A NORTHWICH pub has been recognised for the quality of its real ale.

The Salt Barge, based in Marston, has been listed in the 2018 Good Beer Guide by the Campaign for Real Ale organisation.

Members of the north Cheshire branch regularly visited the pub to check on the quality of real ale on offer.

A spokesperson for the Salt Barge said: “This has been a target for us since we have been here to sell high quality food and drink, and now it is recognised.

“We would like to thank Tatton Brewery and their guys for their help when we first got here.

“Another thanks goes to Dave from DSE Dispense. After many attempts and repairs to our engines and cellar equipment, we got all 6 pumps working. With this we have been able to produce a consistent rotation of our guest ales.

“Thank you to all of you who have helped and contributed towards getting recognised by CAMRA to sell good local real ales. Without you and your scores we could not have done.

“So let's all raise a pint of beer and say cheers. Long may it continue for us to provide you with high quality good local real ale.”

Annie Makepeace, north Cheshire CAMRA branch committee member, said: “To get into the good beer guide the quality of your ale has to be consistent for a long period of time.

“The Salt Barge has done a good job in recent years and their inclusion in the guide is completely deserved. They have always got a wide range of local beer and cider on offer.

“It is also one of the friendliest pubs I’ve experienced. This wasn’t a factor in their inclusion but it is something that they should continue to celebrate.”

The 2018 Good Beer Guide was released on September 14.