The winners of our annual Pub Awards have been announced, with 10 of our 322 pubs and hotels across London and the South East taking home prizes.
The overall Pub of the Year award went to the Market House in Maidstone, while the Dover Castle Inn, Teynham was named Tenanted Pub of the Year and The Spitfire in West Malling was named Best Managed Business.
Shepherd Neame Chief Executive Jonathan Neame said:
“It has been another fantastic year for our pub estate. Our aim is to deliver a unique customer experience by offering an interesting range of products and great fresh food in characterful outlets. The most important factor in the success of any pub, however, is its people, and we are very proud of our talented team. These awards are aimed at recognising the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our licensees and staff, and celebrating excellence in our industry."
The award for Best Pub Food went to The Dove in Dargate, The Green Man in Herongate won the Beer Hero award for the excellence of its cask ales, while the Walnut Tree Inn, Aldington was honoured for being at the Heart of the Community.
The awards were announced during a ceremony at the Conningbrook Hotel, Ashford on June 19.
Full list of winners:
BEER HERO: The Green Man, Herongate
BEST FLORAL DISPLAY: The Alma, Painters Forstal
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY: Walnut Tree Inn, Aldington
PUB FOOD: The Dove, Dargate
TURNAROUND/ TRANSFORMATION PUB: Walnut Tree, East Farleigh
NEW LICENSEE: Joe and Jane Mullane of The Four Fathoms, Herne Bay
MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Nick Ings-Kemsley of The Marine Hotel, Tankerton
TENANTED PUB OF THE YEAR: Dover Castle, Teynham
MANAGED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: The Spitfire, West Malling
SHEPHERD NEAME PUB OF THE YEAR: Market House, Maidstone