Pub installs cask ale 'cellar' at the bar

By James Wallin

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Dave Arnott with his bar cellar
Dave Arnott with his bar cellar
A pub is hoping to tap into customers’ passion for cask ale with a new innovation.

The White Hart in Witham, Essex, has installed a two tier rack of cask ales at the bar.

Lessees Dave and Tracy Arnott say their new cellar bar allows them to serve a much wider range of real ale.

A cooling system ensures the ales are served at the right temperature by gravity-fed dispense, straight from the barrel.

Arnott, who has run the Greene King pub with his wife for more than eight years, said: “Everyone knows I am passionate about cask ale. It is a skill to properly look after and serve the perfect pint, and it is something I take great pride in doing.

“The new cask ale bar looks incredible and it holds a real wow factor. Not only is it showing off a bit we hope it will spur people who might not have thought to try real ales before to give it a go.”

“It also adds another dimension to our recently refurbished hotel, restaurants and beer garden.”


Clive Chesser, business unit director for Greene King Pub Partners, said: “We love working with tenants like Dave and Tracy who run great pubs and take a great deal of care in properly maintaining and serving cask ale.

“This investment allows them to use theatrics to showcase the quality and commitment to real ale at the White Hart as well as the wide range available.”

The new installation will more than double the pub’s current cask ale pumps, adding eight cask ales to the bar, complimenting the six already available. The pub will serve two beers every week from local microbreweries such as Round Tower Brewery in Chelmsford and Mighty Oak Brewing Company in Maldon, as well as several guest ales and Greene King beers including Old Golden Hen and IPA Reserve.

To celebrate the launch of the White Hart Tap, Dave and Tracy are offering members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) a 10% discount on cask ale until the end of June.

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