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Griffin Inn, Shustoke
Overall Warwickshire Pub of the Year 2014

We’re delighted to report that the Griffin Inn at Shustoke has clinched the CAMRA award for overall Pub of the Year in Warwickshire! Assessed by judges from the various branches making up Warwickshire, the Griffin came out top amongst some stiff competition, as listed below. As regulars will know, the pub is a long-standing Good Beer Guide entry, run by father-and-son team Mick and Oliver Pugh

The buoyant winners are pictured below outside the pub. Left-to-right is Oliver’s mum Lynn, branch chairman Ray Owen, Oliver, and Louise, Oliver’s fiancée.

Griffin Outside

Below shows the dedicated bar team in the beam-framed bar, with (left-to-right) Jack, Becky, Oliver, Ray and Jade.

Griffin Inside

This win by the Griffin means that it will go on the next level of the competition, for the West Midlands, where its competitors are as listed below.

During the visit we were pleased to sample a new brew of the Griffin’s Yeti, an assertively hoppy pale ale. Oliver was so busy in the early part of the year that he only started brewing again in May. Will some fine home brews give the pub that extra edge in the next level of the competition? Fingers crossed!

The Warwickshire round:
Griffin Inn, Shustoke
Victoria Works, Studley
Lord Nelson, Ansley
Victoria Inn, Rugby
Punchbowl, Warwick
Holly Bush, Alcester
Royal Oak, Kenilworth
Next round: West Midlands
Marches: Prince of Wales, Ledbury
Staffordshire: Holy Inadequate, Stoke-On-Trent
Warwickshire: Griffin Inn, Shustoke
West Midlands: Beacon Hotel, Sedgley
Worcestershire: Weighbridge, Alvechurch

The Griffin itself:

Set in the Warwickshire countryside, around three miles, north of Coleshill, the Griffin Inn is situated on one corner of a tight bend on the B4116. It is a traditional country pub, with low timber beams, inglenook fire places and log burning stoves. There is no music or television to disturb the conversations of the customers. At the back of the pub is a conservatory (where families are welcome), an outdoor patio and a large grassy area.

Normally 10 beers are on tap. Including at least one from their own Griffin Inn brewery, which is located next door. The brewery, which was opened in 2009, is run by Michael's son Oliver, it has produced a number of beers for the pub and local beer festivals. Free of tie, the guest beers at the Griffin, range from the exotic to the familiar. Two real ciders are also normally available.

The pub offers food at lunch times only (but not Sundays), but does have pork pies for sale in the evenings. The bar also sells locally produced free range eggs, sausages, cheeses and honey.

The pub also has a very popular annual beer festival, which has around 100 beers. It usually takes place over the last weekend in June.


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