ESTRELLA DAMM TOP 50 GASTROPUBS

Lake District pub takes home top service title

By Nikkie Sutton

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Celebrate good times: (l-r) Sophia Idjer from Quandoo, Punch Bowl Inn owner Richard Rose and Celebrity MasterChef winner Angellica Bell
Celebrate good times: (l-r) Sophia Idjer from Quandoo, Punch Bowl Inn owner Richard Rose and Celebrity MasterChef winner Angellica Bell
The Punch Bowl Inn has won the Front of House Team of the Year Award at the 2019 Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs.

The prestigious awards ceremony, which took place last week (28 January) at Lillibrooke Manor in Maidenhead, Berkshire, celebrated a decade of the awards while celebrity chef Tom Kerridge cooked lunch.

Many of the pubs on the list have been firm features since Top 50 Gastropubs’ inception 10 years ago. This includes Andrew Pern’s Michelin-starred the Star Inn, Harome, on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, which ranked number one in 2017.

Judges said staff at the victorious Punch Bowl Inn at Crosthwaite, Cumbria, were friendly and knowledgeable with a sincere passion about the pub.

Very proud

They added that the venue had a fantastic array of delicious dishes and a great variety of drinks, alongside a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Punch Bowl Inn owner Richard Rose said: “We are delighted and very proud of all the members of staff at the pub, they are the people who won this, not me.

“Tears of joy were in my eyes when our name was announced. This means so much to the staff, it is special for them.

“[Winning] helps recruit staff and keep the staff you’ve got as it gives them the momentum and a pride and joy in what they do.”

Real passion

Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs editor Nicholas Robinson lauded the pub and outlined how it impressed the judges of the award.

He said: “The Punch Bowl Inn is an incredible pub with a team that has a real passion for hospitality and judges were wowed by their dedication.

“The dishes are well thought out and curated using the best ingredients available in the stunning area the pub is situated in.”

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