A POPULAR pub in Kilburn has been named Amber Valley CAMRA’s best pub for the second year running.
The Hunters Arms beat off competition from nine other pubs to take the coveted title of Pub of the Year.
The charismatic couple who run the Hunters are Mark Showers — a Canadian — and his London-born wife Paula. They bought the closed-down village pub in 2009 — 17 years after leaving Derbyshire to run hotels in Devon.
Mark said: “We are ecstatic to have won.
It is quite an achievement really because there are some really good pubs in the area.”
Paula added: “We are over the moon. All our local customers have supported us in this economic climate.”
The couple admitted one of the reasons they returned to Derbyshire was because they missed the county.
On choosing to takeover the Hunters, Paula said: “It was boarded up and had not been trading for a few years.
“We have managed to turn it round.
“We have great, well-looked after beers and traditional ales.
“And the staff her are so welcoming and friendly.”
Mark added: “It is consistency. You get up every day and do what you do.
“It’s been made possible by the hard work of Paula and our dedicated staff. And the beer is very good!”
The competition was based on a broad criteria over a five-week period and presided over by a dozen real ale judges.
Judges pointed to the Hunters’ wide-range of “mouth-watering” beers, as well as its “sensibly-priced food from an appetising menu”.
The competition’s runner up was the Old Oak, in nearby Horsley Woodhouse. The pub, which is run by Richard and Tracey Creighton, offers attractions such as a weekly mini-beer festival.
A spokesman for Amber Valley CAMRA said: “Richard and Tracey have been justly rewarded for their hard work and enterprise at a pub that offers excellent value for money.”