Give a big Hand to new Peterborough pub of the year

CAMRA pub of the year presentation at the Hand in Hart pub Highbury Street. Matt mace (V. Chair CAMRA Peterborough, customer Dr Graham Simms, licencees Bram and Sue Brammer and customer Chris Hooton EMN-150423-224715009

CAMRA pub of the year presentation at the Hand in Hart pub Highbury Street. Matt mace (V. Chair CAMRA Peterborough, customer Dr Graham Simms, licencees Bram and Sue Brammer and customer Chris Hooton EMN-150423-224715009

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You have got to Hand it to pub landlord Bram Brammer - he sure knows how to keep a tidy pint .

Thee years ago the Hand and Heart, a traditional back street pub in Millfield received a special award for 10 years continuous listing in the Peterborough CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

And now to top it off the Highbury Street boozer was last week presented with the CAMRA Pub of the Year award - much to his surprise.

Every year branch members get to vote from a shortlist of Gold Award holders - and the Hand and Heart topped the poll ahead of the Vine at Market Deeping, the Blue Bell at Maxey, the Crown Inn at Elton, the Coalheavers Arms in Peterborough and the the Jolly Sailor at Ramsey.

Bram, who has run the pub for six years, decsribed the award as “humbling”.

“It was judged by local members and there was some quite stiff competition,” he said.

“ But I like to think I keep a tidy pint and beer lovers who come to the Hand recognise that.

“Beer and conversation are what make this pub what it is.

“ I am proud to win pub of the year and it will help promote us and encourage new people to come and pop in for a drink.”

And when it comes to the beer, Bram always keeps five hand pumps on the go - although they are ever changing as they don’t tend to last long.

He says his is one of the last traditional pubs in the city - one of a dying breed .

There are two rooms- one with art deco decor - and the pub has its own war memorial.

Bram added: “ It is not just a business, it is our home and we have put a lot of effort in to make it homely for customers, It is very basic, simple, and we keep it clean and tidy.”

Bram says he has been “in love with beer” for more than 40 years, but doesn’t have a favourite - although there was a special mention for Decadence brewed by Grantham-based Brewsters, which he described as light, hoppy and refreshing.

CAMRA spokesman Mike Blakesley said: “Congratulations to Sue and Bram at the Hand & Heart Highbury Street, who CAMRA members voted as the 2015 Peterborough & District Pub of the Year.

“The Hand & Heart is a friendly real ale pub with an ever changing selection of real ales

“The Peterborough & District CAMRA send their hearty congratulations.”