Photo and article courtesy of Ashbourne News Telegragh / Gareth Butterfield

ASHBOURNE’S beer lovers have voted a café-bar which has only been open for eight months as their favourite venue in the town.

Members of the town’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale have chosen Artisan to win not only the coveted Town Pub of the Year award but also the overall Pub of the Year Award.

It’s been a busy year of change in the Ashbourne pub scene, as CAMRA chairman and town centre publican Mark Grist recalls

HERE we are on the countdown to Christmas with less than six weeks to go. I would like to acknowledge all the phenomenally hard work put in by all the publicans and staff of all our local pubs and clubs throughout this and every year.


TWO of the area’s longest serving tenants have realised an ambition and bought the pub they have been running for 20 years.

Bronya and Keith Fitzsimmons have been renting the Knockerdown Inn, near Carsington Water, since 1996 but leapt at the chance to buy it off its owners, pub company New River.