It was among 13 of the brewery’s 335 pubs and hotels across London and the South East honoured in a glittering ceremony at the Conningbrook Hotel in Ashford on Tuesday, June 28.
Awards were given to recognise excellence in a variety of areas, including beer knowledge and service, food presentation and consistency, and community involvement.
Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame, who presented the awards, said: “We took over the Britannia in 2009, and despite its fantastic riverside location in the heart of Guildford, it wasn’t performing well. But thanks in huge part to the talent and hard work of manager Lee Walker, who has been with us since then, it has gone from strength to strength, doubling its sales. The pub has built a reputation for consistently excellent food and drink, served by knowledgeable, friendly staff. “
Licensees Phil and Stephen Harris of The Sportsman in Seasalter were presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year. The brothers took on the pub in 1999, and it has become one of the UK’s most renowned dining destinations, gaining a Michelin star and acclaim on a national and international scale, most recently being named National Restaurant of the Year.
Two pubs were named Beer Heroes: Mabel’s Tavern in London, and the Globe Inn in Hythe; for going the extra mile to serve fantastic beer.
The Restaurant of the Year Award went to the Kings Head, Wye, and the Pub Food of the Year Award went to the King Henry VIII in Edenbridge.
The Plough and Horses in Farnborough received the Heart of the Community Pub of the Year award, while The Adelaide in Teddington won Best Floral Display.
Jonathan Neame added: “We are very proud of our estate of pubs, inns and hotels, which offer a distinctive customer experience, a great portfolio of celebrated beers and unique wines, delicious food and warm, friendly service. These awards are aimed at recognising the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our licensees and staff, and celebrating excellence in our industry.”