15 June 2011
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced the winners
of its celebrated Pub Design Awards, in association with English Heritage and The Victorian Society.
The Awards are held annually, with the categories dedicated to championing pubs showing vision, imagination and
a level of restraint in their design. Such Awards have never been more deserving at a time when 25 pubs per
week are closing their doors across the UK, with grave uncertainties in the industry.
The Bell Inn, Rode, Somerset, won in the ‘Refurbishment’ category. Judges described it as a ‘characterful,
Grade II-listed village pub. Imaginatively refurbished by Flatcappers, its interior boasts wooden panelling
beneath limewashed walls; a calming, historic colour scheme of green, cream, orange and brown; and delightfully
heavy flock wallpaper. The rooms are bedecked with stuffed animals and hunting prints, while the furniture is a
pleasing mix of pleasingly battered old club armchairs, well-scrubbed tables, pews, sofas, old railway benches
and even some Victorian theatre seats.’
Other categories included the ‘English Heritage Conservation Award’ which went to The Sportsman in
Huddersfield. and ‘Conversion to Pub Use’ which went to The Sheffield Tap, on the platform of Sheffield train