Vic-tory for north Essex's best real ale pub

Gazette: Vic-tory for north Essex's best real ale pub Vic-tory for north Essex's best real ale pub

COLCHESTER'S very own "Vic" has been voted the top pub in north Essex.

 

Members of the Colchester and North East Essex Campaign for Real Ale gave their seal of approval to the Victoria Inn, in North Station Road, for 2013.

The pub, known to regulars as ‘The Vic’, is run by Sheena Valentine and Andy Pilgrim and was opened in December 2010.

“It’s great news for us, seeing as we have only been open for just over two years,” said Mr Pilgrim, 52.

“We pride ourselves on running a good, traditional pub, so there are no pool tables, no dart boards, no food and no Sky TV.

“Some people are put off by it, but more people really buy into it and I think when you’re doing that sort of stuff, you can take your eye off the ball and lose sight of what a pub is all about.”

Members of the North East Essex Campaign for Real Ale voted online and by post.
Alan Wareham, branch chairman, said: “The quality of real ale pubs in our area has really risen in the last few years.

“It's always a hard decision to take, but we've had a record turnout of votes from members this year, which gave us a good representation of opinion across the board of what our members appreciate and enjoy.”

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6:29pm Thu 14 Feb 13

super waluigi says...

I went in there for the first time last month and thought it was a joy. Great atmosphere that offers something else.
I went in there for the first time last month and thought it was a joy. Great atmosphere that offers something else. super waluigi
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10:40pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Jess Jephcott says...

I totally agree with this award. Well done the Victoria. But let's not forget that we have several good pubs in Colchester as well. Pubs all over are under attack from pubcos and market forces and, sadly, the Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham closes its doors tomorrow night.
I totally agree with this award. Well done the Victoria. But let's not forget that we have several good pubs in Colchester as well. Pubs all over are under attack from pubcos and market forces and, sadly, the Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham closes its doors tomorrow night. Jess Jephcott
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8:56am Fri 15 Feb 13

sandgronun64 says...

Well done to them both. I use the place from time to time and it's a cracking pub, good beer, nice surrounds and no pretentions. Thoroughly deserved.

Oh and Jess, stop pontificating for once and concentrate on their story.
Well done to them both. I use the place from time to time and it's a cracking pub, good beer, nice surrounds and no pretentions. Thoroughly deserved. Oh and Jess, stop pontificating for once and concentrate on their story. sandgronun64
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9:15am Fri 15 Feb 13

romantic says...

I also go to the Vic now and then, and it´s a fine place.

Jess is right in what he says: pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, and that is certainly not helped by the pubcos such as Punch, Admiral, Enterprise setting their leases at crazy prices and increasing them if a place does well.

But anyway, well done to the Vic, good to see a place that has been turned around after being closed for some time a few years ago. It does show that pubs can come back if they do things right.
I also go to the Vic now and then, and it´s a fine place. Jess is right in what he says: pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, and that is certainly not helped by the pubcos such as Punch, Admiral, Enterprise setting their leases at crazy prices and increasing them if a place does well. But anyway, well done to the Vic, good to see a place that has been turned around after being closed for some time a few years ago. It does show that pubs can come back if they do things right. romantic
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12:53pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Grahamsue2000 says...

No Food? Andy will always let you have a bite of his dripping sandwich.
Great pub and staff.
No Food? Andy will always let you have a bite of his dripping sandwich. Great pub and staff. Grahamsue2000
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5:24pm Fri 15 Feb 13

25414nora says...

'Wow' No Food ? darts, Pool, Sky sports tv,etc.

Sounds like the visits to my mother-in-laws place years ago, (bless her).

Seriously tho..I wish the Pilgrims all the best, they have lasted two years, so who's to say it wont be a success.

Personally If I'm going to leave my fireside for a pint at the local, I want more than idle chat, and gossip, (sometimes called 'healthy conversation')

Supporting the ladies dart team, the occasional game of pool, and most importantly 'Sky Football' is an absolute must.

There are many pubs in and around Colchester that cater for the real ale boffins, The Playhouse always has on tap, a wide variety of 'guest ales', and at much cheaper prices to boot, and next door, the 'Fox & Fiddler..To mention just two.

Good luck to the Victoria Inn, may it continue for evermore,
'Wow' No Food ? darts, Pool, Sky sports tv,etc. Sounds like the visits to my mother-in-laws place years ago, (bless her). Seriously tho..I wish the Pilgrims all the best, they have lasted two years, so who's to say it wont be a success. Personally If I'm going to leave my fireside for a pint at the local, I want more than idle chat, and gossip, (sometimes called 'healthy conversation') Supporting the ladies dart team, the occasional game of pool, and most importantly 'Sky Football' is an absolute must. There are many pubs in and around Colchester that cater for the real ale boffins, The Playhouse always has on tap, a wide variety of 'guest ales', and at much cheaper prices to boot, and next door, the 'Fox & Fiddler..To mention just two. Good luck to the Victoria Inn, may it continue for evermore, 25414nora
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8:22pm Fri 15 Feb 13

angryman!!! says...

always good for a few before going to the u's (god knows youd need it) and works well with Norfolk, bricklayers trotters etc
always good for a few before going to the u's (god knows youd need it) and works well with Norfolk, bricklayers trotters etc angryman!!!
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8:48pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Boris says...

And of course the best pub of all, the Odd one Out. But well done the Victoria Inn, let's see more pubs with no TV, no piped music, decent beer, etc.
And of course the best pub of all, the Odd one Out. But well done the Victoria Inn, let's see more pubs with no TV, no piped music, decent beer, etc. Boris
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10:16am Sat 16 Feb 13

Jess Jephcott says...

RIP Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham. Last night last night.
RIP Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham. Last night last night. Jess Jephcott
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10:40am Sat 16 Feb 13

iwitness says...

Popped in there before christmas. Left once I had visited the toilet. They were disgusting.
Popped in there before christmas. Left once I had visited the toilet. They were disgusting. iwitness
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10:38am Sun 17 Feb 13

Noah4x4 says...

The emphasis at the Victoria is upon fabulous beer and super music (great juke box even when no live entertainment) plus staff that ask your name once and remember it forever.
The emphasis at the Victoria is upon fabulous beer and super music (great juke box even when no live entertainment) plus staff that ask your name once and remember it forever. Noah4x4
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10:18pm Mon 18 Feb 13

shandyv says...

Thanks for all the lovely comments. We really are chuffed to bits at this award, and would like to thanks everyone for their support over the last 2 years.
To 'iwitness' - we endeavour to keep our toilets clean & tidy at all times & check them regularly. If you find a problem at any time please come & let us know & we'll put it right immediately.
Thanks again.
Sheena
(Landlady)
Thanks for all the lovely comments. We really are chuffed to bits at this award, and would like to thanks everyone for their support over the last 2 years. To 'iwitness' - we endeavour to keep our toilets clean & tidy at all times & check them regularly. If you find a problem at any time please come & let us know & we'll put it right immediately. Thanks again. Sheena (Landlady) shandyv
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