Pub Landlord nominated for national award
Just six months after taking over a country pub landlord Peter D'Auganno is celebrating being shortlisted for a prestigious award.
The 500-year-old Knatchbull Arms, in Stoke St Michael, is steeped in Second World War history and welcomed some of the most famous army generals in the world, including General Dwight D Eisenhower, who became the 34th President of America, from 1953 to 1961.
Mr D'Auganno, who runs the Wheatsheaves and Divas, in Frome, thought the village pub had too much potential to pass up the opportunity and took it over in April.
And he was delighted to discover that the Knatchbull had been shortlisted for the Enterprise Inns Community Pub of the year.
It is up against three other pubs in the South West for the regional title which carries a prize of £5,000. If the pub gets through it will complete for the national title with a prize of £10,000.
Mr D'Auganno said he had been told many fascinating stories about the pub's history.
The watering-hole is said to have played host to the largest single gathering of British and American generals in 1942.
Apparently, shrouded in secrecy, one Field Marshall Montgomery, commander of the eighth army, met with many of the most senior officers in the British and American forces, including Eisenhower, to decide whether to bring forward the D-Day landings, over a few jars at the pub during Second World War.