Hertfordshire operators celebrate three decades

The operators of Codicote’s The Goat Inn received the award from Star Pubs & Bars.

The publicans of an historic Hertfordshire pub have been honoured with an award to celebrate more than 30 years of service at the helm of the much-loved local. 

Graham and Brenda Dovey of the Grade II-listed Goat Inn in Codicote were presented with their long service award by the building’s owners Star Pubs & Bars, in recognition of their contribution to the pub and the community during the last three decades.

The award is the second received by the couple in recent months, having also been given a Community Pub of the Year accolade by North Hertfordshire Campaign for Real Ale

Three decades in the making

The Doveys took over The Goat Inn in 1992, transforming it from a rundown local into a family friendly pub and the heart of village life.

A hub of Codicote, The Goat Inn holds regular activities such as quizzes and cribbage. It helps the village mark major events – from the World Cup to the Coronation – as well as local traditions like Codicote Village Day.

Whenever possible, the pub fundraises for good causes, raising more than £20,000 for Hertfordshire charities, including the Isabel Hospice.

"It’s an enormous honour to present this award," says Star Pubs & Bars area manager Dan Hayward (pictured with Graham and Brenda). "The Goat Inn is a truly superb pub, and it’s all down to Graham and Brenda’s hard work and dedication over three decades. They are passionate about creating a great pub for the village to enjoy and contributing to local life in any way they can. There’s always a warm welcome at The Goat Inn, and there’s something for everyone."

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