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Adnams Pub Awards 2013

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

The annual Adnams Pub Awards was held on Thursday 14th November at The Swan Hotel in Southwold. A total of nine awards were presented to recognise this year's outstanding Adnams pubs and publicans by Karen Hester, Operations Director at Adnams and Andy Wood, Adnams' CEO.

Adnams Pub of the Year 2013 – The Harbour Inn, Southwold

Nick Attfield, The Harbour Inn, Southwold Overall Winner of the Adnams Pub Awards 2013Karen comments: "This award is always a conundrum with so many excellent pubs within the Adnams estate deserving recognition. However, when assessing all that makes for the perfect Adnams pub – a warm welcome, excellent beer, good quality locally sourced food, a sustainable business which enhances its locality, high standards, an innovative tenant – I hope that you will agree that this year’s recipient fulfils all these criteria and more.  Congratulations to Nick Attfield of The Harbour Inn, Southwold."

Best Kept Cellar:  The Eel's Foot Inn, Eastbridge

The Eels Foot, Eastbridge win Best Kept Cellar in the 2013 Adnams Pub Awards"Adnams' Robert Porter has once again visited all the pubs that entered this category, going over every aspect of cellar management and product delivery with a fine-tooth comb. The standard of all the entrants was incredibly high, as you would expect.  Despite having a challenging cellar, particularly in the summer months, there is one clear winner. Congratulations to Julian Wallis of The Eel’s Foot Inn, Eastbridge."

Community Pub of the Year:  The Kings Head, Laxfield

Linda from the Kings Head, Laxfield, winner of Adnams Community Pub of the Year 2013"I am always humbled by how much time and effort so many of our pubs put into both fundraising and involving themselves in the communities in which they reside. The award for Community Pub is always one of the most hard fought, however, this year, more than any other, there was a very clear winner. The pub in question always typifies all that is best about community pubs including fundraising for local organisations (school, playgroups, church, first responders, etc).  This year, despite the huge strain for the whole family of dealing with a second diagnosis of cancer in 12 months, they went one step further and decided to turn this devastating news into something positive. Calling upon the generosity of suppliers, customers and acquaintances,  they pulled together the social event of the year - an auction of promises that raised over £10,000 for cancer charities and organisations in just one weekend of frenetic activity. Both Bob and Linda are an inspiration to us all. Well done to The King’s Head, Laxfield."

Best Floral Display:  The Wherry, Geldeston

Trina, The Wherry, Geldeston wins Best Floral Display in the 2013 Adnams Pub Awards"A stunning displays of flowers throughout the Adnams estate this year, with yet more innovative uses of items as containers, has ensured that our pubs have shone above the competition all around East Anglia and beyond. Our own King’s Head won the coveted title of Woodbridge in Bloom 2013, well done to Mike and Lucy. Our horticultural experts have inspected all the entrants to see how each has performed throughout the season.  There was a clear winner who has shown that no matter what the weather, or time of the year, their pub will always look stunning with cascades of flowers and foliage providing cheer on even the wettest day. Congratulations to Matt and Trina Pitt of The Wherry Inn, Geldeston."

Sustainability/Use of Local Produce: The Greyhound, Ipswich

Dan, The Greyhound, Ipswich wins Sustainability / Use of Local Produce in the 2013 Adnams Pub Awards"From the simplest measures of reusing waste water to ensure flower displays survive, to innovative use of the most local of ingredients, every pub in their own way can ensure that they follow a sustainable ethos.  The winner in this category has taken this to a whole new level and proved that it actually makes economic sense by making their business more profitable, and more popular!  Congratulations to Dan and Emma Lightfoot of The Greyhound, Ipswich."

Karen’s Special Oscars:

Best Newcomer: The Half Moon, Walton

Mary Barker wins The Best Newcomer for The Half Moon, walton in the 2013 Adnams Pub Awards"It is never easy to take over a pub from a long-established tenant, particularly when they are a well-known local character. The recipient of this award not only did that, but transformed the pub and gardens in a very short space of time, whilst maintaining the existing customer-base and encouraging a whole new following. She has involved herself wholeheartedly in the community, raising money for local disadvantaged children, and breathed new life into The Half Moon, Walton. Congratulations to Mary Barker, Best Newcomer."

Best Turn Around: The Plough Inn, Wangford

Dan from The Plough, Wangford, wins Best Turn Around in the Adnams Pub Awards 2013"Many have tried unsuccessfully to make this pub work, however, the current landlord has made it sing, dance and, on Guy Fawkes Night, smoke and bang! Transformed inside and out, it is now a beautifully decorated, warm and welcoming pub for everyone to enjoy.  Congratulations to Dan Cunningham of The Plough Inn, Wangford."

Best Brand Ambassador: The Castle, Cambridge

Teresa Holman accepts the Brand Ambassador Award on behalf of The Castle Inn, Cambridge"A good building and location, coupled with a portfolio of exciting and innovative beers and spirits are only part of the story of what makes a great pub.  The further we get away from Southwold, the greater the need to have people with passion and knowledge for our brands. With this in mind, I would like to thank Matt Halsey of The Castle, Cambridge, for being a true Brand Ambassador for Adnams."

Warmest Welcome: The Bridge House, London

Sadie accepts The Warmest Welcome award on behalf of The Bridge House in London"Whoever you are – drayman, CEO, customer, tourist – the welcome received from the landlord and his team is outstanding. I would like to say a personal thank you to Wayne Seddon and his team at The Bridge House, London, for always ensuring that no matter how far away you may be from home, the welcome received is always first class." Huge congratulations to all our worthy winners. You can view images from the 2013 pub awards on Flickr.  

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