The Awards ceremony, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, was held in central London and championed the brightest and best performing businesses in the UK pub trade.
St Austell Brewery was praised by the judges for the work it had done to preserve the Victorian aesthetic of the 19th century former bonded warehouse on Commercial Road. Other elements which appealed to the panel were the rotating range of craft and new world beers, the innovative locally-sourced menu, and the focus on training staff in beer and food matching.
The Samuel Jones fought off stiff competition from the likes of Robinson Brewery’s flagship pub The Airport in Manchester and the New World Trading Company’s Newcastle Botanist site.
Ed Bedington, editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, which organises the awards, said: “This is probably one of the most hotly contested categories in the competition, and there were some amazing operations in the running. To take the title the Samuel Jones site is simply something else, and the fact it has taken a former operation and breathed new life into it in such a successful way deserves to be applauded.”
Adam Luck, Estate Director for St Austell Brewery, said: “Congratulations to the Samuel Jones manager Rhys Heavens and all his team – this award is well deserved. The Samuel Jones was a new concept for St Austell Brewery and we were excited to see how it would be received when it opened just over a year ago. It has proved a huge success and we are delighted that it has been recognised in this way.”
St Austell Brewery transformed the derelict 19th century former bonded warehouse in Commercial Road on The Quay into a barbecue and smokehouse-inspired venue which boasts the most extensive range of craft and New World beers in the region.
The Samuel Jones serves a range of 18 craft ales from around the world including the USA and New World. The venue includes a 3,117 square foot main area and 586 square foot unit alongside, which has been transformed into an industrial-feel pub and restaurant.
To find out more about the Samuel Jones visit http://www.samueljonesexeter.co.uk