REVEALED: South Wiltshire's best country pub

REVEALED: South Wiltshire's best country pub

Published at 1:44pm 9th March 2020. (Updated at 1:48pm 9th March 2020)

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Members of the Salisbury and South Wilts Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale have voted for their favourite.

The winner is an old favourite in the Chalke Valley, The Horseshoe at Ebbesbourne Wake.

The traditional inn has been run by the same family for almost half a century.

It's the second year running the pub has scooped the accolade.

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.

Mr Turner said it was a "richly-deserved ward" and praised the couple.

"You have a winning formula: excellent food, excellent real ale and a lovely pub in which to serve it." 

Tony and Pat Bath outside Horseshoe
Tony and Pat Booth outside The Horseshoe.

Tony and Pat Bath have been running the Horseshoe for 34 years having taken over from Tony's parents Tom and Glad and they have now been joined by their 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 the Bath family has worked tirelessly to support real ale.

The Horseshoe at Ebbesbourne Wake

Each year the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA gives awards to two pubs in its area - one in the city of Salisbury and one in the rural areas surrounding it.

The prizewinner with the most votes - this year Deacons  in 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.

 

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