Cricklade pub drinks to its two awards
A COMMUNITY pub has been named the best in the country and called a ‘shining example’ of a modern establishment.
The Red Lion Inn, in Cricklade, was last week named as the Great British Pub of the Year at the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards 2013 Run by licensee Tom Gee, it also won the title of Best Freehouse 2013 in the awards, organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.
Tom picked up his awards from Inbetweeners actor and comedian Greg Davies at the awards ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel last Thursday, September 12.
The Red Lion Inn has become a hotspot for fine food while retaining the feel of a traditional pub. Judges said the establishment performed its role with panache and imagination.
The Red Lion Inn offers 10 cask ales, including beers from the pub’s own micro-brewery (Hop Kettle Brewing Company), as well as quality food.
The Publican’s Morning Advertiser editor, Rob Willock, said: “Judges were impressed by the all-round success story of The Red Lion Inn and a licensee with a clear vision and a firm grip on the direction of the business.
“But most of all it proves that you can innovate and introduce fresh ideas while retaining the atmosphere of a quintessential English inn and offering something for everyone.
“It’s a shining example of just what the 21st century pub can be.”
Speaking about the two awards the pub has won this year, Tom Gee, of The Red Lion Inn, said: “It was amazing to be named Best Freehouse 2013, but to win the overall award is mind blowing.
“I am so happy that The Red Lion Inn has won this prestigious award, especially as we beat so many other excellent pubs across the UK for the title.
“I really never expected to win the main award and it is a wonderful feeling.
“My congratulations and thanks go to all of the staff at the pub and the award is really for them.
“It is great recognition for all of their hard work.
“The two awards will take pride of place in the pub and I know that our customers will be pleased for everyone who works at The Red Lion Inn.”
Manager Fernanda Carvalho said the whole team was delighted and it made the hard work worthwhile.
“The catering business is very tough and it is stressful – very long hours,” she said.
“But this award means we are doing the right things and the hard work has been worth it. One of the nice things we have is that our regulars bring in their own vegetables or things they have foraged and get tokens for discounts on food and drink.”
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