Champion club does the double
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This Grade II-listed community hub boasts six real ales generally from local microbreweries and a snooker and darts teams for its members. It was renovated in 2017 to produce a light, airy, and friendly atmosphere.
Club steward Simon Banfield said: “To receive this prestigious award is simply amazing, and it just highlights the outstanding performance of the whole team at Marden Village Club, from all the staff and committee, and the continued support from our excellent members. To have been given this award in 2022 and now to have received it again in 2023 is amazing.”
Maidstone & Mid Kent branch chairman Ian Clennett said: “Congratulations to Simon and the team at Marden Village Club. We always look forward to our visits as a branch as we’re assured of a warm welcome, a great range of top-notch beers at sensible prices, and a memorable time with both club regulars and local CAMRA members.”
CAMRA awards director Laura Emson said: “This achievement is an incredible feat for the club, to win the award two years on the trot is testament to the hard work of the staff and the dedication of its members.
“Clubs are a vital part of UK culture and deserve to be celebrated each year alongside pubs. It is essential that people continue to visit their clubs and of course, bring a friend!”
CAMRA’s National Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror with the aim of finding those with the greatest commitment to quality real ale, a great atmosphere and welcoming surroundings. Running since 1987, the award is the Campaign’s highest honour for a club, with those in the competition selected by CAMRA volunteers.