The Victoria & Albert, Netherhampton, is 2018 Pub of the Year, elected by members of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
With the overall title for the southern part of the county, the historic thatched pub, parts of which date back to 1545, also won the ballot for local Country Pub of the Year by CAMRA members.
Victoria & Albert landlady for 15 years Maggie Scott, and her sons Taylor and Duncan, who run the pub with her, were presented with their winner’s certificate by Derek Blackshaw, Chairman of Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA.
“It is fantastic to win this award and wonderful to get such recognition from CAMRA members,” said Maggie. “Although we have a solid core of local customers, we also have people who come to the Victoria & Albert from as far away as Cornwall and Kent.”
Derek Blackshaw said: “CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide describes the Victoria & Albert as ‘quintessential England’ and that is absolutely correct. They serve a good selection of real ales, properly looked after, and always a friendly welcome. No wonder our members rate this classic pub so highly.”
It is the fifth time the Victoria & Albert has won a Salisbury & South Wilts Pub of the Year award. In 2012, it was Pub of the Year for the whole of Wessex.