Brown Cow takes best bar honour

Bar of the Year - Mansfield. The Brown Cow.
Bar of the Year - Mansfield. The Brown Cow.
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Staff at The Brown Cow, on Ratcliffe Gate, are celebrating after beating the competition to be crowned Mansfield’s best pub.

The Brown Cow has been voted the best in the Chad’s Pub of the Year 2014 competition.

The pub features a range of Everards and RAW cask and keg ales, plus those from other local brewers, as well as a full range of world beers.

Their beers are so popular they previously won two CAMRA awards, for Pub of the Season Autumn 2014 and The David Brett Award for best pub serving Mild on the Mild Trail 2014.

Following a £300,000 investment in 2013, the pub was transformed into a real ale haven.

Part of the pub used to be the cottage home of poet, playwright and publisher Robert Dodsley (1701-1764).

Landlords Chris Johnson and Nicola Thompson said they were delighted with winning the competition,

Nicola said: “It’s fantastic, we had lots of competition, so we’re really pleased.”

When asked why the pub was so popular, she said: “It’s a nice pub, it’s what a traditional pub should be, we just do traditional ale which is what people seem to want.

Over the next year, the pub will host two beer festivals, one in May and one in October.

They also plan to stock new lines of beer over the next year.