Two local pubs have won awards from West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Pub of the Year has been awarded to the Saxon Arms in Stratton, while Pub Garden of the Year has been won by the Spyway Inn at Askerswell.

The Saxon’s licencees, Rod and Janette Lamont, have run the pub for the past 11 years. Though only built and opened in 2001 the Saxon’s architecture is idyllic; externally made from flint and thatch, complemented inside by a large open-plan drinking area with wooden beams, and a separate dining area to the rear.

Landlord Rod Lamont said, “Given the tough criteria to be recognised for this award we are absolutely delighted to receive this from such a highly respected organisation which makes our training to standards and commitment to the business worthwhile. A huge thank-you to our staff in helping us achieve this; we’re all chuffed to bits.”

Meanwhile the Spyway Inn has scooped Pub Garden of the Year, awarded for making ‘a continual and outstanding commitment to their gardens and subsequent upkeep’.

The garden consists of an open-plan area with hedges removed to give a view of animals grazing in the opposite field with hillside views bordered by a small stream.

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