Pubs of the Year 2019


The organ Inn, Warminster


Bath & Borders Branch Overall Pub of the Year 2019


Congratulations to Dan, Becky and the team at the Organ Inn, Warminster, on being awarded Bath & Borders Branch Pub of the Year 2019. This is the first time this remarkable town centre pub has won the overall award; it had been the branch’s “rural” pub of the year on two occasions in the past.


The award presentation was held on the evening of Thursday 25 April with our Social Secretary, Denis Rahilly, presenting the certificate to Dan Keene and his partner Becky. To warm applause and loud cheering Dan thanked in turn Becky, his dedicated staff and, above all, his customers. Judging by the superb attendance and appreciative atmosphere the Organ has clearly become very much loved and cherished by Dan and Becky’s regulars. Free sausages and mash were available.


The evening in the Organ also saw the presentation of a CAMRA Gold Medal in the stouts and porter category in the regional stage of the Champion Beer of Britain competition to local brewery Plain Ales for Innspiration (4.8%) – which was available at the pub that very evening. Head brewer James was there is person to collect the certificate.


The building (which has its own blue plaque) dates from 1710. It became a pub in the nineteenth century, which closed, seemingly for good, in 1913. The premises then operated as a succession of shops for most the next 93 years, towards the end as a Fish & Fruit shop. After it had closed for seemingly the last time, Dan took on the building, gave it a major refurbishment, re-licensed the premises, and in the summer of 2006 re-opened it as a pub. Dan has run the Organ (which was the pub’s original name) ever since.

With its range of four cask beers, including three constantly changing guests, and array of several real ciders, the Organ has appeared continuously in the Good Beer Guide ever since it re-opened. A multi-roomed interior and smart design provide an inviting and congenial atmosphere for drinking. There is an organ (technically a harmonium) in the back room. Upstairs there is a small art gallery.


The Organ has hosted its own beer festival, held in the skittle alley to the rear of the premises, for the last eleven years. The 12th Organ beer festival will take place on Friday 6TH and Saturday 7th September.


Steve Hunt