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The Globe in Clare is west Suffolk’s country pub of the year

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 June 2016

The Globe pub in Clare has been awarded the West Suffolk CAMRA country pub of the year award. Front R-L: Martin Bate (chair West Suffolk CAMRA) and Angela Bate (secretary West Suffolk CAMRA) present the award to landlords Lucy and Darrin Butler.

The Globe pub in Clare has been awarded the West Suffolk CAMRA country pub of the year award. Front R-L: Martin Bate (chair West Suffolk CAMRA) and Angela Bate (secretary West Suffolk CAMRA) present the award to landlords Lucy and Darrin Butler.

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A town pub that was an empty building just three years ago has scooped a top award for its choice of ales.

The Globe, in Clare, has been given the country pub of the year award by CAMRA’s West Suffolk and Borders branch.

Run by husband and wife Darrin and Lucy Butler, The Globe has had a change of fortunes and received its trophy on Saturday afternoon.

“We’ve gone from strength to strength,” said a delighted Darrin, who opened the pub in August 2013, specialising in real ales.

“It had been shut and empty for two whole years and it was a mess.

“There was a hole in the ceiling in the front bar, a hole in the ceiling in the front upstairs and a jungle for a garden.”

Nevertheless, Darrin and Lucy saw the building’s potential and set to work at improving it.

Asked what had attracted them to it, Darrin said it was the pub’s location in a “lovely little town”.

This was the 13th pub they had looked at, showing that 13 can in fact be lucky for some.

The pub has now scooped a ‘pub of the month’ award, and, to the owner’s delight, it was also named in the 2015 Good Beer Guide.

“That’s our focus, on the real ales,” said Darrin. “We try to support local breweries but also give our customers a nice wide variety of national award-winning beers.”

Darrin and Lucy were presented with the country pub of the year award by Martin Bate, chairman of the West Suffolk and Borders CAMRA.

“Since reopening the pub in 2013 after a prolonged closure the pub has established itself as a good old-fashioned pub, where good-quality beer served in a welcoming atmosphere is a priority,” he said. “CAMRA applauds pubs which are re-established in the heart of the community and congratulates Darrin and everybody at the Globe for winning this well deserved award.”

West Suffolk and Borders CAMRA presents two ‘pub of the year’ awards – best country pub and best town pub.

Oakes Barn, in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, was awarded best town pub earlier month and was also named overall pub of the year.

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