Lutterworth pub wins a UK award

Stacey Castle, George East and Denise East of The Shambles have won a national pub competition.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Stacey Castle, George East and Denise East of The Shambles have won a national pub competition.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A pub in Lutterworth has won a top national award, ahead of 2,500 other pubs in its category.

The Shambles Inn and restaurant in Bell Street, Lutterworth, is the Marston brewery group’s Pub of the Year 2015.

The pub also won the national Community Food Award title.

Pub manager at The Shambles, Stacey Castle, said: “We’re shocked but absolutely over the moon”.

The pub’s joint landlords, George and Denise East (Stacey’s mum), were given the news of their national win at the competition’s UK finals in Wolverhampton last week.

“Mum was hysterical” said Stacey. “And then they rang me and the staff back at the pub waiting for news - we got the phone call last Thursday night - and everyone started shouting. We opened a couple of bottles of champagne too.

“In fact over the weekend we pretty much had on ongiong celebration! It’s great for us, but it’s also good for the town of Lutterworth.”

The Easts and Stacey have been running the attractive, black-and-white, thatched roof pub for seven years.

The two arards will go on the wall of the pub.

The pub also won £1,000 worth of beer.

The Shambles Inn is a former abattoir and butchers and the oldest timber-framed building in Lutterworth.

It was first used as a pub from 1791 to 1840, when it was called The Bell, before being converted back into a house and butcher’s shop.

In 1982 it was turned back into a public house and named The Shambles.