In January, Leeds CAMRA presented the Abbey Inn, Newlay with a ‘Most Improved Pub’ award for Q3 2014.
The original nomination was submitted by branch members Adam Wilson and Carole Taylor, who said “The return of Martin Lockett to the helm of the Abbey is a great boon to the pub and local community. Martin ran the Abbey in years gone by, elevating it to a regular community pub award winner. After a few years of varying management quality, we are already seeing the return to consistent high quality ale, a welcoming atmosphere and cracking pub quizzes. We are looking forward to seeing The Abbey regain its place as a first rate ale house and hub of the community.”
After two months of voting, The Abbey was successful in winning and can now add this award to their previous “Community Pub of the Year” awards.
Branch Chairman Mike Hampshire said “The Abbey Inn offers a superb range of quality ales and is dedicated to making all customers, both regular and new, welcome when they come through the door”
Pub Manager Martin Lockett took the opportunity to thank his hard working team whose work has helped the pub win this award. He said “It was really nice to win the award and it acknowledges the fact that we look after our beer and our customers well. I returned to The Abbey Inn back in June 2014 after a couple of years away, and we won the award for the quarter 3 period. Whilst this was a great boost for myself, it is also down to the fantastic members of staff we have here who work extremely hard and make everybody feel welcome. I think that the customers thought fit to nominate us says a lot.” Martin has also been invited for the first time to be on the beer tasting committee at this year’s CAMRA festival. He says he is “looking forward to that of course!”