Inglenook named pub of the year for its ales

The Inglenook pub celebrates being named a pub of the year
The Inglenook pub celebrates being named a pub of the year

A FAMILY restaurant and hotel is celebrating another accolade – this time for its fine ale selection.

The Inglenook, in Nyetimber, was recently named pub of the year by the western Sussex branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

From left to right: Philip Wildsmith, chairman of western Sussex CAMRA, Gary Crossley, who selected the Inglenook's beers, and Tony Honour, owner of the Inglenook

From left to right: Philip Wildsmith, chairman of western Sussex CAMRA, Gary Crossley, who selected the Inglenook's beers, and Tony Honour, owner of the Inglenook

The pub will now go forward to compete at a regional level, with the chance of a shot at national acclaim if it succeeds there.

“Out of all the pubs, the Inglenook was judged to be our pub of the year and thoroughly well deserved,” said Philip Wildsmith, chairman of the western Sussex CAMRA branch.

“The bar quality here has always been very good but over the last two years the range and variety and experience has really taken off.”

The pub was also recently named pub of the year by Observer readers.

When you’ve here been here 40 years you start knowing what you’ve got to do

Tony Honour, Inglenook owner

“We’re on a bit of a role at the moment which is great,” said owner Tony Honour.

The pub has been in his family for the past 40 years and is still thriving.

“It’s always pretty busy and a lot of these people drink here anyway,” he said.

“We’ve got good bar trade, lots of regulars and locals.

“It’s just a nice place. When you’ve here been here 40 years you start knowing what you’ve got to do.”

The CAMRA branch covers Bognor Regis, Chichester and all the way up to Midhurst and Petworth. The previous holder was the Wilkes Head, in Eastergate.

Philip described the Inglenook as a ‘very worthy winner’

“This pub and hotel has always done so many things well,” he said. “The beer range over the last two years has improved out of all recognition.”