Boozer keeps it local to win top award

Gate Inn: Winner of CAMRA LocAle pub of the year award. Landlord Steve Fox and Landlady Kim Boldock.
Gate Inn: Winner of CAMRA LocAle pub of the year award. Landlord Steve Fox and Landlady Kim Boldock.

An Awsworth pub has hung another accolade on the bar wall, despite having only been under new ownership for just over two years.

The Gate Inn has been awarded Nottingham CAMRA’s LocAle Pub of the Year award, in the face of stiff competition from some of the city’s best pubs.

Landlord Steve Fox took over the freehold with partner Kim Boldock in late 2010.

“We are just chuffed with it,” he said. “The ultimate prize is Pub of the Year but that goes to more established pubs.

“But fingers crossed for that one day!”

Such is the Main Street pub’s real ale credentials it has been nicknamed The Sweetshop by villagers because of its ever-changing selection – and last year it secured the award for Most Improved Pub.

Steve explained: “We sell local ales because we like to keep money in the local economy.”

The pub has six to nine different ales on at any one time –and at least half are brewed within a 20-mile radius.

But when the award was presented by CAMRA earlier this month, all the ales served were from breweries, including Ilkeston’s Muirhouse and Giltbrook’s Blue Monkey.

A shortlist of pubs was voted for by pub-goers. The final winner was then decided by CAMRA officials after sampling ales in each pub.