Spalding’s Ship Albion is Best Bar 2014

Ship Albion staff celebrate the award.
Ship Albion staff celebrate the award.

The winner of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Best Bar Award 2014 has been announced.

The winner of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Best Bar Award 2014 has been announced.

The Ship Albion, in Spalding, has been named the Best Bar 2014.

The pub, on Albion Street, is known for its warm, family friendly atmosphere and prides itself on its traditional menu, cooked by three chefs.

The pub has a staff of ten who all work very hard to make sure that pints are poured, food is served and that the rooms upstairs, as part of the hotel, are kept ship shape.

The pub beat tough competition from The Pied Calf and The Prior’s Oven, both in Spalding, to take the award and is hoping to celebrate the win on New Year’s Eve.

It’s been a busy 12 months for the pub as landlady Pauline took over and has brought in lots of new ideas to keep the pub fresh and exciting, while maintaining its family atmosphere.

There is also a conscious effort made by Pauline and her staff to use local suppliers as much as possible to ensure that they also use the finest and freshest ingredients in their much-loved food.

Pauline decided to put on steak nights at the pub, and following their success she has decided that in the new year there will be fish nights and pie nights, along with traditional Sunday carveries held at the pub and lunches and dinners served throughout the week.

The hotel at The Ship Albion is made up of six en-suite bedrooms with WiFi and televisions with Freeview, and the team have worked hard to make sure the rooms (and the pub) are tastefully decorated with luxury furnishings.

The pub also has a large dining room, which has been very busy over the festive period with many groups of people enjoying the Christmas dinner in the warm, cosy surroundings in the centre of town.

Pauline said: “Winning this award is very, very good news and we are really pleased.

“I’ve no idea how it happened, but we are very grateful to everyone who voted.

“The pub has got such a great family atmosphere going on, and everyone seems to have a great time here.”

The pub is going from strength to strength, and with a new year on its way there are plenty of opportunities to keep the exciting ideas coming.

Pauline said: “In the new year we have the new fish and pie nights coming in, which will be really good as the steak night goes down a storm.

“We have been so busy over Christmas, so we hope to have a nice party on New Year’s Eve and then we will see what comes after that.”

Pauline is not entirely sure what the key to the pub’s success has been.

She said: “It’s so important that we work as a team, and my staff do that.

“They are part of what makes such a great atmosphere in here.

“The local community has also been great to us and so many come in, whether it’s for a pint after work or a nice, traditional, family pub meal.

“I have to thank the staff, the chefs and our customers for contributing to the final product which has won us this award and I seriously hope we can win it again.”