A Gloucestershire pub has been named the 2008 Racing Pub of the Year.

The Plough Inn at Ford was nominated by regulars and racing enthusiasts and fought of competition from four other finalists — including last year’s winner, The Engineer, in Brighton.

The Red Lion in Wetherby, Linehans Bar in Killarney and The Yard in Newmarket were also all up for the award.

The Plough has been run by Craig and Becky Brown for the past 7 years and overlooks Jackdaws CastleJonjo O’Neill’s training yard.

Craig told H&H: “We’re over the moon. It was such a surprise — we didn’t know we’d won until the Racing UK and Racing Post teams came in on Friday (21 November) and handed us the award — which is now proudly on display.

“Since we’re so close to Cheltenham racecourse there’s always a massive buzz when there is a meeting on. We have a huge racing crowd — lots of trainers, jockeys and stable staff are always in here.

“Last year a pub from Brighton won, so we are delighted that we have secured this success for the Cotswolds

“In line with the ongoing promotion of the Cotswolds as an area to visit, I think anyone that lives in the Cotswolds can be proud of our achievement.”

www.theploughinnatford.co.uk