A couple of first-time landlords at a pub in Clare have won a district award after less than a year in the business.
The Globe in Callis Street has been named as pub of the month for August by the West Suffolk branch of Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale.
The group is best known for its beer and pub guides of the country and the award is remarkable for a pub that has not only been open for less than 12 months, but is owned and run by a couple making their first real venture into the industry.
Lucy and Darrin Butler moved to the area after finalising their purchase of the pub in spring 2013.
Coming from a background of estate agency and telecommunications, the Butlers might not seem your run-of-the-mill publicans.
In fact, they only had six months’ experience of running a pub for a brewery to count on when they made the switch to Suffolk.
“We fancied a change,” said Mrs Butler. “Our children had moved away and we wanted to do something together and have a change of lifestyle.”
The pair, both 49, do not serve food at the pub, describing it as a “real ale destination”, but say it is popular with residents of all ages.
“We have lots of live bands and we have been well received by the whole of Clare,” said Mrs Butler.
“We get people of all ages, we get everyone in. This is our home at the end of the day, so we get involved in the community.
“We do lots of fundraising and Darrin is joining up as one of Clare’s retained firefighters.”
Enjoying their time in the village after moving from London, the couple hope to maintain the success they have had in the short time they have been in Clare.
“We just want to continue what we are doing,” said Mrs Butler.
“People are coming here, coming to see our pub, but we are just doing what we want to do.”
The pair have no plans to change the pub and turn it into a restaurant and, having complete ownership with no pressure from a large breweries, they can continue doing just that – being a popular and now award-winning rural, real ale destination.