Bosworth MP presents Hinckley’s New Plough Inn with Pub of the Year 2022 award on behalf of local CAMRA branch

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 April 2022

BOSWORTH’S Member of Parliament, Dr. Luke Evans, presented a Hinckley pub with the ‘Pub of the Year 2022’ award on behalf of Hinckley and Bosworth’s CAMRA branch.

Dr. Luke Evans presenting the ‘Pub of the Year’ award to the publicans (Image: Dr. Luke Evans)

Dr. Luke presented the ‘well-deserved’ award to publicans Louise and Darren Lavender, who have been running the watering hole for a total of 13 years, as they were surrounded by their friends and regulars.

The duo are no strangers to recieving awards – the pub has won the title of ‘Pub of the Year’ three times since 2011. And the owners have been given a 10 Years’ Service award back in 2019 three years ago.

The pub is not just best-known for its large array of gins and rotating guest ales on cask – instead it is their charity quiz nights which are held on the last Thursday of each month to help fundraise for important local causes and national charities.

Through their tireless dedication to fundraising, the New Plough Inn and its team have raised over £100,000. Whilst in lockdown, the quizzes did not stop as they went virtual.

And, throughout the height of the pandemic, a takeaway food and drink service was also adapted to help keep spirits high for their customers in Hinckley and Bosworth, due to the Covid restrictions.

Dr. Luke Evans, said: “A community pub is so important, and never more so than after the last couple of years when it’s been taken away from us due to the pandemic.

“It was wonderful to go down to the New Plough Inn, present this very well deserved award, and speak to some of the regulars.

He continued: “While it is clear how much the pub and its owners mean to local people, their support and loyalty has meant that Louise, Darren and the staff have been able to bounce back and are continuing with their inspiring fundraising for local charities.

“The effects of the pandemic may unfortunately be felt for many years by those in the hospitality sector, but with the support of our community Louise and Darren are back doing what they do best.

Dr. Evans concluded: “I wish them all the best for the future and I’m sure it won’t be long before they’re celebrating another award – I only wonder where they’ll fit it on the walls!”

Louise and Darren Lavender, said: “What shocked us the most is that it’s only been 10 years since we last won the award. For it to come back to us is quite amazing – there’s a lot of stiff competition out there at the moment!

“Coming out of the pandemic we didn’t know what business would be like, but we’ve seen a lot of new people come to the pub and thankfully they’ve continued drinking with us.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who stops in for a pint or takes part in a quiz and to CAMRA for their continued support.”

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