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Taylor scoops national award for Played at the Pub

December 5 2009


Arthur Taylor, outside the Freemasons Arms in Hampstead, home of the last pub skittle alley in London

Arthur Taylor, outside the Freemasons Arms in Hampstead, home of the last pub skittle alley in London

Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis accepts the award on Arthur Taylor's behalf

Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis accepts the award on Arthur Taylor's behalf at the Hilton London Tower Bridge from Paul Hegarty, Head of Communications at Molson Coors UK. (photo by Cath Harries)

Arthur Taylor has been voted Coors Brewers' National Journalist of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers for his book in the Played in Britain series, Played at the Pub. Commending his efforts to record an important aspect of pub culture, head of the judging panel Zak Avery said that Arthur's work stood out for being both entertaining and informative.

'This is a great honour, and thoroughly deserved,' responded series editor Simon Inglis, who, in Taylor's absence overseas, accepted the award on behalf of publishers English Heritage at the Hilton London Tower Bridge on Thursday evening.

'Pub games have a long and fascinating history, and although so many pubs are closing, Arthur's researches consistently show that a pub which hosts games tends to be a pub that is well run and successful.

'Inglis added, 'Like all books in this series, Played at the Pub is not just an exercise in nostalgia. We strongly believe that people can learn a lot from understanding their heritage, and that goes for pubs and brewers as well. How fitting also that this award is sponsored by Coors, whose parent company Molson Coors have recently announced that after an 18 month campaign the former Bass museum of brewing is to re-open at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.'

Since the British Guild of Beer Writers' formation in 1988 its annual writing awards have become an important part of the brewing industry's calendar, with previous award winners including such luminaries as Roger Protz, the late Michael Jackson, and this year's overall winner, Pete Brown.

Arthur Taylor himself, a former producer and director at Granada Televison in Manchester, had previously won a Budweiser Budvar Travel Bursary in 1998 for his Good Beer Guide to Northern France, and in 2001 was Glenfiddich Drinks Writer of the Year for a portfolio of articles in the CAMRA newspaper, What's Brewing. He also writes regular articles on pubs for the Daily Telegraph, also commended during the awards ceremony.

Played at the Pub is Taylor's third book on pub games, but as most critics have agreed, his finest yet.

'The book is also,' Zak Avery told those gathered for the awards' dinner, 'beautifully produced with some great images.'

Order your copy at a pre-Christmas offer price of just £12.99, including free posting and packaging.

Read more about the re-opening of the Molson Coors Brewing Museum at Burton.


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