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The Woolpack, in Banstead, Surrey, has been named Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year in the brewery’s annual pub awards.
Licensees Angie and Danny Irwin (pictured with Jonathan Neame) were commended for their warm welcome, excellent standards of food and drink and wide range of events and entertainment.
Shepherd Neame tenanted trade director George Barnes said: “When Shepherd Neame purchased the Woolpack in 2009 we took on not just a great pub but also exceptional licensees. During the past year, Angie and Danny have developed trade even further thanks to a joint investment project. They provide the highest standards of drink, food and service.”
The pub, in Banstead High Street, has a large garden and stages monthly live jazz sessions as well as a host of community and charity events – a recent Black Tie evening raised more than £3,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Commenting on their philosophy for running a successful pub, Angie said: “We treat people the way we like to be treated.”
She added: “Shepherd Neame has given us a good feedback and a lot of support and input.”
A total of 13 Shepherd Neame pubs won awards for different aspects of running a successful pub, such as serving great food, pulling the perfect pint or being at the heart of the local community.
They received their awards from chief executive Jonathan Neame at the Shepherd Neame Pub Awards 2011 held at the Conningbrook Hotel, Ashford.
Kate and Reuben Love, licensees of the Crown Inn, Chislehurst, won the Managers of the Year award, while Managed Business of the Year went to the Ship & Trades, Chatham Maritime, managed by Dean Markham.
The Pub Restaurant award went to licensee Gabrielle Harris and chef Jim at theGranville, Lower Hardres, while the Pub Food award was won by the team at theSun Inn, Faversham, led by manager Brendan McBride.
Mike Stokes, licensee of the Hoop & Grapes, in Farringdon, London won the Perfect Pint award for consistently serving Shepherd Neame’s range of beers in peak condition.
Steve and Jackie Archer, of the Mermaid, Bishopsbourne, won the Heart of the Community Pub of the Year award while Fiona and Mark Harris were given the Wine Pub of the Year award for their excellent selection at the George & Dragon, Ightham.
The Peacock, at Iden Green, Goudhurst, run by Sharon and Gary Poole, achieved the award for Best Garden while the prize for the best small garden or hanging basket display went to Dee Mosedale, licensee of the Anglesey Arms, Bromley.
The Lifetime Achievement was presented to Karen and Jerry Copestake for their 25 years of devoted service to their historic village pub, the Griffin’s Head at Chillenden and its community.
Britain’s oldest brewer, based in Faversham, Kent, operates more than 360 pubs across its Kentish heartland, London and the South East.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year – The Woolpack, Banstead
Managed Business of the Year – Ship & Trades, Chatham Maritime
Tenanted Pub of the Year – Hastings Arms, Hastings
Managers of the Year – The Crown Inn, Chislehurst
New Licensee of the Year – The Belle Vue, Pegwell Bay
Pub Restaurant of the Year – The Granville, Lower Hardres, Canterbury
Pub Food of the Year – The Sun Inn, Faversham
Wine Pub of the Year – George & Dragon, Ightham
Perfect Pint – Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon
Heart of the Community – The Mermaid, Bishopsbourne
Best Garden of the Year – The Peacock, Goudhurst
Small Garden / Hanging Baskets – The Anglesey Arms, Bromley
Lifetime Achievement – Griffin’s Head, Chillenden