April 18, 2016 by Kay Byrne
A large crowd of enthusiastic real ale fans gathered to see the pioneering Mumbles Ale House being awarded Swansea Camra’s Pub of the Year Award today.
Branch chairman Colin Smith presented the award to Rod Undy and Karen McGeoch to the sound of loud applause.
It was a proud moment for someone else too as Rod’s 100-year-old father John had travelled from Gloucestershire to be there for the ceremony.
The micro pub, which opened only 18 months ago, has been a hugely welcome addition to the real ale scene in Swansea, with eight beers from all over the UK usually on tap.
The pub also serves a good range of real ciders and wines as well as the usual soft drinks – but no lager!
The tiny bar, on Dunns Lane, has gone from strength to strength since it opened in August 2014 and is regularly packed to the rafters.
Rod said: “We are overwhelmed to be awarded pub of the year, gobsmacked really!
“For us, it’s all about the beer. We showcase all the beers from the British Isles from the Highlands of Scotland to the Channel Islands. I love going to the breweries and trying the beers. So far we’ve more than 730 different beers since we opened.”
Road also paid tribute to their dedicated clientele and wonderful staff, without whom, he said, the pub’s success would not have been possible.
Colin Smith said: “Mumbles Ale House offers the best selection of real ales from all over the UK in Swansea. There is a marvellous cross section of people in the bar, which creates a great ambience.
“Although the pub has only been open a short time, it attracts visitors from far and wide all of whom enjoy the conversations and the outstanding beer choice.
“Rod and Karen are enthusiastic to the point of obsession about the quality of their product and service and all Swansea Camra branch would like to offer them our sincere congratulations on their achievement and on winning this award.”
Photos from the award ceremony