St Austell Brewery’s Cornish pubs – and beer – have been named as among the best in the UK after scooping four places on the shortlist for the prestigious Publican Awards 2011
The Publican Awards have been proudly celebrating the very best in the business for two decades and the winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony in London on April 6.
One of the biggest nominations for the Brewery is reaching the UK’s final four in the coveted Regional Brewer of the Year title, which is awarded in recognition for excellence in brewing beer, running pubs, marketing and corporate social responsibility . St Austell Brewery won the accolade for the first time in 2009 and is hoping to repeat the victory this year.
Three pubs in the St Austell Brewery estate have also been shortlisted – the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown; the Kings Arms in St Just and the Fountain Inn in Mevagissey.
Last year the Rashleigh Arms was named Managed House of the Year, and this year it is in the running for the Accommodation Pub of the Year. It comes as Charlestown is listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 world summer holiday destinations.
Brad and Molly Atherton, landlords at the Kings Arms in St Just, are no strangers to awards after being crowned Newcomers of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards last September. They have now reached the shortlist for the same title in the Publican Awards.
The 15th century Fountain Inn, the oldest pub in Mevagissey, has been shortlisted in the Community Pub of the Year category in recognition of landlord Bill Moore’s contribution to local life and the unique role this pub plays in the fishing village.
Adam Luck, Estate Director for St Austell Brewery, said: “We are justifiably proud of all our pubs and are delighted the efforts of these pubs and their hardworking staff have been recognised.
“Reaching the shortlist once again marks national recognition of our vibrant and successful estate of 174 pubs, as well as for our achievements as a Brewery in the last 12 months.
“Also worth a mention is the Driftwood Spars in St Agnes, which is one of our key free trade customers, and has been shortlised for Freehouse of the Year for the second year in a row.“We’re now looking forward to a bit of friendly competition at the ceremony and to these worthy contenders adding a few more awards to the collection.”
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