The Lincoln Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has chosen Lincoln’s Strugglers Inn as their Pub of the Year for 2022.
The competition was divided into two categories, with CAMRA members voting for their favourite city pub and their favourite from the villages in the Branch area. Four judges then visited the top five pubs to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service and community focus.
Standing in the shadow of Lincoln Castle, the Strugglers Inn is big on character and conversation, and a warm welcome from the staff is assured. The ceilings of the main bar and snug are adorned with pumpclips of beers that have appeared on the bar. There is regular live music on Sunday teatimes. The sunken garden is a hidden gem that came into its own during the Covid restrictions.
This is the latest in a string of awards won by the pub since Anna took over as landlady in 2008. Anna is due to retire at the end of April.
Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce, said, “The Struggs is a classic community local. And with ten handpumps on the bar, it’s a magnet for real-ale drinkers from near and far. This award is a fitting tribute to all of Anna’s hard work, as she prepares to step away from the pub.”
The Lincoln CAMRA Country Pub of the Year is the Dambusters Inn in Scampton. The other pubs in the final were Lincoln’s Joiners Arms and Tiny Tavern, and the Ripon Arms in Nocton.
The Strugglers Inn now goes forward to the Lincolnshire round of the competition, where it will be up against the winners from the Gainsborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Louth, Grantham and Fenland CAMRA Branches.
The Beer Festival is back at the old venue with a new name, The Drill.
In normal circumstances, this would be the week that local members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) prepared for the Lincoln Beer Festival. And, at the weekend, they would be serving over 100 real ales from independent breweries across the country to thousands of thirsty customers.
Of course, for the second year running, the event cannot go ahead. However, the difference this year is that pubs are now open and serving cask ales. So we are encouraging as many members and non-members as possible to visit our great local pubs over the bank holiday weekend to discover the range of real ales on offer.
We will be compiling a list of the real ales and real ciders that will be available over the weekend and where to find them. We’ll be interested to see whether the number of different ales matches what would have been available at the Festival.
Aaron Joyce, chairman of Lincoln CAMRA, said, “What makes the British pub unique is delicious, fresh cask beer. It’s a drink you can only enjoy in the pub – or at a beer festival. However, millions of drinkers across the UK have not been able to enjoy it for much of the last twelve months. So now pubs have reopened, I’d like to encourage everyone to get down to their local pub for a fresh cask beer, preferably from a local brewery. You’ll not only get a great-tasting beer but you’ll be supporting local independent breweries and our struggling pub-industry.”
Lincoln Beer Festival 2021 – at-your-local-beers
As CAMRA members we stand ready to support our locals once they reopen –but we need to make sure that pubs survive this crisis so they can thrive in the months and years ahead. Some pub companies have offered support to their tenants but most of the largest have not. They are still charging rent or, at best, deferring payments so tenants will still be billed for this period at a later date.Pub companies have lobbied for a long time for the principle of rent paid by their tenants being based on turnover. Now that pubs are closed, most have no turnover –therefore we at CAMRA believe it is only fair that their rent should be cancelled. Of the “Big Six” pub companies (those which have over 500 pubs with tied tenants), only Admiral Taverns has cancelled rent for the closure period. We need other companies to follow suit urgently and take the responsible and fair course of action. Please help us persuade them to do the right thing, by sending an email to all the Chief Executives of the “Big Six” who are still planning to collect rent from their tenants.