PUB OF THE YEAR

Essex Life - - FOOD & DRINK -

Judges: Robert Gunn and An­drew Hyde Spon­sored by: G + G Gallo

Highly Com­mended: The Hoop, Stock Highly Com­mended: The Fox & Hounds, Rams­den Heath

Win­ner: The White Hart, More­ton

What the judges said:

The White Hart has be­come the cen­tre of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The cosy, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated 40-cover restau­rant, 22-cover func­tion room and gar­den ter­race are now at­tract­ing vis­i­tors from far and wide. There are reg­u­lar events in­clud­ing monthly ladies’ nights, where vil­lagers from 18 to 80 gather for a drink, a bite to eat and, most im­por­tantly, a good chin­wag! There is also a quar­terly Gentle­men’s Evening, based around a sit-down meal. They work in close co­op­er­a­tion with farm­ers, the lo­cal shoot, the foot­ball club with 14 teams and run a range of char­ity events that in­clude every­thing from Mor­ris danc­ing to the tra­di­tional Box­ing Day Tug of War over the lo­cal river.

What the win­ner said:

You would not be­lieve that we have only been go­ing for the last 16 months. I am still so shocked from when they called our name. It will com­pletely put us on the map.

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