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2015 Adnams Pub Awards

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2015 Adnams Pub Award WinnersThe annual Pub Awards celebrate all that's great about Adnams' Pubs. The judging takes place internally, but also through public votes (nearly 2,000 votes this year), giving every pub-goer the chance to vote for their favourite nominated pubs. The votes have been weighted based on barrelage in order to ensure a fair outcome. Taking place at The Swan Hotel on Tuesday 24th November, a variety of awards were presented to recognise this year’s outstanding pubs and publicans by Dr. Karen Hester, Chief Operating Officer.

Phil Tompkins, The Sole Bay InnBest Kept Cellar Award

Winner: Phil Tompkins, The Sole Bay Inn, Southwold This category was judged by Adnams' Quality Control Brewer, Robert Porter. Robert visited each nominee unannounced to assess the cellar conditions and quality of beer. Our winner scored an exceptional 99% with a very well-kept cellar.

Nick-Attfield-from-The-Bell-&-The-Harbour-Inn-Best-InnovationBest Innovation Award

Winner: Nick Attfield from The Bell Inn, Walberswick / The Harbour Inn, Southwold For any business to be sustainable it has to be driven by the needs and requirements of the customer – our Best Innovation category considers all areas of the business. There isn’t much this winning tenant hasn’t considered. From the introduction of a ‘teens menu’, local loyalty schemes, the development of the outdoor Barn café to cater for lighter requirements and peak trading periods, special events and themed nights for quieter periods and the redecoration of letting rooms to ensure they are welcoming and functional. Nick has pushed not one, but two businesses forward, putting his pubs on the map, with the travelling Fish Hut and reaching the final of the prestigious British Street Food Awards for the second year running.

Wayne-Seddon-from-The-Bridge-House-Brand-Ambassador-with-KarenAdnams Brand Ambasssor Award

Winner: Wayne Seddon from The Bridge House, London After much deliberation, we selected our winner for his natural affinity with Adnams' values, despite the distance of his pub to Southwold. Great management, with innovative thinking and the desire to remain community minded; a little bit of Southwold can always be found at this pub. He is always one of the first to embrace a new product or innovation, using clever displays to highlight new products whether they are new spirits or the latest Jack Brand beer. He ensures his staff are fully briefed so they too are great ambassadors for the Adnams brand. Wayne always finds time and space (even when he hasn’t got much of either!) for members of the Adnams team to entertain customers or suppliers, and always provides a warm welcome for us Southwoldians should we go over the Bridge.

Our Customers' Choice Awards

The following award-winners were voted for by their loyal customers.

Corrine-Webber-&-Alex-Wallis-from-The-Jolly-Sailor,-Orford-with-KarenExcellence in customer service

Winners: Corrine Webber & Alex Wallis from The Jolly Sailor, Orford Here are some of the comments made by customers about this winning pub: "On a cold damp day there’s always a warm welcome, a real fire and intelligent conversation” "Absolutely the best service, the whole experience was fantastic!” “Always a friendly smile, nothing is ever too much trouble”

Bradley & Alice Weemes from The Wherry with KarenCommunity Pub

Winners: The Wherry Inn, Geldeston – Bradley & Alice Weemes Some of the comments made by customers who voted for this pub are: “New landlords... developing the pub and keeping it as a community asset” “The new landlords have embraced the community spirit. Supported the local fête and cut bushes and undergrowth on public footpaths” “Their food is amazing, always putting on entertainment, getting involved in community events and all round going that extra mile for their customers”

Julian-Wallis-&-Amy-Whitelock-from-The-Eels-Foot-with-KarenBest Presented Pub

Winners: Julian Wallis & Amy Whitelock from The Eels Foot at Eastbridge We received over 600 votes in this category and some of the comments for our winning pub include: ”Beautiful rooms. Beautiful pub both inside and out. It gets better on each and every visit” “Thumbs up for everything at this super little boozer” “Always a pleasure to visit – displays of information regularly updated, staff always courteous and helpful”

Karen's Special Recognitions, 2015

Karen explains her choice of winners that deserve special recognition. "There are so many pubs doing great things that it is always hard to single out individuals so I would like to say well done to you all.  We are lucky enough to have superb tenants at Adnams. However, I feel it only right that one or two get a special mention. If we had a Best Floral Display category it would be a knock down, straight-fight between two pubs this year.  Two very different propositions – from hanging baskets that defy logic when it comes to how on earth the brackets stay fixed to the wall, to innovative use of objects such as boats, raised beds and wild flower borders. As it is impossible to declare an outright winner I hereby declare a draw – The Bell Inn, Middleton (Nick and Trish Musgrove) and The Five Bells, Wrentham (Dave and Debby Pickles). Taking on a pub that has been closed and building a successful business from scratch is hard.  Sometimes harder still is taking on one that has been run well and has a good reputation. Where do you take it?  Will you always be judged as somehow ‘less’ than your predecessor, particularly if it is your first venture in the pub trade? Well, it can be done, as our Newcomers of the Year have shown.  Take a great pub; add your own little twist - whilst keeping everything that works - and you have the successful pub you always wanted. Well done Shaun and Lauren Doig from The Queens Head, Blyford. Lastly, a special well-done goes to Lee and Marie Knights at The White Hart in Blythburgh who have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for locals and visitors alike."

Winner-of-Adnams-Pub-of-The-Year-2015-Wayne-Seddon-with-KarenThe Adnams Pub of the Year 2015

Winner: Wayne Seddon - The Bridge House, London Scoring highly across all categories it can be summed up by these comments from customers: “A wonderful local pub in the heart of a tourist area managing to keep a 'local' feel (for the locals!) while still appealing to and looking after, the tourists. Best fish and chips in the area!” “The friendliest most welcoming bar/restaurant in the area with excellent staff who are always friendly and helpful” “5/5 ... may I rate with 6? I'm a CAMRA member and let me tell you, in this pub they KNOW beers.” “I have lived in this area for 23 years and have found this place as a little oasis. Always a warm welcome and superb service. The team go the extra mile to make my time in the pub an absolute pleasure.” Many congratulations to all our winners and nominees! You can view pictures of the Awards on Flickr. The 2015 Adnams Pub Awards