Belton boozer is CAMRA’S finest

John Green, of The Crown Inn, of Belton holds up his award from CAMRA for Pub of The Year. Picture: Andrew Roe
John Green, of The Crown Inn, of Belton holds up his award from CAMRA for Pub of The Year. Picture: Andrew Roe

An Isle community pub is toasting its success after it was crowned the best boozer among Doncaster area pubs by real ale fans.

The Crown Inn in Churchtown, Belton, has won the Doncaster and district Campaign for Real Ale’s Pub of the Year award.

Hosts John and Lynn Green, who have been at the Crown for five years, were delighted to be presented with their trophy by CAMRA representatives, during a special evening of celebration that took place at the pub recently.

Mr Green, 56, said: “We’re very pleased. The judges were impressed with the number of real ales we sell. Over time we have expanded the choice from two to six and always have one on rotation. And we have some very good, loyal customers.

“We use local sources including Glentworth Brewery and Tom Woods. In addition to those, Marstons provide us with two beers and Batemans with another. Our current guest beer is Ringwoods’ Boondoggle.”

He continued: “If we change a beer we consult our customers first. It’s about fulfilling their needs so it’s their views that count.”

The pub has just received planning permission to extend its premises that will soon allow it to serve food.

“Everything has been approved by the Council, which will mean much more floor space in the future, right around the bar. And we’ll be installing a new kitchen so that we can serve meals. It’s all in the planning and building work will begin next year,” added Mr Green.

It is also home to several sports teams and is involved in numerous charity fundraisers. Last year a massive community effort raised £19,000 for Macmillan nurses.

This is not the first time the Crown Inn has been singled out for commendation by CAMRA. In 2010, after just two years with John and Lynn behind the bar of their first pub, it won the Autumn Pub of the Season award, and was described even then as a “haven for the discerning beer drinker.”

When they took over the Crown, John and Lynn increased the pub’s opening hours, and encouraged its thriving sports interests. These include a golf society, football team, two ladies’ darts teams, and two gents’ dominoes teams. Quiz nights are held on a twice weekly basis, with general knowledge on a Thursday and music on Sundays.

The pub’s beer garden with children’s play area is another attraction for families in the summer.

In August, the Crown hosts its own beer festival with up to 14 real ales, a wide choice of ciders and live entertainment.