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The Litle R’Ale House won Wellingborough Civic Society’s prestigious building of the year award today (Friday 30 June).
The society presents the sought-after award each year for a building that has been newly-restored incorporating architectural integrity, a community project of benefit to the entire town or a combination of both.
East Midlands Trains’ Wellingborough station is host to the Little R’Ale House on platform one and it is located in the former ammo room. It has proved very popular with train customers and locals alike since it opened last year.
The award, for which nominations and votes are received from society members, can only be considered in respect of buildings or community projects completed within the twelve month period between each annual general meeting.
Donna Adams, Stakeholder and Community Rail Manager at East Midlands Trains, said: “Wellingborough is a beautiful station and holds a grade II listing from Historic England. That’s why it was vitally important any new business at the station got things right aesthetically.“
The Little R’Ale House certainly does that and is also local in its business ethos. It promotes first rate local wines, ciders, spirits and beers from breweries and wineries across the county of Northamptonshire.
“It has proved exceptionally popular with our customers but also with locals right across the county. The Little R’Ale House is very deserving of this accolade!”
Martin Clarke, Landlord of The Little R'Ale House, said: "I'm delighted and honoured to accept this award. We opened a year ago today so this is a great way to celebrate our first anniversary.
"I'd like to thank all of our customers over the last twelve months and look forward to welcoming them back again. I'd also like to say a big thank you to my family and to The Little R'Ale House staff for embracing the project and helping to put us on the map in the local community and beyond."
Shena Krupin, Chair of Wellingborough Civic Society, said: “Congratulations to The Little R’Ale House. They have transformed a grade II listed building into a welcoming community hub.
“The structure and fabric of the building has been meticulously maintained whilst creating a modern, innovative space for people to gather and socialise over a drink. We’re sure The Little R’Ale House will be a focal point for the community for many years to come.”