TWO sister pubs in Clacks are this month being celebrated by real ale enthusiasts.

The Forth Valley branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named The Inn at Muckhart as its Rural Pub of the Year in the wider region's northern sector.

In what is a notable double for Devon Ales, who run the pub and famously brew their own ales, The Mansfield Arms in Sauchie also won in the Urban Pub of the Year category.

Members of Forth Valley CAMRA recently visited The Inn at Muckhart to present the award, having picked the best real ale pubs in the wider region, which stretches from Winchburgh in the south to Loch Lomond and Tyndrum in the west.

The consistent good quality of the beer was naturally one important factor, explained CAMRA volunteer Brian Cheeseman.

He said: “In the case of The Inn at Muckhart, they never let us down – it's always been excellent, they brew it themselves in Sauchie.

“As I said at the presentation, probably the most important thing is really the people themselves.”

It is understood the Gibson family have been running the venture in Muckhart for the past 25 years in the heart of the picturesque village, where the pub has been standing for more than two centuries.

With low ceilings, an exposed timer construction and a welcoming open fire, the inn provides a comfortable atmosphere.

Brian added: “It's a family run pub and it's a lovely atmosphere.

“Quite an important point for some of us: during the pandemic they did take [the guidance, rules and welfare of their customers] seriously.”

The real ale enthusiast said the hospitality was “second to none” and the two sister pubs are also featured I this year's Good Beer Guide.

The family microbrewery is located at The Mansfield Arms in Sauchie, which has been operating since 1992 and has seen four generations of the Gibson family working hard to make it a success.

They produce the Devon Original 70, Devon Pride 90, and the 24K IPA.

The food and hospitality were also praised at both places, which are popular with Forth Valley CAMRA branch members.

Campaigners are also delighted to announce that their flagship Wee County event, the Real Ale Festival, is set to return to Alloa Town Hall.

The popular event will go ahead on the weekend of November 11 and 12 and will be the first since October 2019.

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