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The Publican Food and Drink Awards 2009

We are delighted to announce that The Sandrock has been short-list in two categories at this years Publican Food and Drink Awards 2009. We are finalists in the Food Pub of the Year category and semi-finalists in the Cask Ale Pub of the Year category. Below is an article from The Publican website annoucing the finalists in all of this years categories.

The Publican is delighted to announce the finalists for The Publican Food & Drink Awards 2009.

After a rigorous judging process, the finalists in The Publican Food & Drink Awards 2009 can be revealed.

Getting this far is an achievement in itself and the overall winners will be crowned at a ceremony at London's Intercontinental Hotel on November 3.

Caroline Nodder, The Publican's editor, said: "Finalists and winners are proven to be the very best in the business. They run slick business operations offering quality food and drink, while retaining the charm and character of a people-focussed business. They are role models for new entrants to the trade and offer ideas and innovation to all of us within the pub industry."

Food Pub of the Year

The Mill Race - Walford, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

The Sandrock - Wrecclesham, Surrey

The Somerset Arms - Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire

Trengilly Wartha Inn - Falmouth, Cornwall

Beer Range Pub of the Year

Pivo Cafe Bar - York, Yorkshire

The Red Lion Inn - Cricklade, Wiltshire

The New Oxford - Salford, Greater Manchester

The Royal Standard of England - Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Wine Pub of the Year

Red Lion - Sibbertoft, Leicestershire

The Anchor Inn - Nayland, Suffolk

The Crown - Southwold, Suffolk

The Vintry - Cannon Street, London

Spirits Pub of the Year

Saint James - Brighton, East Sussex

The Great Eastern - Brighton, East Sussex

The Lexington - Islington London

The Hide Bar - Bermondsey, London

Drinks Pub of the Year

The Akeman - Tring, Hertfordshire

The Eagle at Barrow - Barrow, Lancashire

The Royal Standard of England - Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

The Victory at Mersea - West Mersea, Essex

Local Food Pub of the Year

The Bell Inn at Welford - Welford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

The Eagle at Barrow - Barrow, Lancashire

The Mill Race - Walford, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire

Ye Old Sun Inn - Colton, North Yorkshire

Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year

The Eagle at Barrow - Barrow, Lancashire

The Fishes - North Hinksey Village, Oxfordshire

The Mark Cross Inn - Crowborough, East Sussex

The Ship - Wandsworth, London

Classic Food Pub of the Year

Clog and Billycock - Pleasington, Lancashire

The Anchor Inn - Nayland, Suffolk

The Royal Standard of England - Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Waggon & Horses - Halam, Nottinghamshire

Gastro Pub of the Year

The Fountain Inn - Clent, Worcestershire

The Lambert Arms - Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire

The Marlborough Tavern - Bath, Somerset

The Somers Town Coffee House - Euston, London

Chef of the Year

Alex Pallatt at The Fox & Hounds - Eggesford, Devon

Mick Ilingworth at The Thatchers Arms - Mount Bures, Essex

Charlotte Barr at The Old Mill - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Ian Richards at The Talbot Inn - Ripley, Surrey

Team of the Year - Back of House

The Broad Leys Bar and Restaurant - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

The Fiveways - Ormskirk, Lancashire

The Lambert Arms - Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire

The Whitmore Arms - Orsett, Essex

Team of the Year - Front of House

Hales Bar - Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The Famous Woolpack - Weston Super Mare, North Somerset

Waggon & Horses - Halam, Nottinghamshire

Ye Old Sun Inn - Colton, North Yorkshire

Unsung Hero of the Year

Barnaby Aldridge at The Talbot Inn - Ripley, Surrey

Elaine Blake at The Devonshire Arms - Beeley, Derbyshire

Joanie Clements at The Nightingale - Balham, London

Oliver Armstrong at The White Hart Inn - Stockbridge, Hampshire

HQ Food Champion of the Year

Simon Howlett, Executive Chef - Fuller, Smith & Turner, London

Paul Drye, Catering Development Manager - St Austell Brewery, Cornwall

Darren Somerton, Operations Manager - Whiting and Hammond, Kent

Robert Clayton, Executive Chef - Merchant Inns, Berkshire

Food Pub Company of the Year

St Austell Brewery - Cornwall

The Peach Pub Company - Oxfordshire

Whiting and Hammond - Kent

Geronimo Inns - London

Unfortunately we did not win the Food Pub of the Year category at this years Publican Food and Drink Awards but just getting there is a fantastic achievement, in a competition open to every pub in Great Britian. Here is a list of all the winners including Caroline Nodder's (editor of The Publican) speach made at the start of the evening.

"All our winners and finalists are true ambassadors for the pub industry. They have drive, dedication and professionalism by the bucketload and are truly an inspiration to us all. Proof, if needed, that pubs are alive and well and leading the hospitality sector forward."

The winners are:

Beer Range Pub of the Year

Pivo Café Bar, York

Chef of the Year

Alex Pallatt, Fox & Hounds, Eggesford, Devon

Classic Food Pub of the Year

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Bucks

Drinks Pub of the Year

The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield, Bucks

Food Pub of the Year

The Somerset Arms, Warminster, Wiltshire

Gastro Pub of the Year

Somerstown Coffee House, Euston, London

HQ Food Champion of the Year

Paul Drye, St Austell Brewery, St Austell, Cornwall

Local Food Pub of the Year

Ye Olde Sun Inn, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

Food Pub Company of the Year

Whiting and Hammond, Tonbridge, Kent

Spirits Pub of the Year

The Hide Bar, Southwark, London

Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year

The Eagle at Barrow, Barrow, Lancashire

Team of the Year - Back of House

Fiveways, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Team of the Year - Front of House

Ye Old Sun Inn, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

Unsung Hero of the Year

Joanie Clement, the Nightingale, Balham, South London

Wine Pub of the Year

The Vintry, City of London

Cask Ale Pub of the Year

The Dove Street Inn, Ipswich, Suffolk

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