Joanne Buckland certainly knows how to deliver a fine pint of beer, and she has the awards to prove it.
For the fourth-year running The Kings Head in Horncastle’s Bull Ring is the Batemans Brewery Cellar Management winner 2014.
Known locally as ‘The Thatch’ for its distinctive thatched roof, the Kings Head is the only Batemans pub in Horncastle.
It beat 63 other Bateman’s pubs and the 2014 Cellar Management trophy was the pub’s sixth.
“This is the second time I have won it myself at this pub,” Joanne continued.
“The competition is tough. You are checked on everything, cleanliness, temperature, the beer recording system and glassware. And of course, the judges taste the finished product. It’s not just Bateman beers but all the beers. Other than publican of the year, this is the most sought-after award.”
This is Joanne’s second year at the pub too, as before it was run by mum Sue Skinner.
But with helping out mum, and running another Bateman’s pub, Joanne can claim nine years in the pub trade.
The Kings Head has also just been awarded a Bateman’s third place for its floral displays, which always brighten up Horncastle in the warmer months.
This year, it also features in the 2015 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
“The pub has always had a good reputation. I have been taught well. I have also been on various courses with the brewery, but it’s the attention to detail and keeping everything just so,” Joanne said.
Such acclaim even saw the pub inspire a Hornby trainset model some years ago. Though there’s live music every Tuesday, she added: “We offer no food, no darts, no telly, just beer.”