A Thorney pub with an unusual name has been shortlisted for a national award.
The Dog in a Doublet is among the finalists for the Most Creative Name award at the eviivo Awards, which celebrate the best of Britain’s B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small, independent hotels.
The finals are at the Café de Paris, London on October 17.
John McGinn owner of the Dog in a Doublet said: “We work so hard to give our guests a fantastic and unique experience. We are absolutely delighted to have that recognised through this shortlisting for the Most Creative Name and hope we are successful on the night.”
Originally built for Dutch workers when they were draining the fens, an early landlady of the inn had a small terrier dog, which lost all of its coat, so she knitted it a doublet.
The locals would then say they had been to the pub with the ‘dog in the doublet’ and the name has stuck ever since, with the local lock and bridge now also bearing the same name.
The Dog in a Doublet is situated at North Side, Thorney with eight rooms available. For further information please see www.doginad.co.uk.
Award sponsors eviivo is a leading online booking business for independent hotels and B&Bs. Alongside traditional establishments, it covers converted castles, train carriages and yurts.
The UK Bed and Breakfast sector is a £2 billion market of owner-managed businesses. Along with the thousands of small independent hoteliers up and down the country, they make a huge contribution to the British economy and to their local communities.
Pubs with accommodation and boutique hotels are also an increasingly popular choice for international and domestic holiday-makers, seeking a truly British experience.
Bookings for this summer were up 19.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.