BEER enthusiasts have given a Northwich bar a top prize.

North Cheshire CAMRA has looked beyond the world of ale for its latest award, picking out the area’s most ‘Outstanding Music Venue’.

The Salty Dog on High Street has been crowned the winner, adding the title to its growing collection of accolades.

Chris Mundie, a co-owner of the Salty Dog and a leading local promoter of alternative and independent music, said: “The success of the Salty Dog is down to the dedication and knowledge of the team behind it, every one of them is passionate about providing the best possible customer experience, whether it’s quality beer or great music.

“Northwich has great venues and an enviable events programme for a town of its size, and we’re proud to be part of it.”

Northwich Guardian: The Salty Dog opened in 2017The Salty Dog opened in 2017 (Image: Newsquest)

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Since opening in 2017, The Salty Dog has become a staple of the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide, the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide which surveys 4,500 of the best venues around the country.

With CAMRA recently announcing that the 2024 edition will be taking on an Iron Maiden theme, the announcement of this latest award couldn’t have come at a much better time.

Andy Edwards, chair of North Cheshire CAMRA, said: “We felt it an appropriate time to make a special award to the Salty Dog.

“Chris and his team provide massive support to acts both established and upcoming through the venue.”

The cover of the 2024 Good Beer Guide, the 51st edition of the publication, will feature the Iron Maiden mascot, Eddie, who is also the face of the band’s range of Trooper beers, brewed by Stockport brewery, Robinsons.

The guide will also include a foreword supplied by the band’s frontman, Bruce Dickinson, who shines a spotlight on the cultural tradition of pubs in the UK.

CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: “The last few years have been an incredibly difficult time for the industry, and we need more support than ever before to keep our nation’s pubs open and thriving.

"I’d encourage everyone to use this year’s guide to visit the very best pubs across the UK and support them for generations to come.”

The Good Beer Guide 2024 is set to be published on September 28.