A couple of first time landlords of a pub in Clare have won a district award after less than a year in the freehouse business.
The Globe in Callis Street, Clare, has been named as pub of the month by the West Suffolk branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
The group is best known for it’s 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 world of the beer house.
Lucy and Darrin Butler moved to the area after their purchase of the pub in Spring 2013.
Coming from a background of estate agency and tele communications, the Butlers might not seem the normal publicans.
In fact they only had six months experience of running a pub for a brewery to count on when the made the move to Suffolk.
“We fancied a change,” said Mrs Butler.
“The kids had moved away and we wanted to do something together and have a change of lifestyle.”
The pair, both 49, do not serve food and describe 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.
“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 the have had in the short space of time they have been here.
There are no plans to change the pub and turn it into a restaurant, and having complete ownership, with no pressure from large breweries behind them, the couple can continue doing just that - being a popular and now award winning rural, real ale destination.