An inviting family-run pub in a small Lincolnshire village has been crowned the best in the county by our readers. The Red Cow Inn in Fishtoft, near Boston, took first place in our poll shortlist, beating The King’s Head in Navenby and The Treaty of Commerce in Lincoln to the top spot.
Partners Tracy Johnson and Andrew Hanger took over the pub four years ago and it has gone from strength to strength. The pair gave the pub a much-needed makeover, including a new conservatory to make space for food service, and they have since become the beating heart of the community.
Tracy and Andrew raise money for local charities every month and support the local football teams. They also put on Easter egg hunts and visits from Father Christmas each year for all the children in the area. The friendly duo said they were “very proud” to be voted the best pub in Lincolnshire.
Speaking of their success, Andrew said: “We do well on Saturday nights with bands and we have all the football lot who play a big part in it. Our food brings a lot of people in. We do coffee charity mornings in there as well.”
Tracy added: “It’s a really good atmosphere and everyone talks to each other which is nice.”
Andrew described their relationship with the customers as a “big family” where everyone looks out for each other. He said: “They are a good bunch and they all look out for you. If it turns cold in here, they’ll light the fire. It’s like a big family really.”
Tracy added: “If I ever nip and out and one of our girls has trouble with one of the barrels or something they would always help them. It’s a really good community.”
The pub is owned by Batemans Brewery who are celebrating 150 years in business. Batemans’ website describes The Red Cow as a “great community, friendly pub” with a “quality real ale offering”.
It is open daily from 12pm and anyone and everyone is welcome.