The final scores were so close this year that we have increased the number of awards that we will be presenting for the 2019 Pub of the Year awards.

The nominations, made by the members of Ashbourne & District CAMRA were as follows:

  • Red Lion, Kniveton
  • Maison du Biere, Ashbourne
  • The Ostrich, Longford
  • Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley
  • The Old Dog, Thorpe
  • Smith's Tavern, Ashbourne

I was pleased to present the Winter Pub of the Season 2018 award to the Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley on the 17th January. The award was presented to Matt and Chrissie Dawson at the family run Freehouse which is well known for it's excellent food and Real Ale. The regular real ale is well kept Pedigree with a rotating guest real ale. On our visit the guest ale was 'Goats Milk' from Church End Brewery in Nuneaton.