A country pub ran by landlords who have been at the helm almost a decade has won Melton CAMRA’s Pub of the Year Award 2018.
The family-friendly Blue Bell Inn in Hoby, is well-known for its popular restaurant and fine range of Everards and guest beers.
The business, which is run by Mike Lynn and Clare Highton employs a dozen staff and prides itself on “quality and consistency.”
The Melton Mowbray Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) presented a certificate to the team last month.
Kevin Billson, chairman of Melton CAMRA, said: “The Blue Bell manages to be a typical local pub to the inhabitants of Hoby and the surrounding villages including running two petanque teams and a skittles team that recently won the league.
“The pub is also a popular refreshment stop for ramblers and cyclists with its beer garden overlooking the Wreake Valley.”
The Blue Bell encapsulates everything that CAMRA are looking for in a pub.
Landlord Mr Lynn said: “We’re delighted to win this award and it came as a big surprise.
“It’s great to be recognised for the hard work we put in.
“Thank you to all our customers who contribute to making the place a success.”