West Suffolk and Borders CAMRA Pub of The Month
One of the main aims of CAMRA is to highlight our branch pubs and pub going. One method of doing this is to select a "Pub of The Month" which is usually followed by a visit to award a certificate to mark the selection and, of course, to sample some real ale.
February Pub of the Month - Pakenham Fox for more info click name
The Fox in Pakenham reopened in August 2016 and, in recognition of its success, was selected as Pub of the Month for February 2017. On Saturday 4th February a packed minibus set off from Bury to present the award, also visiting Ixworth Greyhoundto present an award for 35 years of service to real ale and the local community.
Our first stop was the Dun Cow at Bardwell another fine village local and long standing good beer guide entry. Here we enjoyed a quick beer as always in fine form before moving on to The Greyhound in Ixworth for lunch and to present the long service award. Colin and Sue Pearce have been landlords of the Greyhound for 35 years, a remarkable achievement. Even more remarkably the pub has raised many thousands of pounds for charities and the pub is recognised as the true heart of the village community. We enjoyed the fine range of beers, including the rarely available Greene King XX Mild, in addition there were ales from GK and further afield. This washed down the delicious home cooked and very good value food - a good time was had by all.
For our second award of the day we moved on to The Fox in Pakenham. The village pub reopened in 2016 after several years of closure, and is already making its mark as a thriving hub in the community. As recognition of this success the branch decided to award the February pub of the month award to the Fox and the team enjoyed a choice of real ales from Woodforde’s (Wherry and Nog), Mighty Oak (Kings) and current guest ale Shortt’s Farm’s Skiffle. All in good order and served in the pleasant surroundings of this warm, welcoming pub. The remainder of the trip saw a whistle stop tour of the local pubs including Beyton, The Bear Inn, currently being refurbished by its new owners, Thurston Fox and Hounds, Rougham The Bennet Arms and finally the The Moreton Hall in Bury.
We are looking forward to our next trip in April when we will be heading out to the south west of our branch area.
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