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Pub within a club The Grumpy Goat in Bardwell looks to a positive future after CAMRA award win




A Suffolk 'pub within a club' which was part-funded by the proceeds of a popular music festival has won acclaim in a relaunched awards scheme.

The Grumpy Goat at Bardwell Sports and Community Club has been named 'pub of the month' by the West Suffolk and Borders branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The club opened in February 2020 and was funded by money raised over the last 10 years from BardFest as well as community fund-raising and grants.

Stephen Larder (left), Grumpy Goat licensee, receives the 'Pub of the Month' certificate from Martin Bate, vice chairman of the West Suffolk and Borders CAMRA branch
Stephen Larder (left), Grumpy Goat licensee, receives the 'Pub of the Month' certificate from Martin Bate, vice chairman of the West Suffolk and Borders CAMRA branch

Chris Bailey, CAMRA branch chairman, said: "It is great to present our coveted award to a new venture, especially one which epitomises everything a modern-day rural community pub should be."

Suspended for six months, the 'pub of the month' scheme has been relaunched with the easing of lockdown.

The new building, in Spring Road, Bardwell, was the ambition of Stephen Larder, Bardwell resident and cricket club chairman, who is the licensee of The Grumpy Goat.

He said “Building and opening such a fabulous community facility has been a remarkable achievement.

"It would have not been possible without the successes of Bardfest and the support of our sponsors, the unstinting efforts of villagers - many of whom now volunteer behind the bar, businesses and the whole community.

"That we have been able to create a ‘pub within a club’ is a real bonus."

Mr Bailey added that the pub was 'quintessentially English' with the chance to enjoy a drink while watching a village cricket match.

A Wax Works vinyl music event is due to be held at the pub tomorrow afternoon.

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