Pub with zoo in its garden wins Best Family Pub award
A WELSH pub has picked up the title Best Family Pub – thanks to its very special added attraction.
The Pen y Cae Inn in the Brecon Beacons has received the accolade in the Great British Pub Awards, thanks to the free micro zoo in its garden.
Awarded its full zoo licence in June 2015, the Pen y Cae Inn has a range of animals that have been rescued and rehoused from all over the UK, including meerkats, wallabies, pygmy goats, ornamental waterfowl and Japanese cranes.
Owners of the Pen y Cae Inn, Claire and Anthony Christopher, have run the pub since 2005 and said picking up the award was a “proud moment”.
Claire, 33, believes the micro zoo helped them pick up the award. “It’s a big attraction,” she said.
“[The response] has been fantastic. Most of the animals that we have are rescues.
“It’s such a beautiful part of the world up with us, it’s nice for children to come up and see a bit of nature and get back to basics.”
The awards, organised by pub industry publication The Morning Advertiser, celebrate the best in the business across more than 20 different categories. The UK’s overall Pub of the Year award was won by the Red Lion and Sun in Highgate, North London.
Comedian Russell Kane presented the Pen y Cae Inn with their accolade.
Other Welsh winners at the awards included Leon Jones from the Red Lion Inn, Penderyn, who picked up Young Chef of the Year; while the Lion in Treorchy won the prize for Ei Group Pub of the Year, thanks to its festival-style events and comedy club.