Dambusters Inn wins Lincoln pub of the year for third time

The Dambusters Inn at Scampton has been named as the Lincoln Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Branch Pub of the Year for the third year running.

The competition was divided into two categories, with CAMRA members voting for their favourite city pub and their favourite from the villages in the branch area.

Five judges then visited the top three pubs in each category to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service and community focus.

Judges said that ‘when you walk into the Dambusters Inn, you can imagine wartime bomber crews driving down from the base to relax between sorties’.

Although the building is over 200 years old, it has only been a pub since 1999.

Landlord, Greg Algar, has been in charge since 2009. During that time, he has increased the number of handpumps from two to seven, dispensing a changing selection of ales from breweries in the local area and further afield.

He has also installed a microbrewery behind the pub to produce house beers.

The runner-up and Lincoln CAMRA City Pub of the Year is the Strugglers Inn on Westgate.

The other city pubs in the final were the Cardinal’s Hat and the Hop and Barley.

The Butcher and Beast in Heighington and the Three Horseshoes in Waddington were the other country finalists.

Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce, said: “We have well over two hundred of pubs in our branch area and we’ve never had one win Pub of the Year for three successive years. Greg and his team at the Dambusters continue to do a fantastic job.”

The Dambusters now goes forward to the Lincolnshire round of the competition, where it will be up against the winners from the Gainsborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Louth, Grantham and Fenland CAMRA Branches.