Bill Bainbridge Trophy Presentation 2015

We’re pleased to announce that AtWill Pubs are the first recipients of the Bill Bainbridge Trophy for the preservation of real ale in Shrewsbury and West Shropshire.  The trophy was awarded in recognition of AtWill’s rescue and refurbishment of the Cock and Greyhound in Bargates, Whitchurch, which had been empty for some time and was heading for dereliction, a fate which has sadly befallen the Horse and Jockey on the other side of St Alkmund’s church.

AtWill not only rescued the building, they have installed a new and enthusiastic team, and keep a good range of ales.

Ed Atkinson (Manging Director) and Sophie Bartley (Manager, Cock & Greyhound) receiving the Bill Bainbridge Trophy certificate with CAMRA members

Ed Atkinson (Manging Director) and Sophie Bartley (Manager, Cock & Greyhound) receiving the Bill Bainbridge Trophy certificate with CAMRA members

The refurbishment includes one of the most quirky pub ceilings in Shropshire, composed entirely of old doors, and a wonderful new rear patio.

A ceiling of doors!

A ceiling of doors!

The Cock and Greyhound from its new patio

The Cock and Greyhound from its new patio

Bill Bainbridge was a semi retired lawyer who rescued the Three Tuns Brewery in Bishops Castle.  When Bill died last year, Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA and Three Tuns Brewery created the Bill Bainbridge Trophy to celebrate organisations and individuals who, like Bill, are committed to saving traditional British ales for the nation.

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