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Rugby CAMRA names its Pub of the Summer

Steve Durrant from CAMRA presenting the award to Richard Hoult, licensee of Head of Steam

Steve Durrant from CAMRA presenting the award to Richard Hoult, licensee of Head of Steam

The newly opened Head of Steam has been named as the Rugby CAMRA Pub of the Summer.

The Rugby branch examined an extensive shortlist before deciding the Lilbourne pub was the best this year .

Steve Heighton from CAMRA said: “The pub has only been open a short while but has made a massive impact. It used to be a house and so the conversion to such a good pub is remarkable.

“It is spacious, with great local Dowbridge beers, a big garden and excellent hosts.

“Ideal for the hot summer days to come.”

Licensee Richard Hoult said he was overwhelmed with the award. He added: “I have been in the trade for years and lived in the village since 1966.

“When the village pub closed I could see the heart of the community being diminished and the closeness of the villagers was being lost.

“I felt that my village needed a pub again and so with my wife Wendy we decided to convert an old house and open our own new village local.

“As you can see the people of Lilbourne have returned in their droves and we are delighted to have such a great locals pub again and to be able to support our local brewery at Dowbridge as well as others.

“I am also delighted to be CAMRA’s Summer pub as we have a lot to offer and a great garden. This award should bring even more customers and we are delighted to have won it.”

 

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