Voting has now started for the 2020 Pub of the Year competition. For details see here.
Just one week after being named Best Cask Ale Pub by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars, Lincoln’s Strugglers Inn has won another award. The Lincoln Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has chosen The Struggs as their Pub of the Year for 2019.
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. Five judges then visited the top three pubs in each category 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.
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.”
The runner-up and Lincoln CAMRA Country Pub of the Year is the Dambusters Inn in Scampton. The other city pubs in the final were the Cardinal’s Hat and the Jolly Brewer. The Butcher and Beast in Heighington and the Ivy in Wragby were the other country finalists.
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 Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Keith Weaver officially opens the 2018 Lincoln Beer Festival by pulling a pint of the festival beer, watched by festival organiser Lauraine Compton and deputy organiser John Watkinson.
The Strugglers Inn, voted Lincoln Branch CAMRAs City Pub of the Year 2017 & overall runner up. Well done to Anna and her staff!
The latest issue of ImpAle is now available online.
Why not make your New Years resolution to become more active within the branch?!
There are many ways to do this Big & small!
The easiest way is to start beer scoring on whatpub.com , each time you visit a pub you can rate the quality of the real ale you’ve drank. You may even want to let us know what beer it was & how much it cost you. This information helps us in the Good Beer Guide selection process. Even just keeping is up-to date on events happening in your local
Want to meet the branch regulars? Why not come along to a branch meeting? Have an input on what the branch gets up-to throughout the year & keep up-to date with happenings of the Lincoln pub scene. Dates & locations on our calendar & also in What’s Brewing. Worry a meeting is too formal? Fear not the formalities are dealt with early on in the meeting & after that becomes a bit more relaxed while we run through the pub & brewery news. Also we run regular socials, either walking crawls, public transport trips, or even minibus jaunts!
We are often looking for new contributors for our branch magazine, ImpAle. Be it an informative article, a travel piece, a recipe or even a quiz/puzzle! Writing not your thing? We always welcome help in delivering the ImpAles once they reach us from the printers.
Lincoln Beer Festival 2016! Planning is well under way for Our annual beer festival in May. Why not join us at the meetings or more importantly volunteer some time during the week to help run our increasingly popular event. We welcome newcomers with open arms, provide informal training & volunteering looks great on a CV! Keep an eye out for the staffing form when it appears in the Beer Festival section on the site.
However you’d like to get involved we would love for you to join us for a Happy New Year in 2016!