House-turned pub win CAMRA award - The Rugby Observer

House-turned pub win CAMRA award

Rugby Editorial 22nd Jul, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A LILBOURNE pub has been named the Rugby CAMRA Pub of the Summer.

The newly-opened Head of Steam was converted from a house by licensee Richard Hoult, who has lived in the village for nearly 50 years.

He said: “When the village pub closed I could see the heart of the community being diminished and the closeness of the villagers was being lost.

“I felt my village needed a pub again and so with my wife Wendy we decided to convert an old house and open our own new village local.




“As you can see the people of Lilbourne have returned in their droves and we are delighted to have such a great locals pub again.

“I am also delighted to be CAMRA’s Summer Pub as we have a lot to offer and a great garden. This award should bring even more customers and we are delighted to have won it.”


Rugby CAMRA members visited an extensive shortlist of venues before deciding the Lilbourne pub was the best this year.

Secretary Steve Heighton said: “The pub has only been open a short while but has made a massive impact.

“The conversion to such a good pub is remarkable. It is spacious, with great local Dowbridge beers, a big garden and excellent hosts.”

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