Pubs celebrate with toast to award winning ways
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