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Pub of the Season Autumn 2017
The Dog & Gun, East Butterwick

Our Autumn Pub of the Season award goes to the Dog & Gun brewpub, situated close to the banks of the River Trent at East Butterwick. In October 2016 Andy Clarke, who owned fish & chip businesses in Upton and Scotter, decided to buy one of his favourite pubs when previous licensees Dixie and Judy Dean opted to retire. He installed Joe Nash as manager (which was his first pub), and retained the services of brewer Richard Storrs, who had previously worked for Dixie, founder of the DarkTribe microbrewery on the premises.

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The deal included all the DarkTribe beer recipes, and Richard has since brewed a wide range of DarkTribe beers including a new beer, Top Honcho at 4.7% ABV. The beers are also sent out into the free trade and both the Eight Jolly Brewers in Gainsborough and the Half Moon Inn at Willingham-on-Stow are regular customers. Andy has tried to retain the character of this traditional village pub and has made slow, sympathetic improvements along the way. The bar area has been redecorated and the walls adorned with a selection of pumpclips and brewery mirrors, and the back room upgraded with rustic furniture to provide a dining area. The pub darts area has also been upgraded with new furniture.

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Recently they have started to offer a varied selection of hot food from Thursday to Sunday, cooked over a coal range. The menu includes some mouth-watering dishes such as Rib Eye Steak, Chicken Kerala Curry, Belly Pork and Smoked Haddock and Cod Chowder among others, all at reasonable prices. Food hours are from opening until 9 pm. Plans are also in hand to introduce Sunday lunches between 12-3 pm in the near future. George Clarke (Andy's son) is the chef, and Andy's wife Sally also helps out behind the bar. The pub has recently adjusted its opening hours for winter, and now opens from 4-11 pm during the week (9 pm close on Monday), and 12-11 on Saturday and Sunday. We congratulate Andy, Joe, Richard, George and Sally on their award. The Pub of the Season certificate was presented to the Dog & Gun on 7th November.

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