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CAMRA & English Heritage Award 2005


Perhaps the ultimate accolade for the Restoration work at The Prestoungrange Gothenburg came when CAMRA [The Campaign for Real Ale] and English Heritage agreed that their annual national award for the Best Conservation of a Pub in the UK was received. The citation follows below:

¡°The Prestoungrange ¡®Goth¡¯ dates from 1908 and is today one of only three surviving ¡®Gothenburg¡¯ pubs, semi-temperance outlets created to limit alcohol abuse, in which staff originally received bonuses for selling soft drinks and food rather than beer and spirits. Profits above 5% were given to the local community.

¡°By 1960 all but two Scottish Gothenburgs - a concept imported from Sweden to Edwardian Scotland by Thomas Nelson and others - had succumbed to commercial pressures and abandoned their original moral stance. Cleverly though, the phoenix-like rebirth of The Prestoungrange Gothenburg has reinterpreted Nelson¡¯s original charitable enterprise for the 21st century, with surplus profits being channelled into the local Arts Festival and related arts initiatives to stimulate socioeconomic regeneration. In addition, while the first Goth sold beers from the now-defunct Prestonpans brewery, Fowler¡¯s Prestonpans Ales, its worthy successor, brews its own beer on-site.

Craig Allan Receives the Plaque from English Heritage

Craig Allan travelled to Bristol for the Awards Ceremony, and is pictured as he receives the honoured plaque.


A Wee Celebration for the whole Town and the Folk Who Made it Happen

February 9th 2006 was declared Celebration Day, and the whole town and the whole restoration team were invited for the night. Craig Allan made a special brew of which the recipe is a well guarded secret!


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