The Salutation Inn set in the village of Ham in Gloucestershire has won the 2014 Campaign for Real Ales national pub of the year award.
Landlord of the rural free house inn, Peter Tiley quit his job in 2013 to pursue his love of beer and run the pub with his wife Claire.
Although the couple had no practical experience of running a pub, only two years after pulling their first pint, the couple have beaten 50,000 other pubs in the UK to be named national pub of the year.
The rural village inn, locally known as The Sally, was praised by judges for its friendly atmosphere and characterised as ‘the definitive country alehouse’. The pub offers traditional five real ales and eight real ciders, pub skittles home prepared lunchtime fare, including ham rolls, made from from the pub’s own pigs.
The pub is described in Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2015 as a “rural gem in the Severn Valley, within walking distance of the Jenner Museum, Berkeley Castle and Deer Park. The pub has two cosy bars with a log fire and a skittles alley. Live folk music and piano singalongs regularly occur. Shove-ha’penny and table skittles are played”
The three other finalists in the awards were The Freshfield in Formby (Merseyside), The Harewood Arms in Broadbottom (Greater Manchester) and The Windmill in Sevenoaks Weald (Kent).