Keynsham's Lock Keeper pub in the running for 'Best Country Pub' title

Published on: 05 Feb 2018

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A Keynsham pub’s scenic riverside spot has caught the eye of judges searching for Britain’s best country pub.

The Lock Keeper has been announced as one of five finalists in the running to be named Country Pub of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018.

Summing up her visit, Judge Miranda Krestovnikoff, who is a radio and TV presenter and RSPB president, said:  “The Lock Keeper has a superb beer garden, fantastic food, it’s kid-friendly, dog-friendly – and it’s all in a really, really beautiful setting.”

Samir and Azenora Hadzigrahic, who have been general managers at The Lock Keeper for 12 years, said they had no idea the magazine’s judges had popped in and it was a “massive surprise” to find out they had been shortlisted.

Samir said: “I think our unique location, fantastic food and drinks and outstanding service are the points that most impressed the judges. We are overwhelmed with this nomination, and would like to thank our staff for all their hard work and support throughout the years and all our customers for their constant support.”

The Lock Keeper is up against The Square and Compass and The Rugglestone Inn, both in Devon, The Fox House in South Yorkshire and The Old Forge in Lochaber, Scotland.

The winner will now be decided in a public vote, which is open until March 5. Votes can be cast online at

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