THE Crown at Minchinhampton has been named as Stroud CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2021.

The historic pub was bought by a co-founder of fashion label Superdry, Julian Dunkerton in September 2018 to add to his Lucky Onion group of hotels, restaurants and pubs.

The Lucky Onion team renovated the 18th century building, which originally opened in 1715, retaining the pub’s distinctive features while also adding signature design flourishes to bring The Crown up to date.

It reopened in 2019.

Commenting on winning the pub of the year title, a spokesman for the pub said: "A wonderful start to the New Year! We look forward to pouring perfect pints again soon."

Tim Mars, of Stroud CAMRA said: "This is a sensational result for the Crown—the new kid on the block, the young pretender, which only reopened in 2019, and was included in the 2021 Good Beer Guide for the first time.

"What was remarkable—and unprecedented—was the number of ballots that included sometimes lengthy personal endorsements of the pub, and what its resurrection after a long absence means to Minchinhampton."

One CAMRA member noted: "The Crown is such a lovely local pub to have in Minchinhampton, we are so lucky that Lucky Onion took up the job of restoring a huge part of the village that has been so sorely missed, after being closed for nearly seven years."

And another wrote: "This pub has brought the life back into Minchinhampton!"

Stroud CAMRA also voted for their Cider Pub of the Year, which was won by The Carpenters Arms in Miserden, for the third year running. The Crown and the Carpenters Arms now go forward to the next round—to compete with all the other Gloucestershire CAMRA sub-branch nominations for the titles of Gloucestershire CAMRA Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year respectively.