Junction wins Union's Pub of the Year

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The Junction in Sutton-in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire was crowned Pub of the Year at the Union Pub Company awards. The pub was one of 15 outlets...

The Junction in Sutton-in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire was crowned Pub of the Year at the Union Pub Company awards.

The pub was one of 15 outlets recognised for outstanding practice at the glitzy awards ceremony held at Alton Towers in Staffordshire.

Junction manager Elaine Pownall said she was "ecstatic" after scooping the top award and a £1,000 cheque. Judges praised her "outstanding leadership" and "overall delivery of excellence".

She said: "Winning this title means so much to all of us. Our hard work has paid off."

The event's most emotional award went to Barbara Brown who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award for 25 years' service at the Malt Shovel in Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

BII licensees of the year Jacque and Richard Macey were presented with a platinum Beautiful Beer award for offering a "beer experience of the highest quality".

Union Pub Company Managing director Stephen Oliver said: "The award-winners are not only examples of every aspect of excellence, but also offer a distinctive and unique experience to their customers."

Other winners were: Family Pub - Sue and Chris Proffitt, Three Lions, Mansfield, Notts; Restaurant - Trudy and Simon Howard, Bay Horse, Middlesbrough, Teeside; Bar Food - Percy Arms Hotel, Chatton, Northumberland; Barperson - Abigail Stone, Brook Meadow, Sharp End, Birmingham; Cask Ale - Allen and Pauline Parkes, True Briton, Wednesfield, West Midlands; Community Pub - Kevin and Pamela Maidens, Bluebell, Bolsover, Derbyshire; Newcomer - Hazel Nicholson, Rising Sun, Willington, Derbyshire; Best Use of Licensing Laws - Nigel Pugh and Vanessa Griffiths, Swan, Telford, Shropshire; Best Use of Outdoor Space - Royal Oak, Leigh Sinton, nr Malvern; Entrepreneur - Keith and Bronya Fitzsimmons, Knockerdown Inn, Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Wine - Phil Jackson and Yolande Rankin, Leopard Inn, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs; Customer Service - William and Debbie Jackson, Bird in the Barley, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

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