Swindon and North Wiltshire

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub & Beer News

  • Strawberry Thief gets New Build award Thursday 5 October 2023

    The Arkell’s Strawberry Thief, Swindon has been awarded the New Build Award in CAMRA's Pub Design Awards, New Build category and today played host to a special certificate presentation to recognise the win.

    Presentation to The Strawberry Thief for New Build Award from CAMRA.

    Local CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) branch, represented by Richard James (Chair), Kevin Galton, Bill Bendall, Danny Grey, and Bob Major, took the opportunity to honour this remarkable achievement and joined George & Alex Arkell and pub Managers, Tom & Mairead Titcombe, at The Strawberry Thief in Tadpole Garden Village.

    The Strawberry Thief, a flagship public house of Arkell's Brewery, located in the new development of Tadpole Garden Village on the edge of Swindon, has been recognized for its ambitious and innovative design. This modern pub, was two and a half years in the making; it opened in June 2022, and has already become a standout in the pub industry. Arkell’s invested over 5 million pounds into the build of the new neighbourhood pub which has over 400 covers inside & out, making it one of Arkell’s biggest pubs. The Swindon site is located on Mackay Crescent, Tadpole Garden Village, SN25 2PY and looks out onto green space and lakes.