23 Canada Road
Originally the "Royal Arms" but
changed to the "Green Beret" after 1913.
From the Dover Express, 25 June, 2009.
It's Berry fine beer served at this pub.
Second Camra award for young landlord
A LANDLORD from Walmer is celebrating after his business was named Pub
of the Year in Deal, Dover and Sandwich for the second year running.
Chris Barnes, who runs The Berry in Canada Road with his girlfriend
Harriet Campling, told the Express he is delighted to have been
recognised by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.
The 26-year-old took over the pub four years ago after a stint working
for brewery chain Greene King in London, and his aim was to turn the
venue into a traditional boozer boasting a wide range of quality real
Chris said: "The award is something that's valued in this area so
we are really pleased to have come out on top. A lot of our success is down to the fact it's a really family-run place
and we have also got a great bunch of regulars who have been with us
from day one.
"When we started we had people drinking lagers, but they have seen real
ale growing and now many have converted."
The Berry now offers a selection of five ales which changes regularly;
in fact the pub is about to offer its 500th real ale, which is being
specially brewed by Nelson Brewery to mark the milestone. It should be
on tap in time for the presentation of the pub's award on July 6.
Unlike many pubs which have tried to branch out into areas like food in
a bid to lure in new customers; Chris and Harriet, helped along by
parents Malcolm and Bev, have stuck with a tried and tested recipe.
well as brilliant beers, the pub also offers drinkers a range of
traditional drinking games like dominoes and skittles. It is a mix which
has been popular with Camra members in the district.
Tony Wells, the
Deal, Dover and Sandwich branch's pubs officer, said:
"The pubs are judged on criteria such as customer service, decor,
clientele mix, value for money, and the quality of their real ale.
"This is the second year in succession that The Berry has won the Pub of
the Year. This reflects the hard work that Chris has put into promoting
real ale and real cider at The Berry and within the community."
LANDLORD ENJOYS THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS
By Sue Briggs.
RATHER than champagne corks popping, a pint of real ale was pulled
instead to celebrate a trio of victories at a Walmer pub.
For the third
year in succession The "Berry," in Canada Road, has won the Deal, Dover,
Sandwich and district CAMRA branch Pub of the Year award.
Landlord Chris Barnes, 27, said:
"I am very pleased and delighted with the win, especially three times in
He has been at The Berry for five years and has always been in
the pub business, since enjoying his work experience in the trade.
Wells, the pubs officer for the Campaign for Real Ale branch, said: "The
Berry just goes from strength to strength and shows what can be achieved
if you put the right person behind the bar.
"Chris understands what a
good real ale pub should be all about. I firmly believe he rightly
deserves this award as it reflects the hard work he has been doing in
serving good quality real ale and cider as well as supporting CAMRA's
"Just being selected for entry into the competition is no mean
feat. The pub has to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality real
ale throughout the year."
Mr Wells added that Chris, who has been at The
"Berry" since 2005, had enjoyed remarkable success. Within a year he gained
entry into CAMRA's Good Beer Guide and became eligible for the POTY
By 2008, he had won it for the first time.
Having won the local award,
The "Berry" now goes forward
into CAMRA's East Kent Pub of the Year competition. The POTY
presentation takes place on Saturday, June 5.
From the Dover Express, 28 October, 2010.
CIDER MONTH ENDS
A WALMER pub is hosting an event to mark the end of the Campaign for
Real Ale's (CAMRA) cider month.
There will be lots of great real cider and perry to try at "The
Berry" in Canada Road on Saturday afternoon from 3pm.
Tony Wells, the local branch's pubs officer, told the Express real
cider is a far cry from the chilled, fizzy keg cider on offer in pubs
and bars across the country.
He said: "I was a cider virgin until I attended CAMRA Thanet's cider
festival and have truly been converted. Real cider isn't chilled and is
not all fizzed up and the tastes and flavours are wide ranging."
From the Dover Mercury, 16June, 2011.
THE BERRY IS THE PICK OF THE BUNCH IN EAST KENT
A JAR of American Pale Ale was pulled, raised and drunk by Chris
Barnes to mark a special day at his Walmer public house.
The Berry in Canada Road, Walmer, has been named CAMRA East Kent Pub
of the Year 2011, against other bars in the Canterbury, Ash, Folkestone,
Romney Marsh, Faversham and Thanet area.
The win was no small beer for Mr Barnes, who described the
achievement as great news.
He added: "It is quite a big win and I am going to celebrate with a
jar of real ale - Dark Star American Pale Ale.
"I would like to thank all for their support We couldn't have done it
without you!" Chris and his team won numerous real ale and real cider
awards in 2010 and has now won the CAMRA East Kent Pub of the Year for
the fourth year in succession. CAMRA Dover and Sandwich branch pub
officer Tony Wells said: "This award recognises the top pub based on its
real ale, welcome, service, atmosphere, decor, customer mix, support for
CAMRA aims and overall value.
"Chris and The Berry represent the community pub at its best; a great
welcome, a friendly atmosphere and a fantastic range of good quality
real ales and ciders.
''The future of the community pub is uncertain with excessive taxes
and irresponsible alcohol retailing by the supermarkets. So it is great
to see that it is still possible to find a successful community pub."
Mr Barnes has been at The Berry for six years and has served more
than 1,100 different real ales to his customers.
Change of name after school closed
The pub in Canada Road, Walmer, changed its name from the "Green
Beret" to the "Green Berry" in 1996 after the closure of the Royal
Marines School of Music in Deal, and again in 2004 to the "Berry".
According to The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer (with Kingsdown and
Mongeham) by Steve GIover and Michael Rogers. In the early 1960s one of
the horses from the barracks was photographed attempting to buy a pint.
O'GRADY Gavin 1996
LEESON John & Sue 1996-2005
BARNES Chris & Malcolm (son & father) 2005-2012+