Pub with zoo in its gar­den wins Best Fam­ily Pub award

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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.

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