A COLWYN Bay micro pub has claimed a prestigious real ale consumer award for the third year running.

The Bay Hop on Penrhyn Road once again crowned Abercolwyn CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Pub of the Year. Presenting the award, Abercolwyn CAMRA Chairman Ian Saunders explained the rise of the micro-pub in the area over the last three years.

“A micro-pub” he explained “is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, serves mainly cask ales, promotes conversation and serves traditional pub snacks. In order to keep costs down they are often conversions of old shops. They tend to have limited opening hours and employ a minimum amount of staff".

The Bay Hop was the first such pub in the area and now there are half a dozen, but the Hop paved the way and, according to a vote of local CAMRA members, is still the best.

Chris Rigg, owner, accepted the award and paid tribute to his locals who have been fundamental in the success of the pub.

Chris said: “While beer drinkers are going out less often than they were ten years ago, when they do go out they want a quality pint.

"We have a wonderful core of regular customers who appreciate that and they will enjoy a range of different beers every time they walk though the door.”