Dambusters display helps Scampton inn win CAMRA pub of the year title

Landlord Greg Algar and manager Nicola Bate from The Dambusters Inn in Scampton.
Landlord Greg Algar and manager Nicola Bate from The Dambusters Inn in Scampton.

Real ale fans have named a Scampton inn as their pub of the year.

The Dambusters Inn at Scampton has been named as the Campaign for Real Ale Lincoln branch pub of the year

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.

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

The Dambusters Inn, on High Street, Scampton, reflects the two great passions of landlord Greg Algar – real ale and RAF wartime history.

The pub is crammed with RAF memorabilia, and an entire wall is dedicated to the men of 617 Squadron, known as the Dambusters.

Greg hasalso installed a microbrewery in an outbuilding at the pub, and his beers are served alongside ales from small breweries from across the country.

Aaron Joyce, Lincoln CAMRA chairman, said: “Since taking over, Greg has worked tirelessly to develop the pub and that work is paying off.

“Last year, the Dambusters was our country pub of the year and, now, it’s taken our top award.”

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 branches.