Now in its third year, the national awards took place on October 24th at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, where the best food suppliers and eating establishments in the industry were celebrated and rewarded.
Based on a public vote, the awards honour the talented individuals and businesses dedicated in delivering constant professionalism, amazing service and fantastic food to their customers.
The Sun Inn was one of seven finalists in the southern category. Having been awarded Best Gastro Pub in the South, the team went head-to-head with the other regional finalists: The Metropolitan (Manchester) in the North category, and The Black Bull (Mansfield) for the Midlands, before coming out on top as Gastro Pub of the Year 2016.
The national award win tops off an incredible eight weeks for The Sun Inn team led by landlord and head chef, 25-year-old Gordon Stott. In September, the pub received 2 AA Rosettes and a Bib Gourmand in the 2017 Michelin Guide.
Gordon says: “We just can’t believe what an amazing few weeks it’s been for us, first the AA, then the Michelin Guide and now to be nationally recognised as the Best Gastro Pub in England; it’s just fantastic!
“What makes this award even more meaningful is that we originally reached the finals thanks to a public vote. Customer feedback has really helped to shape our offering at The Sun Inn and certainly keeps us on our toes. We strive to give our diners the best possible experience from the food to the service and atmosphere. This award makes us feel like we’re on the right track.”