Back row l-r Nigel & Julie Rainbow, Three Horseshoes; Katrena Derricourt-Gibson, Catherine Wheel; Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies; Mark & Sandra Duggan, Chequers; David Thompson & Chris Peverell, Belgian Arms. Front row: Vanessa Cooke, Catherine Wheel; Julie & Hendrik Dutson-Steinfeld, White Horse
Seven Brakspear licensees were rewarded at the company’s 2018 Hospitality Awards, each receiving a £500 cheque and plaque for display in their pub.
The Hospitality Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise tenants who have excelled either in one area of their business, or demonstrated across-the-board achievement. Sales growth, mystery customer scores and Tripadvisor reports are all factored into the judging process, which includes independent judges in a number of categories.
This year’s Hospitality Award winners were:
- Best Newcomers: David Thompson, Belgian Arms, Holyport near Maidenhead
- Best Kept Cellar: Nigel & Julia Rainbow, Three Horseshoes, Henley
- Best Business Builder: Vanessa Cooke & Katrena Derricourt-Gibson, Catherine Wheel, Goring-on-Thames
- Best Garden: Andrew & Jacqueline James, Prince of Wales, Caversham
- Best Sunday Roast: Hendrik & Julie Dutson-Steinfeld White Horse, Kings Sutton near Banbury
- Best All-Rounder: Mark Dunlop, Angel on the Bridge, Henley
- Best Fundraiser: a new award this year, presented to Mark & Sandra Duggan at the Chequers in Berrick Salome, Oxfordshire. (Instead of a cheque, they received an overnight VIP trip to Chase Distillery’s Verzon House Hotel in Herefordshire).
Chief executive Tom Davies said, “The Hospitality Awards are a fun evening for all the tenants, head office team members and suppliers who join us, but the process of choosing our winners is something we take seriously; all nominations are reviewed thoroughly and there’s always healthy debate among the judges about who should win.
“Every year, judging the awards reminds us of how many talented tenants we have running our pubs. Tonight’s winners should be very proud of their success and we know they’ll be celebrating again when back in their pub, thanking the teams who have helped them to take the top prizes.”
The Hospitality Awards, attended by around 100 guests, were held in a marquee outside the Bull on Bell Street in Henley, close to Brakspear’s Bell Street microbrewery and its head office.