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Top accolade for village pub

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31 MAR

Top accolade for village pub

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A village pub in the Moorlands has been presented with a top award for the area. The Black Lion at Butterton has been announced as the Spring Pub of the Season by the Staffordshire Moorlands branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

A village pub in the Moorlands has been presented with a top award for the area.

The Black Lion at Butterton has been announced as the Spring Pub of the Season by the Staffordshire Moorlands branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Black Lion was chosen by CAMRA committee members as a “great example of a thriving rural pub which truly is at the heart of the local community.”

Set in the beautiful village of Butterton, The Black Lion has gone from strength to strength since being bought by husband and wife team Hannah and Mat Grimsey in the summer of 2019.

Chairman of the Staffordshire Moorlands CAMRA branch, Steve Barton, explained: “The local CAMRA branch has seen lots of subtle changes at the Black Lion, with the whole pub being tastefully refurbished inside and out.

It now sells a range of cask ales from both national and more local, smaller independent breweries, which is of course always served in excellent condition.

The food side of things is also a big plus for the Black Lion with a mouth watering and varied menu cooked to perfection by the capable hands of trained chef Mat.

In fact, the pub is now so popular that it is often full to capacity with diners, and therefore booking is strongly recommended at busier times.”

Steve continued: “Since taking over The Black Lion, Hannah and Mat have had to endure the almost unbelievable challenges imposed on the whole of the licenced trade by the various covid related enforced closures and lots of other trading restrictions.

But during those periods of not being able to trade, the couple took full advantage of their unexpected free time by smartening up the interior, tending to the now splendid sun trap beer garden to the rear and totally upgrading the now very popular upstairs B&B accommodation.

As if that is not enough, since being at The Black Lion, Hannah and Mat have expanded their small young family with the latest addition of a little boy being born last month.”

A small informal presentation recently took place by the local CAMRA branch, with the Pub of the Season trophy and certificate being presented to Mat, Hannah and a very keen young Frankie by Steve.

Steve added: “Presenting awards to deserving pubs like The Black Lion is one of the most rewarding things we get to do as a local branch.

The Black Lion under the stewardship of Hannah and Mat, is a shining example of what can be achieved by the hard work, dedication to customer service and attention to detail of everyone involved. It’s great to see a small village pub doing so well and to have on sale beer from smaller independent, local breweries.

Well done to the whole team for this thoroughly deserved accolade.”

After receiving the award, Hannah said: “We are very grateful to be recognised for our real ale offer.

Keeping great beers and supporting local breweries is a big priority for us and it is important to both of us that we keep the British tradition of real ales in pubs alive.

It is very easy to put all your focus into food and the menu these days but we think a great pint is just as important.”

Pictured are Mat, Hannah and young Frankie being presented with the Pub of the Season trophy and certificate by the Moorlands CAMRA branch chairman Steve Barton.

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