Pub poetry competition

Scarcroft country pub restaurant, The New Inn is on the lookout for budding poets to represent the region in a national competition backed by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

Contributors are being invited to co-author an eight-line poem inspired by Sir Andrew’s work on Vintage Inns’ latest national press campaign, which honours the Great British rural pub.

Sir Andrew, who chosen because he was born into a family of pub owners/brewers, will judge the best line submitted each week, so they can be added to gradually complete the verse.

Paul Lacey, landlord at The New Inn said: “Our new advertising campaign is based on the idea ‘find your country side’ and it’s all to do with escaping from the stresses and strains of everyday life by visiting a perfect country pub like ours.”

This lyrical competition with a difference is being hosted via a “Poetry Competition’ tab on the Vintage Inns Facebook page at

Each winner will receive a framed copy of the eventual eight-line poem, plus a meal for four with wine at their local Vintage Inn. There are also 70 signed copies of Sir Andrew’s latest collection of poems, The Cinder Path.

Weekly submissions will close on Thursdays at 5pm and the contest will run up to December 5.