A VILLAGE brewery is overjoyed after helping a pub scoop a top award.

Pumphouse Community Brewery, in Toppesfield, supplies Saffron Walden's Railway Arms with a range of ales, including its Railway Ale house beer.

It’s a classic, traditional real ale at 3.8%ABV, loved by regulars and the many enthusiasts who visit the Railway Arms.

The pub has just been crowned the new CAMRA Essex Pub of the Year 2022.

And bosses have thanked Pumhouse Brewery for its part in their success.

Pub manager Graham Pearson said: "Winning Pub of the Year 2022 means we can expect many more customers to visit the Railway for a warm welcome, good food and a great selection of real ales."

“Pumphouse are a not-for-profit community owned brewery, so they really understand the priorities of a community pub like ours.

“They supply us with a full range of ales, they give us an excellent service, they designed and produced our unique pump clip, and above all, they make really great beer.

“Our regulars enjoy Pumphouse 19 Elms, Pale Oktober, St. Margaret’s, 9th’s Havocs, Gold, and Jubilee.  But it’s Railway Ale that’s a real favourite, all through the year.

“The brewery has certainly played their part in our success, and we’re delighted to have them as the suppliers of our house beer.”

Pumphouse chairman Trevor Wyeth said the brewery is delighted with its part in the pub’s success.

He said: “We are thrilled that the Railway Arms has been chosen as CAMRA’s Essex Pub of the Year.

“They take many of our beers frequently and regularly and we are honoured to be the supplier of their own-label bitter.

“Their customers are real ale enthusiasts and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale - is one of the most successful consumer organisations across Europe and represents beer drinkers and pub-goers across the UK.