FENLAND: Boat Inn in Whittlesey is Camra's Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year
12:33 01 June 2009
A FENLAND pub which is bucking the trend and beating the recession has been awarded a prestigious title of Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year for 2009.
The traditional Boat Inn in Whittlesey, was picked ahead of scores of other pubs in the county to win The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) award.
And landlords Phil and Maria Quinn said their success is down being a traditional pub with a good "atmosphere".
Mr Quinn, who has run the pub for 14 years, said: "Everyone not just locals are welcome here, it is a relaxed and splendid community pub.
"Winning this award is terrific and quite an achievement."
The Boat Inn is a small family-run pub with bed and breakfast facilities. The history of it is still under research, but it was listed as a Public House prior to 1839 and it is believed that part of the original building is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The Boat Inn is part of the branch's LocAle scheme and it sells beers from one of the branch's local breweries Elgood and Sons Ltd.
Terry Stork, trade director at Elgood and Sons Ltd, said: "Phil and Maria have been the Licensees since 1995, and this is a well-deserved reflection of the efforts that they have both put into the running of The Boat Inn and particularly to the condition and presentation of our beers.
"On behalf of everyone at Elgood's we wish them every success and good luck in the East Anglian Pub of the Year competition."
To be eligible for the Pub of the Year Award it was presented with a Hostelry Outside of Peterborough (HOP) award for servicing quality real ales in top conditions at "sensible" prices.
It will now go on for the CAMRA East Anglian Pub of the Year.
The Quinn family have recently taken on another venue in the town Don's Club for private members and it is already proving a success.