Ei Publican Partnerships names its Cellar Keeper of the Year

By Georgina Townshend

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Top cellar fella: publican Peter Clements (right) receives the award from Kim Francis
Top cellar fella: publican Peter Clements (right) receives the award from Kim Francis

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Publican Peter Clements, from the British Oak, Blackheath, south London, took the award which "recognises the people responsible for the pub’s best kept and quality beer cellars".

The awards, which are judged by a panel of experts, is open to Ei Publican Partnerships managers and bar staff across its Greater London division. 

“I’m thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious award, which is down to the hard work and continued support of my team members who have stepped up and worked really hard to ensure our cellar is of the highest standard," said Clements.

“The cellar is the engine room and the most important part of the pub, and should be treated with maximum care and attention. The beer leaves the brewery in tip-top condition and I aim to deliver the pint to the customer in the same condition.

“These awards are brilliant and a credit to Ei Publican Partnerships. I am very grateful for their continued support and encouragement, it’s great to get everyone in the same room to talk business and just have a bit of fun.”

Cellar management paramount

The process saw every pub within Greater London judged through a rigorous audit and assessment process. The first round produced 10 regional winners, they were then further judged by Diageo quality executive Daniel Ramacraft.

Ei Publican Partnerships senior regional manager Michael Ekberg added: “Publicans generate a high amount of profit from their cellar, therefore, the importance of good cellar management is paramount and should never be underestimated or overlooked.”

The runners-up were Alon Atzmon, who runs the Landor Hotel, in Stockwell, south London, and Kiara Maher, who runs the George, in Eton, Berkshire.

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