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The Bottle Inn Named Pub Of The Year

Bottle Inn CAMRA

8:26am 10th February 2014

The historic Bottle Inn at Marshwood has been named Pub of the year by the West Dorset Branch of the Campaign For Real Ale.

A vote by CAMRA members saw the pub which was built in 1585 win by a wide margin.

"The Bottle Inn is in many ways the perfect English country pub, with a thatched roof and porch, an open fire and a splendid selection of six real ales," comments CAMRA spokesman Michel Hooper-Immins.

"The judges were particularly impressed by the warmth of the welcome from licensees Chrissy and Nigel Blake, as well as the high standard of their beers, several of which are sourced from less than 30 miles away. Running a pub is never easy and particularly in such an isolated location, but the licensees are attracting more and more local and passing trade with their friendly and relaxed ways."

"Two years ago, we arrived at the closed Bottle Inn to find total decay," recalls Nigel Blake, "the porch had fallen in, but the pub had so much charm- it just felt right for us. We thought the Bottle had a lot of potential."

They had moved-in by April 2012 and despite the considerable work that was required to reopen the pub, the happy day came in August 2012 when the Bottle Inn was launched again. "We started with three real ales and worked up to six ever changing beers- customers like the variety," says Nigel. All around the roof are pump clips of the various beers which have been dispensed through the six traditional handpumps. They also sell Belgian and American bottled beer and a selection of ciders.

"Chrissy and I are delighted- and not a little surprised- to win the West Dorset Pub of the Year, having only been open for 19 months," comments Nigel Blake "We are becoming well known for our beers, so this accolade will do us a lot of good."

Famous for the annual nettle-eating competition- the next one is on 7 June- Chrissy is intending to make nettle soup to celebrate the event. Mighty Hop brewery at Lyme Regis will make a special nettle beer for the occasion.

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