For the fourth time in a decade, The Wyndham Arms, Salisbury, was voted Pub of the Year by members of Salisbury & South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Landlady Lisa Saberton was presented with the winner’s certificate by Ian Turner, chairman of the branch, at the pub in Estcourt Road, which was packed for the occasion with regulars and CAMRA members.
Lisa said she was delighted and honoured the pub had once again received the award.
“The whole team at the Wyndham work very hard to keep the beer good, the service friendly and the atmosphere right. It is a proper ‘local’ and it is great that CAMRA appreciates our efforts,” she said.
Ian praised Lisa and the staff for their work to maintain the pub’s popularity.
“At a time when we are, sadly, seeing a decline in people visiting their local pubs, it is just great to see such a thriving example,” he said.
“Lisa has been at the helm for the past 10 years and, in that time, has won the award four times – competition rules prevent the same pub winning in consecutive years.
“Voted for by members of Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA, the competition considers our local pubs that have already been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, so beer quality is undisputed. In addition, the pub atmosphere, support for CAMRA and community focus are all considered.”
The Wyndham Arms was the birthplace of the Hop Back Brewery 31 years ago and today is one of 10 pubs owned by Downton-based Hop Back.
The Wyndham Arms began life in the 1880s as the Wyndham Hotel, and the building remains fundamentally unchanged. In 1987, John Gilbert set up a microbrewery in the cellar and produced G.F.B. (Gilbert’s First Brew), the first of many award-winning beers produced by Hop Back.
In the early 1990s, the brewery moved to Downton because its success required larger premises, but the Wyndham remains its spiritual home. The brewery’s logo is the face of Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine, which is above the pub’s main door.