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Bexleyheath pub in line to be pub of the year

PUBLISHED: 17:48 04 April 2012

Tony Johnson with Laura Jones

Tony Johnson with Laura Jones

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A Bexleyheath pub won a prestigious award on Monday to celebrate the start of the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Community Pubs Month

The Robin Hood and Little John, on Lion Road, was one of nine local winners across London.

Those pubs will go on to regional finals for the chance to be named CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year in January 2013.

The pub’s owner, Ray Johnson, 65, said: “We’re very pleased with this honour but we used to win it so often that the competition organisers changed the rules to prevent any pub from winning it two years in a row.”

The scheme aims to show the importance of pubs as invaluable community places which people in Britain rely on heavily.

CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said: “Pubs are the beating hearts of countless communities across the land and without their existence, society would be a lot worse off.

“They are also the original social networking site and will continue to provide an invaluable community service by the local people that surround them.”

Mr Johnson, the pub’s owner of 32 years, added: “We’ll be having our traditional St George’s Day party on Monday, April 23, which has always been very popular.

“We’ll have Morris dancers, a traditional English menu with my wife’s mini Yorkshire puddings and patriotic music interspersed with snippets of Winston Churchill speaking and England winning the 1966 football World Cup and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.”

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