Two East Midlands boozers have scooped prestigious awards for the design of their pubs.
The Blind Bull in Little Hucklow, Derbyshire was announced as the winner of the Refurbishment Award in CAMRA’s Pub Design Awards 2021.
The awards, held in conjunction with Historic England, celebrate exceptional pubs across the country that have undergone conversion or conservation work, or are newly built.
The Blind Bull is based in the heart of the Peak District and was a regular entry in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide in the 1970s and 1980s.
But despite the accolades, it fell upon hard times and shut down in 2005.
It reopened last July after a massive refurbishment began to restore the 12th-century inn to its former glory.
It now boasts a unique dining area serving local produce and new tap room.
The revamped pub has now been named as the winner of the Refurbishment Award in CAMRA’S Pub Design competition – it is shares the honour with The Green Dragon, in Hertfordshire.
The Air Hostess in Nottingham has also been highly commended in the Refurbishment Award category of CAMRA’s prestigious Pub Design Awards.
The pub in Tollerton was previously a runner-up in CAMRA’s Pub Saving Award and is a community-owned pub, which was rescued when more than 400 local residents purchased shares in it.
Andrew Davison, chair of CAMRA’s Pub Design Award judging panel, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the range of high-quality architecture and design that can be found in pubs across the United Kingdom today, especially after the trials of the last few months.
“This year’s judges have selected a fantastic range of buildings, from a structure once used as a brick manufacturer’s showroom, to a beloved local that underwent a refurbishment planned to be as eco-friendly as possible. They are examples of pubs that have been lovingly curated and preserved, and in some cases that have stood the test of time for years and years. Now that restrictions have lifted, we hope to join you all in celebrating this achievement with a visit to the pub and a pint at the bar.
“We had a difficult time narrowing it down to just these seven awardees – congratulations to them all!”