From the Wilts and Glos Standard:

THE Seven Tuns Inn in Chedworth has been named as North Cotswold CAMRA’s Seasonal Pub of the Year for summer 2017.

Liz Henty, who took over the pub two years ago, said she was “thrilled” to win the award.

“A feather in the cap for all my staff,” she said, before highlighting the hard work of bar manager Claire Philips-Holt, whose parents ran the Wagon and Horses in Cirencester for years.

She also praised Roger Harris, who “painstakingly cleans the lines every week keeping the beer fresh and clear”.

Now retired, Roger lives just up the road from the pub, and used to be the head herdsman at a local farm.

“I figured anybody who knew about running a dairy, keeping equipment clean etc, would be pretty good at keeping beer lines clean,” said Liz.

The Seven Tuns had been shut for two-and-a-half years when Liz decided to buy it, despite it having “fallen into a state of disrepair”.

Having sold her hotel restaurant business in France after 25 years, the innovative publican wanted to return to home shores.

“I was looking for a business and signed on with a couple of commercial real estate agents, and one day the details of the pub popped into my mail box,” said Liz.

“I came to view the place one cold and snowy February afternoon with my sister, and, despite the pub being in bad shape, it was love at first sight.

“Then, the rest is history, as they say!”

Martin Jones, of North Cotswold CAMRA, said reviving the pub “was a big task not helped with setbacks such as a fire destroying the kitchen last year”.

“All is going well now and Liz wants the Seven Tuns to stay as a traditional Pub that does food.”

Martin said the judges “were particularly impressed by the knowledge and service provided by the staff who are from the local community so are interested in making the pub a success”.

Visit northcotswoldcamra.org.uk for more on North Cotswold Campaign for Real Ale.

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