Pub constructs case for award win

Bricklayers Arms nominated for Pub Of The Year 2009

Traditional Luton pub the Bricklayers Arms is built on the solid foundations of having a long-serving and popular licensee as well as an extremely loyal customer base.

Alison Taylor has been a tenant at the pub, in High Town Road, for an impressive 23 years and has over time built a reputation for running a great real ale-focused outlet with a friendly atmosphere, which sees customers coming back again and again.

And those customers have rallied round to nominate the Bricklayers Arms for the title of Pub Of The Year 2009.

Customer Martyn Goodall said: "I would like to nominate The Bricklayers in High Town which has an ever-changing selection of real ales, as well as two permanent fixtures in Everards Beacon and Tiger. Although not to my taste, it also stocks a wide range of lagers and foreign brews. A warm welcome is always given by Alison and her staff."

Another customer, Mike Mills, created the Bricklayers Arms Appreciation Society on the social networking website, Facebook. It has gathered nearly 190 fans, including some as far away as the USA, as well as former University Of Bedfordshire students.

Mike said: "This is by far the best pub in town. Great beers, friendly atmosphere, good food, excellent staff, and a wide varied customer base. I created the Bricklayers Arms Appreciation Society on Facebook. I absolutely love the place."

Among the attractions at the pub are its history. It was, apparently, a pub as far back as 1834 and the building has the legal protection of listed status. Pictures of yesteryear adorn the walls and the gents toilets are painted in the colours of Luton Town FC.

Pub tenant Alison Taylor is a season ticket holder at Kenilworth Road and many of the pub's loyal customers are die-hard Hatters fans.

"We have a great cross-section of customers, it is an easy-going pub," said Alison. "I started off here when I was very young! I don't think people like too much change – and they know what they're getting at the Bricklayers Arms." The pub has a front bar and a smaller back room, boasts wooden floors, and big barrels are used as tables.

There aren't many traditional pubs around like the Brickies, insists Alison. She added: "Being involved in pubs is pretty tough at the moment. I wouldn't want to be starting out in the trade now but we have a lot of regulars, people we know will come and even at what time!"

The pub does provide basic food, things like sandwiches and burgers, but only at lunchtimes, as Alison said: "It gets far too busy in the evening for food."

Don't leave it to someone else to nominate your favourite pub. Do it now and tell your friends, too. We want to see the best of the best get through to the voting. And if you think more than one pub should be on our list, why not recommend them as well?

You can send us your nomination(s) by text.

All you have to do is type LHPUB, followed by a space, then type the name and address of the pub, followed by your name.

To nominate the Bricklayers Arms I would need to type LHPUB Bricklayers Arms, High Town Road, Luton. David Tooley.

Then send the text to 81800.

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Email us at editorial@heraldpost.co.uk, call David Tooley 01582 798515 or write to Luton And South Beds Pub Of The Year 2009, Herald&Post, Media House, 39, Upper George Street, Luton, LU1 2RD. You can email us by clicking here

The closing date for nominations is March 5, which gives readers just two weeks to get in touch with their suggestions. After that we will announce the 10 lucky pubs on our shortlist and voting will open.

And from then on we will be highlighting a different pub every week, giving details of how you can vote your local to the top of the table.