A Glowing Award By CAMRA For The Santon Bridge Inn

Nearly thirty members of the West Cumbria branch of CAMRA received the warmest of welcomes at The Santon Bridge Inn recently; a glowing, crackling fire to greet, not only us, but a family on holiday with a young baby and several other locals and visitors enjoying the inn’s fine hospitality.

CAMRA was there to present the seasonal award for the best pub in West Cumbria for Winter 2016/2017 and Stephen Walker, on behalf of all the eager real ale drinkers from this branch of CAMRA, expressed his appreciation to Steve Cottrell, and all his staff, for the part they have all played to help promote quality ales. He said, ‘with 21 pubs a week nationally closing down, we select our award winners very carefully; recognising the importance of the survival of pubs in the community, we have to get this right. I walked through the door today, and saw 7 hand pumps serving real ale; including a delicious Adnams beer I was drinking in Suffolk only weeks ago. Well done to you all on this great achievement’.

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Steve Cottrell, who took over The Santon Bridge Inn in January 2015, is certainly doing ‘his bit’ to save pubs. After recently taking over The Globe in Gosforth, together with Irton Hall, he now has a ‘hat-trick’ of pubs. He says, ‘I have always supported local pubs, I think they offer so much to the local community; we are delighted to receive this special CAMRA award and, I wish, on a personal note, to thank everybody, especially the staff at The Santon Bridge Inn. Humphrey Ringa, our Bar Manager, deserves to be singled out for his incredible contribution’.

The Santon Bridge Inn, once a modest mail coach halt, is now a fine, country inn; with one of the most spectacular locations in the Western Lakes and Fells. With locally sourced, good food on offer in either the Dalesman Bar or the Eskdale Room, you can be sure of complimenting any good real ale with a perfect selection from the varying menu. You will find a fine selection of Jenning’s beers, alongside an ever-changing range of interesting guest beers.

On the day of the West Cumria branch of CAMRA’s visit, we were greeted by Humphrey Ringa, Bar Manager at this inn since June 2006 and Jonny Cottrell, who is Steve’s son and General Manager. After looking after the cellar here for over 10 years, Humphrey was proud to receive this CAMRA Pub of the Winter Season award. He said, ‘It gives me personal pleasure for the inn to be recognised with this award; having had no real ale experience before coming here from Kenya, I have learned and listened to our customers; my true measure is the enjoyment I see in our discerning drinkers when they sip, taste and savour their real ales’.

Make time to visit The Santon Bridge Inn soon; experience that warm welcome yourself with 7 real ales to suit every taste.

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