Who's the Journal's Pub of the Year?
THE Horseshoe Inn, Bowlish, has been named the Shepton Mallet Journal Pub of the Year.
Landlord Ken Turner described the win as “brilliant” and said he believes his friendly atmosphere helped draw in votes.
He said: “It’s a good family pub; we do lots of things down here.
“We don’t do food but it’s a friendly atmosphere.
“We have live music, quiz nights, bingo; a whole range of things that makes it a friendly pub.
“We have skittles and darts, lots of sports.
“We’ve just sent off for BT Sport so hopefully we can start showing the rugby and football.”
Mr Turner bought the pub six years ago and has renovated the inside.
He said: “We put in a skittle alley and decorated the inside to give it a cosy atmosphere.
“It had been closed for about four years before we bought it so it was a little dilapidated and we’re still working on it; there are all sorts of things to keep updated.”
The pub is a former smithy and a grade 2 listed building that dates back to 1750.
There are two bars: The Oak Bar, which is immediately welcoming with couches and art on the wall by local artists and The Skittle Alley which also serves as a function room for 30 seated or 80 standing.
The Horseshoe’s win coincides with a music festival being held on Saturday.
Five local acts will perform throughout the afternoon, starting at 3pm, with a karaoke to finish the night.
Mr Turner said music is a key element of the pub with regular live bands and open mic nights twice a month.
He said: “A big thank you to everyone that voted for us.”