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.

We are delighted to report that Maison Du Biere has won 'Pub of the Season Autumn 2018'. Jo and Matt only recently took over an old antiques shop in Ashbourne to setup Masion Du Biere dispensing craft beers from near and far, real ciders and hundreds of bottled beers and ciders. The bar follows the same format as their sister bar in Elsecar, South Yorkshire who also recently won 'Pub of the Season Summer 2018' presented by Barnsley CAMRA.