Belle Vue scoops top award

Posted: 07 March 2011

Blog category: News, Pubs, Awards

A Shepherd Neame pub has been voted the best in Thanet.
The Belle Vue in Pegwell Bay came out tops in a reader survey – styled the Pub Oscars – run by the Thanet Times. While categories included Best Landlord in a Leading Role and Best Real Ale Pub, the Belle Vue Tavern walked away with the big one – the Best Pub in Thanet.
Journalist Saul Leese, who ran the competition via his column Time, Gentlemen Leese, said: “We were inundated with votes. The Belle Vue did exceptionally well and was a worthy winner. People commented on its sea views, garden, its pleasant interior and they liked the beers.”
A delighted licensee Tony Pearson, who runs the pub with wife Shirley, said: “I was ecstatic at the news – and really shocked!
“I love running the pub. I like the people and the place - in fact, there isn’t anything I don’t like.”
Jennie Elms who works at the Shepherd Neame pub, the Crown & Sceptre at Acol, Birchington also did well - she was voted Best Barmaid in a Supporting Role.
George Barnes, property and tenanted trade director said: “Congratulations to Tony and Shirley and to Jennie. It is clear that customers appreciate the hard work and attention to detail that the Belle Vue and Jennie at the Crown & Sceptre have shown.”