You’ve cho­sen best pub of the year

Herald Express - - News -

An­neke Black­ledge, Adele Hearne, Luke Ste­wart and Paul Le Hu­ray of Tor­bay Taxis THE votes are in and have been counted and you have cho­sen the win­ner for South Devon’s Pub of the Year 2018.

The Her­ald Ex­press com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by Tor­bay Taxis, has been won by The Blue An­chor.

The pub, on Teign Street in Teign­mouth, has been a well-know wa­ter­ing hole in the town for years, and has now been voted by you as the best pub in South Devon.

Adele Hearne, 38, who runs The Blue An­chor along­side her part­ner Luke, said they never ex­pected to be nom­i­nated let alone win the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I just can’t be­lieve it, it was such a nice sur­prise to find out we had won,” she said.

“My­self and Luke want to thank who­ever nom­i­nated us and to those who voted for us to win, it means so much to us.”

The cou­ple live in Teign­mouth and have ran the pub for the past four years.

Adele added: “I think we are renowned for our real ales but we also serve over 200 dif­fer­ent types of spirit.

“We are so lucky to have lovely lo­cals that come in and we are so grate­ful to them for sup­port­ing us over the years. There were so many pubs that were nom­i­nated, we never in a mil­lion years thought we would come first.”

Direc­tor of Tor­bay Taxis Paul Le Hu­ray added: “We are de­lighted to ex­tend our spon­sor­ship into an­other year.

“I am re­ally pleased to see that more than 150 pubs had been nom­i­nated and that so many pubs were on board.

“The com­pe­ti­tion seems to be grow­ing year on year with peo­ple pas­sion­ate about cast­ing their vote for their favourite lo­cal.

“Any­thing that can strengthen re­la­tion­ships be­tween pubs and the lo­cal com­mu­nity we are thrilled to be part of.

“This year has been bril­liant and it seems the com­pe­ti­tion has be­come even more pop­u­lar. It is nice that a pub that hasn’t be nom­i­nated be­fore won and I am thrilled for them.

“The more pub­lic­ity that this can give to lo­cal busi­nesses the bet­ter.”

Pic­ture: ANDY STYLES

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