The Horseshoe at Ebbesbourne Wake has been voted Country Pub of the Year by members of Salisbury & South Wilts Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.
The Horseshoe is a traditional inn run by the same family for almost half a century. Branch Chairman Ian Turner presented Tony and Pat Bath, the landlord and landlady, with their winner’s certificate during a visit to the Chalke Valley pub by CAMRA members.
Each year, S&SW branch of CAMRA gives awards to two pubs in its area – one in the city and one in the rural areas. The prizewinner with the most votes – this year the Wyndham Arms, Salisbury – is declared the overall Pub of the Year while the other becomes either the City Pub of the Year or the Country Pub of the Year.
Tony and Pat Bath have been running The Horseshoe for 33 years, taking over from Tony’s parents Tom and Glad, now joined by daughter Jayne. Overall, the Baths have been in charge at the Horseshoe for almost half a century. The pub has featured in nearly every edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and Ian Turner congratulated Tony and Pat for their tireless efforts to support real ale.