AN Allens Green pub has marked a decade of booming business by opening an extension, doubling its capacity.
The Queen’s Head has also cemented its success by securing the title of Pub of the Year from the local branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).
It is the hostelry’s third consecutive victory and sixth in the 10 years since it reopened under the stewardship of owner and landlord Cliff Caswell.
The Herts and Essex borders branch of CAMRA covers an area from Dunmow in the north to Loughton in the south and from Ware to the Rodings.
Branch members chose the Pub of the Year in a secret vote at their annual general meeting. The Queen’s Head is now in the running for the title of Herts Pub of the Year.
Mr Caswell paid tribute to manager Richard Thirlow, saying: “He has done all the hard work to win the award and we have the best staff in the world. The pub is at the heart of the village community.”
He continued: “A pub is only as good as the customers who use it – villagers and other regulars came even when it was cut off by snow.”
Mr Caswell said that he was overwhelmed to win the award for a third successive year. It was presented by Brendan Sothcott, chairman of the Herts and Essex borders branch.