The accolade recognises the achievement of licensees James Dawe and Tim Schulz in turning around the fortunes of the Brakspear pub on Station Road. The awards are organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, whose editor Rob Willock said: “This award recognises pubs that have demonstrated the best turnaround of business in the past year.
“Judges found that the Catherine Wheel has been completely transformed from an unloved and under-used pub, to a thriving hub of its local community. It excels on all fronts, and is showcasing real innovation.”
James and Tim took over as tenants at the Catherine Wheel in autumn 2012 and in that time have developed its food, drink and service to turn it into one of the most popular pubs in the area.
James said: “We’re thrilled to have won this award; it’s a great endorsement of our business from independent industry judges. I’m grateful to all my wonderful staff who have worked so hard to make the Catherine Wheel an award-winner.”
The Catherine Wheel will now go head to head with four other regional winners for the national title ‘Best Managed Pub 2014’, announced at a glittering dinner and awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday September 11.
The Best Turnaround category is sponsored by Spirit Leased, whose managing director Chris Welham said: “It’s been brilliant looking at the finalists in this category and the great things they are doing to deliver exceptional pub offers up and down the country.”