Batemans, the family brewer based in Lincolnshire, is thrilled to announce that The Dog and Bone has been named as the Lincoln CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year for the second year in succession. Having won the award in 2014, the Batemans’ pub then won Pub of the Year for Lincolnshire and East Midlands, and went on to reach the last 16 of CAMRA’s national competition.
This year, the Lincoln branch competition was divided into two categories. Members voted for their favourite city pub and their favourite from the villages in the branch area. Then five judges visited the top three pubs in each category to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service, community focus and value for money.
The Dog and Bone, a hidden gem among the old terraced houses off Monks Road, came top of the judges’ vote. It is a thriving community pub run, since February 2013, by enthusiastic husband and wife team, Chris and Sarah Sorrell. Alongside a great beer offering and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, Chris and Sarah have worked hard to make the pub a real hub for the local area, holding events such as art exhibitions, ‘Stich ‘n’ Bitch’ craft and chat mornings, cookery competitions and film nights.
Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans Brewery, commented: “This is a fantastic result for The Dog and Bone, and Chris and Sarah should be incredibly proud of themselves! To receive the award not once, but for two years in a row proves that they have got the right approach to running a pub – make it the heart of the community and the people will come. We would also like to congratulate one of our other pubs, The Butcher and Beast in Heighington, which was a finalist in the Country Pub of the Year category.”
Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce, added: “For the Dog and Bone to win the title for the second year in a row is credit to the hard work of Chris, Sarah, their staff and indeed their customers.”
The Dog and Bone now goes forward to the Lincolnshire round of the competition, where it will be up against the winners from the Gainsborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Louth, Grantham and Fenland branches.