West Berkshire Branch of CAMRA

Community Pubs Week - Best Community Pub 2012. - Winners - The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury.

The West Berkshire branch of the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is delighted to have found a worthy winning pub in the Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury for its Best Community Pub competition for 2012.

West Berkshire CAMRA Pubs Officer Glenn Parsons commented that the selection of the Cottage Inn was great reward for the work carried out by the landlords Gary & Mandy Bush. The couple took over the pub fifteen months ago and in that short time have completely turned the pub around from what was an empty and run down pub, to a pub that now forms a real focal point for the local community, not only in the, good food and beer, which you might expect, but by doing that bit extra to help bring the village together. This was clearly demonstrated during last years Royal Wedding when a traditional garden party took place, a similar event is planned this year for the Jubilee celebrations.




                                                        West Berkshire CAMRA chairman, Adrian Bean presents the Best Community

                                                                                Pub 2012 certificate to Gary & Mandy Bush.


The list of reasons why the pub was nominated was huge, far too many to mention now, but some of them included:
Events such as ‘It's a Knockout’ Car Boot sale, BBQs, Charity fun days, have taken place in the paddock behind the pub, inside its used for quiz nights, meeting points for numerous Tennis, Badminton, Cycle, Football and Darts teams.
The pub also allows parking for parents dropping their children off at the local Primary School and have opened early or when closed on Mondays when requested by such various groups including the local walkers association.
There is a children’s pets area which can be visited even if not entering the pub.


                        The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury

When told of the award Landlady Mandy said she was “Stunned, but delighted”, and although they had not set out to win any awards it was “Great to be recognised officially.”

The Newbury Weekly News covered the story when the branch presented the pub with their award.

West Berkshire CAMRA Pubs Officer Glenn Parsons finished with a final word on the standard of the other entries in the competition. “We were really delighted to have received so many nominations for this competition and we really should mention some of the pubs who although they didn’t win the top prize, should really be congratulated on the efforts that they make for their local communities. In particular The Ibex at Chaddleworth, (which is a truly community owned pub), The Swan at Inkpen, The Blue Ball in Kintbury and last years winner The Lord Lyon at Stockcross, all had really strong claims to the title.