The award-winning tenant of a Suffolk pub says he was “gob smacked” after receiving a top Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) accolade for the second time in three years.
The Vine in Hopton was named Mid Anglia CAMRA’s Pub of the Year Award last month, reclaiming the title it first earned back in the summer of 2014.
Landlord Coby Hindley, who has run the High Street-based pub for three years, said The Vine was “bordering on closing” when he took over the tenancy and he could not have achieved this success without continuing support of staff and customers ever since.
“When we find out we won, we were all excited. I’m thrilled for the support,” Mr Hindley told the Diss Express.
“It’s my first pub. I have always had a dream of how to do it. I just followed the dream.
“All we have done is gone back to basics. I reinvest every penny backed into it. We have totally turned the pub around.
“It’s well supported by locals, and people from Bury St Edmunds, Diss and the surrounding villages.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” he added.
Mr Hindley was presented the award at the pub by David Williamson, the Mid Anglia CAMRA Chairman, and Charles Murray, Mid Anglia CAMRA’s Branch Secretary, on Thursday, June 16.
Mr Williamson said: “Mid Anglia CAMRA covers a wide area around Diss, crossing the border between Norfolk and Suffolk.
“With a wide choice of good pubs in our area, selecting one to single out as our Pub of the Year is always a challenge.
“The Vine is a deserving winner, both as a pub serving a range of good quality ales and as a local community asset.”
To find out more about The Vine in Hopton, call the pub on 01953 688581.
For further information about the Mid Anglia Campaign for Real Ale, please visit www.midanglia.camra.org.uk