The Jolly Sports­man, Che­sham: So good it won Pub of the Year 2015 award twice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB OF THE YEAR -

The Ad­ver­tiser & Ex­am­iner has been run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to find the best pub in the area – as voted for by you. Each week we high­lighted one of the inns you’ve nom­i­nated as a great lo­cal. And, af­ter re­mind­ing you of all the en­trants last week, the com­pe­ti­tion closed on Fri­day and we are fi­nally ready to an­nounce the win­ner....

OUR in­au­gral Pub of the Year com­pe­ti­tion has not all been plain sail­ing. A mis­take on the part of this pa­per led to us telling Deb­o­rah Wil­bee, land­lady of The Jolly Sports­man in Che­sham that she had won the com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the of­fi­cial closing date had passed.

The of­fi­cial fi­nal date for en­tries was Fri­day May 29 and, on Satur­day May 30 the re­sults were counted, re­counted and checked again (just to be on the safe side).

And the of­fi­cial win­ner of the Bucks Ad­ver­tiser and Ex­am­iner Pub of the Year 2015 is (drum roll please) ... The Jolly Sport­man in Che­sham.

The popular pub, which is awarded the ac­co­lade thanks to a public vote, took the top spot with The Black Cat in Lye Green in sec­ond place and The Old Swan in Swan Bot­tom com­ing in third place.

Here is what some of the clien­tele who voted for The Jolly Sports­man had to say about it:

Kevin Han­chant, of Lye Green Road, Che­sham, said: “I just love all the live mu­sic events and there’s al­ways a great crowd and a great pint. Lovely Sun­day roasts and it’s my lo­cal.”

Holly Bright, of Pearce ce Road, Che­sham, said: “Since mov­ing to the area, the staff and reg­u­lars have made me feel com­fort­able and at home. They have all en­cour­aged me to get in­volved in events and sports in the pub. A re­ally ly good at­mos­phere with equally re­ally good beer. r. They look af­ter and cater er for all.”

Trevor Davies, of Wind­mill Wood, Amer­sham, said: “Debs, , Maggie and the team keep eep a great cel­lar of beer. The best food in town. It’s lively most nights of the week and a real lo­cal pub at­mos­phere.”

Joy Stanislova, of Up­per Ge­orge Street, Che­sham, said: “The best thing is Ben’s York­shire Pud­dings. I love com­ing to see my friends and

Above, land­lady Deb­o­rah Wil­bee be­hind the bar of The Jolly Sports­man, be­low left, and the pub’s graf­fiti wall

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