Pubs cel­e­brate with toast to award win­ning ways

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Busi­ness Update -

Cheers! Pubs in the KE area fea­tured promi­nently in the an­nual Shep­herd Neame awards.

Li­censees from 15 of the brew­ery’s 350 pubs in the South East re­ceived awards for var­i­ous as­pects of run­ning a suc­cess­ful pub, in­clud­ing pulling the per­fect pint, serv­ing good food or be­ing at the cen­tre of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The awards were pre­sented by Shep­herd Neame chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Neame at an awards din­ner for li­censees held at the Con­ning­brook Ho­tel, Ken­ning­ton.

It was ap­pro­pri­ate that the Con­ning­brook hosted the event as the managed busi­ness of the year award went to its man­ager, Ian Storey. Judges com­mended Ian and his team for con­tin­u­ing to grow sales and prof­itabil­ity by con­stantly de­vel­op­ing businesses op­por­tu­ni­ties in the face of strong lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion.

The pub food award was won by the New Fly­ing Horse, Wye, with head chef Du­gald Pat­ten and his team serv­ing “only the fresh­est of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents to pro­duce an in­no­va­tive menu”.

The heart of the com­mu­nity award went to John and Julie O’Mal­ley at the War­ren Inn, New Rom­ney, which has raised tens of thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

The Wal­nut Tree, Ald­ing­ton, was named turn­around pub of the year, with li­censees Karen Bar­rett and Steve Wor­row com­mended for their work to re­vive the pub by re­vis­ing the menu and re­fur­bish­ing the in­te­rior, re­sult­ing in a dou­bling of turnover.

The King’s Head at Sta­ple­hurst was named pub of the year.

Karen Bar­rett and Steve Wor­row of The Wal­nut Tree, Ald­ing­ton, re­ceive their award from Jonathan Neame

Ian Storey of the Con­ning­brook Ho­tel

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