PUB OF THE YEAR
Judge: Suzanne Harris Sponsor: G+G Gallo Highly Commended: The Hoop, Stock Highly Commended: The Old Crown, Messing Winner: The Hare and Hound, Colchester
WHAT THE WINNER SAID:
We are absolutely over the moon to have won this award, it is just unbelievable. To win two awards this year is fantastic, it will help boost the pub even further and will also help put us on the map. A lot of our customers come through recommendations, which means a lot to us. We really listen to our customers and it is nice to know people appreciate all the hard work we are doing. Again thank you very much.
WHAT THE JUDGE SAID:
The Hare and Hound is doing a lot of good things in the local community and has set up some new events recently, such as coffee mornings. They also sell various essential items including milk, bread and eggs to local people, receive deliveries when people are out, host an outreach Post Office service, have a book exchange — and there is even a PlayStation in a caravan behind the pub to entertain youngsters while their parents have a drink in the bar!
Suzanne Harris, Ricky Canning, Sara Hoad and Lino Santomauro
Sponsoring Destination Pub of the Year