On Thursday 7 August, the results of the regional heats of the Great British Pub Awards were announced, with St Austell Brewery managed pubs the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown, The Central in Newquay and The Ship on the Barbican in Plymouth all chosen as South West winners, along with tenanted pubs the Pandora Inn at Restronguet Creek near Mylor and the Cromwell Arms in Bovey Tracey.
The five pubs will now go on to represent the South West at the national finals, which will be held at the Hilton on Park Lane in London on Thursday 11 September.
The Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown was chosen as the South West winner of the Best Cask Beer Pub for its promotion and high sales of craft ales, which are a key element of the pub’s success.
Newquay pub The Central has scooped the regional title of Best Bar Team, an award which recognises teams which work highly efficiently to deliver an excellent customer experience and drive drinks sales.
The Ship in Plymouth, has been named the South West’s Best Managed Pub, which is judged by how well it has increased profits and driven new business in the past year. Jade and Anthony Plum who run The Ship were also recently named Best Pub Managers in the South West at St Austell Brewery’s own Estate Awards.
Tenanted pub The Pandora Inn, which earlier in the year won the South West Tourism Pub of the Year award, has been chosen as the Best Wine Pub for its extensive and well-chosen wine list, and the Cromwell Arms in Bovey Tracey won Best Cellar for excellent cellar management.
Adam Luck, St Austell Brewery Estate Director said: “I am delighted that five of our excellent pubs in Cornwall and Devon have been recognised for their hard work and commitment over the past year. The regional awards are judged by a panel of industry experts, so just to be named a South West winner is a huge achievement in itself, and I wish all of the pubs the best of luck in the national finals next month.”
The Great British Pub Awards, organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA), recognise the business achievements of licensees across the country. The regional winners were visited and judged by a panel including David Hancock, Editor of the Alistair Sawday’s Pubs and Inns Guide and PMA Editor Rob Willock.
Rob Willock said: “We have an excellent set of regional winners who are a credit to our industry. To be named among the best in the business they have all demonstrated strong business performance and development, amazing passion for their pubs and the industry, exciting innovation and great retail standards. The licensees running these establishments have a wealth of business acumen and skills.”