A former CAMRA cider pub of the year 2014/5 has a new owner.

The Castle Inn, West Lulworth, has been bought by Butcombe Brewery.

The pub is the first Dorset site in the growing estate of the ambitious brewery, which now owns 35 pubs in the South West.

Butcombe says the 16th Century, thatched pub and boutique hotel near Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on the Jurassic coastline is going to be a flagship pub in its estate.

Renowned for its large selection of traditional ciders, it also gained recognition as East Dorset branch’s rural pub of the year in 2014, 2012 and 2010.

Butcombe Brewery pubs director Jayson Perfect said: “The Castle Inn will be a flagship pub for us in Dorset as we expand further into the South West.

“We’re delighted to have brought such high-quality pub to strengthen our Butcombe estate and look forward to welcoming the strong following this outlet has into the Butcombe fold.”

The pub was bought from the Halliday family for an undisclosed sum.

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