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