Last night the Hopbine was host to the annual Cambridge and District CAMRA awards. Beers on during the evening included Blackbar Triple Hopped Blonde and Moonshine’s new Pale Ale.
Pub of the Year – Flying Pig
The Pub of the Year was awarded to the Flying Pig, a pub that dates back to the 1830s but is now under threat of demolition and ‘redevelopment’. Licensees Matt and Justine Hatfield hope the award will strengthen the case against demolition but admit the fate of the pub is out of their hands.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Lawrence Dixon who has spent the last twelve years at the Champion of the Thames, recently took on the Clarendon Arms and is considering taking on a third pub. His speech was the most entertaining of the night, recounting how in his former career as a bookmaker, arriving back from the races late at night, they often didn’t have anywhere to drink – “so I bought the pub”! The Champion of the Thames is now a pub at the heart of the community, he said, a place anyone was welcome to visit for “good beer and a good chat”.
Cambridge and District CAMRA award winners 2013:
|Pub of the Year 2013||Flying Pig|
|Locale Pub of the Year (Rural)||Crown Inn, Linton|
|Locale Pub of the Year (City)||Cambridge Blue|
|Community Pub of the Year (Rural)||Plough and Fleece, Horningsea|
|Community Pub of the Year (City)||Elm Tree|
|Dark Ale/ Mild Pub of the Year||Maypole|
|Most Improved Pub of the Year (City)||Mill|
|Most Improved Pub of the Year (Rural)||Chestnut Tree, West Wratting|
|Cider Pub of the Year||St Radegund|
|Real Ale Champion||Richard Naisby, Milton Brewery|
|CAMRA Lifetime Achievement Award||Lawrence Dixon, Champion of the Thames & Clarendon Arms|