A pub which rears pigs with its customers and doubles up as a local shop has been named overall winner in Aylesbury Vale District Council’s annual village pub competition.
The Unicorn in Cublington was previously threatened with closure but is now thriving under the ownership of two villagers. As well as offering real ale, superb food (the pub has two AA rosettes) and a variety of top entertainment, the Unicorn supplies freshly baked bread and milk to villagers. And it heads up a syndicate which owns Cublington pigs where villagers jointly rear the animals.
Manager Tim Harwood said: “We’re thrilled to win this award. Our secret is team work, quality food and support from the community.”
Councillor Pam Pearce, Cabinet Member for Community Matters, said: “This is the 15th year we have run this competition and we have seen some excellent pubs, but the Unicorn has set a new standard.”
The council received more than 700 nominations for 35 pubs, the highest since competition began in 1997.
Overall runner-up in the awards, sponsored by Dayla, was The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock, which also picked up the gong for best food and website. Best community pub went to The Bell, Chearsley, while the best speciality food was found in The Swan, Grendon Underwood.
The Boot, Soulbury, The Seven Stars, Dinton, and The Pilgrim Pub and Restaurant, North Marston were all ‘ones to watch’.