Victoria reigns as Rugby’s pub of the year

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The Victoria Inn has been named Rugby’s Pub of the Year by the town’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

The Lower Hillmorton Road establishment received the honour having garnered the biggest ever vote from local CAMRA members.

Rugby CAMRA spokesman Steve Heighton said: “The quality of the pubs in and around Rugby is second to none in the Midlands and with so many votes cast it was always going to be a close-run thing. The Victoria is a fantastic example of how to run a successful pub with real ale at the forefront of the success.”

The pub is also home of the Atomic brewery. It has supplied hundreds of different quality beers from all over the UK.

Steve added: “There is always something new and exciting to taste in the Vic.

“Nick Pugh and Keith Abbis have renovated parts of the pub and this has made it even more appealing to the ever growing numbers of young and women real ale drinkers.’’

It is the second time in three years that the classic Victorian corner terrace pub, with two separate main bars and two smaller bars, has won the award.

The pub will now go forward to represent the town at county level – and Steve believes it will be a favourite to win the award.

It has 14 hand pumps working at any one time, as well as a lively social scene. It has teams playing football, pool and darts, and its courtyard hosts beer festivals throughout the year.