A revived community local has become the first ever pub in Wales to win CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year Title.
The prize has been handed to The Bridge End Inn, Ruabon, which is described by competition organisers as one of the “most remarkable success stories” in its history.
It was taken over by the McGivern family in 2009 and just five weeks later they were praised by CAMRA members for restoring the pub’s interior, and for introducing an extensive real ale and cider range. It also has its own microbrewery.
Licensee Peter McGivern said: “We are a family business, and the pub has been a real labour of love. What we strived to do was create a pub not focused on food that we would enjoy visiting, putting the product first and offering a wide range of traditional beer styles. As a result we’ve built up a mixed trade of locals and beer lovers from all over Britain.”
Julian Hough, CAMRA pubs director, said: “The pub is an unbelievable success story, and is a perfect case study of a local outlet playing a pivotal role at the heart of a small community.”
The three runners up in the final were the Engineers Arms in Henlow, Bedfordshire; Front in Falmouth, Cornwall and the Swann with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire
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