Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle - Winner 2013 There are around 330 pubs in the South Devon CAMRA branch area and each winter a short list is drawn up of suitable candidates for pub of the year. It's a very difficult task as there are so many excellent pubs in our area. This is whittled down to a short list of four pubs in January which are each visited anonymously by many of the active branch members. At our March branch meeting votes are cast and the four pubs reduced to two. Each member then rates these pubs on a number of criteria: the quality of the beer (obviously the most important!), the atmosphere, quality of service, clientele, sympathy with CAMRA aims and whether the pub offers good value for the area.
For 2013 we are pleased to announce that the Pigs Nose Inn in East Prawle is our branch pub of the year! Congratulations to all at the pub! The award was presented to landlord and landlady Peter and Leslie Webber on the 7th April and the photo below shows branch chairman Bob Southwell (pictured right) with them during the presentation. Peter and Leslie were thrilled to receive the award for a third time having previously won it in 2011 and 2005. The pub faced very stiff competition during the voting but the range and quality of ale on sale, the pub's strong focus on supporting the local community, the warm welcome and general ambience in the pub made this, the southernmost pub in Devon, a very deserving winner.
The pub is a delightful mix of pub memorabilia, quirky signs, knick-knacks and lovely old features, and has a great mix of customers of all types and ages, including locals, coast-walkers and holiday-makers. Peter used to be involved as a road manager for the ’60s band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch, and he still holds gigs with some very famous artists and bands in the hall at the side of the pub. This charming inn is tucked away off the beaten track, but is well worth making the effort to get to as there is always a friendly welcome and a pleasing atmosphere. To welcome the CAMRA contingent, Peter supplied South Hams Eddystone and South Hams Devon Pride on hand-pump along with a perry and two real ciders including Heritage cider. Otter Brewery generously donated a cask of their Otter Mild to celebrate this event, so all partakers benefited with free beer.
The Pigs Nose Inn will now go forward to the regional competition and we wish them the best of luck!
Alittle more about the Pigs Nose Inn -
The pub is over 500 years old and is currently owned by Peter and Leslie Webber who've run the pub now for over 13 years. It's a three-roomed smugglers inn set on the village green. Children and dogs are welcome, but adults are asked to behave themselves. Gravity beers are stored on a specially made rack behind the bar. It is a haven for birdwatchers and coastal walkers alike. Home-made meals are produced using local ingredients both lunchtime and evenings. Occasional live music is performed at weekends in a hall adjoining the pub and this helps to make this a very popular venue.
It's open 12-3pm, 7-11pm (6-midnight during holidays) every day
though they are closed most Sunday and Monday evenings
in the winter season from October - April;
Telephone: (01548) 511209. Twitter: @pigsnoseinn
More information is available on their website.
If you'd like to become more involved in CAMRA and help us select next year's Branch Pub of the Year, if you're not already a member why not join CAMRA, and then come along to one of our monthly branch meetings.