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The Publican Food and Drink Awards 2008

We are proud to announce that The Sandrock has been short-listed in the 'Classic Food Pub of the Year' category at this years Publican Food and Drink Awards. The Publican ran the following piece on their website.

The Publican Food & Drink Awards - the shortlist!

By John Porter 15th September 2008

The shortlisted finalists for The Publican Food & Drink Awards have been announced.

The finalists have been selected after much careful deliberaton and debate by The Publican team and our trade partners, and just getting this far represents a major achievement for the pubs, pubcos and individuals on the shortlist.

The next stage will see finalists asssesed by journalists from The Publican, as well as our trade partners, before the overall winners are selected. The trade partners are Beautiful Beer, BII, Cask Marque, the Craft Guild of Chefs and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

A new event for 2008, The Publican Food and Drink Awards celebrate quality, innovation and customer service in both food and drink in pubs. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Battersea Evolution, London, on November 11, 2008.


The finalists in each category are:

Classic Food Pub of the Year

Waggon & Horses, Halam, Nottinghamshire
The Five Bells, Cullompton, Devon
The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
The Sandrock, Farnham, Surrey

Cask Ale Pub of the Year

The Bell Inn, Adderbury, Oxfordshire
The Johnson Arms, Dunkirk, Nottingham
The Hare & Hounds, Bury, Greater Manchester
The Taps, Lytham, Lancashire

Speciality Beer Pub of the Year

The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich, Suffolk
The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
The White Horse, Parsons Green, London
The Sausage Tree, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Wine Pub of the Year

The Inn @ West End, West End, Surrey
The Angel Inn, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire
The Butchers Hook, Fulham, London
The Red Lion, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Spirits Pub of the Year

Benson Blakes Bar & Grill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
The Hide Bar, Bermondsey, London
The Great Eastern, Brighton, East Sussex
Tooting Tram Shed, Tooting, London

Drinks Pub of the Year

The Horse & Plough, Bingham, Nottingham
The White Horse, Parsons Green, London
Fence Gate Inn, Burnley, Lancashire
The Sun Hotel & Bar, Lancaster, Lancashire

Local Food Pub of the Year

The Countryman Inn, Shipley, West Sussex
The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield, Northumberland
White Hart Hotel, Wiveliscombe, Somerset
The Norway Inn, Truro, Cornwall

Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year

The Fountain Inn at Clent, Clent, West Midlands
The Royal Oak, Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
The Ship, Wandsworth, London
The Chaser Inn, Tonbridge, Kent

Gastro Pub of the Year

Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, Yorkshire
The Dog Inn, Grunisburgh, Suffolk
The Bluebell, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire
The Sands End Pub & Dining Room, Sands End, London

Food Pub of the Year

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
The Whitmore Arms, Orsett, Essex
Thorverton Arms, Exeter, Devon
The Norway Inn, Truro, Cornwall

Chef of the Year

Ashley McCarthy Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, Yorkshire
Dominic Chapman The Royal Oak, Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
David Perron The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Richard Upton The Three Fishes, Whalley, Lancashire

Front of House Team of the Year

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Crown Inn, Broughshire, Yorkshire
Baron of Beef, Bucknell, Shropshire
The Whitmore Arms, Orsett, Essex

Back of House Team of the Year

Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, Yorkshire
The White Horse, Bedford, Bedfordshire
The Inn @ West End, West End, Surrey
The Whitmore Arms, Orsett, Essex

Unsung Hero of the Year

David Wallace The Inn @ West End, West End, Surrey
Nick Tyler Trengilly Wartha Inn, Falmouth, Cornwall
David Pocock The Punch Tavern, Blackfriars, London
Sonia Hickman The Olde Bull Inn, Barton Mills, Suffolk

HQ Food Champion of the Year

Simon Howlett, Executive Chef, Fuller, Smith & Turner
Paul Drye, Catering Development Manager, St Austell Brewery
Darren Somerton, Operations Manager, Whiting and Hammond
Robert Clayton, Executive Chef, Merchant Inns

Retail Drinks Concept of the year

Revolution by Inventive Leisure, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
The Living Room by The Living Room Group, Hale, Cheshire
Smith & Jones by The Barracuda Group, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Retail Food Concept of the year

The Carvery concept by The Orchid Group, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Ale & Pie House by Fuller, Smith & Turner, Chiswick, London
Chef & Brewer by Spirit Group, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire
Revolution by Inventive Leisure, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

Drinks Pub Company of the Year

Brakspear Pub Company, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
Peach Pub Company, Deddington, Oxfordshire
Geronimo Inns, East Hill, London
Barracuda Group, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Food Pub Company of the Year

St Austell Brewery, St Austell, Cornwall
Whiting and Hammond, Tonbridge, Kent
The Orchid Group, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Peach Pub Company, Deddington, Oxfordshire

We didnt win this year unfortunately but getting short-listed down to 4 pubs from 58000 national is a massive achievement, which we are very proud of. Hopefully we will be able to go one better next year. You can find a list of all this years winners below, in an article written by The Publicans John Porter.

The inaugural winners of The Publican Food & Drink Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London.

The awards, launched this year, celebrate the best and most professional pub operators at a time when the industry is feeling the pressure from both the weight of regulation and the credit crunch.

The ceremony, held on Tuesday evening (November 11) at Battersea Evolution, was hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre.

The event culminated in 20 awards, with outstanding pubs, pub companies, licensees and staff rewarded for their remarkable achievements in pub retailing.

Caroline Nodder, editor of The Publican, said: "The event built on the success of the Pub Food Awards over the last few years, to recognise the achievements of a much wider range of pubs.

"While food plays an absolutely vital role in todays vibrant pub sector, we felt it was also important to recognise the range and quality of the drinks on offer in todays pubs. The Publican Food & Drink Awards has been launched as a celebration of that.

"The finalists are all pubs and publicans to be proud of, and there has never been a better time for the trade to celebrate that."

The winners are:

Cask Ale Pub of the Year

Hare & Hounds, Bury, Greater Manchester

Speciality Beer Pub of the Year

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Wine Pub of the Year

The Butcher's Hook, Fulham, London

Spirits Pub of the Year

The Great Eastern, Brighton, East Sussex

Drinks Pub of the Year

Fence Gate Inn, Burnley, Lancashire

Local Food Pub of the Year

The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield, Northumberland

Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year

The Chaser Inn, Tonbridge, Kent

Classic Food Pub of the Year

Waggon & Horses, Halam, Nottinghamshire

Gastro Pub of the Year

The Sands End Pub & Dining Room, Sands End, London

Food Pub of the Year

The Whitmore Arms, Orsett, Essex

Front of House Team of the Year

The Whitmore Arms, Orsett, Essex

Back of House Team of the Year

The Inn @ West End, West End, Surrey

Unsung Hero of the Year

David Wallace, The Inn @ West End, West End, Surrey

Chef of the Year

Ashley McCarthy, Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, Yorkshire

HQ Drinks Champion of the Year

Elton Mouna, Fuller, Smith & Turner

HQ Food Champion of the Year

Rob Clayton, Merchant Inns

Retail Drinks Concept of the Year

Smith & Jones, Barracuda Group

Retail Food Concept of the Year

Carveries by The Orchid Group

Drinks Pub Company of the Year

Barracuda Group

Food Pub Company of the Year

St Austell Brewery Co

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