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Adnams Pub Awards 2014

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

The Adnams Pub Award winners 2014The annual Adnams 'Pub Awards' lunch was held on Tuesday 18th November at The Swan Hotel in Southwold. A variety of awards were presented to recognise this year's outstanding pubs and publicans by Karen Hester, Adnams Operations Director. This year, we invited our customers to nominate their favourite pubs over three categories: Excellence in Customer Service, Community Pub of the Year and Best Presented Pub. Over 2000 votes were received which were weighted according to barrelage to ensure a fair outcome.

Adnams Pub of the Year 2014 - The Greyhound, Ipswich

Karen comments: Well done to Dan and Emma at The Greyhound in Ipswich. Scoring highly in all three customer categories, their achievement can summed up by these comments from customers: “Great beers. Great service. Done!” “Because it’s everything a pub should be.”

Best Kept Cellar - The White Horse, Westleton

Rob, Karen and John - White Horse, WestletonThis category was judged by Adnams' brewer Robert Porter. Robert visited each entrant unannounced to assess the cellar conditions and quality of beer. Well done to Rob Spendlove and John Blades - Robert said that the quality of beer at The White Horse was excellent. High praise indeed.

Sustainability / Use of Local Produce - The Cherry Tree, Woodbridge

Andy, Karen and James, The Cherry Tree WoodbridgeThis pub grows their own vegetables and are avid composters. They make their own spicy nuts and pork scratchings using part of the pig which is sometimes thrown away! All their food is bought from local suppliers and they continue to look for new and innovative ideas to build on their green credentials. Congratulations to Andy Thompson and James Buckingham from The Cherry Tree - second-time winners of this special category.

Excellence in Customer Service - The Randolph, Reydon

Tracey and Karen on behalf of The Randolph ReydonWe received just under 800 votes from our customers in this category, and here are just a few of the comments received: ”From the warm welcome you receive as you enter; to the warm thanks you get when you leave, the staff cannot do enough for you” “Even when they are rushed they make you feel as if you are their only customer!” Huge well done to Donna and David Smith at The Randolph, who are unfortunately unable to be with us today to accept their award.

Community Pub of the Year - The Greyhound at Ipswich

Emma, Karen, Dan, The Greyhound, IpswichWe received over 650 votes in this category and here are some of the comments made by customers about our winning pub: “A longstanding, much loved ‘local’, it offers the finest food and drink and the staff treat everyone as a friend.” “It’s the meeting place for local clubs and just an all-round safe and pleasant environment… a lovely place to drink good beer and have great conversation.” “I feel part of the community here as they host lots of events that extend my knowledge of what’s going on locally.” Well done to Dan and Emma Lightfoot from The Greyhound.

Best Presented Pub - The Eels Foot at Eastbridge

Amy, Karen and Julian, The Eels FootWe received over 650 votes in this category and customer comments included: "One of best welcomes, best beer and best ambience I have ever experienced!" "Adnams should be proud of this well-presented local boozer!”
“Exactly how a village pub should be." "Is there another pub that matches it in East Suffolk?!" Congratulations to Julian and Amy from The Eels Foot.

Karen’s Special Recognition Oscars 2014

Best Newcomer- The Horse and Groom, Wrentham

This year's winner has taken a struggling pub and turned it into the hub of the local community. Fundraising, organising village events in the garden, creating a small holding/petting area, and utilising fresh local produce (some of it home reared). Although not a stranger to Adnams, it is a 'new and improved' Jack who gets our 'newcomer' award this year - well done to Jack Fountain from The Horse and Groom.

Best Turnaround - The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh

This couple have breathed new life into this iconic pub. They greet visitors and locals with a warm smile and a cheery word, are great ambassadors for the Adnams brand, and their food is hearty, fresh and seasonal. Well done to Karen Carver & Steve Hydes at The Mill Inn.  

Huge congratulations to all our worthy winners.

You can view images of the 2014 Pub Awards Awards on Flickr.


Sarah Groves