Pub of the Year is Deacons in Salisbury voted by members of Salisbury & South Wilts Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Owners Dave Hancock and his wife Aimee took over the pub in Fisherton Street two and a half years ago after it had been closed for six months.

Salisbury-born Dave was presented with the winner’s certificate by Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA, at the pub, packed with regulars and CAMRA members for the occasion.

“Dave and Aimee thoroughly deserve this accolade from our members,” said Ian, after the presentation. “They and their staff have worked incredibly hard and introduced a range of good real ales to turn Deacons from a pub closed for months into a really excellent local. Recognising this is what CAMRA’s local Pub of the Year competition is all about.”

Dave said: “Deacons is a traditional free house with an emphasis on quality beer and we have tried to support local breweries. We are locals and all our staff, who are passionate about customer service, are local. We are a community hub and there are not too many pubs left like.”

Photo: Harvey Bince