Exceptional Devon village pub named UK's best in double award win

The Cott Inn in Dartington on a sunny day
The Cott Inn in Dartington could be named the South West's top destination pub -Credit:The Cott Inn

A Devon village pub has been named the UK's best in its latest award win - and it was also honoured for its beautifully-kept beer garden. The Cott Inn, a Grade II listed 12th century coaching inn in Dartington, took home the Pub of the Year title.

The pub also won the Pub Garden of the Year award at pub company Greene King's Night of Excellence Awards. The Cott Inn is a perennial award winner which has previously been recognised nationally as one of Britain's best pubs by the likes of The Times, The Daly Telegraph and The Guardian.

The pub is known for its Sunday roasts and food menu featuring Devon-reared meats and local line-caught fish. It has also won awards for its accommodation and offers five boutique rooms.

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Mark Annear, licensee of The Cott Inn, said: "I am lost for words. To win Pub of the Year at the Night of Excellence Awards is amazing. Winning Pub Garden of the Year is also incredible too – we take so much pride in our outside space so it’s great to get that recognition.

"I’d like to dedicate both these awards to my brilliant team and customers. These awards wouldn’t be possible without you.

"I’d also like to thank Sim Baker from Greene King and the wider Greene King team who’ve supported me and The Cott Inn throughout this journey."

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This year's Night of Excellence Awards had 14 categories, including Community Pub of the Year and Entertainment Pub of the Year. The awards ceremony in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire was attended by over 140 licensees from across the country who work with Greene King.

Licensee Mark Annear and The Cott Inn team picking up their Pub of the Year award
Licensee Mark Annear and The Cott Inn team picking up their Pub of the Year award -Credit:Richard Taggart/Greene King

Sim Baker, Business Development Manager for Greene King Pub Partners, said: "Congratulations to Mark and the team at The Cott Inn for winning Pub of the Year. Personally, I cannot think of a more worthy winner for this award.

"Everything about The Cott Inn is exceptional and working with Mark and the team is a pleasure."

The Cott Inn is on Cott Lane, Dartington, TQ9 6HE. Find out more on its website.