A landlord whose ambition for his first pub was to secure a spot in the Good Beer Guide, has won one of the biggest prizes of them all.

The Wonston Arms, which prides itself on being "the best little pub in Hampshire" can now be seen as one of the best in the country after being named CAMRA's National Pub of the Year.

The award came as a huge surprise to licensee Matt Todd who took on the pub, his first, four years ago to save it from closure.

He said: "I had never even pulled a pint until the day we moved in on April 24th 2015.

"The pub has always had great beer and I just wanted it to get in the Good Beer Guide, which we achieved in 2016. Winning this is beyond our wildest dreams.

"We just run the pub the way we think a little pub should be run and awards have come to us."

The trophy was due to be presented to the pub today.

Inapub has previously covered life at The Wonston, noticeably when they held a 24-hour rowing challenge and when we visited to join Matt and his customers on a fishing trip organised by the pub.

Matt was one of the first attendees at Inapub's first ever Next Generation event, which was organised to help newcomers to the pub trade.

As well as having a fine selection of ales and craft beers, judges at CAMRA also noted that the Wonston is a "a real community pub, boasting a range of pop-up foodie nights and social events such as darts matches, folk music, jazz sessions, quizzes and a photography club."

It also fundraises for local charities and invites local food vendors to host special fish & chip, pizza and curry nights.

 

  •  Check out the April issue of Inapub magazine which will include a profile of The Wonston Arms