without doubt a venue to be well and worthily recommended.” Another reports: “service was efficient- the barman particularly helpful. Extremely friendly and well run by the Steward.”

CAMRA Assistant Regional Director Michel Hooper-Immins will present the Wessex Club of the Year certificate to club steward Neil Gatehouse on Wednesday 10 September at 8pm, prior to the West Dorset CAMRA branch annual general meeting.

Colliton Club steward Neil Gatehouse is delighted at being among the 16 top clubs in the entire country. He says “I am honoured again to receive this CAMRA award and thank all the people who put in the work to keep us in the limelight. I’m particularly proud of my staff, who are similarly delighted to again be the Wessex regional Club of the Year.”

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