It’s taken just 20 months for Jon and Su Wilcox to put The Plough Inn, Horbling, at the heart of village life.
Their achievement in making the pub the centre for “good conversation” in Horbling has been recognised by the Fenland CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) branch which named The Plough Inn as its Best Community Pub for 2013.
Jon, a former RAF weapons technician, said: “We’ve been running the pub for only 20 months so just to be nominated for the award was fantastic.
“But to actually win is very special, even though it has come as a bit of a shock as well.
“We always wanted it to be the hub of the village and we like to think that’s what it is now.”
Jon and Su first met at Christmas 1999 and after a combined total of 36 years in the RAF, they decided on doing something completely different.
Su’s experience in preparing meals for officers and VIPs, along with her previous role as catering manager at a West Deeping garden centre, came in handy at the Plough Inn.
Jon said: “Su’s brother used to play cards at the pub and he told us there was an opportunity to run it.
“It had been closed for about five months when we took it over in April 2012 and we didn’t want to leave the decor as it was.
“So we redecorated it to give it a more homely feel and so the CAMRA award is proof that what we’ve done has obviously worked.
“We’ve given the pub a fresh start and the number of good days we have certainly outweigh the bad ones.”