The Horseshoe, in Chipping Sodbury, has been named pub of the year by the Bristol and District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Horseshoe Chipping Sodbury
The bar at The Horseshoe. Photograph: Facebook/The Horseshoe

The runner-up is the Merchants Arms, Hotwells. Presentation of the awards will take place at The Horseshoe tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8pm, and the Merchants Arms on Thursday at 8pm. All are welcome.

“Pub of the year is not just about the beer, and judges are expected to consider the full customer experience and whether a pub offers that something extra,” said Bristol and District CAMRA chair Richard Brooks.

“This year, judges commented that they particularly liked the atmosphere, friendly staff, community focus, and overall impression of The Horseshoe, Chipping Sodbury.

“The Merchants Arms, in Hotwells, is clearly on a roll as it has achieved runner-up branch pub of the year for the second year in a row. The judges found it to be a welcoming community local with a cosy interior and excellent real ale.”

Jo Lewis, landlady of The Horsehoe, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to accept such a prestigious award on behalf of the Horseshoe from CAMRA. To be acknowledged and noticed of how passionate we are as a team has truly blown me away. We will never be complacent, and will continue to strive to make The Horseshoe a fantastic pub.”

Mike Wilkins, owner of the Merchants Arms, said: “It is with no less humility that I am delighted to accept this award this year.

“It has been a tough year, in the trade, which has been well documented. I am so lucky to have a fantastic team supporting me and a brilliant bunch of customers who enjoy what we do. Not least, thank you CAMRA for this award. Hope to see you all on Thursday night for the presentation.”